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Columbia outlaws tobacco, e-cigarette for youth

(COLUMBIA, Mo., AP) — People younger than 21 will not be able to buy tobacco or electronic cigarettes in Columbia. The Columbia City Council approved the ordinances Monday, as well…

Kansas City gets first public natural gas station

(KANSAS CITY, Mo., AP) — The first natural gas station open to the public is now operating in Kansas City. The $2.1 million station that opened Monday is a public/private…

Family of executed Ohio inmate sues expert witness

By ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINS (COLUMBUS, Ohio, AP) — The state’s former expert witness on lethal injection should have known that a condemned inmate would suffer because of a two-drug combo that…

Tiny Missouri town gambling on ‘A Christmas Carol’

By RICK MONTGOMERY The Kansas City Star (ARROW ROCK, Mo., AP) — Thespians who arrive here to perform at the Lyceum Theatre know they’re not in New York City anymore…

Families of Newtown victims sue rifle manufacturer

By PAT EATON-ROBB (HARTFORD, Conn., AP) — The families of nine of the 26 people killed and a teacher wounded two years ago at the Sandy Hook Elementary School filed…

Three special honors highlight UCM fall 2014 commencement exercises

(WARRENSBURG, Mo.) – The University of Central Missouri commencement exercises are set for Friday and Saturday in the Multipurpose Building where some 1,331 students who have met their undergraduate and…

Hallmark pulls gift wrap after swastika complaint

(KANSAS CITY, Mo., AP) — Hallmark Cards Inc. has removed blue and silver gift wrap from circulation after a customer complained that she saw a swastika embedded in the design.…

159 arrested in third night of California protests

By KRISTIN J. BENDER and PAUL ELIAS (BERKELEY, Calif., AP) — Authorities arrested nearly 160 people in Berkeley as crowds marched for a third night in a row to protest grand…

Man planned gun sales to Ferguson protesters

(EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill., AP) — A 19-year-old Illinois parolee is facing federal charges that allege he stole dozens of guns and planned to sell them to protesters in Ferguson,…

City prepares for snow plowing and winter weather

By ROB CURRY (WARRENSBURG, Mo., digitalBURG) — As temperatures drop and winter weather patterns move in, the Warrensburg Public Works Department has been busy preparing for snow plowing operations to…