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Taking the day off to see the eclipse
The split shadow of the Aug. 21 eclipse is splitting sentiments of parents and others. Schools and businesses shut down for the Royals parade, so why not for the eclipse? Eric Adler, Mark Davis and Diane Stafford report.
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Star’s town hall with Rep. Kevin Yoder
The Star’s editorial board is holding a town hall with Rep. Kevin Yoder on Aug. 22. More members of Congress are meeting with voters, which is good, because they’ve got tough work ahead.
Politicians’ reaction to violence at white supremacist rally criticized
The violence that erupted at a white nationalist rally Saturday in Charlottesville, Va., prompted universal condemnations of hate and violence, but also bared persistent political divisions when social media dissected politicians’ statements on Twitter, Joe Robertson reports.
Man pulled from fiery crash dies
Willie “Darryl” Wilson, 54, of Kansas City died over the weekend, weeks after he was pulled from his burning car after a chain-reaction crash on I-435 in Overland Park, Matt Campbell and Robert A. Cronkleton report.
Missouri employee salaries
Missouri spent more than $2 billion on state employee pay in 2016, according to salary data provided by the state, Kelsey Ryan reports. This database lists salaries by employee.