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Nixon endorses school standards measure

(JEFFERSON CITY, Mo., AP) — A lawmaker-led effort challenging national education standards that evolved into a softer approach to revise Missouri’s student achievement goals has won the last-minute backing of…

Recent shootings heap new attention on Ozarks

By DONALD BRADLEY The Kansas City Star (AVA, Mo., AP) — A pistol hanging from his belt, Greg Shoults took a seat on the deck outside the busy restaurant. He…

Agriculture industry seeks to create right to farm

By DAVID A. LIEB (JEFFERSON CITY, Mo., AP) — In the nation’s agricultural heartland, farming is more than a multibillion-dollar industry that feeds the world. It could be on track…

UCM alumnus makes gift to create student stock trading center

UCM alumnus makes gift to create student stock trading center

(WARRENSBURG, Mo.) — A realistic trading floor is in the works at the University of Central Missouri thanks to a gift from a 1952 alumnus. In recognition of Donn G.…

Two new exhibits on tap for UCM gallery

Two new exhibits on tap for UCM gallery

A solo photography show and a group show are the featured upcoming exhibits at the University of Central Missouri Gallery of Art & Design from July 12 through Aug. 8.…

Entries accepted for State Fair Idol

(SEDALIA, Mo.) – Missouri State Fair officials recently announced the Budweiser Stage lineup, which includes new bands and the Missouri State Fair Idol competition. “A wide variety of music artists are…

Black bear population growing in Missouri

By WES JOHNSON The Springfield News-Leader (SPRINGFIELD, Mo., AP) — Note to self: Don’t hike with a backpack full of glazed doughnuts. The sweet treats are the bait of choice…

State Fair still accepting contest entries

(SEDALIA, Mo.) – Several competitions at this year’s Missouri State Fair are still accepting entries. Many contests require preregistration but some accept contestants on-the-spot, including two new contests being offered for children.…

Thousands expected at Utah counterculture fest

By ANNIE KNOX (SALT LAKE CITY, AP) — Thousands of young people and some more weathered hikers are trekking up a path that cuts through aspen and pine to a…

Birth control ruling sparks political clash

By STEVE PEOPLES and KEN THOMAS (WASHINGTON, AP) — Republicans called it a win for religious freedom. The decision of the Supreme Court, they said, is further evidence the country’s new…