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Nebraska’s Pinnacle Bank buying Hastings bank

(LINCOLN, Neb., AP) — Pinnacle Bank has announced a deal to buy Hastings State Bank. Terms of the deal announced Wednesday were not disclosed. The deal is expected to be…

AP IMPACT: Cartels flood US with cheap meth

By JIM SALTER (ST. LOUIS, AP) — Mexican drug cartels are quietly filling the void in the nation’s drug market created by the long effort to crack down on American-made…

Former St. Joseph license office employee indicted

(KANSAS CITY, Mo., AP) — A former employee of a St. Joseph fee office is among the latest three people indicted in a conspiracy to provide identification documents to illegal…

Drought holds steady, clouding winter crop outlook

By JIM SUHR (ST. LOUIS, AP) — The nation’s worst drought in decades showed no signs of improvement last week in parts of the Midwest and Plains where the corn…

Softbank in talks to buy Sprint Nextel

(NEW YORK, AP) — Shares of Sprint Nextel Corp., the third-largest cellphone company in the U.S., hit their highest level in a year on Thursday following a report that it’s…

KC area residents hold vigil for missing girl

(INDEPENDENCE, Mo., AP) — Missouri relatives of a 10-year-old Colorado girl missing nearly a week gathered for a vigil in a Kansas City suburb. Jessica Ridgeway disappeared Oct. 5 from…

Jennies volleyball earn 3-0 win over Northwest Missouri

(WARRENSBURG, Mo.) — Three Jennies finished in double figures, as No. 7 Central Missouri took a straight set win over Northwest Missouri, 25-12, 25-16, 27-25 Wednesday night. The Jens’ offense was…