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Flight restrictions lifted in St. Louis area

(ST. LOUIS, AP) — Federal Aviation Administration flight restrictions in the St. Louis area have been lifted. Lambert-St. Louis International Airport spokesman Jeff Lea said the restrictions expired at 3:30…

Uncertainty fuels speculation on Ferguson decision

By DAVID A. LIEB and ANDALE GROSS (FERGUSON, Mo., AP) — The final weekend before the Thanksgiving holiday passed without a grand jury decision on whether to indict a Ferguson police…

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…

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…

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…

Forensics expert to testify at Ferguson grand jury

By JIM SALTER (ST. LOUIS, AP) — A private forensic pathologist who performed an autopsy on Michael Brown will testify before the grand jury deciding whether to charge the Ferguson…

Missouri state senators pick leaders

(JEFFERSON CITY, Mo., AP) — Republicans and Democrats in the Missouri Senate have elected leaders for the 2015 session. Majority Republicans on Thursday nominated Senate President Pro Tem Tom Dempsey…