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Council curious about approval of severance package allocation

Richmond City Council members raised questions recently regarding unemployment claims and severance packages that included a current Ward I council seat candidate. During an April 1 Finance Committee meeting, Councilwoman…

Union campaign sets precedent, raises questions

Richmond citizens will decide four city council seats Tuesday. Their choices could say something about city employees’ unprecedented political activity. For the first time, Richmond firefighters have publicly endorsed two…

For Ray County veterans, a new VA clinic

A new Veterans Administration outpatient clinic in Excelsior Springs was doing a brisk business – even several days before it was scheduled to open. The clinic, created to serve veterans…

Lawson grieves in wake of murder, suicide

Lawson is still grieving the loss Wednesday of two family members in an apparent murder-suicide. Police believe Alex C. Caton, 23, shot and killed his 21-year-old wife, Michelle, and wounded…

Slate finalized for August primaries

Filing closed Tuesday for August primaries for both county and state offices. Winners will meet in November’s general election. Contested offices range from the Senate seat currently held by Kit…

Board candidates take the stage

Two incumbents and four challengers for two Richmond School Board seats introduced themselves and answered questions Monday at a candidates’ forum at Sunrise Elementary. Around 35 people attended the form,…

Couple dead in apparent murder, suicide

An investigation continues into an apparent murder-suicide Wednesday night in Lawson. Police were called around 10 p.m. Wednesday concerning shots fired in the 500 block of Country Drive. When they…

Candidate sides with existing city codes

Ward IV City Council candidate Tim Hamilton has made it known he believes there’s nothing wrong with the way the city of Richmond manages construction permits. Several local construction professionals…

City officials stumping for sewer bond

Richmond’s city leaders have one last opportunity Thursday to convince citizens they should support a $5.1-million bond question on the April 6 ballot. First, City Administrator Rick Childers made one…

$1 million in possible cuts unveiled for R-XVI

Layoffs aren’t expected in a plan to cut Richmond’s school budget by as much as $900,000 and $1 million next fall, Superintendent Jim Robins told school board members Tuesday. But…