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Black bear population growing in Missouri

By WES JOHNSON The Springfield News-Leader (SPRINGFIELD, Mo., AP) — Note to self: Don’t hike with a backpack full of glazed doughnuts. The sweet treats are the bait of choice…

2 people killed after boats collide in river

(FREEBURG, Mo., AP) — Two central Missouri residents have died after two boats collided on the Gasconade River over the July Fourth weekend. The Missouri State Highway Patrol says a…

Missouri moves to allow bistate police response

(KANSAS CITY, Mo., AP) — Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has signed legislation allowing law enforcement agencies to assist each other across state lines in the Kansas City metro area. Now,…

Murder suspect captured after weekend escape

(WINONA, Mo., AP) — A murder suspect who escaped from a southeast Missouri jail while watching a fireworks show is back in custody. Winona Police Chief Alonzo Bradwell says 35-year-old…

APNewsBreak: Wash. issues first pot shop licenses

By GENE JOHNSON (SEATTLE, AP) — Washington state issued its first retail marijuana licenses on Monday with a middle-of-the-night email alerting bleary-eyed pot-shop proprietors that they’ll finally be able to…

Sentencing nears for former New Orleans mayor

By KEVIN McGILL (NEW ORLEANS, AP) — Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin’s steep descent from the days when he was seen as a fresh-faced reformer continues this week when…