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City Council filing opens Dec. 16

(WARRENSBURG, Mo.) — One seat on the City Council will be on the ballot in the April 2015 municipal election as Baird Brock meets the term limits for the position. He…

Sewer billing services transitions back to city

(Warrensburg, Mo.) — The city is now handling sewer utility billing services. Beginning Thursday, all billing, collections, shut-offs, questions and concerns regarding sewer utility billing transitioned from a contracted company to the City of…

Gun sales surge ahead of jury’s Ferguson decision

By ALAN SCHER ZAGIER (FERGUSON, Mo., AP) — Some suburban St. Louis gun dealers have been doing brisk business, particularly among first-time buyers, as fearful residents await a grand jury’s…

Missouri senators continue support of Keystone XL

(WASHINGTON, D.C., AP) — Missouri’s two U.S. senators say they’ll continue to support the Keystone XL Pipeline despite a loss in the Senate. The bill fell one vote short Tuesday…

Springfield schools’ same-sex couples get benefits

(SPRINGFIELD, Mo., AP) — Married same-sex couples will be eligible for health benefits from the Springfield school district, starting Dec. 1. The school board on Tuesday approved an amendment to…

Project to highlight Native connection to Route 66

By SUSAN MONTOYA BRYAN (ALBUQUERQUE, N.M., AP) — More than two dozen American Indian tribes are teaming up with a tourism group and the National Park Service to tell a…

UCM Talking Mules collect shoes for charity

The University of Central Missouri’s Talking Mules recently collected more than 400 pairs of shoes for distribution through the Johnson County United way. The drive was part of a community…

St. Louis-area doctor charged in child porn case

(RICHMOND HEIGHTS, Mo., AP) — A St. Louis-area doctor has been indicted on a felony charge of possessing child pornography. A federal grand jury indicted 30-year-old Shoichi Okada of Richmond…

Official: 600-pound bear killed in south Missouri

(THAYER, Mo., AP) — Missouri officials say a 600-pound black bear has been struck and killed by a semitrailer near the Arkansas border. Paul Veatch with the Missouri Department of…

Doctor: Girl, 12, competent in Slender Man case

By M.L. JOHNSON (WAUKESHA, Wis., AP) — A state doctor believes the mental condition of one of two girls accused of repeatedly stabbing a classmate to please the fictional horror…