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State senator seeking WyCo mayoral/CEO position

David Haley is looking to change jobs. By Melissa Arroyo Haley has served in the Kansas Legislature for more than 20 years, including the past 16 as a senator. This spring, however, he entered the race for mayor/CEO of the Unified Government of Wyandotte County/Kansas City, Kan. “I see room for a candidate that reflects knowledge and passion for people,” …

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Sandate seeking community support in re-election bid

By Emiliano Gross For almost 20 years, Henry Sandate has actively supported the Latino community. Now, he’s seeking the Latino community’s support. As a board member of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Greater Kansas City, Sandate was a main promoter of the program Latinos of Tomorrow. He got involved in 1999 while working for State Farm, when the insurance …

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Meeting for the first time

Commentary by Dermidio Juez-Perez Generally, previous meetings between U.S. presidents and Russian President Vladimir Putin haven’t been pleasant. A 2016 picture of then-President Barack Obama’s meeting with Putin describes perfectly, without words, what the relationship is between these two powerful nations.   New President Donald J. Trump and Putin have yet to meet publicly since Trump took office. But that’s …

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Hate crimes increasing

By Chara Hate crimes have increased by 20 percent during the past year in the United States, statistics show. According to NBC, hate crimes began increasing following the Nov. 8 presidential election. Recently, the Center for the Study of Hate & Extremism at California State University released a report indicating the states with the highest hate crime rates. Those states …

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U.S., Mexican and Central American leaders meet in Miami

By Dermidio Juez-Perez Regional issues addressed during two-day conference On June 15 and 16, U.S. Vice President Mike Pence and other Cabinet members met with regional presidents and top Mexican officials in Miami to address some of the most worrisome issues plaguing El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras. They did so through the Conference on Prosperity and Security. Co-hosted by the …

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Trump dismantles Obama’s agreements with Cuba

By Dermidio Juez-Perez On June 16, President Trump announced the cancellation of agreements signed by former President Obama with Cuba – and inaugurated new policies he hoped would weaken the island nation. “Obama’s policies have not helped the Cubans,” Trump said during a speech in Miami. “They have enriched the Cuban regime.” Trump also criticized his predecessor for neglecting human …

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Kobach making Kansas gubernatorial bid

By Melissa Arroyo On June 8, Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach announced he would run for state governor in 2018. Accompanied by his wife and five daughters, Kobach announced his campaign to succeed Gov. Sam Brownback at the Thompson Barn in Lenexa, where he outlined “three problems” he promised to focus on if elected: corruption, taxation and illegal immigration. …

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Strange compliments given to boost insecure president’s morale

Commentary by Dermidio Juez-Perez On Monday (June 12), a head-spinning video of the White House’s Cabinet Room went viral. The reason it went viral was this: President Trump transformed a routine meeting into a strange, mood-boosting, ego-stroking display of support for himself. While watching this video, I couldn’t help but wonder if this is how cabinet meetings are handled in …

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Consequences of Trump’s orders

Our brothers and sisters are in danger Commentary by Dermidio Juez-Perez When a president makes a decision like the executive order on immigration that President Trump signed recently, the consequences go beyond what the average citizen sees. During the first 100 days of Trump’s administration, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has arrested more than 41,000 people – a 37 …

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Noriega dies

Former Panamanian dictator Manuel Antonio Noriega, 83, died on Monday (May 29) in Panama City, Panama. Noriega wore many labels during his rise to and fall from his height of power in Panama. Panamanians and others have referred to the controversial public personality as a military commander, a drug trafficker, a CIA informant, a dictator and even a convicted murderer. …

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