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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…

Scramble for Freedom breaks record for proceeds raised for veterans

(KNOB NOSTER, Mo.) – The West Central Missouri Veterans Assistance League raised more than $12,000 at the 12th annual Scramble for Freedom Golf Tournament June 7 at Royal Oaks Golf…

Western Missouri Medical Center to open pediatric practice

Western Missouri Medical Center to open pediatric practice

(Warrensburg, Mo.) — Western Missouri Medical Center plans to open Building Blocks Pediatrics on Wednesday, July 8. Board-certified pediatrician, Muhammad Asif, will begin providing care at that time. Building Blocks Pediatrics…

Instagram users in N. Korea warned site put on blacklist

By ERIC TALMADGE (PYONGYANG, North Korea, AP) — Warnings are appearing on Instagram accounts in North Korea that say access to the popular photo-sharing app is being denied and that…