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Grave marker project helps bury the blues

By ALAN SCHER ZAGIER (ST. LOUIS, AP) — Blues guitarist Tommy Bankhead rubbed shoulders with some of the genre’s royalty, from Howlin’ Wolf and Elmore James to Albert King and…

Congress letting 55 tax breaks expire at year end

By STEPHEN OHLEMACHER (WASHINGTON, AP) — In an almost annual ritual, Congress is letting a package of 55 popular tax breaks expire at the end of the year, creating uncertainty…

Mo. population growth rate lags national average

(JEFFERSON CITY, Mo., AP) — Missouri’s population continues to grow at a slower rate than the national average. New estimates released by the U.S. Census Bureau show Missouri’s population of…

Utility report on JJ’s explosion pushed back again

(KANSAS CITY, Mo., AP) — Missouri utility regulators have again pushed back their report on a Kansas City restaurant explosion that killed a waitress. The Kansas City Star (http://bit.ly/1eRL6pP) reports…

Friday hearing set on horse slaughter

(SANTA FE, N.M., AP) — A Friday court hearing is set on the latest effort to stop a Roswell plant from resuming domestic horse slaughter. State District Judge Matthew Wilson…

Recent Missouri editorials

The Associated Press The Joplin Globe, Dec. 26 Preserving a Civil War battlefield in Missouri: Before it was a fight between North and South, the American Civil War was a…

Jack Thacker

Jack Thacker

Jack Thacker, 60, of Knob Noster, Mo., died Saturday, Dec. 28 at St. Luke’’s Hospital in Kansas City. The family will receive friends from noon- 1 p.m. followed by a funeral…

5 things to know after Chargers earn playoff spot

By BERNIE WILSON (SAN DIEGO, AP) — The San Diego Chargers are back in the playoffs after a three-year drought. Few people gave them a chance to get there when…

Book features Joplin tornado experiences

(JOPLIN, Mo., AP) — Joplin leaders share their stories about the 2011 tornado and the recovery efforts that followed in a newly published book. The Joplin Globe (http://bit.ly/1cxdVEJ) reports the…

MU awaits state funding for teaching winery

(COLUMBIA, Mo., AP) — The University of Missouri-Columbia has raised half of the $3 million it needs to build a teaching winery. The Columbia Missourian (http://bit.ly/19vvi4k) reports that the university…

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