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Missouri high school football for Oct. 31, 2014

Reporting high school football scores from around Missouri for Friday, Oct. 31, 2014.

Music Review: Sam Hunt's 'Montevallo' romantic, relaxed

A former college football quarterback, Sam Hunt might be expected to huddle up with all the macho, in-your-face male country singers currently filling the radio airwaves. But the Georgia native takes a more relaxed, romantic stance on "Montevallo," his R&B-influenced country music debut.

Book Review: 'Sometimes the Wolf' is engrossing story

"Sometimes the Wolf" (William Morrow), by Urban Waite

A father-and-son relationship, perhaps broken beyond repair, fuels Urban Waite's engrossing novel that skillfully exposes the complicated emotions that can stymie a once close family while also working as a superb action-adventure tale.

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Judge rejects Ebola quarantine for nurse

A Maine judge gave nurse Kaci Hickox the OK to go wherever she pleases, handing state officials a defeat Friday in their bid to restrict her movements as a precaution against Ebola.

‘Black Friday’ declared state holiday

State employees traditionally have had the day after Thanksgiving off — but not always, especially not in recent years.

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Eastbound U.S. 54 open after accident

Authorities have cleared vehicles from the crash site and reopened the highway.

Your Opinion: Cartoon illustrates opportunism

Your editorial cartoon of Oct. 29 implies that health care professionals returning from treating Ebola patients in stricken countries object to a 21-day “quarantine.”

Your Opinion: Fear mongering inhibits freedom

When you see obvious misleading information disguised as helpful, doesn’t it float your boat? It does mine.

Our Opinion: Reject Amendment 10; retain balance of power

Amendment 10, which would limit gubernatorial powers, would alter the balance of powers to address a temporary, partisan complaint. It deserves defeat in Tuesday’ election.

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Cole County candidates meet with public, LU students

All eight candidates for contested Cole County offices on next Tuesday’s ballot spent more than two hours at Lincoln University Thursday night, explaining their candidacies and answering questions.

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Lunchtime reunion: Welcome home, Dad!

South Callaway fourth grader surprised when Air Force dad shows up

Just like every other day, Carson Russell, South Callaway fourth grader, sat down at a table in the school’s cafeteria Thursday and opened his bright green lunch box. Russell’s seemingly ordinary day quickly changed into what he describes as the “Number one best day ever.”

Backer, Fitzwater battle for 49th House District seat

Travis Fitzwater, Republican candidate from Holts Summit, and Gracia Backer, Democratic candidate from New Bloomfield, both have their eyes on the 49th House seat that represents western and southern portions of Callaway County and a small portion of Cole County.

Proposal divides legal community on child sexual abuse issue

Amendment 2 allows prior acts to be introduced at trial

It’s easy to agree about the brutality of sex crimes against children and the gut-wrenching emotions felt for victims. But opinions throughout the legal system vary on how to fairly seek justice in those cases.

Amendment 3 draws heavy opposition

Support vanishes for teacher rules, but educators still concerned

Although the campaign that placed Amendment 3 on Tuesday’s ballot has dissolved, opponents are still working furiously this fall to defeat the measure, which — if passed — would prohibit tenure and tie teachers’ salaries to students’ performance.

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Creek Trail opened to traffic

The new Creek Trail Drive opened earlier this week. The street goes under Missouri 179 and ties into Frog Hollow at Lecar Drive.

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State honors 3 for quality, productivity

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon presented three awards Thursday to state employees to honor their quality of work, efficiency and productivity.

Man gets probation for killing cat

A Jefferson City man has been placed on two years unsupervised probation for pleading guilty to misdemeanor animal abuse for shooting and killing a cat in March.

Prosecutor: Grand jury tweet in Brown case hacked

A tweet earlier this month suggesting insider information on the grand jury investigating the Ferguson police officer who shot Michael Brown was the result of someone hacking a woman’s Twitter account, St. Louis County prosecutor Bob McCulloch said Thursday.

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Fatima battles its way back to Final Four in volleyball

With all the adversity the Fatima volleyball team has faced this season, it should come as no surprise to the Lady Comets they’re heading into the Class 2 Final Four with some drama accompanying them.

A look at teams joining Fatima in the Final Four

Class 2 volleyball capsules

Here are capsule looks at the three volleyball teams joining Fatima in the Class 2 Final Four to be held today and Saturday at the Show-Me Center in Cape Girardeau:

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