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Kobach launches gubernatorial bid
Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach launched his campaign for governor of Kansas Thursday, Bryan Lowry reports. Later, he told The Star’s Katy Bergen that he turned down two positions at the White House and the Department of Homeland Security to remain in Kansas.
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The Star’s editorial board explores what voters will be basing their vote on for the next governor of the state.
Former FBI Director James Comey testified to Congress Thursday, saying President Donald Trump lied about his reasons for firing Comey. Meanwhile, though Brian Williams seemed to imply those in Olathe were disinterested, residents of the city and those around the area followed along with Comey’s testimony.
Crafting a diverse neighborhood
Joe Robertson reports on a plan by millennials to bring new residents to a long-distressed neighborhood in the area south of the 18th and Vine jazz district.
KC convention hotel clears hurdle
Diane Stafford reports a proposal for a Kansas City convention hotel cleared a final legislative hurdle Thursday, necessary for groundbreaking in October. The proposed 800-room tower, for the area bounded by Truman Road on the north, Baltimore Avenue on the east, 16th Street on the south, and Wyandotte Avenue on the west — was publicly announced in May 2015 but had been discussed since 1999.
Big Slick add celebs
Fox sportscaster Curt Menefee and comedian/actors Jo Lo Truglio and Will Forte are the newest additions to the 2017 Big Slick Celebrity Weekend, Aaron Randle reports. The celebrities will join hometown hosts Jason Sudeikis, Eric Stonestreet, David Koechner and others to raise money for the Cancer Center at Children’s Mercy hospital.