Top Stories:  Kansas City’s NAACP branch says it is opposed to privatizing public sidewalks in the city’s popular Westport district.  The civil rights group says the City Council’s decision to hand over the city’s streets to area businesses amounted to a failure to perform its public duty.  The NAACP has scheduled a news conference for Friday at 10 a.m.  And the man convicted of abducting and murdering a 10-year-old Springfield girl in 2014 is asking for an acquittal or a new trial.