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Kara Kopetsky’s remains identified
Kara Kopetsky’s parents felt relief when their daughter’s remains were positively identified, Laura Bauer and Kaitlyn Schwers report. Kara left Belton High School more than 10 years ago and was never heard from again. Her mother, Rhonda Beckford, said, “It’s been a long 10 years, and this is the start of hopefully moving toward a prosecution.”
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Small-town rape charge
The mother of a Missouri man charged with rape has been leading an effort to oust the police chief who investigated the crime, Joe Robertson reports. Ferrelview, Mo., just north of Kansas City, is the setting for the small-town rape case.
Fiery crash; highway still closed
Yet another fiery crash on an interstate involving a tractor trailer was captured on video, Robert A. Cronkleton and Matt Campbell report. The crash was expected to cause the closure of Interstate 435 at the U.S. 69 split in Overland Park until about 10 a.m. Thursday.
Alex Gordon delivers
Alex Gordon delivered a game-winning single in the ninth inning Wednesday against the A’s, Rustin Dodd reports. The win gave the Royals a 4-4 split on their recent road trip and four wins in the last five days.
The Star’s editorial board writes about what the Kansas City Council should do next in the KCI terminal debate. “Kansas City voters must be assured their representatives picked the right proposal, for the right cost, for the right reasons. A transparent process is the only way to do that.”