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Picasso valued at $140M heading to NYC auction

(NEW YORK, AP) — Christie’s auction house has announced it will offer a 1955 masterpiece by Pablo Picasso for an estimated $140 million. “Women of Algiers (Version O)” will hit…

Old Drum Day Festival again features trial re-enactment

The fourth annual Old Drum Day Festival is set for April 11 on the grounds, streets and around the Johnson County Historical Society at 302 N. Main St. The festival is scheduled…

Friends of Arrow Rock raises money to restore 4 buildings

(ARROW ROCK, Mo., AP) — A group working to restore historic buildings in Arrow Rock is celebrating a successful fundraising campaign. The Columbia Daily Tribune (http://bit.ly/1IbpVtx) reports Friends of Arrow…

‘Lincoln Speaks’ exhibit shows words’ transformative power

By CHRISTOPHER SULLIVAN (NEW YORK, AP) — Pages of handwritten speeches, terse military communiques jotted by the Civil War commander in chief, many documents signed with the familiar “A.Lincoln” —…

Show Me Justice Film Festival set for April 9-10

(WARRENSBURG, Mo.) – Films from around the world will be featured at the fifth annual Show Me Justice Film Festival April 9-10 at the University of Central Missouri. Films selected…

Lawmakers weigh in on ‘net neutrality’

By ANNE FLAHERTY (WASHINGTON, AP) — A decision to impose tough new regulations on cable and wireless companies that provide Internet service to Americans wasn’t influenced by politics, a top…

Religions scholar is keynote speaker for social justice week

(WARRENSBURG, Mo.) – An author and religions scholar will be the keynote speaker for the upcoming Politics and Social Justice Week March 30-April 8 at the University of Central Missouri. Reza…

Agency ends probe into publication of Harper Lee’s new novel

By KIM CHANDLER (MONTGOMERY, Ala., AP) — Alabama investigators looked into whether the recent deal to publish Harper Lee’s “To Kill A Mockingbird” sequel involved financial fraud, but they have…

Ferguson chief resigns in wake of scathing federal report

By JIM SALTER and JIM SUHR (FERGUSON, Mo. AP) — The police chief in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson resigned Wednesday in the wake of a scathing Justice Department…

Has rough season for college hoops taken luster off March?

By DAVE SKRETTA (KANSAS CITY, Mo., AP) — On a cold night on Tobacco Road, North Carolina and Duke went back and forth in an overtime thriller. It was gripping,…