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The final blast of the Fairfax bridge is scheduled at 9 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 29, according to the Missouri and Kansas departments of transportation.

Crews are scheduled to detonate the northern portion of the truss from the north bank to the Missouri levee, according to a spokesman.

Unlike the previous two blasts, this demolition cannot be seen from public access points, and no public viewing will be available, according to officials.

Northbound and southbound U.S. 69 will be closed from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. to accommodate the blast.

The current U.S. 69 Highway Bridge over the Missouri River is being replaced. A new structure will be built in its place and will include multiple lanes and bike and pedestrian access, according to the department of transportation. It will open to traffic in December 2016.

The project is shared by the Kansas Department of Transportation and Missouri Department of Transportation.

For more information, visit twitter.com/MoDOT_KC, #us69moriverbridge or www.modot.mo.gov/kansascity.

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Police released these photos of a suspect in the armed robbery Jan. 21 of a Grab N Go store at 6828 Kaw Drive.
Police released these photos of a suspect in the armed robbery Jan. 21 of a Grab N Go store at 6828 Kaw Drive.
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Kansas City, Kan., police are asking the public’s help to identify a suspect in an aggravated robbery at midnight Jan. 21 at the Grab N Go store, 6828 Kaw Drive, Kansas City, Kan.

The suspect, a man in his 50s, was wearing a black leather coat with a hoodie under it and all black clothing, according to the police description.

The suspect had on gray gloves when he displayed a silver handgun, a police spokesman said.

The suspect stole cash from the business and left in what appeared to be a late 2000 model black Ford Taurus or Mercury Sable, police said.

The Kansas City, Kan., Police Department is encouraging anyone with information to call the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-TIPS (8477).

Police released these photos of a suspect in the armed robbery Jan. 21 of a Grab N Go store at 6828 Kaw Drive.
Police released these photos of a suspect in the armed robbery Jan. 21 of a Grab N Go store at 6828 Kaw Drive.

Police released this photo of a suspect vehicle in the armed robbery Jan. 21 of a Grab N Go store at 6828 Kaw Drive.
Police released this photo of a suspect vehicle in the armed robbery Jan. 21 of a Grab N Go store at 6828 Kaw Drive.

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U.S. Representative Kevin Yoder, R-3rd Dist., plans to testify on behalf of Kansas Rep. Erin Davis’ Kansas ABLE Act at 9 a.m. Thursday.

Rep. Davis’ bill would establish the ABLE accounts authorized in the recently enacted federal law titled the Achieving a Better Life Experience Act, known as the ABLE Act.

The ABLE Act amended Section 529 of the Internal Revenue Code to create tax-free savings accounts for individuals with disabilities. These accounts would provide families with flexible savings tools to maintain greater financial security and prepare their children for a future of independent living, without placing more burdens on bureaucratic federal programs. The program would be administered by State Treasurer Ron Estes.

Yoder was a vocal supporter and cosponsor of the ABLE Act, largely due to the advocacy of the Mast family of Olathe.

The testimony is at the Children and Seniors Committee hearing at 9 a.m. Jan. 29 in Room 218-N, Kansas State Capitol Building, Topeka, Kan.

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