Welcome to The Kansas City Star’s Morning Rush, where we get you ready for the day ahead.
Here’s what you need to know:
KC flooding prompts rescue missions
Widespread flooding across Kansas City has left sections of the city several feet underwater, Bob Cronkleton reports. Indian Creek crested at a record 27 feet, 2 feet higher than previous record high. People have been reportedly trapped inside partially submerged cars and at businesses surrounded or flooded by water.
Premium content for only $0.99
For the most comprehensive local coverage, subscribe today.
Brownback tapped by Trump for position
Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback has been appointed as ambassador-at-large for international religious freedom by President Donald Trump, a position that requires Senate confirmation, Bryan Lowry reports. Brownback will be succeeded by Lt. Gov. Jeff Colyer.
The Star’s editorial board wrote that, after the Brownback era ends, “history will not be kind” to him. His tax cutting tactics led to underfunded schools, massive budget cuts, mismanaged Medicaid and cratering credit ratings.
Trans veteran speaks against Trump’s ban
Jenna Squires expected this, Aaron Randle reports. The transgender veteran spoke about Trump’s tweets that announced he would ban trans people from serving in the military. “I was immediately disgusted,” she said.
Royals’ Danny Duffy furious
It wasn’t a full-on fight, but a bench-clearing incident had tempers flaring. Danny Duffy was furious, Pete Grathoff reported.