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National champion Sam Mikulak on top at Olympic Trials

By WILL GRAVES (ST. LOUIS, AP) — The selection committee putting together the U.S. men’s Olympic gymnastics team can probably put pencil to paper and write Sam Mikulak’s name down.…

Man killed in house fire in Sedalia

(SEDALIA, Mo., AP) — Authorities say a man has died in a fire at a Sedalia home. Sedalia Fire Department Chief Mike Ditzfeld says heavy smoke was coming from the…

Ferris wheel from Chicago begins operating in Missouri

(BRANSON, Mo., AP) — A 150-foot tall Ferris wheel from Chicago’s Navy Pier has started operating in the Missouri tourist destination of Branson. The Springfield News-Leader (http://sgfnow.co/28TBUWk) reports that about…

Rebellious Democrats disrupt House, stage protest over guns

By MATTHEW DALY (WASHINGTON, AP) — Rebellious Democrats staged an extraordinary round-the-clock sit-in on the House floor Wednesday to demand votes on gun-control bills, shouting down Speaker Paul Ryan when…

Plane competing in cross-country race goes down in Missouri

(HUMANSVILLE, Mo., AP) — A flying team participating in an all-female cross-country airplane race crashes into a Missouri field, but both crew members were able to walk away unhurt. The…

Missouri law to require civics test, CPR for high schoolers

By SUMMER BALLENTINE (JEFFERSON CITY, Mo., AP) — Missouri high school students will need to pass a civics exam and public schools must set time aside daily for the Pledge…

Man charged after allegedly trying to scam Missouri governor

(JEFFERSON CITY, Mo., AP) — A Michigan man who allegedly tried to collect fake debts from Gov. Jay Nixon has been charged with a felony for alleged deceptive business practices.…

US men searching for higher profile as Rio Games near

By WILL GRAVES (ST. LOUIS, AP) — The most famous moment of Jake Dalton’s gymnastics career didn’t come anywhere near a gym. It came on the beach. Wearing a Speedo.…

St. Louis to stop bugs by removing nearly 15,000 ash trees

(ST. LOUIS, AP) — The city of St. Louis is preparing to chop down thousands of ash trees that are at risk of infection by the emerald ash borer, a…

Military veterans converge on Detroit for service projects

By COREY WILLIAMS (DETROIT, AP) — A few dozen U.S. military veterans and reservists are heading to Detroit in a mass deployment to perform service projects at city parks and…