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Mountain lion spotted in eastern Missouri

(GERALD, Mo., AP) — Police in an eastern Missouri town say they spotted a mountain lion earlier this week. The Washington Missourian reports (http://bit.ly/1tyva2Y) Gerald Police Chief Steve Goodwin followed…

Group files fair housing complaint in Kansas City

(KANSAS CITY, Mo., AP) — A company that manages several low-income apartment buildings in Kansas City is accusing city officials of trying to force black residents to move out of…

Missouri approves tougher rules for captive deer

(JEFFERSON CITY, Mo., AP) — Missouri officials have approved tougher regulations for deer ranchers and hunting preserves in an attempt to prevent the spread of disease. The new rules approved…

Judge strikes down Arizona’s ban on gay marriage

By JACQUES BILLEAUD PHOENIX (AP) — A federal judge has cleared the way for legally recognized gay marriages in Arizona by ruling that the state’s ban on same-sex unions is…

Hanaway’s governor bid gets $750K from Sinquefield

By DAVID A. LIEB (JEFFERSON CITY, Mo., AP) — Missouri mega-donor Rex Sinquefield has provided the bulk of the money for Republican Catherine Hanaway’s gubernatorial campaign as she seeks to…

Mo. county official’s posting on Obama questioned

(HILLSBORO, Mo., AP) — The recorder of deeds in Jefferson County, Missouri, says she used a poor choice of words in a personal Facebook posting that some interpreted as an…

Storms blamed for 2 deaths sweep across the South

By JEFF MARTIN (ATLANTA, AP) — A severe storm system roughed up much of the South for a second day Tuesday, knocking out power to tens of thousands as it…

2 Missouri firefighters honored in ceremony

(MARSHFIELD, Mo., AP) — Two Missouri firefighters who died in the line of duty were among 107 firefighters honored in a national ceremony. Lt. Matthew Blankenship of Marshfield and Fort…

Marijuana cultivation bill advances in Columbia

(COLUMBIA, Mo., AP) — A bill that would decriminalize cultivation of small amounts of marijuana in Columbia has been endorsed by one city commission. The Columbia Disabilities Commission voted unanimously…

Spiders force family from of upscale Missouri home

(WELDON SPRING, Mo., AP) — Thousands of venomous brown recluse spiders forced a suburban St. Louis family from their nearly half-million-dollar home. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch (http://bit.ly/ZToLma) reports Brian and…