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Kroger closing US Highway 82 grocery

(GREENVILLE, Miss., AP) — Supermarket chain Kroger is shutting down its store on U.S. Highway 82 in Greenville, idling 70 workers. The Cincinnati-based chain’s Delta Division, which includes all or…

Plans for national soccer training center unveiled

(KANSAS CITY, Kan., AP) — The group that owns Sporting Kansas City on Wednesday announced plans for a $75 million soccer complex that backers hope will help Kansas City become…

Springfield votes to allow urban beekeeping

(SPRINGFIELD, Mo., AP) — More Springfield residents will be able to become beekeepers inside city limits. The City Council voted Monday to approve changes in city ordinances to allow urban…

Springfield utility getting energy from solar farm

(SPRINGFIELD, Mo., AP) — City Utilities in Springfield has begun receiving some power from a solar farm in Greene County. The utility’s spokesman, Joel Alexander, says the solar farm northeast…

Several more states to offer duck stamps online

(NEW ORLEANS, AP) — Louisiana and four other states will soon be selling federal duck stamps online, joining eight other states that already do. “Anyone, regardless of what state you…

St. Luke’s Hospital receives $5 million endowment

(CHESTERFIELD, Mo., AP) — St. Luke’s Hospital, an independent hospital based in Chesterfield, has received the largest endowment gift in its history. The hospital announced Wednesday the gift from Enterprise…

Council starts work to determine Kemper’s future

(KANSAS CITY, Mo., AP) — American Royal leaders say they raised more than $10 million toward the organization’s goal of building a new structure to replace Kemper Arena in Kansas…

Fundraising advances for Hyatt skywalk memorial

(KANSAS CITY, Mo., AP) — The foundation trying to build a memorial to remember the 1981 collapse of the Hyatt Regency Hotel skywalk in Kansas City has raised 70 percent…

Swiss Lindt buys US candy maker Russell Stover

(GENEVA, AP) — Swiss chocolate maker Lindt & Spruengli says it is buying U.S. manufacturer Russell Stover Candies, Inc., for an undisclosed sum. Lindt CEO Ernst Tanner said Monday that…

California man sentenced to 15 years for espionage

By PAUL ELIAS (OAKLAND, Calif., AP) — A federal judge has sentenced a California chemical engineer to 15 years in prison and fined him $28.3 million for a rare economic-espionage…