The Real Reason America Doesn’t Have Enough Truck Drivers

A 1,000-mile journey through the middle of America reveals the fundamental reason for truck driver shortages: It is a job full of stress, physical deprivation and loneliness.

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Winter Storm Expected to Bring Snow From the Dakotas to the East Coast

‘There’s more uncertainty than usual,’ one forecaster said.

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Missouri Withheld Data Showing Effectiveness of Mask Mandates

Mask requirements prevented Covid-19 cases and deaths in Missouri, the state found, but data supporting that conclusion was not released until a month later.

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More Than $1 Million Raised to Help Kevin Strickland

More than 20,000 strangers have donated to an online fund-raiser to help Kevin Strickland’s re-entry to society.

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Missouri Man Is Exonerated in 3 Killings After 43 Years in Prison

A judge set Kevin Strickland, 62, free on Tuesday, noting that there was no physical evidence tying him to the crimes and that the main witness against him had tried to recant her testimony.

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Missouri Detective Convicted in Cameron Lamb’s Fatal Shooting

A judge convicted Detective Eric DeValkenaere of involuntary manslaughter in the death of Cameron Lamb outside his home in 2019.

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The Backyard Golf Course Can Be More Than a Dream

From a handmade seven-hole course in Kansas to a more lavish setup in Hawaii, enthusiasts have made their dreams a reality.

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Missouri Relocates Gay History Exhibit From State Capitol

The exhibit, which examined Kansas City’s contributions to the gay rights movement, was supposed to be in the Capitol building until the end of the year.

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‘The Nutcracker’ Returns, With New Rules for Children

The surge of the Delta variant has prompted many dance companies to retool the holiday favorite. At New York City Ballet, there will be no performers under 12.

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Taking Art to the Streets, Just Look Down

Aided by grants, artists are creating ground murals and other projects on roadways, underpasses and in public squares.

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From the Wastewater Drain, Solid Pandemic Data

The coronavirus could turn sewage surveillance into a mainstream public health practice.

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Missouri Lawmaker Rick Roeber Faces Expulsion Over Child Abuse Accusations

An ethics committee report said that State Representative Rick Roeber physically and sexually abused his children and once drowned puppies in a pond.

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Britt Reid Charged With Felony D.W.I.

Reid, a former assistant coach for the Kansas City Chiefs and the son of the team’s head coach, crashed into two cars in February, leaving a child seriously injured.

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Alvin Sykes, 64, Self-Taught Legal Defender of Civil Rights, Dies

After dropping out of high school, he studied law at the public library, then used his knowledge to reopen cold cases, including Emmett Till’s murder.

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‘Likely a Death Sentence’: Officials Fear Cold Weather Is Greater Risk for Homeless than Virus

Cities and community groups are wrestling with how to shelter a vulnerable population without exposing it to an airborne virus that spreads most easily indoors.

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$700,000 Homes in Pennsylvania, Missouri and California

A stone house in horse country outside Philadelphia, a Georgian Revival home in Kansas City and a 1907 cottage in Pasadena.

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Kansas City Chiefs Ban Headdresses and Native American-Themed Face Paint at Stadium

The announcement came just over a month after Washington’s football team announced, under pressure from corporate sponsors, that it would drop its logo and the Redskins name.

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Man Charged With Murdering 4-Year-Old Whose Killing Prompted U.S. Anti-Crime Operation

The Justice Department last month named an operation to combat violent crime in cities after LeGend Taliferro, who was shot and killed while he slept in an apartment in Kansas City, Mo.

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In the Wake of Covid-19 Lockdowns, a Troubling Surge in Homicides

“People have gotten to the point where they just don’t give a damn,” said a minister in Kansas City, which is on pace for a record number of killings.

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Kansas City Police Investigate Vandalism of Memorial to Lynching Victim

The memorial to Levi Harrington, a black man killed in Kansas City, Mo., in the 1880s, had been vandalized before.

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Their Wedding Day Was ‘Divinely Appointed’

Melody Thuston and Damion Cowan had to scale down their celebration because of the coronavirus, and when their original officiant couldn’t attend, her father, a bishop, stepped in.

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2 Kansas City Officers Charged With Assaulting Transgender Woman

Prosecutors said the officers slammed Breona Hill to the sidewalk and kneed her in the face, torso and ribs in an episode that a passer-by captured on video.

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A Virus’s Effects: Coughs, Chills and Sometimes a Forgiving Spirit

Cities are halting evictions and utility shut-offs, and law enforcement officials are freeing some low-level offenders from jail. But how long should the generosity last?

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