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Posted Feb 13, 2016 at 6:22 AM

Lee's Summit Superintendent David McGehee is the highest-paid school chief in the state, according to a list released this week by the Children's Education Alliance of Missouri, and it's by a wide margin. McGehee, who joined the Lee's Summit District in 2006 after leading the Raymore-Peculiar District, was paid a total of $396,847 in 2015, with a base salary of $276,287. The next-highest in the state was Kirkwood's Thomas Williams at $302,308 ($264,025 base salary). Springfield's...

Posted Feb 13, 2016 at 5:44 AM

The teenagers knew it was coming, but that didn't drain any excitement from Friday's party at the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Kansas City Independence Unit. They still seemed amazed when the teen center's quick transformation was...

Posted Feb 13, 2016 at 5:13 AM

Both major political parties are in the midst of strongly contested presidential races, and Missourians who want to vote in this state’s March 15 primary have only a few days to register to vote if they haven’t...

Posted Feb 12, 2016 at 6:02 AM

Watch out illiteracy, Mid-Continent Public Library is out to eradicate you through its Storytime program involving more – a whole lot more – than children listening to their favorite stories. “What has happened over the...

Posted Feb 12, 2016 at 5:51 AM

A bill to crack down on some cities relying too heavily on traffic tickets for revenue raced through the Missouri General Assembly last year. “It was a tornado coming through,” said Rep. Mike Cierpiot, R-Lee’s Summit...

Posted Feb 12, 2016 at 5:24 AM

WHAT: Blue Springs High School presents “Once Upon a Mattress,” a musical comedy adapted from the Hans Christian Anderson fairy tale “The Princess and the Pea,” with music by Mary Rodgers, lyrics by...

Posted Feb 12, 2016 at 5:14 AM

When John Howe’s son Mason was playing Queen City League baseball, a photographer would visit his games, take some photos and come back the next week with a batch of 5x7s that parents gobbled up like appetizers at a Super Bowl...

Updated Feb 11, 2016 at 11:17 PM

An Independence dentist has pleaded guilty to health care fraud in what federal officials describe as more than $167,000 in improper Medicaid payments. James R. Dye, 66, faces up to 10 years in prison and must forfeit the $167,090. He was...

Updated Feb 11, 2016 at 9:44 PM

The Kansas City Royals and third baseman Mike Moustakas agreed Thursday to a $14.3 million, two-year contract that not only avoids arbitration this year but also buys out his final year. Coming off his first All-Star appearance, the...

Updated Feb 11, 2016 at 6:03 PM

Independence Police are investigating a sexual assault and first-degree burglary that happened between 1 a.m. and 3 a.m. Tuesday in the 17000 block of U.S. 24. According to police, the female victim reported that four to five male subjects...

Updated Feb 11, 2016 at 1:56 PM

Curt Peterson acknowledges he and the developer he represents are late to the party. He just hopes the Independence City Council, which has been mulling a grocery-store anchored development on U.S. 24 and Salem Drive, will pay some heed to...

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