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Meramec Caverns to stay closed through holiday weekend

(STANTON, Mo.) — Meramec Caverns, a popular Missouri attraction that draws thousands of visitors each year, will remain closed through the Memorial Day weekend because of potentially harmful vapors discovered…

Amid turmoil, chess helps Ferguson kids cope, excel

By JIM SALTER (ST. LOUIS, AP) — Ten-year-old Tyson Stegall stared intently at the chess board as his opponent, grandmaster Alejandro Ramirez, pondered a move. The fourth-grader gave a little…

Missouri State Fair announces concert lineup

(SEDALIA, Mo.) – Missouri State Fair officials recently the acts for three concerts for this year’s State Fair, Aug. 11-21 in Sedalia. The lineup features 3 Doors Down with Shaman’s Harvest on opening…

Report finds segregation in education on the rise

By JENNIFER C. KERR (WASHINGTON, AP) — Six decades after the Supreme Court outlawed separating students by race, stubborn disparities persist in how the country educates its poor and minority…

Israeli divers uncover trove of shipwrecked Roman treasure

By DANIELA BERRETTA and AMI BENTOV (CAESAREA, Israel, AP) — A chance discovery by two divers uncovered Israel’s biggest find of underwater Roman-era artifacts in three decades, archaeologists said Monday as…

American Royal barbecue contest moves to Kansas

(KANSAS CITY, Mo., AP) — The American Royal annual barbecue contest is moving from Missouri to Kansas. The American Royal Association announced Thursday that the contest will be held at the Kansas…

Basquiat sets artist record at Christie’s sale at $57.3M

(NEW YORK, AP) — A monumental self-portrait by Jean-Michael Basquiat set a world auction record for the artist at $57.3 million Tuesday evening at a Christie’s contemporary art sale. Basquiat’s…

National WWI Museum’s new exhibit focuses on bloody battles

(KANSAS CITY, Mo., AP) — A new exhibit at the National World War I Museum and Memorial focuses on two pivotal battles and features more graphic material than other temporary…

3 more groups submit Missouri ballot petitions

(JEFFERSON CITY, Mo., AP) — Proponents of initiatives aimed at sales taxes, cigarette taxes and medical marijuana submitted petitions Sunday in hopes of getting their proposals on the November ballot…

Downtown concert series announced

(WARRENSBURG, Mo.) — The 2016 Sounds of Summer Concert Series, hosted by Warrensburg Main Street, is scheduled to begin Friday, May 20, in downtown Warrensburg. This is the fourth year for…