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EPA’s plan to boost ethanol use in gasoline gets hearing

(KANSAS CITY, Mo., AP) — All sides of the ethanol and biofuels debate are getting the chance to weigh in on a federal agency’s proposal to boost the amount of…

Southwest Airlines departs 100 daily flights from St. Louis

(ST. LOUIS, AP) — Southwest Airlines has hit 100 departures each day from Lambert-St. Louis International Airport. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch (http://bit.ly/1Un7yWs) reports that the airline is the airport’s largest…

Great Plains Energy to purchase Westar Energy

(KANSAS CITY, Mo., AP) — Great Plains Energy plans to buy Westar Energy, the largest utility company in Kansas. Great Plains in the parent company of KCP&L. The two companies…

Barge traffic makes a resurgence on the Missouri River

By MARGARET STAFFORD (KANSAS CITY, Mo., AP) — The Missouri River is slowly resuming its role as a transportation corridor for commodities such as grain, scrap metal and fertilizer, but…

Columbia puts temporary freeze on some multifamily housing

(COLUMBIA, Mo., AP) — Columbia is putting a temporary halt to new permits for some multifamily housing projects in the college town. The Columbia Missourian (http://bit.ly/1VZUhsI) reports that the City…

Middle class shrinks in 9 of 10 US cities as incomes fall

By CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER Associated Press (WASHINGTON, AP) — In cities across America, the middle class is hollowing out. A widening wealth gap is moving more households into either higher- or lower-income…

Train derailment in northwest Missouri; no injuries reported

(FARLEY, Mo., AP) — BNSF Railway says 12 cars on a train derailed in northwest Missouri. No one was injured. Investigators are trying to determine what caused the derailment Tuesday…

Missouri lawmakers pass income-tax deduction for military

(JEFFERSON CITY, Mo., AP) — Missouri lawmakers have passed an income-tax deduction for active duty members of the military. Senators voted 30-0 Monday to send the legislation to Gov. Jay…

Obama announces new steps to curb gun violence

By DARLENE SUPERVILLE Associated Press (WASHINGTON, AP) — President Barack Obama announced new steps Friday to help curb gun violence, including by identifying the requirements that “smart guns” would have to meet…

McDonald’s testing McNugget recipe without preservatives

(NEW YORK, AP) — McDonald’s says it is testing Chicken McNuggets with no artificial preservatives as it works to revive its U.S. business. The world’s biggest hamburger chain says it began testing…