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50-year-old plant preparing for show before it dies

(KIRKSVILLE, Mo., AP) — It’s a final act Jack and the Beanstalk would appreciate. An approximately 50-year-old agave plant at Truman State University in Kirksville is entering its final stage,…

Missouri lawmaker proposes I-70 toll to maintain highways

(JEFFERSON CITY, Mo., AP) — A Missouri lawmaker has proposed that the state partner with a private company to make Interstate 70 a toll road. Republican Sen. Rob Schaaf of…

Pope OKs resignation of US bishop for not reporting abuse

By NICOLE WINFIELD (VATICAN CITY, AP) — Pope Francis on Tuesday accepted the resignation of a U.S. bishop who pleaded guilty to failing to report a suspected child abuser, answering…

Police: Man fatally shot inside college’s parking garage

(COLUMBIA, Mo., AP) — Authorities say an armed man was fatally shot inside a University of Missouri parking garage. Officials say a college officer found the man late Wednesday on…

Council selects interim city management team

The Warrensburg City Council recently named the city’s community development director and fire chief as an interim city management team following the resignation of the city manager. Community Development Director…

Missouri State cancels Nelly concert days after his arrest

(SPRINGFIELD, Mo., AP) — A Nelly concert scheduled for next week at Missouri State University has been canceled days after he was arrested in Tennessee on suspicion of drug possession.…

Missouri governor calls for reversal of proposed budget cuts

(JEFFERSON CITY, Mo., AP) — Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon says increased state general revenues from an improving economy make cuts in the Senate’s proposed budget for services for foster children…

Missouri Senate passes bill amnesty to delinquent taxpayers

(JEFFERSON CITY, Mo., AP) — Senators have passed a proposal to grant amnesty to Missourians who agree to pay back taxes. The measure passed 26-7 early Wednesday morning. The House…

Springfield voters repeal protections for LGBT residents

(SPRINGFIELD, Mo., AP) — Springfield voters have narrowly repealed an ordinance enacted last year to protect gays, lesbians and transgender residents from discrimination. Unofficial returns from Tuesday’s election show the…

6-year-old’s fast action saves man from burning home

(PARK HILLS, Mo., AP) — A 6-year-old eastern Missouri girl is being called a hero for helping to save the life of a neighbor after his home caught fire. Kate…