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Bringing home the bacon at the fair auction

Cole County 4-H and FFA students this year sold 65 cured ham and bacon projects for $21,175 total — an average of $325.77 per item — at the annual county fair Ham and Bacon Breakfast and Auction.

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Missouri American Water seeks rate hike

Missouri American Water filed a request Friday to raise rates for water and sewer service with the Missouri Public Service Commission (PSC).

Hundreds fill ‘pots of gold’ at Samaritan Center fundraiser

The annual Samaritan Center dinner and auction had a personal touch Thursday night as video testimonials featuring children played on a projection screen inside Capital Plaza’s ballroom.

Capital Sand still working dredge removal

It’s been three weeks since Capital Sand Co.’s dredge, the “Kathy Lee,” took on water and rolled onto its side in the Missouri River, upstream from the Noren Conservation Access and the bridges between Cole and Callaway counties.

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Buildings retain architectural, historic significance

One block off the Moniteau County Courthouse square is intact streetscape preserving both architectural and local history.

Woman sues credit reporting firms for declaring her dead

A 40-year-old St. Louis woman isn't dead, but she said she spent months trying to convince credit reporting agencies that she's alive.

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Rams know they want Foles long-term

Before playing a down, Nick Foles has made a big impression on the St. Louis Rams.

Chiefs linebacker duo enjoy Friday’s workout with Chiefs

Derrick Johnson and Mike DeVito made it through all of training camp last season, through the long practices and insufferable heat on the campus of Missouri Western State University.

Democrat Hensley enters Missouri attorney general's race

Former Cass County prosecutor Teresa Hensley says she's seeking the Democratic nomination for Missouri attorney general, which had briefly become a one-candidate race when Scott Sifton dropped out to seek re-election to the state Senate.

Federal report finds bias in St. Louis County family court

The U.S. Department of Justice released a report critical of the St. Louis County Family Court on Friday, finding black youths are treated more harshly than whites, and juveniles are often deprived of constitutional rights.

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Higher wages a surprising success for Seattle restaurant

Menu prices are up 21 percent and you don’t have to tip at Ivar’s Salmon House on Seattle’s Lake Union after the restaurant decided to institute the city’s $15-an-hour minimum wage two years ahead of schedule.

Group wants KC ballot measure seeking $15 an hour minimum wage

A Kansas City coalition of civil rights and social justice organizations says the city's plan to raise the minimum wage to $13 an hour by 2020 doesn't go far enough and is demanding a November vote on pushing it to $15.

Baltimore killings soar to a level unseen in 43 years

Baltimore reached a grim milestone on Friday, three months after riots erupted in response to the death of Freddie Gray in police custody: With 45 homicides in July, the city has seen more bloodshed in a single month than it has in 43 years.

Judge blocks release of recordings by anti-abortion group

A federal judge on Friday blocked the release of any recordings made at meetings of an abortion providers' association by an anti-abortion group that previously revealed secretly recorded videos of a Planned Parenthood leader.

Sixteen trades made before deadline

The New York Mets finally landed the bat they were looking for in Yoenis Cespedes just ahead of Friday’s trade deadline, and Cole Hamels confirmed he blocked a trade to Houston before Philadelphia dealt its ace to Texas.

Extended slump in oil taking toll on industry, economy

As drivers, shippers and airlines continue to enjoy lower fuel prices, the oil industry is responding to much lower profits with sharp cuts in spending and employment that are hurting economic growth.

23 years after Iowa student's death, mom hopes for answers

The mother of a Grinnell College student slain nearly 23 years ago says she's trying to remain optimistic that investigators will solve the case.

Obama to extend college aid grants to some prison inmates

More than 20 years after banning prisoners from receiving student aid, some federal and state inmates could be eligible for Pell grant money to take college courses while still behind bars.

Perspective: Action on finance, education, sanctuary cities

The month of July has proven to be very busy in America’s new Congress. Whether it was meeting with folks from the 3rd District, going to the several Small Business and Financial Services Committee hearings, or tracking the incessant rain throughout the state — there is a lot to recap this month.

U. of Cincinnati shooting puts spotlight on campus police

When an Ohio prosecutor charged a campus police officer with murder in the death of a driver during a traffic stop, he offered a harsh judgment on University of Cincinnati police, saying the school should not be in the business of law enforcement at all.

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