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Missouri Gov. Parson says he ‘chose not to’ wear mask in store

Missouri Gov. Parson says he ‘chose not to’ wear mask in store

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Missouri Gov. Mike Parson has a simple reason for not wearing a face mask during a visit to a southwestern Missouri thrift store.“I chose not to,” Parson said tersely Monday in response to a reporter’s question.Parson’s stay-at-home order ended Sunday, and businesses reopened across most of Missouri a day later, except in St. Louis, St. Louis County and Kansas City. The Republican governor spent the morning visiting several businesses in southwestern Missouri.Among them was a thrift shop in Joplin operated by the Disabled American Veterans. A photo posted on Parson’s...

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May 5, 2020
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Lansing guard who died from COVID-19 was fighting to live for daughter’s wedding, wife says

Lansing guard who died from COVID-19 was fighting to live for daughter’s wedding, wife says

LANSING, Kan. — A has died of COVID-19.The man in his 50s, whose name has not been released, worked at the prison for nearly 20 years.As a result, the Kansas Department of Corrections said starting Thursday all staff members at the prison will be tested for the coronavirus.George Robaire, better known to friends as Bernie, was .The 61-year-old spent 36 years as a correction officer at Lansing Correctional. The former Marine started working there just months after he married his wife Susan.“He was always willing to go in. Never grumbled about having to go in at 5 o’clock in the morning. I...

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May 14, 2020
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Kansas casinos begin reopening, will check players’ temperatures

Kansas casinos begin reopening, will check players’ temperatures

KANSAS CITY, Kan. — State-owned Kansas casinos are screening customers’ temperatures as they begin reopening amid the coronavirus pandemic. The Topeka Capital-Journal reports Boot Hill Casino, Kansas Crossing Casino and Kansas Star Casino have already opened.Hollywood Casino is reopening slots Monday. The casino will use no-touch forehead scanners to take players’ temperatures before they enter.“We’ve spent the last couple of months completely sanitizing the facility. We fogged the entire facility, the employee areas and the customer areas. All 2,000 slot machines and all table games have...

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May 25, 2020
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St. Louis County says those who ignored social distancing at Lake of the Ozarks need to quarantine

St. Louis County says those who ignored social distancing at Lake of the Ozarks need to quarantine

ST. LOUIS, Mo. — St. Louis County has issued a travel advisory for residents returning from the Lake of the Ozarks over the holiday weekend.The Department of Public Health says anyone who ignored social distancing guidelines needs to self-quarantine for 14 days upon return to St. Louis County.A viral video of hundreds of people packing a pool area at Backwater Jacks Bar & Grill in Osage Beach sparked outrage on social media and backlash from public health officials, who warn the virus is still out there.“This reckless behavior endangers countless people and risks setting us back...

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Karra Small
May 25, 2020
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Local governments differ on reopening plans after Gov. Kelly scraps mandatory phases

Local governments differ on reopening plans after Gov. Kelly scraps mandatory phases

KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly said Tuesday that she’s giving some control back to the counties, and her statewide restrictions will expire at the end of the day.But now local municipalities differ on how they’ll implementing COVID-19 restrictions.Officials in Wyandotte and Douglas counties said that they plan to continue with the state’s Phase 2 guidelines for the time being.Johnson County, however, will not impose additional limits on businesses. Instead, the county is now encouraging voluntary compliance with the Ad Astra plan.Kelly changed her mandate for a phased reopening...

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Karra Small
May 27, 2020
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Unrest replaces peaceful protest Sunday night in Kansas City

Unrest replaces peaceful protest Sunday night in Kansas City

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Protesters gathered on Sunday at the Country Club Plaza to decry police brutality in local cases and notably in Minneapolis where George Floyd died in police custody last week. With an 8 p.m. curfew in place, Kansas City leaders applauded protesters for their behavior during a briefing around the time the Plaza, Westport, Downtown and Kansas City parks closed to the public.But as the sun set, tensions rose and the scene at the Plaza looked eerily familiar to the violent Saturday night that preceded it. Some in the crowd lobbed water bottles at officers, who deployed tear...

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June 1, 2020
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Unified Government requiring nearly all employees to take 10 furlough days due to budget shortfall

Unified Government requiring nearly all employees to take 10 furlough days due to budget shortfall

KANSAS CITY, Kan. — The pandemic hit the Unified Government’s budget hard, and now leaders are requiring most employees to take a 10-day furlough to make up for the loss. In a statement, county spokesman Dave Reno said the health crisis cost the Unified Government of Wyandotte County and Kansas City, Kansas, more than $23 million in revenue this year and an estimated $18 million in 2021.The county attributes the shortfalls to drops in sales and gas tax collections during the shutdown. Leaders are cutting nearly $22 million from the 2020 budget, according to the county’s statement, but...

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June 12, 2020
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Man without pants robs Northland gas station; police arrested naked suspect next day

Man without pants robs Northland gas station; police arrested naked suspect next day

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A man wearing only a pink shirt and flip-flops robbed a Northland gas station on Tuesday and now police and prosecutors say they have identified and charged that half-naked robber.Jeremy McNack, 25, is charged in Clay County with robbery and armed criminal action at the World Liquors Shell gas station, 600 N.W. 68th Street. Police say he used a black, unknown handgun when he demanded money. aThe day after McNack robbed...

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June 29, 2017
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Woman shot multiple times while trying to steal Nazi flag from Oklahoma man’s yard

Woman shot multiple times while trying to steal Nazi flag from Oklahoma man’s yard

GARFIELD COUNTY, Okla. – A 26-year-old woman was shot multiple times after she was dared to steal a swastika flag from an Oklahoma man’s front yard.Garfield County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a shots fired call at 3 a.m. Sunday. When they arrived they found the woman lying in a ditch.“The female had multiple gunshot wounds, so my deputies rendered aid to her,” Jody Helm, Garfield County Sheriff said.Helm said the woman was at a party across the street from the residence of 44-year-old Alexander John Feaster.According to the Sheriff, she was dared to try and steal one of the two swastika...

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Jun 30
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Kansas City man faces murder charges in connection with February fatal crash

Kansas City man faces murder charges in connection with February fatal crash

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A Kansas City man is facing charges in connection to a February crash that killed two people.Michael Mertens, 27, faces two counts of second-degree murder, leaving the scene of an accident, receiving stolen property, possession of a controlled substance and driving while revoked charges.According to court documents, a Kansas City police officer saw a crash near 18th and Brooklyn on Feb, 4, 2020.Mertens allegedly ran from the scene of that crash and was taken into custody by the officer.According to court documents, the driver of another vehicle recognized her mother’s...

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May 19, 2020
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