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Target Of Leavenworth County Official’s ‘Master Race’ Remark Calls It Inexcusable

Long-time city planner Triveece Penelton always thought if she ever made national news, it would be because of a great project. But last week, the attention came instead when a Leavenworth County commissioner — a white man addressing a black woman — made a comment about the "master race" to her after she gave a presentation.

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How Climate Change Is Already Affecting Kansas Prairies

The effects of climate change can bring to mind melting ice caps or islands swallowed by rising sea levels, but scientists say it is also altering the landscape of the tallgrass prairies.

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Family comes first at Thanksgiving, including finding things to do with – or without – family members.

Let’s talk turkey: Entertainments and activities that can distract from mom’s tragically burnt stuffing or a visiting relative’s relentless political opinions can be especially helpful during the gathering season, including this weekend’s handy batch of go-and-dos to thankfully share – or not – with those we hold dear.

Anyway, be sure to count your blessings. However you do the math!

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Kansas City's troubled American Jazz Museum has new leadership after its interim board of directors unanimously elected a new board Tuesdsay afternoon.

The museum has been led by that interim board, and has not had an executive director, since Cheptoo Kositany-Buckner and most of the 22-member board resigned last spring after a highly critical consultants' report released in early April.

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Dozens of Oak Park High School students walked out of class Tuesday in protest of the Trump administration’s plans to roll back Title IX protections for transgender people.

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UPDATED at 3:20 p.m. Nov. 20 with details from a lawsuit filed against UMKC and Ashim Mitra — University of Missouri-Kansas City Chancellor C. Mauli Agrawal suspended a prominent pharmacy professor Tuesday after a Kansas City Star report detailed students' allegations that Dr. Ashim Mitra exploited them for free labor.

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Kansas has agreed to cover the cost of drugs to treat Medicaid patients with chronic hepatitis C without subjecting them to a lengthy list of requirements.

A legal settlement, which awaits final court approval, resolves a class action lawsuit alleging the state made it too difficult for hepatitis C patients to receive the potentially life-saving treatments.

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The family of a Shawnee Mission South senior killed in a traffic accident on I-435 last month is suing the Kansas City police officer who caused the crash.

Chandan Rajanna, 17, was driving with his father, Krishna Rajanna, and sister, Lisa Allen, to join the rest of their family at the Chiefs game on October 21 when off-duty KCPD officer Terrell Watkins rammed into the back of their car in heavy traffic. 

The impact of the police van caused Rajanna's car to slam into the vehicle in front of it, and crash into the guardrail alongside the road. 

Updated at 2:15 p.m. with comments from Vandeven — Margie Vandeven will return as Missouri’s top education official a year after her unpopular firing by then-Gov. Eric Greitens.

The State Board of Education announced its selection of Vandeven as state education commissioner Tuesday. She ran the state’s Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, or DESE, for three years before she was ousted.

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They say it takes one to know one. As Kansas governor-elect Laura Kelly soon will be, former Gov. Kathleen Sebelius was a Democrat leading the state while Republicans controlled the Legislature. 

Jim McLean of the Kansas News Service spoke with Sebelius about the support from Republicans that helped Kelly overcome competition from Republican Secretary of State Kris Kobach and independent Greg Orman in the governor's race and what will make her successful in office. 

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Prairie Village City Council members debated the wisdom and scope of an LGBTQ non-discrimination ordinance and ultimately voted unanimously Monday night for a broader ordinance than it originally contemplated.

The suburban council took action where state and federal law hasn’t yet reached — barring discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity by the city, landlords and any business offering services to the public.

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The last police officer in the tiny Cass County town of Garden City was fired Monday as he arrived at the office.

“I was met by the mayor, a sheriff’s deputy and an alderman and handed termination papers,” said 50-year-old Tom Albers, an 18 year veteran of the department.

The letter simply said "The City of Garden City Board of Alderman held an Emergency Executive Closed Session Meeting on November 15, 2018. Your employment with the City is hereby suspended without pay indefinitely."

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Kansas Jayhawks' High-Profile Football Hire Les Miles Has His Work Cut Out For Him

Les Miles is 65, but he’s not prepared to dig into his retirement savings nor the $1.5 million buyout settlement he agreed to last week with LSU football. Far less than what LSU had agreed to pay Miles through 2023, the buyout paved the way for him to accept a new challenge: turn around the moribund football program at the University of Kansas.

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The Rapper Known As "Sauce" On Soulful Music And Social Justice

Sauce talks about his upcoming album, #soulfood4, which includes an apology to black women on behalf of black men.