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Justices must act fast if gay marriage to be settled in June

(WASHINGTON, AP) — Time is running short for the Supreme Court to get same-sex marriage on its calendar if the justices want to tackle the issue before their current term…

Missouri bill would ban spanking, paddling in public schools

(JEFFERSON CITY, Mo., AP) — Proposed Missouri legislation would ban the use of spanking or paddling by educators in public schools. Democratic state Sen. Joe Keaveny of St. Louis this…

Missouri panel against pay increases for elected officials

(JEFFERSON CITY, Mo., AP) — A Missouri House committee is suggesting lawmakers reject a pay increase for statewide elected officials in 2017. The House Rules Committee on Wednesday approved a…

Crews to use explosives to demolish parts of Fairfax Bridge

(KANSAS CITY, Kan., AP) — Construction crews will use explosives this week to remove parts of Fairfax Bridge connecting Missouri and Kansas to make way for a new replacement bridge.…

Pope on climate change: Man has ‘slapped nature in the face’

By NICOLE WINFIELD (ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE, AP) — Pope Francis said Thursday he is convinced that global warming is “mostly” man-made and that he hopes his upcoming encyclical on…

Salman Rushdie, threatened over book, defends free speech

By WILSON RING (BURLINGTON, Vt., AP) — Author Salman Rushdie, who lived for years under a death threat after his 1988 book “The Satanic Verses” drew the wrath of Iranian religious…

Gower receives MLK Community Service Award

(WARRENSBURG, Mo.) – Melissa Gower, county services director for the Care Connection service agency, received the 2015 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Service Award during the monthly Greater Warrensburg…

Ohio bartender accused of threatening to kill John Boehner

(CINCINNATI, AP) — An Ohio bartender with a history of psychiatric illness was indicted on a charge of threatening to murder House Speaker John Boehner, possibly by poisoning his drink…

St. Louis archaeological society faces censure

(ST. LOUIS, AP) — A national archaeological group has censured its St. Louis chapter over the sale of 4,000-year-old Egyptian artifacts to a New York museum. The Archaeological Institute of…

Businessman to run as independent for Missouri governor

(JEFFERSON CITY, Mo., AP) — An eastern Missouri businessman says he’s running as an independent candidate for Missouri governor in 2016. Les Turulli Jr. says he’s an evangelical Christian who…