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North Dakota seeks dismissal of gay marriage suit

By BLAKE NICHOLSON (BISMARCK, N.D., AP) — State officials are asking a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit challenging North Dakota’s constitutional prohibition on same-sex marriage, despite a wave of…

Saint Louis Zoo joins honeybee health effort

(ST. LOUIS, AP) — The Saint Louis Zoo is joining a national coalition of commercial agriculture producers, conservation groups and seed companies working to address the dramatic recent decline of…

NASA scrubs launch of global warming satellite

(VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif., AP) — The planned launch of a rocket carrying a NASA satellite designed to track global warming has been postponed. NASA writes in a tweet…

Flash flooding, wind damage reported in Missouri

(KANSAS CITY, Mo., AP) — Authorities say some people had to be rescued from their vehicles after flash flooding hit southeast Missouri, while possible tornadoes left wind damage in the…

Auction of Festus cave home continues

(FESTUS, Mo., AP) — A Jefferson County cave home remains for sale as its owners hope for a higher purchase price than the $220,000 bid offered at a weekend auction.…

Police plan to charge gun vendor over shooting

(ORANGEVILLE, Pa., AP) — Police intend to charge a gun show vendor who accidentally shot a woman while demonstrating a concealed carry wallet holster. Geoffrey Hawk, 44, of Warminster, should…

Missouri Rep. Wagner named to House leadership

(ST. LOUIS, AP) — Missouri congresswoman Ann Wagner has been named to the Republican House leadership team. Wagner, of St. Louis County, is one of five people selected for the…

Board authorizes FY 2016 funding requests, retains current officers

(WARRENSBURG, Mo.) – Requests for capital appropriations and state operating appropriations for fiscal year 2016, renewal of the annual software maintenance contract, and the election of board officers were among…

Bogus money showing up at Kansas City garage sales

(KANSAS CITY, Mo., AP) — Kansas City police are recommending that people who hold garage sales not accept anything larger than a $20 bill to avoid being victimized by counterfeiters.…

Missouri judge hearing ballot measure challenges

(JEFFERSON CITY, Mo., AP) — A Missouri judge is to hear challenges to a pair of proposed constitutional amendments slated for the August ballot. Cole County Circuit Judge Jon Beetem…