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Upon further examination and confirmed information from city officials, The Examiner has determined that the city of Independence’s cost for the settlement with former city manager Robert Heacock is closer to $500,000 and likely more than that. The Examiner previously reported the amount would top $460,000. The severance sum of $498,325.60 comes from payments for base salary, car allowance, insurance premiums and deferred compensation for the next year – as had been...

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Mike Hobrick, owner of CARSTAR Blue Springs, presented a check for $5,000 Tuesday to Blue Springs’ Trina Lovell and her 14-year-old son, Dylan. Dylan and his family will visit Disney World in early October through the Make-A-Wish...

Updated at 11:56 PM

Students at Luff Elementary and Bridger Middle School in the Independence School District celebrated reaching United Way fundraising goals last week. At Luff, they turned principal Melissa Carver into a human sundae. Bridger’s...

Updated at 11:55 PM

Two seniors from Truman High School have been honored by the Rotary Club of Independence as students of the month.  • Zachary Dailey is an Eagle Scout. His activities at Truman High School and elsewhere include...

Updated at 11:51 PM

I have spent the last week hauling boxes to my new house. I still have lots to go and am wondering how we accumulate all this junk. My real question is how come we get so attached to it. I have gotten rid of a lot of junk but is what I still have...

Updated at 6:55 PM

SEA ISLE CITY, N.J. (AP) " New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie wore a fleece jacket for a media briefing on this weekend's storms, but it wasn't THAT fleece.

Updated at 6:53 PM

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) " Iranian state media is reporting that the country's Foreign Ministry has ordered a senior Bahraini diplomat to leave Iranian territory in 72 hours.

Updated at 6:52 PM

ROSEBURG, Ore. (AP) " The latest on a deadly shooting at a community college in Oregon (all times local):

Updated at 6:52 PM

ROSEBURG, Ore. (AP) " An Army veteran tried to stop the gunman from entering a classroom during the deadly rampage at a community college here and was shot at least five times, according to the man's aunt.

Updated at 6:34 PM

UNITED NATIONS (AP) " Pakistan took its long-running dispute with neighboring India to the United Nations Friday as the country's U.N. Ambassador Maleeha Lodhi presented three dossiers to Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's office alleging Indian...

Updated at 6:33 PM

DUBLIN (AP) " Brian Friel distrusted the reliability of mere facts. Ireland's greatest playwright of his generation, who died Friday at the age of 86, spent much of his life trying to convey the deeper truths of our existence " of a world filled...

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