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For Michael Watson, playing pro basketball was like being in an entirely different world from the one he grew up in, shooting hoops at Kansas City's Central High School.

"Everything is done at the highest level of excellence — from the GMs down to the players to the managers and the coaches and the staff — everything is done 100 percent and at the top of what you can get," he says. "That's what you dream about doing."

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Segment 1: The cost of higher education has shot up faster than family income in recent decades.

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Seg. 1: The councilwoman is a front runner in the Kansas City mayoral race, in spite of having withdrawn and renentered the race.

With the experience and reputation she brings from her time as a state senator, Jolie Justus believes she has the skills that are "incredibly neccessary to keep our city moving forward." Today, Justus told us why finding common ground is crucial to crafting solutions on several issues Kansas City now faces. "We need a mayor, who can be a collaborator, who can get things done and work with people," she said.

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With Wednesday’s hiring of Brandon Martin as new athletic director, UMKC completed its self-assessment with where it wants to be moving forward: committed to the Western Athletic Conference.

“We have been Division I and intend to stay Division I,” UMKC chancellor C. Mauli Agrawal said, referring to the top division of NCAA athletics.