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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…

St. Louis ponders Tennessee Williams festival

(ST. LOUIS, AP) — A dormant St. Louis theater slated to soon reopen is being eyed as a possible home for an annual festival celebrating playwright Tennessee Williams. Williams was…

Sodexo cafeteria workers to regain health benefits

By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR (WASHINGTON, AP) — Many employees who already have health insurance worry they’ll pay a price for President Barack Obama’s overhaul. But for workers at one major company…

Hall Foundation gives KC Zoo $1 million

(KANSAS CITY, Mo., AP) — Orangutans at the Kansas City Zoo will soon enjoy grass and trees, thanks partly to a $1 million gift from the Hall Family Foundation. Zoo…

State Fair seeks Missouri women for agriculture awards

(SEDALIA, Mo.) – The Missouri State Fair is seeking entries from female agriculturalists interested in vying for the title of Missouri Woman in Agriculture. The title will be awarded in two age divisions,…

History buffs race to preserve dialect in MO

By ALAN SCHER ZAGIER (OLD MINES, Mo., AP) — A small circle of history researchers is racing to capture the last remnants of a little-known French dialect that endures in…

Illegal fireworks causing problems in KC

By ALLIE HINGA The Kansas City Star (KANSAS CITY, Mo., AP) — A firecracker you buy from a stand can legally have no more than 50 milligrams of flash powder.…

Detroit ‘Grand Bargain’ vote key to bankruptcy end

By COREY WILLIAMS (DETROIT, AP) — An effort by deep-pocketed philanthropists to save the bankrupt city of Detroit’s art treasures began with a chance meeting last year and nears a…