Holder: Ferguson police need ‘wholesale change’

By ERIC TUCKER (WASHINGTON, AP) — Attorney General Eric Holder said Wednesday that there was an obvious need for “wholesale change” in the Ferguson, Missouri, police department. The statement at a forum in Washington came as the Justice Department continues a broad investigation into the practices of the…

Supply rocket headed to space station explodes

By BROCK VERGAKIS and MARCIA DUNN (ATLANTIC, Va., AP) — An unmanned commercial supply rocket bound for the International Space Station exploded moments after liftoff Tuesday evening, with debris falling in flames over the launch site in Virginia. No injuries were reported following the first catastrophic launch in NASA’s…

Hawaii residents leave homes as lava flow nears

By AUDREY McAVOY and JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER (PAHOA, Hawaii, AP) — Jeff and Denise Lagrimas’ single-story home is just across the street from properties where lava from Kilauea volcano is expected to slither past on its way to the ocean. But they’re moving to another town 14 miles away…

Teacher union gives $500K against Missouri measure

(JEFFERSON CITY, Mo., AP) — A teachers’ union has poured an additional $500,000 into a campaign to defeat…

Religious leaders seek clemency for condemned man

(ST. LOUIS, AP) — Several religious leaders from across Missouri are asking Gov. Jay Nixon to grant clemency…

Cardinals’ Oscar Taveras killed in car accident

By DIONISIO SOLDEVILA (SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic, AP) — Oscar Taveras, the St. Louis Cardinals’ outfielder regarded as…

Central Methodist receives $3.6 million gift

(FAYETTE, Mo., AP) — Central Methodist University has received the largest donation in the 160-year history of the…

Missouri budget amendment drawing ad spending

(JEFFERSON CITY, Mo., AP) — A conservative group has spent an estimated $670,000 so far on TV ads…

Jackson County Courthouse annex to expand

(INDEPENDENCE, Mo., AP) — The Jackson County Courthouse Annex in Independence will be undergoing a $6.8 million renovation…

Club owner accused of allowing topless dancing

(DIXON, Mo., AP) — A Missouri strip club owner is facing 10 misdemeanor charges accusing him of allowing…

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