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Missouri State Fair receives awards for its agriculture showcase

(SEDALIA, Mo.) – The Missouri State Fair was recently recognized as a premier agricultural showcase by the International Association of Fairs and Expositions, according to a news release. During the recent…

Missouri college adjunct faculty vote to form union

(ST. LOUIS, AP) — Adjunct faculty members at Washington University in St. Louis have voted to form a union. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch (http://bit.ly/1BEhS4N) reports out of the 404 eligible…

Markets plunge as oil dips below $50; Euro drops on Greece

By STEVE ROTHWELL (NEW YORK, AP) — The ongoing slump in the price of oil is starting to become a headache for the stock market. On Monday, oil plunged, dipping…

Legal weed states have lessons to share

By KRISTEN WYATT (DENVER, AP) — Don’t worry about a federal lawsuit. But do worry about tax rates. Those are among the many lessons Colorado and Washington have to share…

Bush resigns from remaining board memberships

By STEVE PEOPLES (WASHINGTON, AP) — Jeb Bush has resigned all of his board memberships — both nonprofit and business — in a move that helps clear a path toward…

AAA reports Missouri gas prices lowest in country

(JEFFERSON CITY, Mo., AP) — AAA says Missourians on average are paying the least for gas and prices in Kansas are the third lowest in the country. AAA reported this…

Vegas snow on New Year’s Eve is a roll of the dice

By KIMBERLY PIERCEALL (LAS VEGAS, AP) — One fireworks coordinator has a request of Mother Nature in this city of glitzy shows: If you’re going to let it snow on…

Las Vegas betting on chance of New Year’s Eve snow

By KIMBERLY PIERCEALL (LAS VEGAS, AP) — If Sin City’s sports books took bets on the weather, snow in Las Vegas on New Year’s Eve would normally have terrible odds.…

In crowded skies, lost plane’s request for new path denied

By TRISNADI MARJAN and MARGIE MASON (SURABAYA, Indonesia, AP) — The plane sought permission to climb above threatening clouds. Air traffic control couldn’t say yes immediately — there was no room.…

College sees small, big benefits with loan promise

By JEFF KAROUB (ADRIAN, Mich., AP) — When it came time to pick a college, Abby Slusher leaned toward a private school near her southeastern Michigan home for the small…