Johnson County Community College President Joseph Sopcich said that “no one” there struggles, as he can see from walking the parking lot. But we walked the JCCC lot and met students who said “that’s a lie.”
A proposed measure in the Missouri legislature would allow public schools to offer Bible classes as an elective. Schools already have the right to use religious books, and lawmakers should reject the legislation.
There are reports of tension between the Jackson County Legislature and Sheriff Darryl Forté. Both sides should work to overcome the distrust, and the sheriff should take the lead role in improving relations.
Restoring voting rights to convicted felons in Missouri who have been released from prison but remain on probation or parole is overdue. A bill that’s part of a criminal justice reform package is gaining support.
Missouri has removed about 70,000 people, including more than 50,000 children, from its Medicaid program. But parents report they aren’t receiving state paperwork in time to respond to eligibility questions.
After Amazon announced that it would not be locating its HQ2 in New York City, Missouri Gov. Mike Parson tweeted that our state is “open for business.” But Missouri still has some work to do to woo tech companies.
Several Kansas lawmakers have introduced two offensive, misguided marriage bills. One calls same-sex unions “parody marriage,” while the other creates optional “elevated marriages” for heterosexual couples.
Kansas Citians will elect a new mayor and City Council on June 18. A petition group wants a vote on economic incentives on that ballot, but incredibly, some at City Hall say it isn’t a “municipal” election.
Months after Missouri voters approved a minimum wage increase, Republican lawmakers are working to undo Proposition B. New bills would repeal the minimum wage increase and create a lower wage for young workers.
A no-bid contract awarded to CGI Technologies by Sam Brownback’s administration was supposed to improve the state’s tax processing system. But the move backfired, leaving Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly with a mess.
Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt is right to push for a new law to protect young victims of sex crimes. It’s wrong, he says, to cut sentences for offenders after finding the victims were the “aggressors.”
The Kansas City Police Department and other metro law enforcement agencies are using the Neighbors app from the surveillance company Ring to fight crime. But where’s the oversight to protect individuals’ rights?
How did UMKC respond to complaints that assistant softball coach Greg Bachkora sexually harassed players and barged into the women’s locker room? Instead of protecting players, the school retaliated against them.
Kansas legislators have introduced a medical marijuana bill. There are potential problems with the proposal, but it’s a good place to start an important conversation about using cannabis for pain relief.
Too many appointees to federal courts and agencies are subjected to months of delay before getting a confirmation vote. Missouri Sen. Roy Blunt has a plan to change that, and the Senate should consider it.
Legislation being proposed in Kansas and Missouri would effectively ban abortion under state law. But extremists on the other end of the spectrum want almost no limits. So we fight on, empowering Donald Trump.
Missouri is finally moving in the right direction after 10 frustrating years of failing to create a statewide prescription drug monitoring system. A bill sponsored by Rep. Holly Rehder has a real chance of passing.
The surge in syphilis cases in Kansas City suggests it’s time to have a serious community-wide discussion about the spread of infectious diseases. Adequate funding is needed for education and prevention.
It's election season, so The Star's editorial page editor Colleen McCain Nelson came on the Deep Background podcast to explain how the editorial board chooses which candidates it will endorse. Find the full episode where ever you get your podcasts.