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Young Street to close for two days for drainage work

(WARRENSBURG, Mo.) – Young Street will be closed east of the North Park Shopping Center entrance beginning July 14 so workers can install a new storm drainage pipe. Vehicles may access…

2 people killed after boats collide in river

(FREEBURG, Mo., AP) — Two central Missouri residents have died after two boats collided on the Gasconade River over the July Fourth weekend. The Missouri State Highway Patrol says a…

Missouri moves to allow bistate police response

(KANSAS CITY, Mo., AP) — Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has signed legislation allowing law enforcement agencies to assist each other across state lines in the Kansas City metro area. Now,…

Murder suspect captured after weekend escape

(WINONA, Mo., AP) — A murder suspect who escaped from a southeast Missouri jail while watching a fireworks show is back in custody. Winona Police Chief Alonzo Bradwell says 35-year-old…

APNewsBreak: Wash. issues first pot shop licenses

By GENE JOHNSON (SEATTLE, AP) — Washington state issued its first retail marijuana licenses on Monday with a middle-of-the-night email alerting bleary-eyed pot-shop proprietors that they’ll finally be able to…

Sentencing nears for former New Orleans mayor

By KEVIN McGILL (NEW ORLEANS, AP) — Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin’s steep descent from the days when he was seen as a fresh-faced reformer continues this week when…

Nixon signs religious liberties bill for schools 

(JEFFERSON CITY, Mo., AP) — Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has signed legislation intended to protect students’ religious expression at public schools. The bill signed Wednesday says students cannot face discrimination…

PSC approves plans for coal ash landfill

(LABADIE, Mo., AP) — The Missouri Public Service Commission has given the go-ahead for a coal ash landfill near the eastern Missouri town of Labadie, despite strong opposition from environmental…

Arthur approaches N.Carolina; vacationers head out

By EMERY P. DALESIO (RODANTHE, N.C., AP) — Arthur strengthened to a hurricane early Thursday and threatened to give North Carolina a glancing blow on Independence Day, prompting a stream…

Man who faked death to avoid blackmail sentenced

(ST. CHARLES, Mo., AP) — A St. Charles man has been sentenced to four years in prison after faking his death to avoid being blackmailed in a child sexual abuse…