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‘Mockingbird’ production at risk in Harper Lee’s hometown

By JAY REEVES (MONROEVILLE, Ala., AP) — Each spring when the azaleas bloom, attorney Atticus Finch, daughter Scout and other characters from “To Kill a Mockingbird” come to life on…

Closing arguments set in Boston Marathon bombing trial

By DENISE LAVOIE (BOSTON, AP) — With one last chance to connect with the jury, lawyers for Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev are expected to continue to portray him as…

Piccadilly Gala fills the showroom

By ROB CURRY (WARRENSBURG, Mo., digitalBURG) – Lotspeich Automotive staff cleared its showroom March 27 for Warrensburg Main Street’s biggest fundraiser – the Piccadilly Gala. Tables covered in white cloth…

Legislation might ban speech zones on campus

Legislation might ban speech zones on campus

by Leah Wankum and Steven Spears Muleskinner Staff Speech on campus is freer than ever, so state legislators say. Students at Missouri public colleges and universities already enjoy limited freedoms of expression and…

Missouri Senate panel advances student transfer solution

(JEFFERSON CITY, Mo., AP) — A potential solution to problems with the state’s student transfer system that have caused financial hardship for one St. Louis-area school district is moving forward…

Tidal streaming service seeks more artists to join as owners

By MESFIN FEKADU (NEW YORK, AP) — Tidal, the music and video streaming service co-owned by Jay Z, Rihanna, Madonna and other artists, is inviting more performers to join the…

Missouri lawmaker wants to cap state’s 28 official symbols

(JEFFERSON CITY, Mo., AP) — Missouri lawmakers, who over the years have voted to honor a state dinosaur (the hadrosaur), state exercise (jumping jacks) and state dessert (the ice cream…

Piccadilly Gala set for Friday

By ROB CURRY (WARRENSBURG, Mo.) — Warrensburg Main Street will welcome local ladies as they raise their bidding paddles for jewelry, gifts, tickets and more Friday. Lotspeich Automotive will host…

Tunisians assure Star Wars sets safe from Islamic State

By BOUAZZA BEN BOUAZZA and PAUL SCHEMM (TUNIS, Tunisia, AP) — It was a flood of messages from concerned friends abroad that alerted the president of Tunisia’s Star Wars fan club…

Hopes of preserving Cherokee language rest with children

By MARTHA WAGGONER (CHEROKEE, N.C., AP) — Kevin Tafoya grew up hearing Cherokee all around him — his mother, a grandmother and grandfather, aunts and an uncle all spoke the…