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State Fair hosts annual food drive

(SEDALIA, Mo.) – The Missouri State Fair’s fifth annual food drive will include a Canstruction display, which will depict a John Deere tractor and consist of more than 8,000 cans of food.…

Obama to announce high-speed Internet help for homes

By DARLENE SUPERVILLE WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama set a goal of bringing high-speed Internet to most schools by 2017, and now he’s promoting a new program to help…

House GOP unveils short-term highway funding extension

By DAVID ESPO (WASHINGTON, AP) — House Republicans called for a brief extension of highway and mass transit funding Monday night to prevent a reduction in scheduled construction as early…

30 years later, Missouri ‘lake paradise’ languishing

(WARSAW, Mo., AP) — More than 30 years after a Forbes publishing subsidiary conducted a worldwide campaign to market land in central Missouri as a “lakeland paradise” the area is…

Company seeks tax break for $114 million expansion project

(COLUMBIA, Mo., AP) — Kraft Foods is asking for a 75 percent property tax break on a planned $114 million expansion that will result in a cut of about 150…

Looted Ferguson store to be transformed into training center

(FERGUSON, Mo., AP) — The effort to erect a Ferguson job training center at the site of a former convenience store that was looted and burned after last summer’s fatal…

Dog deaths during grooming revive calls for regulations

By SUE MANNING (LOS ANGELES, AP) — Curly, a toy poodle, was 17 years old when he died. But old age didn’t kill him — grooming did, his owners and…

Hallmark to hire at Missouri plant; close Connecticut plant

(KANSAS CITY, Mo., AP) — Hallmark Cards says it plans to add about 400 employees in the next year at its distribution plant in Liberty, Missouri, while phasing out a…

Raid spotlights Subway pitchman’s ties to ex-foundation head

By TOM MURPHY and RICK CALLAHAN (ZIONSVILLE, Ind., AP) — A raid at the home of a well-known Subway restaurant pitchman is casting a glaring spotlight on his relationship with the…

Pitt Children’s Hospital chief doc named St. Louis med dean

(ST. LOUIS, AP) — The physician-in-chief and scientific director at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh has been named dean of a St. Louis medical school where he used to teach. Washington…