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Farm use of drones to take off as feds loosen restrictions

By MARY CLARE JALONICK (CORDOVA, Md., AP) — Mike Geske wants a drone. Watching a flying demonstration on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, the Missouri farmer envisions using an unmanned aerial vehicle…

Let’s make a deal: mega-mergers drive M&A frenzy

By STEVE ROTHWELL (NEW YORK, AP) — Deal makers from New York to London had a busy first half of the year, and mega-mergers drove the frenzy. Companies around the…

Ameren utility looks to build eastern Missouri solar plant

(MONTGOMERY CITY, Mo., AP) — Ameren Missouri has asked regulators for permission to build a solar plant along a half-mile Interstate 70 stretch in eastern Missouri’s Montgomery County. The utility,…

Gulf states reach $18.7B settlement with BP over oil spill

By KEVIN McGILL (NEW ORLEANS, AP) — BP and five Gulf states announced an $18.7 billion settlement Thursday that resolves years of legal fighting over the environmental and economic damage…

WMMC Auxiliary announces scholarship winners

(WARRENSBURG, Mo.) — The Western Missouri Medical Center Auxiliary Board recently awarded $1,000 scholarships to six students. Recipients are selected by the WMMC Auxiliary Scholarship Committee based on financial need,…

For sale: Former prison with mountain view, sleeps hundreds

(MOREAU, N.Y., AP) — For sale: A 325-acre New York property containing more than 100 structures atop a mountain offering spectacular views. Sleeps hundreds. And one more thing: It’s a…

Petition for NBC to cut ties with Trump draws 200,000 names

(NEW YORK, AP) — A petition asking NBC to fire Donald Trump has collected more than 200,000 signatures. Posted on the Change.org website, the petition calls out NBC of choosing…

Missouri-based Mercy Health system announces layoffs

(CHESTERFIELD, Mo., AP) — A Missouri-based Catholic health care system says roughly 350 jobs it plans to cut in four states include 126 in the St. Louis region. Mercy Health…

Empire set to increase utility rates for Missouri customers

(JEFFERSON CITY, Mo., AP) — The Empire District Electric Company has permission to increase rates by what amounts to about $7 a month for some southwest Missouri residential customers. The…

Eastern Missouri’s Red Cross gets $5 million donation

(ST. LOUIS, AP) — The family of the founder of Enterprise Rent-A-Car is donating $5 million to the American Red Cross of Eastern Missouri. The gift from Jack Taylor and…