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:
$90 million hospital scheme
A small Missouri hospital in Unionville, Mo., allegedly received $90 million in questionable insurance payments in less than a year, Steve Vockrodt and Bryan Lowry report. Missouri Auditor Nicole Galloway’s office uncovered the alleged scheme.
Clinton officer remembered as brave
Clinton, Mo., police officer Gary Michael was remembered as brave by family members during a candelight vigil Wednesday. Toriano Porter and Ian Cummings report that relatives were moved by the outpouring of support from Clinton to KC.
Bruno Mars brings the funk
Bruno Mars has it down pat, reports music writer Timothy Finn. The artist performed Wednesday at the Sprint Center, bringing the funk, dance and fun as he enthralled the crowd.
Sporting KC makes U.S. Open Cup final
Sporting KC outlasted San Jose on penalty kicks 1-1 (5-4) to earn a spot in the U.S. Open Cup final, Sam McDowell reports. The team won at Children’s Mercy Park, where penalty shootouts have made for lasting memories through the years at the Kansas City, Kan., venue.
State government does make good decisions
The Star’s editorial board writes that Kansas and Missouri governments actually make some good decisions. However, in the current cut-taxes-first environment, “basic, block-and-tackle functions of government get slashed in the process and left by the side of the road.”