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CLAY COUNTY — The Clay County Economic Development Council will honor the area’s top developments and construction projects of 2019 at the annual Keystone Recognition Awards Breakfast on Wednesday, Dec. 11. The event will be held from 7:30 to 9:00 a.m. at Harrah's Hotel and Casino, 1 Riverboat Drive, North Kansas City.

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CLAY COUNTY — A majority of Clay County commissioners pushed forward on a new Annex building by hiring a project manager in a closed-door meeting ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday.

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Missouri State Parks offers gift cards so loved ones, friends and families can gift the love of the outdoors to others this holiday season. Cards can be used to pay for camping reservations and state park merchandise.

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The Missouri highway patrol launched an upgraded AMBER alert system that streamlines the process to get alerts to the public faster. The new system includes wireless emergency alerts and automated social media alerts. The upgrade also includes a public website, which provides the latest information on alerts active in Missouri at any time.

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CLAY COUNTY — After being accused of refusing to appear to provide testimony demanded by the state auditor Monday, Nov. 25, Assistant County Administrator Nicole Brown and county staff provided media a copy of an affidavit Brown sent to the auditor's office explaining why she was a no-show Monday.

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CLAY COUNTY — In one of the shortest open Clay County Commission sessions in recent history, no action was taken to question voters on the April ballot about the creation of a constitutional form of government commission, the meeting's only public action item on the agenda. Instead, what took place was a questioning of county staff and elected officials about who called the meeting that seemingly had no valid reason to take place.

Missouri had a per capita income of $47,746 in 2018 nominal dollars, which are unadjusted for inflation, according to a report from the Missouri Economic Research and Information Center.

JEFFERSON CITY — The Missouri Department of Commerce and Insurance is reminding seniors that Medicare open enrollment ends on Saturday, Dec. 7. Seniors who have not yet made their plan selections for 2020 are encouraged to contact Community Leaders Assisting the Insured of Missouri.

CLAY COUNTY —On Friday, Nov. 22, State Auditor Nicole Galloway issued yet another subpoena to Clay County, demanding the county turn over documents associated with a citizen-mandated audit. This is in addition to a previous subpoena issued on Nov. 8, and is the third subpoena overall issued by the state auditor for records in relation to the county audit.

CLAY COUNTY — The Missouri Department of Transportation will make traffic changes as part of an effort to build a new Buck O’Neil Bridge, according to a MoDOT press release.

KANSAS CITY NORTH — Northland Education and Business Alliance discussed everything from better communications with parents to surging careers in developing technologies during their November meeting.

CLAY COUNTY — After confusion from multiple amendment attempts, public comments and more than an hour of debate on the matter, a majority of Clay County Commissioners approved Monday, Nov. 18, creating a nonbinding committee to explore either a charter or constitutional form of government for the county.

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CLAY COUNTY — After Clay County's contracted auditing firm said it will not complete its work due to the ongoing state audit, the county is scrambling to find a new auditing firm in hopes of not losing upwards of millions of dollars in grant funding.

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CLAY COUNTY — A decision on the Clay County Commission's appeal to the finding in the sheriff's lawsuit against the commission is expected from the Western District Court of Appeals within the next two weeks, said attorneys for both sides.

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While home maintenance improves property values, our local businesses make a significant contribution to Gladstone as well. This past year, many business owners created new establishments, revived older buildings and added new signage that enhanced the attraction of our city.

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A Gladstone teen reported missing after Halloween has been located.

KANSAS CITY — Excellence in tourism and hospitality were recognized as nearly 100 representatives of the Greater Kansas City Attractions Association attended the 2019 annual meeting Thursday, Nov. 7, at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art for the Heart of Kansas City Award winners.

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The Missouri highway patrol launched an upgraded AMBER alert system that streamlines the process to get alerts to the public faster. The new system includes wireless emergency alerts and automated social media alerts. The upgrade also includes a public website, which provides the latest information on alerts active in Missouri at any time.