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Nominate the most loyal and proudest Royals fan to sit in Buck’s Seat

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Kansas City Royals will continue its tradition in 2014 of honoring the late Buck O’Neil by designating a seat behind home plate as “Buck’s seat” and taking nominations from the community to award fans with Buck’s vibrant spirit and love of the game to sit in the seat.

The Royals invite fans to nominate individuals they feel are worthy of filling the seat by visiting http://www.royals.com/buckseat.

In addition to watching the game from the seat of honor, honorees will be recognized during the Royals in-stadium pregame ceremony.

The first honoree has already been selected by the KC Royals and the Buck O’Neil Legacy Seat program.

Joe’s Weather Blog: Lots Of Wind…A Flake Possible

Another decent looking storm is going to move through the region today with warmer air moving in ahead of the storm and colder air draining in behind it…but the good news is that the cold air moving in will again be transient and quickly move out tomorrow.

The weather maker in question is still off towards the west of the KC metro area…the colder air attached to the low is also across the western Plains…as the day goes along the surface low will come near or north of the KC Metro area…and this evening the front will move through the area. Here is the 10AM surface map showing the weather players for the day.


Wal-Mart will buy your used video games to resell

NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — Wal-Mart will soon let consumers trade in their old video games for gift cards that they can then use to shop for items in its stores or on walmart.com.

The world’s largest retailer said its new video game trade-in service kicks off on March 26 and will roll out in more than 3,100 Wal-Mart discount stores nationwide.

The retailer said the service will accept unlimited number of games for popular consoles, including Sony Playstation, Nintendo’s Wii and Microsoft’s XBOX as long as they aren’t damaged and are in their original packaging.

After they bring in the games, consumers will get an eGift card which they can use to shop for groceries at Wal-Mart, jewelry on walmart.com or even for gas at Sam’s Club locations.

Update: Texas truck driver found

LATHROP, Mo. — The Texas trucker who disappeared near Lathrop, Mo., was discovered safe in Cameron, Mo., the Missouri State Highway Patrol reported Tuesday morning.

No further investigation will be required they said.

The original story follows here:

The Missouri Highway Patrol is heading up the investigation into the whereabouts of a truck driver from Texas who has been reported missing.

Troopers found the man’s tractor-trailer at the Trex Mart near Lathrop on Monday, after the trucking company located it using GPS.

The Highway Patrol says Mike Howell, 49, from Huntsville, Texas, hasn’t been heard from since Saturday.

All of his personal items were still inside the truck, but the Highway Patrol says it’s too soon to know if foul play is involved.

Joe’s Weather Blog: Tale Of Two Seasons

We’ve enjoyed some nice days…yesterday was about as good as you can do with temperatures near 70° and a nice breeze blowing through the region. Today we’re starting with some clouds, that shouldn’t last too long and temperatures which as of this writing are near 50° should warm into the 60s before the day is done…a bit cooler than yesterday.

Here is the 9AM surface map showing the front that I blogged about yesterday moving through the region. This front is, as you can see by the temperatures in RED, pretty weak overall…and already through the western Plains the winds are starting to switch back towards the south…indicating to me the push of “cooler” air will be relatively brief for today.

Release of documents, video raise more questions in Daisy Coleman case

KANSAS CITY, Mo. –Documents and video just released in a controversial Maryville court case uncover new details and questions. You may remember the victim in this case, Daisy Coleman, was 14 years old when she accused a then 17-year-old Matthew Barnett of rape after a night of drinking.

The case made national headlines when Daisy’s mom, Melinda Coleman, alleged prosecutorial misconduct. The investigation began in January 2012.

Nodaway County Prosecutor Robert Rice initially filed felony sex and child endangerment charges against Barnett. Those were dropped with Rice saying the Coleman’s refused to cooperate.

Pitcher Luke Hochevar to have ‘Tommy John surgery’

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — (News Release) The Kansas City Royals announced Friday that right-handed pitcher Luke Hochevar will have surgery on his ulnar collateral ligament (UCL), also known as “Tommy John surgery”, in the coming weeks, while right-handed pitcher Brad Penny has been released from his minor league contract.

Hochevar, 30, went 5-2 with a 1.92 ERA and two saves in 58 relief appearances for the Royals last season.  He ranked third in the American League in opponents’ batting average (.169) and sixth in ERA among pitchers with at least 60.0 innings during the 2013 season.   Hochevar is 43-61 with a career 5.10 ERA in 190 games (128 starts) for Kansas City during his seven-year big league career.

Penny, 35, signed with the Royals as a minor league free agent on January 16, 2014, and has made two appearances this spring, most recently allowing four runs on eight hits in 2.0 innings of work yesterday vs. the White Sox.