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Posted at 10:28 AM

Missouri House of Representatives District 29 voters will decide between a current teacher and a former teacher in Tuesday’s primary election as the Democratic choice to face Republican incumbent Noel Torpey in November.So it’s only natural that education is a main priority for Democrats John Sutton and Winston Apple.Sutton, 58, a chemistry and biology teacher in the Independence School District for more than 22 years, is making education a staple of his platform.

Posted at 8:33 AM

It’s just a small, stuffed giraffe. But for two Buckner sisters – Stacy Barter and Amy Miller – the cuddly animal is more than a plaything.Not only does it remind Stacy and husband Phil of the boy-girl twins they lost...

Posted at 5:19 AM

They came, and they stumped. Some facing long odds, some with no opponent at all. They took to the microphone, looked out into the late afternoon sun and spoke their piece on taxes, schools, jobs, crime, the role of government, leadership, the...

Updated Aug 1, 2014 at 12:03 AM

JEFFERSON CITY – A Missouri proposal to create one of the most expansive early voting periods in the nation appears to have fallen short of reaching the November ballot, according to an Associated Press analysis of initiative petition...

Updated Jul 31, 2014 at 8:28 PM

A former Eastern Jackson County car dealer will spend 15 years in prison for an identity theft case that Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster once said was the largest of its kind ever prosecuted in the state.Terry Lee Morrow Jr.

Updated Jul 31, 2014 at 10:43 AM

Voters in northeastern Jackson County on Tuesday will decide which of two Republicans will challenge an incumbent state representative this fall.Former state Rep. Brent Lasater and Bill Kidd are running in Tuesday’s Republican...

Updated Jul 30, 2014 at 4:43 PM

A former Lee’s Summit youth soccer coach pleaded guilty in federal court Wednesday to attempting to produce child pornography by secretly video recording his players.Joel D. White, 40, of Lee’s Summit, pleaded guilty to three...

Posted Jul 30, 2014 at 11:26 AM

Jim Caspion and Sam Tillman were neighbors and best friends in nearby Eastern Kansas back in 1870. When they heard that a bull buffalo hide was bringing $3.50 at Kansas City, they decided to head west and hunt buffalo.They set up camp near...

Posted Jul 30, 2014 at 9:30 AM

Missouri voters next Tuesday will decide on whether to approve a new lottery ticket with funds earmarked for veterans services.It’s an issue that state Rep. Sheila Solon, R-Blue Springs, has pursued for several years. She said...

Posted Jul 30, 2014 at 7:02 AM

Jan Chambers had no qualms about cutting short a family outing Sunday – not for the event that beckoned him back in Independence.Chambers and her mother joined family and friends of Corey Laykovich as they gathered Sunday evening at...

Posted Jul 30, 2014 at 5:17 AM

The head of the Missouri Department of Transportation says the state faces significant highway funding shortfalls in the years ahead but said a $5.4 billion tax issue on the ballot next Tuesday would help.“It’s not the...

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