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:
Missouri’s B-2 bombers
Missouri-based B-2 bombers may play a role should tensions escalate to the point of violence with North Korea, Scott Canon reports. The bat-winged planes cost $2.2 billion each in design, manufacturing and upgrades. There are 20 B-2s in the fleet.
Scores of visitors expected for the eclipse
More than a million out-of-state visitors are expected to come to Missouri for the eclipse, Robert A. Cronkleton reports. That could jam up the state’s highway system, so leave early to get to your viewing point in time for the spectacle.
In other eclipse news, the maps of the eclipse’s path are wrong by up to a half-mile, experts say. And some aren’t eagerly anticipating the event; a group of conspiracy theorists are pushing the idea that the eclipse is a portent for the end of the world. (It’s not.)
Quality Hill mansion restored
A mansion originally built in 1887 sits in the oldest residential area in the metro region: Quality Hill. It was restored over 18 months, Cynthia Gregorian reports.
Plagiarism in college leader’s speech?
John Rios, on the board of trustees for the Kansas City Kansas Community College, is accused of plagiarizing the speech of a 2004 Hampton valedictorian, who himself was once accused of ripping off a poet in his speech.
Editorial: How to fix Kansas prisons
The Star’s editorial board writes that Kansas should call for a special session to address “the growing safety problems in the state’s prisons.”