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Homeowners group relents, Oks playhouse for girl with cancer

(KANSAS CITY, Mo., AP) — A young girl with leukemia who asked for a playhouse in her backyard, but was denied after a homeowners association blocked it, will get her…

Missouri House panel OKs budget with more K-12 school money

By SUMMER BALLANTINE (JEFFERSON CITY, Mo., AP) — A Missouri House panel has added money for K-12 schools and higher education to next year’s budget, including restoring $12 million for…

Man sentenced to life in prison for Columbia homicide

(COLUMBIA, Mo., AP) — A man who arranged the shooting death of a disabled man he cared for has been sentenced to life in prison without parole. A Boone County…

Inmate caught after escaping from Kansas City hospital

(KANSAS CITY, Mo., AP) — Authorities have captured a Jackson County inmate who escaped while being treated from a Kansas City hospital. Kansas City police say 25-year-old Willie J. Sanders…

Ferguson officials to meet with Justice Department

By JIM SALTER (ST. LOUIS, AP) — City leaders in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson will meet Tuesday with U.S. Department of Justice officials to discuss a federal investigation…

Kansas City streetcar construction to finish this fall

(KANSAS CITY, Mo., AP) — Officials say construction on Kansas City’s downtown streetcar project is nearly 50 percent complete and is on track to finish this fall. But the vehicles…

Missouri lawmaker faults district after autistic boy beaten

By SUMMER BALLENTINE and HEATHER HOLLINGSWORTH (JEFFERSON CITY, Mo., AP) — A Missouri lawmaker has criticized a suburban Kansas City school district after a student with Asperger’s syndrome was beaten so…

Missouri auditor dies in ‘apparent suicide,’ police say

By DAVID A. LIEB (JEFFERSON CITY, Mo., AP) — Missouri Auditor Tom Schweich, who had recently launched a Republican campaign for governor, fatally shot himself in what police described as…

Public safety director chosen amid Ferguson unrest resigns

By SUMMER BALLENTINE (JEFFERSON CITY, Mo., AP) — Amid the unrest that followed the fatal police shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon turned to a former…

Autistic boy goes to hospital after school cafeteria beating

(LIBERTY, Mo., AP) — A Missouri sixth-grader with Asperger’s syndrome has suffered complications from a severe beating he took in the lunchroom from another student, his parents say. Twelve-year-old Blake…

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