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Two university student protesters were killed Friday in clashes over a social security reform pushed by President Daniel Ortega's government, according to independent media reports. Police did not immediately confirm the deaths, but images of the two young men were carried in local media and ... Nicaragua protests
Fifty-one percent of Missourians disapprove of embattled Gov. Eric Greitens' job performance, according to a new poll, and he maintains a 37 percent approval rating. The survey released Saturday by the Missouri Scout news service showed support for the governor riding along party lines: 57 percent ...

Gail McCann Beatty, who represents part of the Kansas City area and serves as the Democratic leader in the Missouri House, also issued a statement calling for Burns' resignation. Beatty said she recently learned of "disturbing records of calls by Rep. Bob Burns to a St. Louis-area radio show whose host ...
A new fiscal forecast for Kansas' government Friday boosted projected tax collections enough for some officials to declare that the state can afford extra spending on public schools lawmakers have approved, while a top Republican called for tax cuts. The new forecast from legislative researchers, ... school
If you wanted to see the divide in America today, the gap between the left and the right, the gun-rights advocates, the teens calling for gun control, there was no clearer scene than the one that played out Friday morning in front of the Kansas Capitol. Roughly 200 people, including Kris Kobach, the ... students
A Maine town that has tried to stop existing three times because of high property taxes is now close to official dissolution. Atkinson would be the largest town in Maine to dissolve if residents vote for dissolving into unorganized territory this November. The Bangor Daily News reports Republican Gov.

There's a lot going on in Jackson County government lately: a crumbling jail, a financial and operations audit, a recently-resigned sheriff, and an executive mired in personal financial difficulties. Adding to these troubles are homicide numbers in Kansas City that are worse than last year. Today, we got ...
Lance Armstrong has reached a $5 million settlement with the federal government in a whistleblower lawsuit that could have sought $100 million in damages from the cyclist who was stripped of his record seven Tour de France victories after admitting he used performance-enhancing drugs ...
By The Kansas City Star Editorial Board ... A top-to-bottom review of Jackson County government is warranted, and soon. Voters may want to pursue professional management at the courthouse, for example. There may be other ways to bring 21st century improvements to county government. Earlier ...
A Congolese mother has been reunited with her 7-year-old daughter months after they crossed the California-Mexico border seeking asylum and were separated by the U.S. government, an American Civil Liberties Union lawyer said Saturday. The daughter had been placed in a Chicago facility while the ...
The Merriam City Council unanimously approved a contract March 12 with St. Louis-based McCarthy Building Companies for the construction of a 66,000-square-foot community center slated to open in 2020. McCarthy Building Companies will oversee the design and construction of the $30 million building ...
Promising to cut in half the number of agencies answering to him, Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson is hoping to emulate a Democratic governor who later defeated him in his first bid for statewide office. Hutchinson is also trying to avoid the pitfalls faced by the last member of his party to hold the state's top ...
The Star reported in early December that Greitens and most of his senior government staff were using an app called Confide, which allows someone to send a text message that automatically erases after it is read. It also prevents someone from saving, forwarding, printing or taking a screenshot of the text, ...
This is obviously complicated, said David Smith, a spokesman for the Kansas City, Kan., school district. His district is one that sued the state in 2010 for more education funding. The biggest challenge now, Smith said, is figuring out what the study means for school districts. Inaccuracies in the report, such as ...
The government says a Michigan college professor who blew the whistle on defective material in police vests will receive $5.7 million. The Justice Department says the award is part of a $66 million settlement with a Japanese company and its U.S. subsidiary. Toyobo was accused of knowingly selling ...
The Trump administration will rewrite rules governing how to choose areas considered critical to endangered species to settle a lawsuit brought by 20 states and four trade groups, according to state attorneys general. The endangered species director for an environmental nonprofit says that's terrible news.
The U.S. government is determined to deport Lawrence scientist Syed Jamal back to his native Bangladesh, loaded onto a flight shackled and handcuffed. Due process and the rule of law appear to be of lesser concern. The Department of Homeland Security has asked the Board of Immigration Appeals to ...

All non-essential state government in Shawnee County will be closed Thursday, Gov. Jeff Colyer announced Wednesday at about 10 p.m.. The decision was made “due to safety concerns regarding the winter storm forecast for the state Wednesday evening and continuing through late Thursday afternoon,” ...
Also in March, Helling was named the winner of The American Society of News Editors' 2018 Burl Osborne Award for Editorial Leadership. The award recognized writings that called into question the way Kansas City's government handled contract negotiations for a $1 billion air terminal being planned ...
A Yemeni minister accused the United Arab Emirates of trying to fragment his country by creating separate "regional and tribal armies" in the south and called upon the government to take action. Yemen has been engulfed in a civil war since 2015, with a Saudi-led coalition that includes the UAE fighting ...
The Supreme Court on Monday rejected the Trump administration's highly unusual bid to bypass a federals appeals court and get the justices to intervene in the fate of a program that protects hundreds of thousands of young immigrants from deportation. The decision affecting "Dreamers" means the case ...
Syria's government has started its first organized reconstruction projects. However, it's a fraction of the massive task of rebuilding that it faces after seven years of war, airstrikes and barrel bombs left entire cities and infrastructure a landscape of rubble. The government estimates that reconstruction will cost ...
Organizers of anti-government marches in Congo say security forces shot dead at least four people and wounded dozens more in Sunday's nationwide protest against President Joseph Kabila's extended rule. The Lay Coordination Committee on Monday announced that people were killed in Kinshasa, ...
Nigeria's government acknowledged Sunday that 110 girls remain missing nearly a week after Boko Haram militants attacked their town. Frustrated family members already had compiled a list of missing girls after saying officials were being slow to respond. The fate of the girls is not known, but witnesses ...
But even some of his longtime legislative allies seem to be edging toward throwing in the towel, wondering how long Missouri government can withstand the weight of the growing scandal. “It is not my position to determine ... from The Associated Press. Neil Nakahodo and Shelly YangThe Kansas City Star ...
Gov. Eric Greitens was indicted Thursday afternoon by a St. Louis grand jury on a felony charge of invasion of privacy. The charge stems from a 2015 affair and allegations that he threatened to release a nude photograph of the woman, taken while she was blindfolded and her hands were bound, if she ever ...
Savannah officials are taking extra precautions to protect employees' email accounts and government computer servers as City Hall recovers from a malware virus attack. Local officials said in a news release that city staff workers are currently unable to receive email attachments to help thwart further attack ...
Kansas City attorney Craig O'Dear on Thursday launched his independent campaign with a news conference in Kansas City, criticizing both Democrats and Republicans for being responsible for the sort of "division and gridlock" that resulted in two recent government shutdowns. "Partisan warfare and the ...
Both men declined to provide details to reporters Thursday on what they discussed with the investigators. House Minority Leader Gail McCann Beatty, a Kansas City Democrat, also spoke with the circuit attorney's investigators on Wednesday. She said their questions focused on the governor's efforts to ...
A Leavenworth Republican looking to replace U.S. Rep. Lynn Jenkins in Kansas' second congressional district is giving away an AR-15 rifle for his campaign — and he has no plans to stop it despite social media pushback in light of Wednesday's Florida mass school shooting. Tyler Tannahill, a Marine ...
A Johnson County resident hopes to be first Native American woman elected to Congress if she can win the Democratic primary to take on U.S. Rep. Kevin Yoder in the fall. Sharice Davids, a 37-year-old Shawnee attorney and member of the Ho-Chunk nation, served as a White House fellow during the final ...
Expanded bus service begins April 2 from Kansas City's urban core to south Johnson County jobs hubs, after the Johnson County Commission unanimously approved the plan Thursday. “The need to get people to the growing jobs market in south Johnson County has been known for quite some time,” Dick ...
When five Myanmar journalists were sentenced to decade-long prison terms for reporting the alleged existence of a military-run chemical weapons factory in Myanmar a few years ago, Aung San Suu Kyi — then an opposition lawmaker — condemned the harsh punishments as "very excessive.".
A Kansas City lawyer officially launched an independent bid for U.S. Senate on Thursday, entering a race that could decide which party controls the .... He said that the fact that the federal government has faced a shutdown twice in the span of two months demonstrates the dysfunction caused by the party ...
A bomb caused an explosion that killed four people and wounded 10 during Carnival celebrations, Bolivian authorities said Wednesday. The blast occurred late Tuesday in the middle of Carnival celebrations in the city of Oruro, the capital of President Evo Morales' home province. Police Gen. Faustino ...
Thank you to all the doctors, nurses and staff at the Kansas City VA Medical Center. It did not matter whether I was staying in progressive care, intensive care or a room on the eighth floor — attention to my comfort was always first. No matter how busy things were, I was made to feel as if I was the only one ...
Two arrested Supreme Court justices and a former president had been plotting to overthrow the government of the Maldives, officials in the Indian Ocean nation said, announcing they had found more than $200,000 in suspicious money in searches since a state of emergency was declared last week in the ...
Lawmakers pushed to enact a massive budget deal Thursday along with a stopgap temporary measure to prevent a government shutdown at midnight. GOP leaders tried to shore up support among conservatives for a plan that would shower the Pentagon with the billions they favor but also balloon the ...
According to a statement the agency sent to The Kansas City Star earlier this week, “a stay of removal is a temporary humanitarian benefit.... The stay is designed to allow the alien to get his/her affairs in order before they return to their home country.” ICE said stays of removal may last up to a year, though it ...
The smallest partner in Germany's prospective new government signed off Thursday on the coalition deal, but bigger hurdles lie ahead amid discontent in the country's two largest parties. The deal to end Germany's four-month political impasse, reached Wednesday, would see Chancellor Angela Merkel's ...
Syrian state-run media on Thursday confirmed a rare U.S. strike on government-backed troops in eastern Syria, citing reports of dozens killed and wounded from the attack. The overnight attack, which a U.S. military official earlier said killed about 100, adds another layer to a conflict in Syria that is once ...
Protesting doctors and health authorities in Poland have signed a deal that will significantly increase spending on health care, including doctors' pay. Some hospital wards had their work disrupted in recent weeks after young doctors refused to sign an agreement to work longer than 48-hour weeks with no ...
HCA Midwest Health, which owns eight hospitals in the Kansas City area, will move its headquarters from Kansas City to Overland Park after receiving ... Craig Holman, a lobbyist with the national government watchdog group Public Citizen, said that could pose a conflict of interest if Colyer had any hand in ...
Residents across the Sunflower State have been weighing in on the secrecy inside state government in Kansas. They've called their elected officials, told of their own experiences with a lack of transparency and begun attending public meetings demanding answers. And many are waiting to see if any real ...
The executive orders come after a Kansas City Star series this fall that focused on secrecy within Kansas government. The stories shed light on withheld information inside the Department for Children and Families, in the state's tax credit programs, in the legislative process and other areas of government.
The Maldives' government says it will not enforce a Supreme Court order to release and retry political prisoners, including an ex-president. Legal Affairs Minister Azima Shakoor said Monday that "the government does not believe that the Supreme Court ruling to release the political prisoners can be ...
He was going to shake things up. He was going to ride into Jefferson City and vanquish all those dirty, nasty politicians in both parties that were corrupt and bloated and ruining the government,” she said during a chili dinner in Columbia hosted by the Democratic Party in Boone County. “He was going to do ...
An Ashland, Mo., man made a second terrorist threat in recent weeks against the government, police said. Jeffery O'Laughlin called U.S. Rep. Vicky Hartzler's office in Columbia on Wednesday and threatened to “use gun powder and put some people in the grave,” according to the Columbia Daily Tribune.
There are only a few potential fixes: higher contributions from employees or city government; reductions in benefits, or all of the above. Another option ... Moody's, one of the ratings agencies that advises in investors on Kansas City's financial health, downgraded its outlook last year from “stable” to “negative.
Plans for a University of Missouri-Kansas City Downtown Conservatory have taken a tremendous blow, with a main contributor pulling a pledge to fund nearly a fourth of the $96 million project. The Muriel McBrien Kauffman Foundation has withdrawn its $20 million pledge, a move that could set back, if not ...


 

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