Missouri Sen. Josh Hawley bet BBQ the Chiefs would win. But he picked a Kansas spot

With the Chiefs about to play in the AFC Championship game Sunday, Missouri Sen. Josh Hawley followed tradition by betting a colleague some Kansas City barbecue that his team would win. But, as some were quick to point out, the barbecue he chose comes from the Kansas side of the state line. The bet was offered on Twitter ahead of the Chiefs’ playoff game against the Cincinnati Bengals. Hawley made the offer to Ohio Sen. J.D. Vance. “Friendly wager?” Hawley tweeted. “I’ll bet you some Joe’s KC brisket that the Chiefs win.” Vance bet back, saying he’d treat Hawley to Montgomery Inn ribs, a Cinci...

Kansas Gov. Kelly warns against politics in classrooms, renews calls for medical marijuana

TOPEKA, Kansas — Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly in her State of State address on Tuesday night warned the Republican-controlled Legislature that she would oppose “irresponsible tax proposals” and education measures that pit “parents against teachers,” even as the Democratic governor seeks GOP support for her agenda. Kelly has called for immediately eliminating the state sales tax on food, creating a back-to-school sales tax holiday and providing a tax break for some retirees. Kelly also wants Kansas to fully fund special education after the state has gone more than a decade without meeting mandatory ...

Sen. Josh Hawley will introduce legislation to ban TikTok nationwide

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Josh Hawley said Tuesday he will introduce a bill to ban the app TikTok in the United States. “(TikTok) is China’s backdoor into Americans’ lives,” Hawley, R-Mo., said. “It threatens our children’s privacy as well as their mental health. Last month Congress banned it on all government devices.” The bill would be part of Hawley’s larger messaging campaign in opposition to the Chinese Communist Party and large social media companies. While he has also signed on to anti-trust legislation in the hopes of breaking up monopolies in tech companies, he’s been particularly aggres...

His first fame came on a KC Jumbotron. His new mission began the night he was shot

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Jimmy Faseler was already a little famous the night he almost died. But when an intruder shot him in his home, the donated blood that saved his life brought him even greater fame. That night in 2015, he had watched March Madness basketball with friends. Afterward, he walked up to his Independence house and knew right away something was wrong. Why were lights on with no one home? Why was the back door open? He walked in and knew instantly what was happening. The place was trashed. The TV and stereo equipment: gone. “I’m getting robbed!” Suddenly, one of the burglars appeared...

Shooter was drunk, had been told to leave Kansas City funeral before opening fire, witness says

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A man who opened fire at a funeral home in south Kansas City Friday morning, injuring four people, was drunk and had been asked to leave before the shooting, according to one employee. The employee, who said his wife was inside the Elite Funeral Chapel at the time, said after staff asked the man to leave he was seen exiting but then returning with a gun. “He went out and one of the other guys that works in there saw him with a gun and he told everybody he had a gun,” the employee said. The man returned and shot a woman as she was sitting on a couch in the funeral home, the e...

2 years later, Missouri man charged in Capitol riot, accused of assaulting officer

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Authorities have arrested a southwest Missouri man on felony charges in connection with the Capitol riot that include assaulting a law enforcement officer. Kyler Joseph Bard, 26, of Seneca, was arrested in Joplin on Friday, court documents show. He is charged in federal court with assaulting, resisting or impeding officers and civil disorder, both felonies. Bard is the 24th Missouri resident to be charged in a Capitol riot case. He also faces five other counts — entering and remaining in a restricted building or grounds; disorderly and disruptive conduct in a restricted buil...

‘I can finally sleep at night.’ Former students, others react to boarding school closing

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — After hearing that Agape Boarding School was closing its doors, many former students and Missouri lawmakers took a moment Wednesday to celebrate. Some said they teared up. Others said they were relieved because they had nearly given up hope that the unlicensed Cedar County school would close. Still more said the news was almost bittersweet. “Not exactly how I wanted the doors shut, but I’ll take what I can get,” said Colton Schrag, of Texas, who attended Agape two different times from 2004 to 2010. “Regardless of how the school is closed down, no further boys will be victimi...

Missouri man found guilty on 2 charges related to Jan. 6 insurrection

WASHINGTON — A federal judge on Friday found a northwest Missouri man guilty of two misdemeanor charges for his participation in the Jan. 6, 2021, insurrection at the U.S. Capitol. Judge Reggie B. Walton, of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, found Lloyd Casimiro Cruz Jr., 40, of Polo, guilty on one charge of entering or remaining in a restricted building or grounds and one charge of parading, demonstrating or picketing in a Capitol building. His ruling came after Cruz agreed to a “stipulated trial,” meaning he waived his right to a trial in front of a jury. Instead, his att...

Missouri House faces backlash over women’s dress code. What are the rules for both genders?

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Republicans in the GOP-controlled Missouri House are embroiled in national controversy this week over a rule that would have tightened the dress code for women lawmakers. The initial version of the rule, offered by state Rep. Ann Kelley, a Lamar Republican, would have explicitly required women to wear jackets while in the House chamber — although previous rules have already required women to wear a second layer, such as a blazer. The House eventually enacted a revised rule that requires women to wear jackets, but clarifies that jackets include cardigans. The rule specifie...

Kansas City approves commission to study reparations, issues apology to Black community

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Kansas City is joining an increasing number of communities across the country committed to studying the possibility of making reparations available for Black community members. On Thursday, Kansas City Council members voted to establish a committee to study reparations. The ordinance, sponsored by Councilwoman Melissa Robinson, District 3, gives the city 90 days to form a commission, called the Mayor’s Commission on Reparations, that will go on to advise the city about any possible future reparations. The 13-person commission has not yet been chosen. The ordinance also serve...

Ex-Kansas City cop Roger Golubski to remain under house arrest while awaiting trials, judge rules

Former Kansas City, Kansas, Detective Roger Golubski will remain mostly confined to his home before his trials stemming from allegations of rape and sex trafficking, a federal judge ruled Thursday. Magistrate Judge Rachel Schwartz denied a request to loosen Golubski’s restrictions, citing community safety and the “very serious allegations” lodged against the former police officer. The decision was met with relief by Ophelia Williams, who attended the hearing at the Frank Carlson Federal Building. Williams alleges Golubski raped her in 1999 at her home in KCK. Schwartz in September released Gol...

Missouri boarding school accused of abusing students announces it is shutting down

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Agape Boarding School, the embattled unlicensed Christian facility in southwest Missouri that has been dogged by abuse allegations for years, is closing its doors. The action comes as the Missouri attorney general’s office said it planned to continue its petition for a court injunction to close the school, which opened near Stockton in 1996. “For the past 30 years Agape Boarding School has provided over 6,000 boys with an opportunity to get their life back on track and toward a bright future,” the school’s former director, Bryan Clemensen, said in a news release issued Wedne...

US Supreme Court won’t hear 2nd appeal from Kansas brothers on death row for Wichita murders

The nation’s highest court has refused to hear a second appeal from death row inmates Jonathan and Reginald Carr, Kansas brothers convicted of capital murder in a brutal December 2000 quadruple slaying that continues to be one of Wichita’s most-notorious crimes. “Today’s action means the two defendants have exhausted their direct appeals and their convictions and death sentences are considered final, although they still have the ability to file additional lawsuits in state or federal court seeking to prevent their executions, and it is expected they will do so,” outgoing Kansas Attorney Genera...

University of Missouri will not punish student over racist post, citing First Amendment protections

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Over the objections of students, University of Missouri officials determined they have no grounds to discipline or expel a former conservative club leader over a racist social media post, saying she was exercising her First Amendment rights. In a Snapchat post shared by students last month, student Meg Miller used a racial slur, saying: “If they would have killed 4 more n----- we would have had the whole week off,” followed by crying laughing emojis. While it is unclear what Miller was referencing, her post hearkens back to 1986, on the first federal holiday marking the birt...

On Jan. 6 anniversary, Missouri Democrat Kunce launches bid to challenge Josh Hawley in 2024

KANSAS CITY, Mo. —Just months after a losing bid for U.S. Senate in Missouri, former Marine Lucas Kunce is launching another campaign — this time in an attempt to take down Republican Sen. Josh Hawley. Kunce announced his new campaign Jan. 6, two years after Hawley objected to the certification of the 2020 presidential election amid an insurrection on the U.S. Capitol and more than a year and a half before the 2024 election. “When things get tough, Missourians deserve a U.S. senator who will stand up for them, not run away,” Kunce said in a Western-themed announcement video posted on Twitter, ...