Stories for October 2010


Sunday, October 31

Generation gap divides troops on gays in military

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — If you want to know what a member of the armed forces thinks about repealing “don’t ask, don’t tell,” you could start by asking how old they are.

Supreme Court to hear violent video game case

LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Before picking up any Wii games or downloading apps on her iPhone for her two daughters, Lillian Quintero does her homework. She’ll first read reviews online and in magazines, then try them out for herself. If she thinks the games are engaging and educational enough, 4-year-old Isabella and 2-year-old Sophia are free to play.

Appeals court to mull states’ role in immigration

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona’s tough and controversial new immigration law will get its day before a San Francisco appeals court Monday, with the central issue being just what role state and local authorities can play in confronting those who cross the border illegally.

Health overhaul may lead to free birth control

WASHINGTON (AP) — Fifty years after the pill, another birth control revolution may be on the horizon: free contraception for women in the U.S., thanks to the new health care law.

Japan, Vietnam agree on rare earths, nuclear power

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — Vietnam has chosen Japan as a partner to mine rare earth metals and develop nuclear power in the Communist country, Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan said Sunday.

Study: Immigrants returning to work quicker

WASHINGTON (AP) — Immigrants are returning to work quicker than their U.S.-born counterparts, but are earning significantly less than before the economic downturn, a Pew Hispanic Center study reported Friday.

Deal or punt decision on Bush tax cuts is Obama’s

WASHINGTON (AP) — Will Congress extend the Bush tax cuts into 2011 in the weeks after Tuesday’s election or let the automatic increase start cutting into most people’s paychecks early next year? It’s really pretty much up to President Barack Obama.

Pot measure’s immediate effect remains up in air

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Imagine it’s the day after the election, and California awakes to a brave new state where marijuana is the same as alcohol, at least legally.

Paul Reubens’ Pee-wee is enjoying his second act

NEW YORK (AP) — The red bow tie is back. The white chunky loafers are, too. So is that too-tight gray suit. The Secret Word today is: Comeback. Pee-wee has returned from exile.

8 years after Smart kidnapping, trial to begin

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Eight years after he’s accused of slicing through a window screen with a knife and whisking away a young girl in the middle of the night, the man charged in the abduction of Elizabeth Smart is headed to trial in federal court.

Chu talks zombies and vampires on Facebook

WASHINGTON (AP) — The walking dead have infiltrated the Energy Department. Energy Secretary Steven Chu shared a picture of himself as a zombie on his Facebook page in an effort to teach users about saving electricity.

Peruvians offended by ’Modern Family’ slight

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Peruvians are miffed over a “Modern Family” episode in which a character suggests that the Andean nation is full of backward, violent people.

Nebraska’s Helu is national player of week

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska’s Roy Helu Jr. has been named Walter Camp Football Foundation national offensive player of the week after running for a school-record 307 yards and three touchdowns in the Cornhuskers’ win over Missouri.

New dioxin rules might force more cleanups

MIDLAND, Mich. (AP) — The government has spent many millions of dollars in recent decades cleaning up sites contaminated with dioxin and, in extreme cases, relocating residents of entire neighborhoods tainted by the toxin.

Shuttle leak repairs good, launch on for Wednesday

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA says space shuttle Discovery is finally leak-free and ready to blast off Wednesday.

Hurricane Tomas weakens to Category 1 storm

MIAMI (AP) — Hurricane Tomas has weakened to a Category 1 storm as it heads deeper into the Caribbean Sea.

Missouri lt. gov. starts inquiry into Hammons’ care

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder has launched an inquiry into the care and treatment of ailing Springfield hotel developer John Q. Hammons.

Experts say end of NJ tunnel project hurts region

NEW YORK (AP) — When he killed the construction of a new rail line to New York under the Hudson River, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie saved his state’s taxpayers at least $3 billion. But at a cost, critics say — specifically, 44,000 jobs that might have been created, 22,000 cars left on the highway and an unrealized $30,000 bonus in real estate value for every New Jersey home located near a train stop.

TSA inspectors heading to Yemen to check security

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. inspectors are heading to Yemen to monitor cargo security practices and pinpoint holes in the system.

Officials: Investigators nearly missed 1 bomb

WASHINGTON (AP) — One of the two powerful bombs shipped from Yemen to Chicago-area synagogues nearly slipped past investigators even after they were tipped off, a U.S. official and a British security consultant said Sunday.

White House: could be more mail bombs

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama’s counterterrorism adviser said Sunday that authorities “have to presume” there might be more potential mail bombs like the ones pulled from planes in England and the United Arab Emirates.

Eliminating malaria impossible without vaccine

LONDON (AP) — Eliminating malaria, the mosquito-borne scourge that kills more than 860,000 people a year, would be a dream come true for millions — but medical experts say right now that goal remains completely unrealistic.

OUR OPINION: Vote will clarify public opinion on smoking ban

Ballot issues deserve to be decided after forming an opinion based on established facts and sound reasoning. We have examined the facts surrounding Jefferson City’s proposed smoke-free ordinance and subjected them to intense scrutiny.

Incumbent, 3 others seek Skelton’s 4th District seat

Democrat Ike Skelton has been west-Central Missouri’s congressman since 1977. This year, Republican Vicky Hartzler, Constitution Party candidate Greg Cowan and Libertarian Jason Michael Braun all seek to move Skelton into retirement.

Major candidates argue more over voting records

For more than a year, Republicans have argued that veteran Democratic Congressman Ike Skelton “is voting 95 percent of the time with” U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, a San Francisco Democrat.

Jefferson City sewer question affects everyday lives

There is nothing all that flashy about sewer pipes. And as deputy director of wastewater services for Jefferson City Eric Seaman said, that might be the biggest challenge the city faces as it approaches a vote on the second sewer bond issue in a three-phase set to make improvements required by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.

Jefferson City smoking ban has stringent supporters on either side

Factions work to disseminate information

There are plenty of things upon which people on both sides of Jefferson City’s proposed smoking tax do not agree. But there is one point where both seem to have found a middle ground — there is not much more either side can say about the issue than what has already been said.

Jefferson City smoking issue supported, opposed by data

Numbers seem to support both sides

Numbers data are powerful weapons, especially in a debate like that over the proposed smoking ban that Jefferson City voters will consider Tuesday.

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Kids start Halloween celebration early

Halloween was still another day away, but children donned their costumes Saturday to elicit frights and seek out treats at several Halloween-themed celebrations across Jefferson City.

Police stress Halloween safety

In an effort to make Halloween safer, The Jefferson City Police Department will have extra officers working tonight. The additional officers along with patrol officers will be especially watchful in residential neighborhoods watching for hazardous driving.

Man sustains injuries in one-vehicle accident

Justin Miller, 24, was treated and released at Capital Region Medical Center after sustaining injuries in a one-vehicle accident Saturday.

Meetings set on recreation center proposal

The Jefferson City Parks and Recreation Foundation is holding several focus groups and public meetings to help determine the feasibility of constructing and operating an indoor multipurpose recreation center.

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Business grabs life by the leash

K-9 Achievement Center holds ribbon-cutting

CENTERTOWN, Mo. — A banner emblazoned with the image of police dog hanging out in front of a large metal building here was the first hint that a new business had come to this small town west of Jefferson City.

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Churches work together to brighten up school

50 volunteers take part in ShareFest

Wide-eyed smiles might be accompanied by little feet hopping from one orange paw print to the next along the sidewalk leading into South Elementary School, as students arrive Monday to find their building spruced up.

SE Missouri farmers put 90K acres in wetlands program

DEXTER, Mo. (AP) — Farmers in southeast Missouri have put 90,000 acres into a federal program aimed at providing more wetland habitat for birds.

Military end to race divide may inform gays debate

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Thomas J. Woods joined the military after graduating from an all-black high school in 1950, when Jim Crow laws forced him to the back of buses and Savannah shop clerks would greet him with a surly, “What you want, boy?”

Some may live in DC, but they vote somewhere else

WASHINGTON (AP) — Alex lives in Washington but votes at a church in Virginia. Kathleen signed a lease here but casts her ballot in Pennsylvania. Nicolas moved to the nation’s capital a year ago, but his polling place is in Connecticut.

Fox, Cablevision reach deal to end NY blackout

NEW YORK (AP) — Fox and Cablevision reached an agreement Saturday that will restore programming to more than 3 million New York-area subscribers who have been without some of their favorite shows and baseball playoff games for two weeks.

Lawsuit claims NYC stole 9/11 DNA software secrets

NEW YORK (AP) — A software company that helped identify the remains of 9/11 victims is accusing the New York City Medical Examiner’s Office of handing its secrets over to the FBI.

In Oregon governor race, it’s all down to turnout

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Democrat John Kitzhaber and Republican Chris Dudley have been in a dead heat in Oregon for weeks in a governor’s race about fresh perspectives versus experience. Polls and the candidates say it’s still a dead heat just days ahead of Tuesday’s election.

Nev. Senate race converges in state capital

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Nevada’s hotly contested Senate race had rivals Harry Reid and Sharron Angle serving flapjacks, petting dogs and shaking hands as they worked for last-minute votes during Nevada’s statehood celebration.

Metro Transit in St. Louis overpaid pensioners

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A recent audit shows that the Metro transit agency in St. Louis overpaid some pensioners by more than $760,000.

Game Review: Epic adventure, acidic wit in ’Fable III’

Peter Molyneux has long been one of the more ambitious developers in the video-game industry. His first big hit, 1989’s “Populous,” let you play God — and in the years since, his games have gotten only slightly less grandiose.

YouTube co-founder Chad Hurley steps down as CEO

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — YouTube co-founder Chad Hurley is stepping down as CEO of the world’s most popular website for watching video.

Stewart-Colbert rally mixes fun with sober message

NEW YORK (AP) — Jon Stewart was right. As promised, his rally was fun. Then, at the end, he took a few moments for “some sincerity.” For some viewers, those clearly heartfelt remarks on the innate goodness of Americans may have upstaged everything that went before.

‘Sopranos’ actress Denise Borino-Quinn dies at 46

ROSELAND, N.J. (AP) — Denise Borino-Quinn, who unexpectedly won a role as a mafia wife on “The Sopranos” after she attended an open casting call, has died. She was 46.

Soft-spoken 18-year-old American wins Miss World

BEIJING (AP) — The newest Miss World is from the United States.

Late-night comics happy to joke about Barack Obama

NEW YORK (AP) — Late-night comics are over any initial reluctance to make President Barack Obama the butt of their jokes.

Paula Abdul talks dancing and ’Idol’

BURBANK, Calif. (AP) — Paula Abdul spent eight seasons searching for the next “American Idol.” Now she’s looking for folks who “Live to Dance.”

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Home Sweet Home: Rangers’ bats break out in Texas

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Mitch Moreland might not even be in the majors had the Texas Rangers not traded for Cliff Lee.

KC police consider woman’s death homicide

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Police in Kansas City have identified a woman whose death is being investigated as a homicide.

No. 11 Oklahoma beats Colorado 43-10

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — With his feet back under him, Ryan Broyles was able to speed to the best receiving performance in Oklahoma history.

Saturday, October 30

Yemeni arrested, al-Qaida bomber eyed in mail plot

SAN’A, Yemen (AP) — Yemeni police arrested a woman on suspicion of mailing a pair of bombs powerful enough to take down airplanes, officials said Saturday as details emerged about a terrorist plot aimed at the U.S. that exploited security gaps in the worldwide shipping system.

Soldiers say work helped after Fort Hood shootings

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — For nearly a year in Afghanistan, a tightly knit Army Reserve unit kept the memories of their comrades killed during a shooting rampage Fort Hood close. But not too close.

Rogersville man sentenced on molestation charges

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — A southwest Missouri man has pleaded guilty to child molestation and sodomy charges.

McClement’s hat trick leads Blues over Thrashers

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Jay McClement, known primarily for his penalty-killing prowess, got a chance to see how the other half live.

Gailey, Haley meet again on playing field

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Last time Todd Haley and Chan Gailey were together, somebody got fired. This time, somebody will get beat.

Rams look for better second half vs. Panthers

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The glass is half full for the St. Louis Rams — nearly, anyway — who have already tripled their 2009 win total. They’re one of the NFL’s surprise teams.

Saturday's NBA Capsules

CHICAGO (AP) — Derrick Rose matched a career high with 39 points and the Chicago Bulls staged a big rally to beat the Detroit Pistons 101-91 on Saturday night.

Rams avoid blackout for Sunday

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The Carolina Panthers-St. Louis Rams game Sunday will be televised locally in St. Louis.

Saturday's NHL Capsules

OTTAWA (AP) — Tim Thomas made 29 saves for his second straight shutout and third of the season in the Boston Bruins’ 4-0 victory over the Ottawa Senators on Saturday night.

Suspect No. 6 in Columbia death surrenders

JENNINGS, Mo. (AP) — The sixth suspect in last weekend’s killing of a cousin of a Missouri football player has surrendered to police.

Missouri high school football

Here are scores from Saturday's high school football games around Missouri.

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No. 14 Nebraska hands No. 7 Mizzou 1st loss, 31-17

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska fans butchered the pronunciation of Roy Helu Jr.’s last name. No matter. They’ll be talking about him for a long time to come.

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Writer Maya Angelou sings about her love of books

In her low husky voice, Maya Angelou came out singing an old African-American song about a rainbow to express her love of books and libraries.

Moss, Childress, Haynesworth among those hit

Keeping quiet has cost Randy Moss $25,000.

Gordon creates energy drink to use as sponsor

Robby Gordon introduced a new energy drink Friday that he developed as a potential revenue source for his race team.

Andretti Autosport cuts ties with Kanaan

Former IndyCar champion Tony Kanaan is looking for a new ride.

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Lady Crusaders face defending state champs today

Taking on the state’s defending champion? No problem. Playing the biggest team you’ve faced all season? No problem. Trying to beat one of the nation’s best players? No problem.

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Lady Falcons set for sectional battle with Whitfield

Make no mistake about it, the Blair Oaks Lady Falcons know what they’re up against. And it’s no cakewalk.

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Win over Kewpies puts Jays in state playoffs

The Hickman Kewpies thought they were doing the right thing.

Lincoln seniors hope to finally beat Langston

Rivalry games always come with a certain amount of pressure. In rivalries that have been one-sided, now that’s another kind of pressure.

Tourists conned by Maldives marriage officiator

It’s not a wedding video to show the kids.

Law day action

Cole County Judge Paul Wilson recently sentenced a Jefferson City man to five years in prison for pleading guilty to an August 2009 charge...

Nixon: Grant will help to train veterinarians

Gov. Jay Nixon says the state will use a $500,000 grant to fund a pilot program aimed at addressing a nationwide shortage of large-animal veterinarians and veterinary technicians.

Hospital updates condition of man swept away

A Missouri man who was swept more than a mile through a sanitary sewer he was checking is improving at a Kansas city hospital.

OUR OPINION: Docents preserve Mansion history through sharing

Name a group of volunteers who wear costumes not only on Halloween and treat Missourians to a wealth of historical knowledge throughout the year.

Principal: New Bloomfield makes strides with discipline

One year after questioning school officials about how discipline issues were affecting student performance, parent Rich Garwood returned to the New Bloomfield School Board to ask what progress has been made.

Company: Rate hike tied to inflation

While the changes that came earlier this month to Jefferson City’s trash contract with Allied Waste were unexpected, the most recent change is anything but unexpected.

Schools celebrate Red Ribbon Week

Since 1988, schools and other groups across the country have pledged to reinforce the message of being drug-free and use the last week of October to educate children on the dangers of drugs and other substances.

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Calvary events

An art contest was among several events scheduled at Calvary Lutheran High School this week in observance of Red Ribbon Week.

Jury recommends death in Florida ninja slaying

A former karate instructor should be put to death for leading a group of men dressed like ninjas to rob and kill a wealthy Florida couple while their nine special-needs children slept or cowered nearby, a jury recommended Friday.

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Two wildfires prompt evacuations in Colorado

Two wildfires in Boulder County threatened the homes of at least 1,700 people Friday, prompting evacuations in the city of Boulder and the neighboring foothills.

Judge orders test on Halliburton cement in BP well

A federal judge is ordering tests to be performed as soon as possible on cement Halliburton Co. used to seal the BP well that later blew out catastrophically in the Gulf of Mexico.

Economy still sluggish as nation prepares to vote

The last read on the economy before the midterm elections found Americans are spending a little more but not nearly enough to bring down high unemployment.

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Man charged with killing 3

Facing three counts of first-degree murder, a Holts Summit man appeared Friday afternoon in a Callaway County courtroom...

Proposal would require restraining animals in cars

They do not just wear their black and white “LIVE UNITED” T-shirts. They live it. Both Bernie Fechtel and Deb Animals were at the forefront of discussion Friday at Jefferson City’s Public Safety Committee.bie Snyder, co-chairs of this year’s United Way campaign, have been long-time supporters of the organization and its 25 agencies.

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‘You will never find a better place with better people’

They do not just wear their black and white “LIVE UNITED” T-shirts. They live it. Both Bernie Fechtel and Debbie Snyder, co-chairs of this year’s United Way campaign, have been long-time supporters of the organization and its 25 agencies.

Outside groups spend more than $12M on Missouri Senate race

Democratic Missouri Senate candidate Robin Carnahan claimed Friday that special interest groups are trying to “buy themselves a senator” by spending millions of dollars on ads attacking her and backing Republican Roy Blunt.

Mo. House opponents make separate capital stops

They haven’t agreed on much lately. But Democratic incumbent Ike Skelton and Republican challenger Vicky Hartzler both like, and praise, America’s veterans.

Friday, October 29

Friday's Prep Football Score

Friday's Prep Football Score

In France, happiness is retiring at 60

PARIS (AP) — Time is on Guy Robert’s side: Since he retired at age 60, he’s using his new freedom to turn back the family clock and trace the paths of his ancestors, from a 17th century royalist to grandparents who resisted the Nazis in World War II.

Lynch plays favorites at AFI Fest

LOS ANGELES (AP) — David Lynch has segued from making movies to showing them. As the first guest artistic director of the AFI Fest, the “Blue Velvet” director has programmed a mini festival within the film festival, which begins next week in Hollywood.

Navajo lawmakers turn to prayer amid investigation

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. (AP) — At least 77 current delegates to the 88-member Navajo Nation Tribal Council are charged with offenses including theft and fraud in the use of tribal funds. So when the lawmakers convened the last day of their fall session with customary prayer, the ritual quickly deepened into a quest for protection and purification.

John Lennon coin issued by UK Royal Mint

LONDON (AP) — Most British coins bear the likeness of Queen Elizabeth II — but now she’s been joined by John Lennon, honored Friday with a commemorative coin struck by the Royal Mint.

SPIN METER: Despite claims, bailouts not over yet

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Treasury Department says its bank bailouts are over, but the spending continues.

Imam unmoved by Saudi criticism of NYC mosque

NEW YORK (AP) — The imam co-leading a drive to build an Islamic community center near the World Trade Center has politely brushed aside a suggestion by one of his past benefactors that the project be moved to a different spot.

Governors bet on big game

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — The Missouri-Nebraska game Saturday has more at stake than the inside track to the Big 12 North division title: candy, fishing lures and slabs of beef.

Amid disputes, US seeks common ground with China

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration faces a sea of obstacles, setbacks and conflicts with China as Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton heads to the emerging global powerhouse Saturday for talks.

Ameren gas rates will be a bit lower this winter

All of Ameren Missouri’s 127,000 natural gas customers will pay a lower price for natural gas this winter than last under a new Purchased Gas Adjustment (PGA) approved by the Missouri Public Service Commission and effective Nov. 1.

Would-be Dallas bomber appealing 24-year sentence

DALLAS (AP) — A Jordanian man sentenced to 24 years in prison after pleading guilty to trying to blow up a Dallas skyscraper is appealing the punishment.

Merck 3Q profit plunges 90 percent on deal charges

Merck & Co. posted a 90 percent drop in third-quarter profit, due to large charges for its $41.1 billion acquisition last year of Schering-Plough Corp. and a legal reserve set up because of a federal investigation.

Suzuki, Mitsubishi issue recalls

WASHINGTON (AP) — Japanese automakers Suzuki and Mitsubishi are issuing separate recalls to fix issues with crossover vehicles.

Take-Two CEO steps down to travel with family

NEW YORK (AP) — Take-Two Interactive Software Inc., the company responsible for popular video games such as the “Grand Theft Auto” series, said Friday that the CEO hired to turn the company around has stepped down to travel in Asia with his family.

Barrington Broadcasting Group LLC to Release 2010 Third Quarter Results

Owners of Mid-Missouri's KRCG-TV

HOFFMAN ESTATES, IL -- (Marketwire) -- 10/28/10 -- Barrington Broadcasting Group LLC (“Barrington”) announced Thursday that it will release its financial results for the quarter ended September 30, 2010 on November 8, 2010.

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Maylee charged with murder and assault for Callaway County shootings

The Callaway County Prosecutor's Office has charged Joshua Maylee with three counts of first-degree murder in connection with a triple homicide investigation.

Economy grows at slightly faster pace in Q3

WASHINGTON (AP) — The economy grew at a slightly faster pace over the summer as Americans spent a little more freely.

NBA’s Dwight Howard tries to score with kids’ CD

NEW YORK (AP) — Dwight Howard may be the NBA’s Superman, but when it comes to making music, he’ll admit to having at least one flaw.

Ang Lee to shoot ’Life of Pi’ in Taiwan and India

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Oscar-winning director Ang Lee said he is counting on the innocent looks and storytelling ability of an Indian boy to assure the success of Yann Martel’s “Life of Pi,” the fantasy book he is making into a film.

Pentagon says intel contractors went too far

WASHINGTON (AP) — A military contractor says he’ll fight Pentagon accusations that his people went too far in gathering intelligence in Afghanistan that ended up being used to target militants.

Chevron 3Q profit slips 2 pct

NEW YORK (AP) — Chevron Corp. says income slipped nearly 2 percent in the third quarter on costs related to the Gulf of Mexico drilling moratorium and hefty foreign exchange charges.

Arizona beheading raises fears of drug violence

CHANDLER, Ariz. (AP) — The gruesome case of a man who was stabbed and beheaded in a suburban Phoenix apartment has police investigating whether the killing is potentially the most extreme example of Mexican drug cartel violence spilling over the border.

AP Enterprise: Local tax votes do well nationwide

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Forget all the talk about voters being fed up with high taxes: In hundreds of cities and counties across the country, they are raising them.

In tweet, State Dept. urges Iran to free hikers

WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton’s spokesman sent a birthday greeting to the president of Iran, who turned 54 this week.

Whooping cough suspected in St. Louis Co district

ST. LOUIS (AP) — St. Louis County health officials say two probable cases of whooping cough have surfaced in a school district.

OUR OPINION: Let ‘local’ voters decide; defeat statewide Proposition A

As seasonal costumes go, Proposition A has been wrapped in the slogan “Let Voters Decide.” Despite its appealing facade, removing the disguise reveals the reality of the measure on Tuesday’s statewide ballot.

Missouri Senators Bond, McCaskill target Senate hopefuls

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Missouri’s two sitting U.S. senators squared off in separate appearances Thursday over whether Republican Roy Blunt or Democrat Robin Carnahan is the best choice for voters in next week’s Senate election.

Republican, Libertarian seek to succeed Deeken in 114th

Voters in western Jefferson City and Cole County won’t be sending a Democrat to the state Legislature — none filed to seek the seat now held by the term-limited Bill Deeken, R-Jefferson City.

Lawyer, businessman seek to fill open House seat for 113th District

A lawyer and a longtime businessman want voters to send them to the Capitol, after Missouri’s eight-year term limits ended Republican Mark Bruns’ service in the state House of Representatives.

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Helias parents savor fleeting moments of seniors’ year

Tears rolled down Charlotte Frevert’s face as the potential college faded in the distance. The campus was beautiful, and the potential for her son, Gavin, to pursue his dream of playing college football was likely.

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Upperclassmen shine as Falcons blow out Wildcats, 69-28

WARDSVILLE, Mo. — The district streak may have ended at nine, but the Blair Oaks Falcons are back in the playoffs for the 10th straight time. And that’s all that matters now.

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Crusaders handle state-ranked Liberators

The Bolivar Liberators entered Thursday night’s game with a gaudy state ranking and eye-popping season statistics. The Helias Crusaders left Thursday night’s game as district champions.

Renteria, Cain give Giants 2-0 World Series lead

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Fans jumped up and down, shaking orange pompoms, waving scarves and chanting “Sweep! Sweep!”

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Making strides against cancer

Teacher, students raising funds to fight disease

An assortment of fundraising efforts by Blazer Time classes at Jefferson City's Lewis and Clark Middle School will help fight cancer.

Olten sentenced on weapons charges

Convicted felon pleaded guilty to possessing 29 firearms

Dale Scott Olten Sr. will spend almost all of the next two decades serving a federal prison sentence for possessing firearms illegally.

SW Mo. pastor accused of downloading child porn

DUENWEG, Mo. (AP) — A southwest Missouri minister is facing federal charges accusing him of possessing child pornography downloaded from the Internet.

Duke's No. 1; Missouri 15th in AP preseason basketball poll

Defending national champion Duke was a runaway No. 1 in the Associated Press preseason Top 25 men’s basketball poll.

EPA: No major health risks in Cameron, Mo., soil

CAMERON, Mo. (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency says soil tests in northwest Missouri show elevated levels of arsenic along a former railroad line, but the area won’t be cleaned up because the impact is likely low.

Repairs may close Mark Twain recreation areas

DONIPHAN, Mo. (AP) — Some recreation sites in the Mark Twain National Forest could be temporarily closed for the next few months for repairs and improvements.

Original rules of basketball go to auction Dec. 10

It’s been nearly 119 years since James Naismith wrote down 13 rules for a new game he devised as a way to give youths at a Springfield, Mass., YMCA an athletic activity to keep them busy in the winter. On Dec. 10, those rules — considered “the birth certificate of one of the world’s most popular sports” — will be put up for auction in New York and are expected to bring in at least $2 million.

Man serving life in Ohio convicted in Missouri

PLATTE CITY, Mo. (AP) — A man already serving a life prison sentence in Ohio for murder received a second life sentence for another murder in Missouri.

Ambulance number shows up on Missouri political calls

KIRKSVILLE, Mo. (AP) — The Adair County Ambulance District has been inundated with phone calls after its telephone number was linked to an automatic political call.

Former KC area educator named to Missouri post

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A former Missouri educator who has been working with the Kansas Department of Education since 2006 is coming back to her home state.

Cole County expands fees payable with plastic

The Cole County Circuit Clerk announced this week that the circuit court will begin accepting credit and debit card payments for civil filing fees, probate filing fees, juvenile filing fees and costs for copy requests.

Judge to recommend clearing accused developer

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A federal judge says she’ll recommend that a felony indictment accusing a St. Louis developer of bank fraud be thrown out.

Executive director of Negro Leagues museum resigns

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Less than two years after he was hired, the executive director of the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in Kansas City has resigned.

Actor who played Danno on ‘Hawaii Five-O’ dies

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Stage and screen actor James MacArthur, who played “Danno” in the original version of television’s “Hawaii Five-O,” died Thursday at age 72.

Jury convicts Smith’s psychiatrist, boyfriend

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A jury on Thursday convicted Anna Nicole Smith’s psychiatrist and boyfriend of conspiring to use false names to obtain prescription drugs for the former Playboy model and reality TV star but acquitted the doctor who prescribed a plethora of drugs for her.

UPDATE: Boil order follows water main break

UPDATE: Boil Water Advisory (LIFTED) - Jefferson City

Death of homeless man a homicide

COLUMBIA (AP) — Columbia police say they are investigating the death of a homeless man as a homicide.

Japan central bank keeps zero interest rate policy

TOKYO (AP) — Japan’s central bank has kept its key interest rate unchanged at zero to 0.1 percent in a widely expected decision.

Hyundai 3rd-quarter net profit rises 38 percent

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Hyundai Motor says net profit rose 38 percent in the third quarter as sales increased.

Thursday, October 28

James Wall, Captain Kangaroo’s ’Mr. Baxter,’ dies

NEW YORK (AP) — James Wall, Captain Kangaroo’s neighbor “Mr. Baxter” on the children’s show and longtime stage manager for CBS News, has died. He was 92.

Napolitano: Military to aid civilian cybersecurity

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — The Defense Department’s supersecret National Security Agency can be used “appropriately” on civilian cybersecurity matters, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said Thursday.

Officers in scandal-torn Calif. city demand probe

BELL, Calif. (AP) — Leaders of this scandal-ridden city’s police union, frustrated by what they see as a lack of urgency to investigate corruption in their own department, are calling for the suspension of a high-ranking police official and an investigation of their ousted former police chief.

University posts info of 40K students

HONOLULU (AP) — The Social Security numbers, grades and other personal information of more than 40,000 former University of Hawaii students were posted online for nearly a year before being removed this week, The Associated Press has learned.

Notre Dame to review lifts after student death

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — As the Notre Dame football team drilled on its practice field, Declan Sullivan stood high above the turf in a hydraulic lift, videotaping the session so players could get an aerial view of their performance.

Tests warned of cement troubles before BP blowout

WASHINGTON (AP) — Tests performed before the deadly blowout of BP’s oil well in the Gulf of Mexico should have raised doubts about the cement used to seal the well, but the company and its cementing contractor used it anyway, investigators with the president’s oil spill commission said Thursday.

Anti-gay Arkansas school board member to resign

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A school board member who posted on Facebook that he thinks gay youths should kill themselves announced Thursday night that he would quit, hours after protesters rallied outside of a high school to call for his resignation.

MU won’t press charges over fans on field

COLUMBIA, MO. (AP) — The University of Missouri says it won’t seek trespassing charges against 30 fans who were arrested for rushing onto the football field after Saturday’s big win over Oklahoma.

Missouri high school football

Here are Thursday's high school football scores from around Missouri.

More Missouri public defender offices turn away cases

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Missouri’s public defender system says four more of its regional offices are turning away new defendants after hitting their maximum caseloads.

Former KC area educator named to Missouri post

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A former Missouri educator who has been working with the Kansas Department of Education since 2006 is coming back to her home state.

Randy Quaid pursues refugee claim in Canada

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — Actor Randy Quaid says a group of Hollywood bankers, lawyers and executives is out to ruin him as he continues to seek refugee status in Canada following his arrest on U.S. warrants.

Att’y: Witness ID’d in Mass. student’s NY shooting

BOSTON (AP) — A witness sought by authorities after she was seen on video trying to revive a college football player who was shot and killed by police has been found, a lawyer for the player’s family said Thursday.

New charges levied against Hawaii farm owners

HONOLULU (AP) — The owners of Hawaii’s second-largest farm face new federal charges that they exploited dozens of Thai workers by lying about their wages and confining them to the farm.

3 more indicted in NYC anti-gay attacks; 7 accused

NEW YORK (AP) — A teenager and two men have been indicted by a grand jury in the anti-gay gang attacks in New York City earlier this month.

Thursday's Prep Football Scores

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College tuition costs climbing again this fall

College tuition costs shot up again this fall, and students and their families are leaning more on the federal government to make higher education more affordable in tough economic times, according to two reports issued Thursday.

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Maylee arrested in Cooper County

UPDATE: Joshua Maylee was arrested at 1:30 p.m. Thursday in Cooper County.

Foreclosure activity up across most US metro areas

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The foreclosure crisis intensified across a majority of large U.S. metropolitan areas this summer, with Chicago and Seattle — cities outside of the states that have shouldered the worst of the housing downturn — seeing a sharp increase in foreclosure warnings.

Candidates use children to make final pitch

WASHINGTON (AP) — With just days to go before the election, here come the kids. Florida Senate candidate Marco Rubio’s children think their dad is a great guy. In Colorado, Sen. Michael Bennet’s daughters are so enthused they’re hitting the phones to support their dad.

Army study seeks best suicide prevention programs

DENVER (AP) — Military medical researchers say their efforts to reverse the rising number of suicides among servicemembers are based on “good ideas,” but they don’t know which prevention programs work and which don’t. They launched a $17 million study Wednesday to find out.

Amtrak changes schedules for Missouri passenger trains

Amtrak is adjusting the schedule of its morning trains across Missouri beginning Nov. 8.

St. Louis insurance company to get state aid

FENTON, Mo. (AP) — A St. Louis area insurance company is pledging to add 100 jobs in exchange for state incentives.

Unemployment claims drop sharply to 434K

WASHINGTON (AP) — Fewer people applied for unemployment benefits last week, the second drop in a row and a hopeful sign the job market could be improving.

Columbia police: Death of homeless man a homicide

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Columbia police say they are investigating the death of a homeless man as a homicide.

Missing 10-year-old NC girl’s father out of jail

NEWTON, N.C. (AP) — The father of a missing North Carolina girl is free after posting bond on charges unrelated to his daughter’s disappearance.

Antitrust suit against Inbev, Anheuser-Busch fails

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The latest quest by 10 Missouri beer consumers who tried to block the $52 billion takeover of U.S. beer giant Anheuser-Busch by Belgium-based InBev fell flat Wednesday when an appeals court refused to resurrect their antitrust lawsuit.

Man gets probation for 2 votes in same election

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A St. Louis man who admits voting in both Missouri and Illinois during the November 2008 general election will spend the next two years on probation.

OUR OPINION: The guises, and dangers, of Halloween

The many guises of Halloween have included: a fun, mildly frightening, trick-or-treat event for children; destructive Devil’s Night arsons; motivation for monster movie marathons; a time to examine, inspect and X-ray candy; and a catalyst for safer, alternative activities sponsored by communities and churches.

Man accused in St. Louis shooting death

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A 21-year-old man is accused in St. Louis in the fatal shooting of a teenager.

Missouri appeals court reinstates smelter lawsuit

CRYSTAL CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri appellate court says a group worried about development of a pig-iron ore smelter near St. Louis can move forward with their lawsuit against the city.

Helias takes on third-ranked Bolivar

Ready for a showdown

For whatever reason, the Helias Crusaders have played better on the road than at home this season.

Falcons face Wildcats at home

Eyeing the high school football playoffs

WARDSVILLE, Mo. — Montgomery County may be eliminated from the playoffs, but it doesn’t mean the Blair Oaks Falcons are going to take them lightly.

Jays set to clash with rival Hickman for playoff berth

It’s Jefferson City vs. Hickman. It’s the 106th meeting. And more importantly, it’s winner take all.

Nissan recalls 2 million vehicles worldwide

TOKYO (AP) — Nissan is recalling 2.14 million vehicles worldwide including the popular March and Mycra subcompacts for an ignition problem that may stall the engine — its third-largest recall ever.

AP survey: Painfully slow economic gains into 2011

WASHINGTON (AP) — The job market and the economy will improve only slightly next year, according to an Associated Press survey of leading economists whose outlook for 2011 has dimmed over the past three months.

Jefferson City area offers Halloween and other festivities

Whether celebrating fall or enjoying Halloween, this weekend is full of activity in the Capital City.

Helias puts on ‘Our Town’

Students take on heavy subject matter in play

As a 22-year-old first-time director, Amanda Riley relates with her cast of Helias High School students who are taking on the heavy issues that come with Thorton Wilder’s classic “Our Town,” where she is calling on teenagers to dive headfirst into the heavy issues of daily life, death, love, marriage and the hereafter.

YOUR OPINION: Prop. A opposed

Dear Editor: As I hear politicians argue the need for Proposition A in a hysterically anti-tax atmosphere, I must question the wisdom of what we are poised to impose upon St. Louis and Kansas City.


Views on Proposition B

Dear Editor: The arguments from those who support Prop. B which are based on news articles and biased studies as proof of Missouri breeder abuse are absurd.

Recent Missouri grad lands hoops announcer gig

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — A local country music disc jockey and 2003 Missouri graduate is the new public address announcer for the Tiger men’s basketball team.

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Homecoming of sorts for Gabbert, once a Nebraska recruit

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Three years ago, eons for a college kid, Blaine Gabbert switched commitments from Nebraska to Missouri. That’s not nearly long enough for Cornhusker fans to forget.

Shakespeare classic gets Dr. Seuss twist

It is “Romeo and Juliet” with a twist of Dr. Seuss.

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Hawklets get past Jays in soccer

Rockhurst posts 3-1 win

The Jefferson City Jays got the start they wanted, just not the ending.

YOUR OPINION: Awaiting a response

Dear Editor: I find it a bit troubling when you contact your congressman about is sues and never hear a response back. I am talking about Congressman Blaine Luetkemeyer.

Prosecutor: Encouraging suicide not free speech

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A former Minnesota nurse charged with aiding the suicides of two people was not covered by free-speech protections when he sought out depressed people online and encouraged them to kill themselves, a prosecutor argued in court documents Wednesday.

Alaska high court: Voters may see write-in list

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The Alaska Supreme Court late Wednesday blocked a lower court’s order and ruled that voters at polling places may see a list of write-in candidates.

Companies fight to keep pollution data secret

WASHINGTON (AP) — Some of the country’s largest emitters of heat-trapping gases, including businesses that publicly support efforts to curb global warming, don’t want the public knowing exactly how much they pollute.

LU police investigating armed robbery

The Lincoln University Police Department is investigating an armed robbery that occurred Wednesday morning on campus.

Man charged in dog-shooting case

Cole County’s grand jury this week indicted a Jefferson City man on an unlawful use of a weapon charge after a police investigation into the shooting of a pit bull.

Two file for 5th Ward city council seat

With two Wednesday morning filings for Jefferson City’s open 5th Ward Council seat, all positions up for election on the April ballot now have candidates.

Jefferson City: Trash rates to rise in November

Jefferson City officials announced Wednesday in a news release that rates for Allied Waste customers will increase beginning in November.

Carnival to serve double duty

Church’s outreach event also raising funds for March of Dimes

A carnival to benefit the March of Dimes isn’t just a fun family event and a church outreach event. It is a fundraiser for a local March of Dimes team that hopes to raise vital funds to help other families with sick children or children born prematurely.

High exposure to BPA linked to low sperm count

CHICAGO (AP) — Chinese factory workers exposed to high levels of the plastics chemical BPA had low sperm counts, according to the first human study to tie it to poor semen quality. The study is the latest to raise health questions about bisphenol-A and comes two weeks after Canada published a final order adding the chemical to its list of toxic substances.

Republicans, heading for big gains, ready agenda

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican leaders, ever more confident of their chances of winning control of the House and possibly even the Senate, have begun plotting a 2011 agenda topped by a push for more than $100 billion in spending cuts, tax reductions and attempts to undo key parts of President Barack Obama’s health care and financial regulation laws.

Germany pushes state default proposal at EU summit

BRUSSELS(AP) — European Union governments put up hundreds of billions of euros earlier this year to keep financially troubled members like Greece or Ireland from defaulting on their debts. Now Germany is pushing to let hopelessly indebted governments do exactly that — admit they can’t pay and hit bond investors with the costs instead of taxpayers.

Community band plans concert

Mysterious sounds will pour out of the Simonsen Ninth Grade Center auditorium at 3 p.m. Sunday.

Sun glare causes another accident

On Wednesday, Jefferson City police worked their second accident in recent weeks in which the sun’s glare has been a contributing factor in a collision.

3-state manhunt under way for abductor

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Authorities in Illinois and Oklahoma are searching for a one-time killer they suspect in the armed abductions of three women from those states.

Probation for 2 votes in same election

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A St. Louis man who admits voting in both Missouri and Illinois during the November 2008 general election will spend the next two years on probation.

Hannibal-LaGrange becomes university

HANNIBAL, Mo. (AP) — Hannibal-LaGrange students will be attending a new university, effective immediately.

KC company owner charged with securities fraud

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri business owner who claimed his company had assets that would make it the second biggest corporation in America has been charged with securities fraud and aggravated currency structuring.

Virginia man allegedly backed fake DC bomb plot

WASHINGTON (AP) — For more than six months, 34-year-old Farooque Ahmed went quietly about his business: casing Washington-area subway stations, sketching diagrams and shooting video, sizing up how best to kill the most people, police say.

US says China must clarify rare earth exports

HONOLULU (AP) — Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on Wednesday called on China to clarify its policy on the export of exotic metals key to the global high-tech industry.

NJ governor cites dollars, cents in killing tunnel

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — In the end, it was all about dollars and cents. That’s what New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said before permanently scrapping a $9 billion-plus rail tunnel connecting his state and New York City, a decision that cements his reputation as a cost-cutter and comes at the expense of commuters who endure frequent delays.

Polak to have wrist surgery

ST. LOUIS (AP) — St. Louis Blues defenseman Roman Polak will have surgery on a severed tendon in his right wrist and will be sidelined indefinitely.

Japan central bank cuts economic growth forecasts

TOKYO (AP) — Japan’s central bank cut its economic growth forecasts Thursday and kept interest rates near zero, as the export-reliant nation confronts a strong yen and waning overseas demand.

Hyundai 3Q profit jumps 38 percent to $1.2 billion

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Hyundai Motor’s net profit jumped 38 percent in the third quarter as growth in emerging markets like China and India helped the automaker overcome a strengthening South Korean currency.

Santander to miss profit target after Q3 drop

MADRID (AP) — Spanish financial group Banco Santander said Thursday its third-quarter profits plunged 26 percent and warned it won’t meet its earnings target for the year due to new government-ordered provisioning norms.

O-State’s Blackmon suspended for game

STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy said he’s suspended star wide receiver Justin Blackmon for one game after Blackmon’s arrest on a misdemeanor DUI charge.

Shell Q3 profit rises 6.5 pct on higher oil price

AMSTERDAM (AP) — Royal Dutch Shell PLC, Europe’s largest oil company, reported third quarter net profit rose 6.5 percent as increasing production and a rise in oil prices more than offset one-time charges at its refining arm and Canadian operations.

Grizzly numbers hit new high in Yellowstone region

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Grizzly bear numbers in and around Yellowstone National Park have hit their highest level in decades, driving increased conflicts with humans as some bears push out of deep wilderness and into populated areas.

Daimler lifts targets again as Q3 profit surges

BERLIN (AP) — Car maker Daimler AG’s third-quarter net earnings surged as strong sales in China and the U.S. helped push revenue 30 percent higher, prompting the company to raise its full-year forecast again.

Softbank first-half profit up 9 percent to $940M

TOKYO (AP) — Softbank Corp., the only Japanese mobile carrier offering the iPhone, said first-half earnings rose 9 percent, driven by its booming smart phone business.

Starwood Hotels moves to 3Q loss

NEW YORK (AP) — Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Inc. lost money in its third quarter, dragged down by a hefty charge tied to a hotel sale. Adjusted results topped Wall Street’s expectations as occupancy improved.

Government: Ohio fraud fugitive deported to US

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A fugitive on the loose for more than two years following her conviction in a $1.9 billion corporate fraud case was back in the United States Wednesday following her arrest in a Mexican resort town where the government said she often went out dancing and consulted an anti-aging specialist.

Wild storm leaves behind damage, injuries

VALE, N.C. (AP) — People from the Dakotas to North Carolina were dealing with the aftermath of a massive storm that roared across the country, unleashing dozens of tornadoes, rain, flooding and eventually snow to some places, leaving behind plenty of destruction.

Tesla unveils revamped Calif. electric car factory

FREMONT, Calif. (AP) — Electric car maker Tesla Motors Inc. has unveiled its retooled factory in Fremont where it plans to produce its next-generation electric sedan in partnership with Toyota.

Politicians use PIs to unearth their own skeletons

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A questionable military service record. An immigrant housekeeper without a visa. A criminal charge from long ago. Sexual indiscretions.

Wednesday's NHL Capsules

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Joe Thornton had his fourth career hat trick and added two assists in the San Jose Sharks’ 5-2 victory over the slumping New Jersey Devils on Wednesday night.

China promises action on trade surplus, emissions

BEIJING (AP) — China’s leaders are promising to narrow its huge trade surplus and curb surging emissions of climate-changing greenhouse gases in an ambitious five-year plan to make its economy cleaner and more high-tech.

Wednesday's NBA Capsules

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Dwyane Wade, LeBron James and Chris Bosh have their first win with Miami, and the Big Three got help from some big 3s in the Heat’s 97-87 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday night.

Nintendo sinks into the red for first half

TOKYO (AP) — Nintendo sank to a first-half loss, its first in seven years, as a rising yen and long-delayed release of its 3-D gaming machine set the scene for a weak full-year result.

Paper maker UPM posts $245 million Q3 profit

HELSINKI (AP) — UPM-Kymmene Corp., the world’s largest magazine paper maker, reported a fourfold increase in third-quarter net profit to euro178 million ($245 million) as paper demand and prices increased.

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Lawmen: Kidnap story a hoax

90-minute search after girl’s report included dogs, helicopters

A juvenile female apparently made up a story about being abducted Wednesday morning and caused several law enforcement agencies to spend about 90 minutes looking for a suspect.

Sooners lose, so Bradford dons Tigers’ black and gold

ST. LOUIS (AP) — It’s humility week for rookie Sam Bradford. Not only is he taking the St. Louis Rams’ last-minute loss at Tampa Bay hard, his beloved Oklahoma Sooners got knocked off.

Chiefs sign veteran Simoneau

KANSAS CITY (AP) — The Kansas City Chiefs have signed free-agent linebacker Mark Simoneau, a 33-year-old veteran who’s joining his fourth NFL team.

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Search continues for Mid-Missouri gunman

3 rural Holts Summit residents killed, 1 hurt

HOLTS SUMMIT, Mo. -- The manhunt continued overnight for a Mid-Missouri gunman believed to have targeted and killed three Callaway County residents and wounded a fourth.

Rams add safety Michael Lewis

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The St. Louis Rams have signed safety Michael Lewis, released earlier this month by the San Francisco 49ers.

Prosthetic leg discovered in search for NC girl

HICKORY, N.C. (AP) — Searchers looking for the remains of a missing North Carolina girl with disabilities found a prosthetic leg and authorities were trying to determine if it was that of the 10-year-old, police said Wednesday.

Gordon gets new sponsor

CONCORD, N.C. (AP) — Jeff Gordon will be sponsored next season by the AARP Foundation’s “Drive To End Hunger” campaign.

Amer Sports makes $65 million Q3 profit

HELSINKI (AP) — Global sports equipment maker Amer Sports Corp., whose brands include Atomic, Salomon and Wilson, has reported a 64 percent increase in third-quarter net profit to 47.4 million ($65 million) on strong sales and cots cuts.

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Sanchez, Giants batter Lee in World Series opener

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The San Francisco Giants turned the World Series opener into an extra long round of batting practice — against Cliff Lee and the Texas Rangers.

Doctor: Man said Conn. home invasion not his idea

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — A man convicted of killing a woman and her two daughters during a night of terror in their suburban home told a psychiatrist his co-defendant proposed the crime and another expert said that he was so consumed with remorse he wanted the state to kill him.

’Botox Bandit’ gets 5 years for Calif. burglaries

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — A Southern California woman known as the “Botox Bandit” has been sentenced to five years in prison for felonies including burglary, fraud and identity theft.

Council of Blind chapter to meet Nov. 18

The Capitol City Council of the Blind, chartered as an affiliate of the Missouri Council of the Blind, meets monthly, with the next meeting scheduled for 1 p.m. Nov. 18 at Missouri River Regional Library in Jefferson City.

Linn State sets open house at machine tool center

Linn State Technical College is hosting the grand opening of the Haas Technical Education Center Showroom on Nov. 19.

Pa. Senate candidates pull out all the stops

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Pennsylvania voters who figure they’ve heard it all in the raucous U.S. Senate fight should brace for a final earful.

Carthage adopts 9 a.m. Sunday liquor sales

CARTHAGE, Mo. (AP) — The city council in a southwest Missouri county seat has voted to allow retail sales of liquor on Sunday mornings.

Wednesday, October 27

Officers call off search south of Jefferson City

UPDATE: The search has been called off after law officers could find no evidence of an abduction attempt. They are now investigating the possibility of a false report.

Holy card! Nuns auctioning rare Honus Wagner

BALTIMORE (AP) — Sister Virginia Muller had never heard of shortstop Honus Wagner. But she quickly learned the baseball great is a revered figure among collectors, and the most sought-after baseball card in history.

’Life,’ according to Keith Richards

Co-written by journalist and “White Mischief” author James Fox, “Life” topped the best-seller list on even before publication Tuesday. Keith Richards' memoir has received a rave (“achingly, emotionally direct”) from The New York Times.

State high court upholds deputy sheriff pay fund

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Missouri Supreme Court has upheld a state law creating a fund to boost the salaries of deputy sheriffs.

Probe of bank robbery continues

Holts Summit man charged, but says there was no driver

A Holts Summit man has been charged with first-degree robbery in connection with Monday’s bank robbery in Holts Summit.

Prop A would limit earnings tax

Big cities would be required to vote on ‘earnings tax,’ which would be eliminated outstate

Only Missouri’s two largest cities have an “earnings tax,” a 1 percent additional tax on the income of people who live in, or work in, St. Louis and Kansas City.

OUR OPINION: Approve city sewer bond, Question D

The more important of two Jefferson City ballot issues being decided Tuesday may be the one that has generated less controversy and publicity.

Libertarian not running from felony record

Jonathan Dine’s election showing crucial to party

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A Libertarian Party candidate seeking a U.S. Senate seat doesn’t believe separate prison stints for marijuana-possession, stealing and identity theft charges should preclude him from holding federal office, calling his time behind bars an educational and “humbling experience.”

Cape Girardeau to vote on proposed casino project

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (AP) — For some in Cape Girardeau, a proposed casino project is a beacon of economic growth for the city’s downtown. For others, it offers false promise and is likely to spur addiction and divorce while draining profits from existing businesses.

Court upholds building’s 2009 tax exemption

Former Cole County Circuit Judge Richard Callahan was right, the state court of appeals ruled Tuesday, when he rejected Assessor Chris Estes’ effort to appraise and tax property owned by the Missouri Retired Teachers Foundation in 2009.

Callaway County candidates clash at Holts Summit forum

Second-class status for Callaway County stirs most comment

Democratic Callaway County Presiding Commissioner Lee Fritz on Tuesday night said Callaway County may be forced to move from a first-class county to a second-class county in five years because the county’s assessed valuation won’t be high enough to remain a first class county.

Stoops believes late punt vs. Missouri was right thing to do

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — With the BCS standings in the back of his mind, Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops said Tuesday he decided an againstthe-odds comeback at Missouri over the weekend wasn’t worth risking a more lopsided loss. Stoops stood by his decision to punt with less than 2 1/2 minutes remaining and the Sooners down nine points. The polls were on his mind at the time.

Ross, Giants ready for Lee in World Series opener

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Buster Posey, Pablo Sandoval and the rest of the San Francisco Giants can study the scouting reports and videotape all they want, trying to find the secret to getting a hit against Cliff Lee.

Pelini tweaking Nebraska’s routine before home games

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska coach Bo Pelini isn’t sure his team’s pregame routine for home games is broken, but he’s going to try to fix it anyway.

South Callaway moves up in Class 2 rankings

The South Callaway Bulldogs moved up three spots in this week’s Class 2 state football rankings

Helias wins district volleyball title

SEDALIA, Mo. — For the Helias volleyball team, the hardest part about Tuesday’s district championship match was getting there.

Utility offers energy credits to social service agencies

Ameren Missouri announced it would give $1 million in energy credits to social service agencies across its 57-county service area.

DNR cites owner of former JC tire shop

The Missouri Department of Natural Resources has referred the case against a Jefferson City man to the Missouri attorney general’s office, alleging violations of Missouri’s Solid Waste Management Law and regulations in his handling of scrap tires.

Blair Oaks claims district volleyball title

HALLSVILLE, Mo. — The Blair Oaks Lady Falcons won their first volleyball district title since 2006 on Tuesday with a 25-15, 12-25, 25-22 win over top-seeded Fatima in the Class 2 District 7 Tournament.

Missouri senator urges leniency for arrested MU fans

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — A state senator is urging University of Missouri-Columbia officials not to pursue charges against football fans arrested for running onto the field after Saturday night’s win over Oklahoma.

All-region, all-district softball honors announced

Two Jefferson City Lady Jays and three Helias Lady Crusaders have been named to the Class 4 All-Region softball team.

Missouri voters asked to require assessor elections in St. Louis area

Outstate Missouri voters already do it. Every four years, almost all Missouri voters choose who their next tax assessor will be in partisan elections.

Doctor accused of inappropriate touching

MALDEN, Mo. (AP) — A southeast Missouri doctor is accused of inappropriately touching the breasts of two patients.

Vigil planned year after Cape Girardeau killings

PERRYVILLE, Mo. (AP) — Survivors of a slain pregnant woman and her son are planning a candlelight vigil to mark the one-year anniversary of the southeast Missouri shooting deaths.

Missouri election turnout expected to be 51 percent

Missouri election officials are predicting 51 percent voter turnout in next week’s statewide election.

Nixon repeats call to streamline higher ed

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Missouri governor Jay Nixon told higher education leaders Tuesday that he is committed to reducing state education expenses with increased collaboration and possibly eliminating redundant programs.

Panera Bread Reports Q3 2010

Panera Bread Company (NASDAQ: PNRA) today reported net income of $23 million, or $0.75 per diluted share, for the third quarter ended September 28, 2010.

Joplin airport to add 2 flights to Dallas

JOPLIN, Mo. (AP) — For the first time in five years, travelers will be able to fly between Joplin and Dallas.

Bristol-Myers: FDA wants factory’s problems fixed

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — U.S. regulators have told drugmaker Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. they won’t approve an important new drug until the company fixes multiple deficiencies at its Puerto Rico manufacturing plant, the company’s CEO disclosed Tuesday.

Toyota, Honda lead quality rankings but GM gains

DETROIT (AP) — The most problem-free cars and trucks are made by Honda and Toyota, but U.S. automakers Ford and General Motors are closing the gap in quality, according to an annual survey by Consumer Reports magazine.

BMW recalling 150K vehicles to fix fuel pumps

WASHINGTON (AP) — German automaker BMW AG issued recalls involving about 150,000 luxury vehicles on Tuesday to fix faulty fuel pumps that could cause vehicles to lose power.

Lee says ‘fools’ won’t affect free-agency choice

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The wife of ace left-hander Cliff Lee was among family members of Texas Rangers players subjected to obscenities and taunts during the AL championship series at Yankee Stadium. She said fans even were spitting at them from a higher section.

YOUR OPINION: Problem with ‘No problem’

Dear Editor: I am disturbed by a seemingly accepted trend of persons responding with, “No problem” after being told, “Thank you.”

YOUR OPINION: Evaluations of judges available

Dear Editor: In every precinct in the state, Missouri voters will find the names of non-partisan judges on their ballots. Some voters may not know the judges, or they may feel they should know more before voting.

YOUR OPINION: Amendment 3 deserves support

Dear Editor: Amendment 3 is a citizen initiative appearing on the Nov. 2 general election ballot. It would amend the Missouri Constitution to prevent double taxation on homes and other properties by barring transfer taxes on real estate transactions.

YOUR OPINION: Amendment 2 approval urged

Dear Editor: We urge the voters of Missouri to approve Amendment 2 appearing on the November ballot. This amendment exempts former prisoners of war who are 100 percent totally disabled from real estate taxes on their homesteads.

YOUR OPINION: Watch out for Proposition A

Dear Editor: Think carefully about Proposition A. The proposal would forbid earnings taxes in any Missouri communities that currently have none. But remember: according to Missouri law only St. Louis, Kansas City, and St. Joseph have the legal authority to establish such a tax.

‘Twisted Sisterhood’ tackles female friendships

“The Twisted Sisterhood: Unraveling the Dark Legacy of Female Friendships,” by Kelly Valen (Ballantine, $25): “This book is an invitation to every girl and woman to pay more attention to what’s going on within the gender, to reflect, and, ultimately, to behave.”

Jerry Springer celebrates 20 years of mayhem

NEW YORK (AP) — Thanks to Jerry Springer, the idea of a midget standing on a table to start a food fight or passionately kissing her sister on a daytime TV show doesn’t seem so shocking anymore.

LimeWire’s file sharing halted by injunction

NEW YORK (AP) — Lime Group, whose LimeWire software has allowed people to share songs and other files over the Internet, received a federal injunction Tuesday to disable key parts of its service.

Fox threatens legal action against Cablevision

NEW YORK (AP) — Fox is threatening to sue Cablevision Systems Corp. amid a dispute that has left the cable TV provider’s 3 million subscribers without Fox programming for more than a week.

Cameraman sues Sacha Baron Cohen over ’Bruno’ spat

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A cameraman sued Sacha Baron Cohen on Tuesday, claiming his civil rights were violated when he was roughed up by a film crew shooting the comedian in character as “Bruno” during a gay marriage rally.

Big three stumble in NBA season debut

Celtics top Heat

BOSTON (AP) — LeBron James’ Miami Heat looked an awful lot like LeBron James’ Cleveland Cavaliers.

Oklahoma basketball adjusting to nine newcomers

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — With nine newcomers on his roster after a massive offseason overhaul, even coach Jeff Capel isn’t sure what to expect out of Oklahoma basketball this season.

Neurotic teen pretends to be vampire to get girls

“Bloodthirsty” (Poppy, $9.99), by Flynn Meaney: Sure, there’s no such thing as vampires. But that doesn’t stop dorky, neurotic Finbar Frame.

’Winter’s Bone’ star Lawrence leaps to ’X-Men’

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jennifer Lawrence truly sensed her career had changed once celebrity photographers and comic-book fans began stalking her to take pictures of her “in human form.”

Ex-TV chef pleads no contest to plot to kill wife

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The former “Calorie Commando” TV chef has pleaded no contest to charges in California that he hired homeless men in a failed attempt to kill his wife.

What show gains most from DVRs? ‘Hawaii Five-0’

NEW YORK (AP) — The CBS remake of “Hawaii Five-0” is getting a bigger benefit from DVRs than any other show on prime-time television.

Creator of TV cartoon Rocky and Bullwinkle dies

CARMEL, Calif. (AP) — Pioneering TV cartoon artist Alexander Anderson Jr. — who created Rocky the flying squirrel, Bullwinkle the moose and Dudley Do-Right the Canadian mountie — has died at age 90.

Group posts video of country star killing bear

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — An animal rights group has posted a video of country music star Troy Gentry killing a captive, tame black bear in Minnesota.

Wichita State men, Missouri State women picked to win titles

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Finally, some good news for Wichita State.

DioGuardi heading to Bravo in new competition show

NEW YORK (AP) — The Bravo network says it’s bringing former “American Idol” judge Kara DioGuardi back to TV in a series of her own.

Randy Quaid, wife remain in a Canadian jail

TORONTO (AP) — Actor Randy Quaid and his wife, Evi, remain in a Canadian jail despite being granted a release from custody last week after they were arrested on outstanding warrants in California, a Canadian border official said Tuesday.

Sheen leaves hospital after NYC hotel outburst

NEW YORK (AP) — Charlie Sheen was briefly hospitalized Tuesday after security at the Plaza Hotel called police to report he was disorderly and had broken furniture in his room, police said.

Dates set for 2011 Newport folk and jazz festivals

NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) — Organizers have announced dates for next year’s Newport folk and jazz festivals.

Three-car Morgan County crash sends 8 to hospitals

Eight people were injured in a three-car accident at 7:29 p.m. Monday on Missouri 52, east of Barnett, in Morgan County.

All 3 jail escapees back in custody

PATTONSBURG, Mo. (AP) — A convicted killer and two other inmates who escaped from a northwest Missouri jail are back in custody.

Authorities find hunter’s body in river

ALTON, Ill. (AP) — Searchers of the Mississippi River north of St. Louis have found the body of a suburban St. Louis duck hunter who went missing Monday after the boat he occupied with another man capsized.

Tuesday, October 26

Sugarland’s ’Incredible Machine’ full steam ahead

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Living on the edge is right where you’ll find country duo Sugarland. They are continuing to stretch genre boundaries on their fourth album, “The Incredible Machine,” and consider it a “thank you note” to fans for allowing them to grow as artists over the years.

Dept of Ed: Some bullying violates federal law

The U.S. Department of Education is warning schools: Tolerating or failing to adequately address ethnic, sexual or gender-based harassment could put them in violation of federal anti-discrimination laws.

‘Call of Duty: Black Ops’ expands protagonist role

SANTA MONICA, Calif. (AP) — You awaken in a tiled room, strapped to a chair, hooked up to an intravenous drip and surrounded by TV monitors broadcasting images of numbers and your grizzled face. You’re being interrogated by a shadowy figure from behind a glass wall who issues a stinging charge of electricity each time you brazenly dismiss his questions.

’Phantom of the Fox’ fights to stay in apartment

ATLANTA (AP) — Behind the faux Moorish splendor of Atlanta’s historic Fox Theatre lives the “Phantom of the Fox” — a beloved local figure who twice helped save the landmark from destruction and now is battling to stay in the place where he has lived for more than 30 years.

Music Review: Williams sings slightly crazed rockabilly

Rockin’ Jason D. Williams, “Killer Instincts” (Rockabilly Records)

Even on ballads, Jason D. Williams lives up to his reputation as a rockabilly wild man. The first slow song on “Killer Instincts” references life in prison, the JFK assassination, marijuana and Christmas.

No retreat for Vietnam vet

Veteran wins compromise in state’s ‘removal’ of picture

Vietnam veteran Tom Seematter won a kind of victory Monday in a small battle he’s been having with the state of Missouri.

Prop B puts restrictions on Missouri dog breeders

A ballot initiative in Missouri that would create stricter laws for commercial dog breeders has pitted animal rights activists who call Missouri the “puppy mill capital of the nation” against those who claim the measure could put breeders out of business.

Soldier from Columbia dies from war wounds

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — A mid-Missouri soldier has died from wounds he suffered earlier this month while serving in Afghanistan.

SW Missouri man gets life in 1985 homicide

CLAYTON, Mo. (AP) — A Springfield businessman will spend the rest of his life in prison for the 1985 rape and murder of a 20-year-old waitress.

Missouri authorities find hunter’s body in river

ALTON, Ill. (AP) — Searchers of the Mississippi River north of St. Louis have found the body of a duck hunter who went missing Monday after the boat he occupied with another man was capsized by a wave.

Review: Taylor Swift shows maturity with new CD

Taylor Swift, “Speak Now” (Big Machine)

In the CD booklet for Taylor Swift’s third album, “Speak Now,” she poses for a photo tied to railroad tracks, looking like a mock damsel-in-distress with an old-fashioned dastardly villain hovering over her.

Protection request against anti-gay lawyer dropped

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — The gay student government president at the University of Michigan dropped a request Monday for a personal protection order against an assistant state attorney general who heckled his speeches and criticized him on a blog.

Soldier charged in Afghan killing kept in solitary

SEATTLE (AP) — The soldier who tried to blow the whistle on an alleged plot to kill Afghan civilians for sport has been put in solitary confinement in a windowless cell for 23 hours a day, his family said.

Push for better ways to share e-health records

WASHINGTON (AP) — Think you entered the digital health age when your doctor switched from paper charts to computerized medical records? Think again: An e-chart stored in one doctor’s computer too often can’t be read by another’s across town.

Obama appoints record number of gay officials

WASHINGTON (AP) — Less than halfway through his first term, President Barack Obama has appointed more openly gay officials than any other president in history.

NTSB probes safety of airline partnerships

WASHINGTON (AP) — When Elly Kausner, a 24-year-old Florida law student, bought a ticket online from Continental Airlines to fly home to see her parents in western New York, she had no idea the last leg of the flight would be on an airline she had never heard of — Colgan Air.

3 young men arrested in deadly LA school bus crash

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Susana Romero was sitting at the back of the bus, as she usually does when she’s ferried back and forth from Roosevelt High School to the annex classrooms the school uses.

Woman’s head stepped on by Rand Paul supporters

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Supporters of Republican U.S. Senate candidate Rand Paul wrestled a woman to the ground and one stepped on her head after she tried to confront the candidate in Kentucky.

Police: Pa. mom killed her 4 newborns, kept bones

READING, Pa. (AP) — A woman who secretly conceived several children through an extramarital affair killed at least four of her newborns, then kept their remains in coolers or encased in concrete in her closet until family members found them this year, authorities said Monday.

NY-born man arrested in Hawaii in terror case

NEW YORK (AP) — A New York City-born man was ordered to return from Hawaii where he was arrested on charges he tried to join the U.S. military at a Times Square recruiting station so he could be deployed to Iraq, desert and fight with anti-American insurgency forces.

Michael Chiklis plays ‘No Ordinary’ superhero

NEW YORK (AP) — The story has often been told, how Michael Chiklis reinvented himself from the schlubby suburban flatfoot of his early-1990s drama “The Commish” to a ferocious rogue cop on “The Shield.”

‘Nightshade’ is promising young adult saga

“Nightshade” (Philomel, $17.99), by Andrea Cremer: Guardian Calla Tor is a teenage alpha werewolf of the Colorado Nightshade pack. She’s smart, strong and, at 17, has her whole life ahead of her. Too bad it’s been mapped out for her by Calla’s masters, The Keepers.

Former KC area educator named to Missouri post

A former Missouri educator who has been working with the Kansas Department of Education since 2006 is coming back to her home state.

Game Review: ‘Rock Band 3’ hits all the right notes

I’ve spent so much time playing “Rock Band” and “Guitar Hero” over the last five years that, by now, I ought to be able to give Eric Clapton a run for his money.

Official blasts Treasury over foreclosure program

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration’s foreclosure-prevention effort has been ineffective in tackling the foreclosure crisis, the watchdog for the federal bank bailouts said Monday.

BP CEO hits back at media and politicians

LONDON (AP) — BP Chief Executive Bob Dudley accused some politicians and the media on Monday of being too hasty to pin all the blame on his company for the devastating Gulf of Mexico spill — and emphasized the need for deep-water drilling.

Gov’t pushing more fuel efficiency for trucks

WASHINGTON (AP) — Future generations of semi-trucks, school buses and large pickups will need to cut fuel consumption and emissions by 10 to 20 percent under first-ever fuel efficiency rules for trucks announced Monday by the Obama administration.

Feds approve largest-ever solar project in Calif.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration has approved a thousand-megawatt solar project on federal land in southern California, the largest solar project ever planned on U.S. public lands.

Complex credit card offers hard to compare

NEW YORK (AP) — It’s becoming a little bit easier for credit card holders to understand the interest rates and penalty charges they face. That’s because regulations that took effect earlier this year are having an impact. But a study released Monday said credit card offers are still far more complicated than a decade ago, which makes it harder for consumers to comparison shop.

Berkshire Hathaway names Combs investment manager

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Billionaire Warren Buffett renewed speculation about his successor Monday by hiring a new investment manager to handle “a significant portion” of Berkshire Hathaway Inc.’s investment portfolio.

TI 3Q earnings up 60 pct, sees slowdown in 4Q

NEW YORK (AP) — Chip-maker Texas Instruments Inc. said Monday that third-quarter income soared 60 percent as it continued to satisfy pent-up demand after the recession, but the company expects things to cool down for the rest of the year, as consumer demand is tepid.

Postmaster general to retire in December

WASHINGTON (AP) — John E. Potter, one of the nation’s longest serving postmasters general, announced Monday that he will retire in December. Patrick R. Donahoe, currently deputy postmaster general, was named to succeed him by the post office’s board of governors.

MGM Resorts to offer $500 million in notes

LAS VEGAS (AP) — MGM Resorts International says it will offer $500 million in notes due in 2016 and priced slightly below their face value.

Feds search Mass. home of missile systems expert

BOSTON (AP) — Federal agents on Monday searched and removed materials from a suburban home owned by a missile systems expert who worked for the U.S. defense contractor Raytheon.

NPR chief sorry over handling of Williams’ firing

NEW YORK (AP) — NPR’s chief executive says she’s sorry for how analyst Juan Williams’ dismissal was handled — but not for firing him.

US signals urgency of U.S.-SKorea free trade deal

WASHINGTON (AP) — A senior U.S. official said Monday that the United States and South Korea “cannot afford to fail” in talks meant to settle differences on a long-stalled free trade deal.

Big VA study shows surgery checklist saves lives

CHICAGO (AP) — Which hip is being repaired? Is this the right anesthesia? Do we have all the right surgery tools?

FDA panel backs anemia drugs for kidney disease

ADELPHI, Md. (AP) — Federal health advisers said last week that patients with failing kidneys should continue taking a group of widely used anemia drugs, despite a recent study showing they can increase the risk of stroke.

Number of diabetic Americans could triple by 2050

ATLANTA (AP) — As many as 1 in 3 U.S. adults could have diabetes by 2050, federal officials announced Friday in a dramatic new projection that represents a threefold increase.

Low-dose aspirin cuts risk of colon cancer?

LONDON (AP) — A new analysis suggests that taking a low dose of aspirin may modestly reduce the risk of developing colon cancer or dying of the disease.

Vigil planned year after Cape Girardeau killings

PERRYVILLE, Mo. (AP) — Survivors of a slain pregnant woman and her son are planning a candlelight vigil to mark the one-year anniversary of the southeast Missouri shooting deaths.

Solae Raises the Bar on Soy Protein Nuggets

ST. LOUIS, MO -- (Marketwire) -- 10/26/10 -- Solae has a history of ingredient innovation in the food industry.

Apology for late calls on Nev. ballot question

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — A firm hired to program robo calls has apologized for ringing up 50,000 Nevadans about a ballot measure in the wee hours of the night — by issuing another mass call.

Scissor Siters cancel Europe dates over funding

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Glam pop band Scissor Sisters says it is canceling tour dates in Europe due to “funding issues.”

Review: Ruffins’ ’Happy Talk’ is infectious

Kermit Ruffins, “Happy Talk” (Basin Street Records)

Go ahead, just try and listen to New Orleans trumpeter Kermit Ruffins’ latest release without moving — no foot tapping, finger snapping or head nodding. A plate of red beans and rice says you can’t do it.

Novel tells story of Hungary’s ‘Blood Countess’

“The Countess” (Crown, $25), by Rebecca Johns: Since her death in 1614, historians have tried to decide whether Countess Erzsebet Bathory — known as Hungary’s “Blood Countess” — murdered at least three dozen women and girls who worked for her.

Memoir from prison librarian is funny, poignant

“Running the Books: The Adventures of an Accidental Prison Librarian” (Random House, $26), by Avi Steinberg: In an era of Amazon, iPads and Kindles, it’s easy to forget the classic lure of the library.

Studios: Tax breaks or no ’Hobbit’ for New Zealand

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Studios backing the movie version of “The Hobbit” want New Zealand to give them more tax breaks and to change labor laws if they are to go ahead with the $500 million project in the country, the prime minister said Tuesday.

Kevin Costner to host CMT artists of year salute

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Kevin Costner will host CMT’s new celebration of country music’s artists of the year.

Obama whacks GOP, touts help for small businesses

WOONSOCKET, R.I. (AP) — President Barack Obama is accusing Republicans of claiming to be on the side of the middle class but failing to support help for small businesses and others.

Treasurys sells inflation-insured bonds below zero

NEW YORK (AP) — The Treasury sold inflation-protected bonds at a negative yield for the first time on Monday, a sign that bond buyers expect inflation to gain strength.

Ford plans to hire 1,200 new workers

DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — Ford Motor Co. plans to hire 1,200 new workers in Michigan by 2013 if the state approves tax incentives.

A Walkman Obit: Remembering the portable player

NEW YORK (AP) — The Walkman, the Sony cassette device that forever changed music listening before becoming outdated by digital MP3 players and iPods, has died. It was 31 years old.

Cablevision to FCC: Fox acted in ’bad faith’

BETHPAGE, N.Y. (AP) — Cablevision Systems Corp. on Monday told the government that Fox has acted in “bad faith” in blacking out its programming to some 3 million subscribers.

AIG Chief diagnosed with cancer

NEW YORK (AP) — American International Group Inc. said Monday that its president and chief executive officer, Robert Benmosche, has been diagnosed with cancer.

Blues’ Polak out at least one game

ST. LOUIS (AP) — St. Louis Blues defenseman Roman Polak will miss at least one game with a laceration on his right wrist.

No. 7 Missouri preparing for No. 14 Nebraska

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Sleep was impossible for Gary Pinkel during whatever was left of the night after perhaps the biggest victory in Missouri history.

Coroner: Great white shark likely killed Calif man

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) — The Santa Barbara County coroner says it’s likely a great white shark was responsible for killing a body boarder last week at a Central California beach.

’Hiccup girl’ charged with murder in Florida

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — An uncontrollable case of the hiccups brought an odd sort of fame to Jennifer Mee, who was 15 when she appeared on television morning shows trying to find a cure for her mysterious affliction.

Running game propels Chiefs into top spot in AFC West

KANSAS CITY (AP) — Rumbling through a huge hole on the right side, Thomas Jones burst into the clear and ran 70 yards before a Jacksonville defensive back knocked him out of bounds on the 4-yard line.

Rams’ Jackson undergoes surgery

ST. LOUIS (AP) — St. Louis Rams running back Steven Jackson set the franchise rushing record over the weekend — despite playing with a broken finger.

Molina faces old team in Rangers’ 1st World Series

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Bengie Molina gets a ring regardless of who wins this World Series.

Offense name of the game in Big 12

Five of nation’s top 18 offenses in the conference

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Offense remains the name of the game in the Big 12. Last weekend, nine teams amassed more than 400 yards total offense and nine put up 27 points or more, with five scoring in the 40s or 50s.

Jays blank Waynesville in soccer

WAYNESVILLE, Mo. — The Jefferson City Jays improved to 14-6-1 with a 2-0 blanking of the Waynesville Tigers on Monday night.

Blair Oaks volleyball team advances

HALLSVILLE, Mo. — The Blair Oaks Lady Falcons opened Class 2 District 7 action Monday night with a 25-8, 25-19 over Montgomery County.

Helias, Lady Jays advance in district volleyball

SEDALIA, Mo. — The Helias Lady Crusaders and Jefferson City Lady Jays advanced into the Class 4 District 10 volleyball tournament semifinals with first-round wins Monday night.

Carnahan invokes her father’s name in campaign

With one powerful phrase, Robin Carnahan brought tears to thousands of mourners at the Missouri Capitol following the tragic death of Gov. Mel Carnahan. “Dad, I promise, we won’t let the fire go out,” she said at his public memorial.

Inmate, 72, serving life for murder, dies

FARMINGTON (AP) — A 72-year-old inmate serving life sentences convictions in a St. Louis murder has died.

Boy Scout saves boy, 3, from pool

ST. CHARLES (AP) — An 8-year-old Boy Scout is being honored for saving a toddler from drowning in a suburban St. Louis YMCA swimming pool.

NV Energy’s 3rd quarter earnings mirror 2009

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Nevada’s largest power company says its net income for the third quarter is almost identical to the earnings it reported last year at this time.

YOUR OPINION: Inconsistency on Prop. B criticized

Dear Editor, I am appalled at your apparent lack of knowledge as to what is published in your paper.

YOUR OPINION: Emphasize ‘pride and responsibility’

Dear Editor: Ah, hope and change. What would life and the future of our country be today without it. How about “pride and responsibility?” Oh, I forgot, that’s not palatable to the dependent class who the Democrats are working hard to increase for future votes.

YOUR OPINION: Open letter to the Taliban

Dear Editor: I am writing an open letter to the Taliban. I have a plan that will lead to your victory and the destruction of America. I expect a medal for this. Medals are something you should learn from the West since they are the cheapest rewards ever invented.

YOUR OPINION: Fear-mongering campaign tactics

Dear Editor: Watch this year’s political advertisements and you’ll discern a theme: fear.


Differing views on smoking ban

Dear Editor: I continue to read the letters from smokers urging the defeat of Jefferson City’s proposed smoke-free ordinance. These arguments usually call the ordinance an assault on freedom.

Missouri lt. gov. endorses tax ballot measure

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri’s lieutenant governor is supporting a ballot measure to ban real estate transfer taxes.

Jetton assault trial set for February

NEW MADRID (AP) — The trial of former Missouri House Speaker Rod Jetton on a charge of second-degree assault has been rescheduled for February.

McGwire to return as Cardinals coach

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Mark McGwire is coming back to the St. Louis Cardinals. The team said Monday that McGwire has agreed to a one-year deal after making his debut as the Cardinals hitting coach last season. Terms were not disclosed.

NJ man admits $1.7M fraud involving horseshoes

HACKENSACK, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey man has admitted he defrauded investors by persuading them to buy unregistered shares in a company that was supposed to make therapeutic shoes for horses competing in the Olympics.

Take note of this young musician

Mark Lauer plays four instruments in 5 JCHS groups

Bassoon tucked into his backpack case and oboe in hand at his side, Mark Lauer heads off from three hours rehearsing with the Jefferson City High School Symphonic Band and Concert Band to tutor beginners in the Lewis and Clark Middle School Band.

3 arrested in Columbia death before MU game

COLUMBIA (AP) — Three men have been arrested in the shooting death of a man who was in Columbia to watch the Missouri-Oklahoma football game.

Cole County Commissioners hold off on holiday day-off decision

The Cole County Commission will wait to see what the cost will be before deciding if county employees will get the day after Thanksgiving off.

Old Town group makes sales tax pitch

Next year, voters again will be asked if they want to extend Cole County’s half-cent sales tax to finance capital improvements and roads, for another five years.

Bank suspect caught

Getaway driver sought after Holts Summit bank holdup

One man was in custody and another was being sought Monday night following a bank robbery earlier in the day in Holts Summit.

Man charged with arson at new Cole County Jail site

A Kansas City man is charged with damaging the new Cole County Jail construction site by starting a fire on the property late Friday night.

Fulton man caught in Maries county chase

A Fulton man is in custody after leading Maries County authorities on a chase, Monday.

Ministers oppose Missouri earnings tax measure

ST. LOUIS (AP) — An interfaith group of St. Louis ministers are protesting a ballot measure that could lead to repeal of the city’s earnings tax.

Olin announces 3rd quarter revenues

Olin Corporation (NYSE: OLN) announced today that its third quarter 2010 net income was $31.8 million, or $0.40 per diluted share, which compares to $39.4 million, or $0.50 per diluted share in the third quarter of 2009.

Insituform Technologies Reports Record 3rd Quarter Results

ST. LOUIS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Oct. 26, 2010-- Insituform Technologies, Inc. (Nasdaq Global Select Market: INSU) today reported third quarter income from continuing operations of $18.8 million ($0.48 per diluted share), representing a 59.6 percent increase from the third quarter of 2009, when income from continuing operations was $11.8 million ($0.30 per diluted share).

Loose calf ties up traffic on U.S. 54

It took Jefferson City authorities about an hour and a half to corral a wayward calf that had gotten into the Monday morning traffic on U.S. 54.

Convicted murderer, 2 others escape Missouri jail

One fugitive from Mid-Missouri

PATTONSBURG (AP) — Three inmates, including a convicted murderer, escaped from a northwest Missouri jail by crawling under a fence, leading authorities to lock down the surrounding community’s school and to go door-to-door warning residents.

JCHS debaters score well at Neosho tournament

The novice debaters from Jefferson City High School’s Speech and Debate team brought home honors from the Neosho Tournament held Friday and Saturday.

Jay Band 4th in last contest

One of the smallest groups in its class with 118 members, the Jefferson City High School Jay Band brought home fourth place from its final marching band competition Saturday.

Monday, October 25

Cole County court now accepting credit card, debit payments

Starting today, you can whip out your credit or debit card to pay your next parking ticket or fine.

‘Smooth transition’ for Premier Bank customers

Providence Bank official cites branch network, proximity of facilities

Today marks the start of the second full week that Jefferson City-based Premier Bank’s branches are operating as new parts of Columbia-based Providence Bank.

Fire blamed on cigarette

A discarded cigarette apparently caused a small fire Sunday afternoon at a Jefferson City residence.

4 Jefferson Citians injured in accidents

A Jefferson City woman was treated for serious injuries after crashing her vehicle Friday night in Moniteau County.

Apples of Gold program acts as biblical mentor for young women

For three hours a week for six weeks, Carmen Blaise looked forward to “girl time” with no husband, no children and no duties. For three hours a week for six weeks, Carmen Blaise looked forward to “girl time” with no husband, no children and no duties.

Rob Crouse’s dreams hit center stage with Capital City Players

Rob Crouse is a pretty emotional guy by his own admission. His colleagues with the Capital City Players like to kid him about it from time to time.

Tease photo

Annual coat drive held

Allyson Eichman, daughter of Matt and Paulette Eichman of Fulton, tries on a coat Saturday at the Crossroads 2:42 Church, 2833 Cardinal Drive.

Postal Service announces mailing deadlines

Recommended date for overseas military packages is Nov. 12

Halloween doesn’t come for another week. But the U.S. Postal Service already is reminding Americans that Christmas mailing and shipping deadlines for overseas destinations are approaching quickly.

Candidates for Cole County prosecutor vow to be tough on crime

Richardson, Wilson differ on how they would solve criminal issues

Being tough on crime is what both candidates for Cole County prosecutor are promising they'll do if elected.

Kansas man killed while at MU to watch football

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) -- A Kansas man who went to Columbia to watch Missouri play Oklahoma has died in a robbery-related shooting.

Missouri farmers hope to start craze with elderberries

HARTSBURG, Mo. (AP) -- Missouri farmers are hoping elderberries will become the next superfruit to tempt health-conscious consumers.

Missouri doctor to pay $720K to settle claims

UNIVERSITY CITY, Mo. (AP) -- A St. Louis-area doctor has agreed to pay $720,000 to settle claims that he overbilled Medicare.

Prospective buyers gather to inspect FEMA trailers

OZARK, Mo. (AP) -- Hundreds of people spent part of their weekend milling around a former Ozark auto dealership checking out 183 FEMA trailers going on the auction block.

Company to test feasibility of Missouri wind farm

WARSAW, Mo. (AP) -- A renewable energy company has reached an agreement with landowners to conduct wind testing at the site of a potential central Missouri wind farm.

Worker at Kauffman Center rescued after fall

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- The Kansas City Fire Department rescued a construction worker who fell 30 feet into a hole at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts.

Missouri man drives kids to school for almost 64 years

PLEASANT HOPE, Mo. (AP) -- Think about your first school day ever. If you rode a bus, the first school person you met was probably the bus driver.

No charges against officer who killed colleague

ST. JOSEPH, Mo. (AP) -- A St. Joseph police officer who fatally shot a colleague will not face charges after an investigation determined the shooting accidental.

OUR OPINION: State employees exemplify teamwork

People who work smarter assist both the economy and employment, particularly during an economic downturn.

PERSPECTIVE: Voters also will find lesser-known issues on ballot

As candidates for elective office are garnering most of the political attention, a number of ballot issues must also be decided by Missouri's voters.

Alaska senate hopeful admits earlier policy violation

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) -- Alaska GOP Senate candidate Joe Miller says he was once disciplined for violating policy while he worked as a local government attorney.

Unsealed California church docs show abuse allegations

SAN DIEGO (AP) -- Attorneys for nearly 150 people who claim sexual abuse by Roman Catholic priests made nearly 10,000 pages of previously sealed internal church documents public Sunday, revealing at least one previously unknown decades-old case in which a priest under police investigation was allowed to leave the U.S. after the Diocese of San Diego intervened.

Catholic bloggers aim to purge dissenters

Pressure is on to change the Roman Catholic Church in America, but it's not coming from the usual liberal suspects. A new breed of theological conservatives has taken to blogs and YouTube to say the church isn't Catholic enough.

Schuller pleads for dollars for Crystal Cathedral

GARDEN GROVE, Calif. (AP) -- Crystal Cathedral founder the Rev. Robert H. Schuller on Sunday tearfully asked his parishioners for help in overcoming the megachurch's bankruptcy and tens of millions in debt.

Activists: Mormon beliefs factor in LGBT struggles

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Ben Jarvis has heard a lot of coming out stories. For the past 15 years, the southern California-based urban planner has been answering a hotline number for Mormons struggling with their sexual identity. Jarvis, a volunteer for Affirmation, a support group for lesbian, gay, bixsexual and transgender Mormons, estimates he's talked to as many as 3,000 people.

3 Calif. beaches closed after deadly shark attack

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. (AP) -- A string of beaches on California's Central Coast were shut down Saturday and there was no word on when they would reopen after a deadly attack on a bodyboarder from what some scientists said was probably a great white shark, authorities said.

Jackson becomes Rams' rushing leader

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- Steven Jackson became the Rams' all-time leading rusher Sunday during an 18-17 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers that left the seventh-year pro with mixed emotions about the accomplishment.

Cassel throws two TDs, Chiefs top Jacksonville

KANSAS CITY (AP) -- Everybody sat back and waited for the 38-year-old quarterback who hadn't won as a starter since 2001 to make a critical mistake. And they waited. And they waited.

Sunday's NFL Capsules

MIAMI (AP) -- The officials eventually got it right that Ben Roethlisberger fumbled at the goal line. The Dolphins were still left feeling wronged.

Missouri cracks top 10 polls after win

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) -- Thousands ignored the obligatory public address announcement to stay off the field. One goal post was gone, hauled off to a nearby tavern, and the uprights were missing from the other end zone as Missouri fans savored a rare victory over Oklahoma.

Nebraska's 'angry' Paul redeems himself against OSU

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) -- The same Niles Paul who took verbal abuse from his own fans after dropping two sure touchdown passes a week ago is suddenly the toast of Nebraska after a career day against Oklahoma State.

Ducks remain at the top, others climb in AP poll

The other college football team from Alabama surged toward the top of the AP poll while another set of Tigers has emerged as the Big 12's unexpected national-title contender.

Auburn takes first in BCS standings

NEW YORK (AP) -- Cam Newton and Auburn blew by Boise State into first place in the BCS standings.

Sunday's NHL Capsules

NEW YORK (AP) -- Michal Rozsival and Ryan Callahan scored second-period goals and the New York Rangers earned their third straight, beating Ilya Kovalchuk and the slumping New Jersey Devils 3-1 on Sunday night.

Sunday's MLS Capsules

CARSON, Calif. (AP) -- David Beckham and Juninho scored to help the Los Angeles Galaxy rally for a 2-1 victory over FC Dallas on Sunday night.

AP-GfK Poll: One-third may still switch candidates

WASHINGTON (AP) -- One in three people has yet to lock onto a choice in the Nov. 2 congressional elections, according to an Associated Press-GfK Poll. Yet in this year of the fed-up voter, even these folks offer little hope to Democrats.

AP-GfK Poll: Americans split on health care repeal

WASHINGTON (AP) -- First it was President Barack Obama's health care overhaul that divided the nation. Now it's the Republican cry for repeal.

'Paranormal' tops weekend box office receipts

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Fear has taken hold at the box office with a $41.5 million debut for scary movie "Paranormal Activity 2," according to studio estimates Sunday.

Williams returns to the spotlight with induction

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Don Williams isn't doing interviews now that he's come out of retirement, but that's no problem.

'Marriage Artist' joins love, death in Holocaust

"The Marriage Artist" (Henry Holt and Co., $26), by Andrew Winer: When Daniel Lichtmann's wife jumps from a building to her death with an artist Lichtmann helped make famous, the critic becomes obsessed with uncovering the details of their affair and what led to the suicide pact.

As species rebound, skippers bemoan 'underfishing'

BOSTON (AP) -- Tales of huge haddock hauls were a few of the fish stories that came with the boat Chris Brown bought last year from a Canadian. To Brown, they were stories of missed opportunity.

Oil near $83 as dollar drops after G-20 meeting

SINGAPORE (AP) -- Oil prices jumped to near $83 a barrel Monday in Asia as investors bid down the U.S. dollar after finance leaders at the weekend G-20 meeting agreed to avoid a so-called currency war.

NYC bedbugs scaring off NYC tourists

NEW YORK (AP) -- New York City's bedbugs have climbed out of bed and marched into landmarks like the Empire State Building, Bloomingdale's and Lincoln Center, causing fresh anxiety among tourists who are canceling Big Apple vacations planned for the height of the holiday season.

Toyota's global vehicle output falls in September

TOKYO (AP) -- Toyota's global production fell in September for the first time in a year, while rivals Honda and Nissan increased output thanks to strong demand in China.

Fiat CEO: We'd be better off without Italy

ROME (AP) -- Fiat CEO Sergio Marchionne says Fiat would be better off without Italy, provoking an angry reaction from unions.

Thursday, October 21

Local barber discovers he's featured in national travelogue

Larry the barber has always shied away from publicity, even declining media interviews. So the longtime downtown hair-cutter was amazed when he recently opened a new book and discovered that he's featured prominently inside.

Program offers area students free flu vaccine at school

The first step in preventing the seasonal flu is being vaccinated, and local students are getting that chance without ever leaving their schools.

Local man earns award from MADD

For 25 years, Bud Balke has worked tirelessly for Mothers Against Drunk Driving, doing all he can to combat drunken driving in the state.

State court judge plans to retire

Missouri Supreme Court Judge Michael A. Wolff wants to go back to the classroom.

Memorial honors slain girl

A memorial service to remember 9-year-old Elizabeth Olten is taking place on the one-year anniversary of her death, allegedly at the hands of a teenage neighbor.

Bustamante lawyers respond to Supreme Court filings

Alyssa Bustamante's lawyers filed more comments Wednesday with the state Supreme Court, again arguing the St. Martins teen is entitled to a court order granting her the right to continue her education, even as she waits in jail for her murder trial next year.

St. Martins elected to CAMPO board

Holts Summit is out, and St. Martins is in.

Sitter pleads not guilty in child-abuse case

A Taos woman, accused of abusing a child in her care in August, pleaded not guilty Wednesday morning to the two charges she faces in the case.

Godbee files for city prosecutor

A day after the filing period for Jefferson City offices opened, a new candidate has tossed her hat into the ring for the position of city prosecutor.

Maine woman revives ailing wood products plants

GREENWOOD, Maine (AP) -- Many people gave the Saunders Brothers manufacturing plant up for dead when it closed its doors and went to auction last spring, a victim of the sour economy and cheap imports flooding in from overseas.

NY to hold lawyers accountable on foreclosures

NEW YORK (AP) -- The chief judge of New York's courts on Wednesday imposed a new rule requiring lawyers handling foreclosures to verify that all paperwork is accurate.

Court to Google: Tell NYer who posted about her

NEW YORK (AP) -- A business consultant who wants to know who's been anonymously disparaging and fixating on her online has gotten a court to force Google to tell her. As she joined a growing number of people who have persuaded courts to unmask troublesome cyber ciphers, Carla Franklin said Wednesday she hoped her case would help others combat similar problems.

BASF Releases First Termidor Brand Expansion

ST. LOUIS, Mo.--(BUSINESS WIRE) --Oct. 20, 2010-- BASF Pest Control Solutions' Termidor(R)DRY Termiticidecan be used to treat drywood and subterranean termites, in virtually any wood, almost anywhere, with its patented Microllose(TM)-based formulation.

Purcell Tire Expanded Operations in Cape Girardeau, Missouri

POTOSI, Mo.--(BUSINESS WIRE) --Oct. 20, 2010-- The Purcell Tire and Rubber Company announced today the purchase of a new truck tire center in Cape Girardeau, Missouri.

Perficient to Announce Third Quarter 2010 Results and Host Conference Call November 4th

ST. LOUIS--(BUSINESS WIRE) --Oct. 20, 2010-- Perficient, Inc. (NASDAQ: PRFT), a leading information technology consulting firm serving Global 2000 and other large enterprise customers throughout North America, announced today it will host a conference call on Thursday, November 4th, at 10:00 am Eastern, to discuss the Company’s third quarter 2010 results.

As Extension Deadline Passes, Start Planning Now for Filing in 2011

KANSAS CITY, MO -- (Marketwire) -- 10/20/10 -- Despite the longstanding idea that tax season starts in January and ends April 15, more taxpayers are discovering their taxes need year-round attention and planning, with the most critical dates to meet being the April 15 and Oct. 15 filing deadlines.

Scene One to perform physician's plays

Local physician Osvaldo Acosta is the playwright for all three short stories that will be performed at Scene One this month.

Capital Arts offers third gallery crawl

More than an evening of art, Friday will feature openings, receptions and long-awaited shows.

Audiobook of 'Catcher' made for library service

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Push the play button and hear the famous teenager's lament. It is recited in a sly, middle-aged twang, like an adult reading in a grade school classroom, one about to be told that the grown-up world is a nest of phonies.

NZ may lose Hobbit filming over actor dispute

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) -- New Zealand may lose the filming of "The Hobbit" movies because of an actors' pay dispute, with financial backers Warner Bros. making arrangements to shift the production elsewhere, director Peter Jackson warned Thursday.

T Bone Burnett-curated benefit focuses on new

NEW YORK (AP) -- As a producer, T Bone Burnett is best known for keeping alive forms of American roots music popularized long ago. A Burnett-curated benefit for arts education, however, focused less on the old than the new.

Penthouse magazine founder Bob Guccione dies at 79

DALLAS (AP) -- Bob Guccione had tried the seminary and spent years trying to make it as an artist before he found the niche that Hugh Hefner left for him in the late 1960s. Where Hefner's Playboy magazine strove to surround its pinups with an upscale image, Guccione aimed for something a little more direct with Penthouse.

'Jersey Shore' cast up for 4th season

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Mix up another batch of Ron Ron Juice.

Conan O'Brien's staff trains camera on itself

NEW YORK (AP) -- Conan O'Brien is building the hype for his upcoming TBS talk show with the debut of a 24-hour "Coco Cam" online that shows live video from his office.

Drag queens getting into 'Boardwalk Empire' spirit

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) -- How big is "Boardwalk Empire," the HBO hit series about Prohibition-era Atlantic City?

NAACP report looks at race issues in the tea party

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- The NAACP released a report Wednesday accusing some tea party figures of having ties to racist groups and called on the movement to oust any activists who promote racism.

GOP leader hopes to work with Obama on some issues

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Senate's top Republican says President Barack Obama and a more-Republican Congress could join to pass laws on trade and spending policy and make changes to the health care overhaul if the administration listens to voters on Election Day.

Jays look to slow down high-scoring Jaguars

Jefferson City knows exactly what it's up against Friday night. Hickman witnessed it last week.

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Helias focused on district clash with Marshall

With a new coach in Jay Eilers, the Marshall Owls are understandably going through some growing pains this season.

Falcons head into second week of districts in need of a win

WARDSVILLE, Mo. -- The Blair Oaks Falcons are in a unfamiliar situation for the first time since 2000.

Four knee operations later, Alexander makes presence felt

ST. LOUIS (AP) -- A backflip in the trainer's room was conclusive evidence to the St. Louis Rams that Danario Alexander was ready to play. His NFL debut should have them doing cartwheels.

MU's sack leader Madison was once an offensive lineman

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) -- Aldon Smith's bad break was Brad Madison's big break. Madison had three sacks last week, keeping the pass rush humming for No. 18 Missouri. Smith set a school record with 11.5 sacks as a freshman and is expected back for a matchup of unbeatens Saturday night when the Tigers (6-0, 2-0) take on No. 3 Oklahoma (6-0, 2-0).

Wednesday, October 20

Feds erred about Coast Guard texting before crash

Federal investigators say they were wrong when they claimed a Coast Guard crewman sent text messages just before his boat hit another vessel in San Diego Bay and killed an 8-year-old boy.

Parents generally supportive after first ‘Late Start’

A little more than half the parents answering questions in an unscientific survey preferred the Jefferson City Public Schools’ new “late starts” for professional development days over the “early releases” the district used the past few years.

Reward offered in Fulton arson cases

Information about a December fire that did $5.1 million in damages to Sutherland’s Lumber Center in Fulton could net up to $10,000 in a reward from the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

First filing day draws handful of candidates

Being the first to file does not necessarily mean a candidate is going to win, but that did not stop eight different candidates from tossing their hats in the ring on the first day to file for Jefferson City offices.

New Cole County health director named

Marie Peoples has been named the new director of the Cole County Health Department. Peoples, a long-time Jefferson City resident, was one of 30 candidates for the job.

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Even while experimenting, Blair Oaks too much for Versailles

WARDSVILLE, Mo. -- With less than a week before districts, Blair Oaks coach Joy Northweather wanted to mix things up a bit Tuesday night against Versailles.

Lincoln men hard at work

The losses on the scoreboard won't come for a while yet, but the Lincoln women's basketball team has already suffered some losses during the first week of practice.

Blue Tiger women short on numbers

The losses on the scoreboard won't come for a while yet, but the Lincoln women's basketball team has already suffered some losses during the first week of practice.

Jefferson City defeats Rock Bridge on penalty kicks

It came up seven again for the Jefferson City Jays.

Pardalos misses all-state honor by one stroke

Sophia Pardalos of Helias finished tied for 17th in the Class 2 girls golf championships that ended Tuesday.

Pipeline blast leads to call for greater scrutiny

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- California lawmakers investigating a deadly pipeline explosion said Tuesday they may need to change state law to increase penalties when utilities ignore problems that lead to injuries or death.

Hickman drops Helias

COLUMBIA, Mo. -- The Helias Crusaders were the first to score Tuesday night but couldn't hold on, as they dropped a 2-1 decision to Hickman in penalty kicks.

Molina, Hamilton, Texas lead Yanks 3-1 in ALCS

NEW YORK (AP) -- Big home runs. Shutdown relief pitching. Blowout wins. The AL championship series has turned into the one-sided affair many expected -- except that it's the Texas Rangers who are one win from the World Series, not the New York Yankees.

Yankees hit 2 disputed drives -- 1 HR, 1 foul

NEW YORK (AP) -- Strange things happen in right field at Yankee Stadium. In the latest playoff ruckus to arise in that small corner of the Bronx, the New York Yankees hit a pair of disputed drives over the fence in Game 4 of the AL championship series Tuesday night. One stood as a home run, while the other call was correctly overturned and ruled foul.

Yanks 1B Teixeira doubtful for Game 5

NEW YORK (AP) -- If the scuffling Yankees are going to make a comeback in the American League championship series, it will most likely be without Mark Teixeira.

Cubs pick Quade as new manager

CHICAGO (AP) -- The Chicago Cubs will keep Mike Quade as their manager, choosing to go with the man who ran the team well for the last six weeks of last season rather than a higher-profile name like Hall of Famer and franchise icon Ryne Sandberg.

'Happy Days' beloved dad Tom Bosley dead at 83

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Whether he played a small-town sheriff, a murder-solving priest or the father of 50s teens that made him famous, Tom Bosley was a warm and comforting presence on American TV sets for decades.

Reluctant Florence Henderson leaves 'Dancing'

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- It took Florence Henderson 11 seasons to join "Dancing With the Stars," and now the TV icon has done her last tango.

Obama to appear on Stewart's 'Daily Show' Oct. 27

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama is taking his campaign message to "The Daily Show" with Jon Stewart.

Behind Cablevision, Fox tiff, a broader strategy

NEW YORK (AP) -- The contract dispute that has left 3 million Cablevision subscribers without Fox programming since the weekend may be just one move in a broader chess match between broadcast TV companies and subscription TV providers.

Movie Review: 'Inside Job' gets inside the meltdown

You don't have to know the difference between a credit default swap and a collateralized debt obligation to feel enraged anew by "Inside Job," Charles Ferguson's thorough dissection of the country's economic collapse of 2008.

Banks unlikely to quell foreclosure-document mess

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Big lenders are trying to move past the foreclosure-document mess, saying they're now confident their paperwork is accurate. Yet they face so much organized resistance that they can't just snap up their briefcases, declare the crisis over and move on.

Xact Data Discovery Names Tom Woodrome St. Louis Electronic Discovery

ST. LOUIS, MO -- (Marketwire) -- 10/19/10 -- Xact Data Discovery is excited to announce and welcome Tom Woodrome as Electronic Discovery Consultant for the St. Louis area.

Center for Health Value Innovation Welcomes Dee Edington, Ph.D. as Special Advisor

Continuing its standing as the leading organization where the experts reside and are positioned to drive change in the healthcare system, The Center for Health Value Innovation (CHVI), the center of value-based design that links superior health outcomes to improved business performance, today welcomes to its Board of Advisors Dee Edington, Ph.D., professor of Kinesiology at the University of Michigan, director of the Health Management Research Center, and a research scientist in the School of Public Health.

Pioneer Services One of the First to Receive Military Lending Certification for Mortgages

KANSAS CITY, Mo.--(BUSINESS WIRE) --Oct. 19, 2010-- USA Cares, a non-profit organization that assists service members and military families, recently launched a nationwide certification program to educate lenders about the unique financial situation and circumstances faced by military families.

MasterCard Campus is First in Missouri to Earn Green Building Certification

ST. LOUIS--(BUSINESS WIRE) --Oct. 19, 2010-- MasterCard Worldwide today announced that its main technology campus in O'Fallon, Missouri, has achieved Gold certification in the LEED for Existing Buildings: Operations and Maintenance (LEED(R)-EBOM) rating system.

Viasystems Collaborates with Faraday Technology on Advanced Plating Technology

ST. LOUIS--(BUSINESS WIRE) --Oct. 19, 2010-- Viasystems Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:VIAS) and Faraday Technology, Inc. are collaborating on demonstration of the FARADAYIC(R) ElectroCell technology for the manufacture of printed circuit boards (PCBs) with high-density interconnect features and at high plating rates for improved productivity.

Tuesday, October 19

Fulton proposes water, sewer increases

The Fulton City Council granted first-round approval Tuesday night to ordinances that would raise both the water and sewer rates for city customers.

Flu shot clinics set next week at county health department

Flu shots will be available next week in Fulton on Wednesday and Friday at the Callaway County Health Department, 4950 County Road 304.

Iowa farm that recalled eggs to resume shipping

WASHINGTON (AP) -- One of two Iowa farms that recalled millions of eggs this summer will start shipping its products to stores again, but the second farm could be shut down if it doesn't clean up, the Food and Drug Administration said Monday.

Facebook says apps transmitted user information

NEW YORK (AP) -- The latest Facebook privacy fiasco shows that the world's largest online social hub is having a hard time putting this thorny issue behind it even as it continues to attract users and become indispensible to many of them.

J&J again recalls Tylenol for moldy smell

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) -- Tylenol caplets are again being recalled by Johnson & Johnson after some consumers were sickened by ingesting the pills or smelling or a musty or moldy odor on the bottles.

Study: Flight delays cost passengers $16.7 billion

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Airline flight delays cost passengers more than inconvenience -- $16.7 billion more -- according to a study delivered to the Federal Aviation Administration on Monday.

US sues Michigan Blue Cross Blue Shield

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Justice Department alleged Monday in a lawsuit that Michigan Blue Cross Blue Shield is discouraging competition by engaging in practices that raise hospital prices -- conduct an assistant attorney general vowed to challenge anywhere it is found in the United States.

Bank of New York Mellon returns to 3Q profit

NEW YORK (AP) -- Bank of New York Mellon Corp. says the acquisition of an investment management firm helped return it to profitablity in the third quarter.

Bank of America posts $7.7B loss on special charge

NEW YORK (AP) -- Bank of America has lost $7.65 billion during the third quarter due to a one-time charge related to credit and debit card reform legislation passed over the summer.

Pulaski Financial to Host Conference Call Discussing 4th Quarter, Fiscal Year

ST. LOUIS--(BUSINESS WIRE) --Oct. 18, 2010-- Pulaski Financial Corp. (NasdaqGS: PULB), parent company of Pulaski Bank, will host a conference call to discuss its fourth quarter and fiscal year ended September 30, 2010 at 11 a.m. EDT (10 a.m. CDT) on October 20, 2010.

Shop 'n Save Grows Pharmacy Division with Acquisition of Rinderer's

KIRKWOOD, Mo.--(BUSINESS WIRE) --Oct. 18, 2010-- SHOP 'N SAVE, a grocery and drug retailer serving the St. Louis metropolitan area and Springfield, Ill., is expanding its network of pharmacies with the purchase of Rinderer's Drug Stores, Inc., a family-owned company that has served the metro area for generations.

Jim Kavanaugh Inducted into Hall of Fame

ST. LOUIS--(BUSINESS WIRE) --Oct. 18, 2010-- World Wide Technology, Inc. (WWT), a market-leading systems integrator that provides innovative technology and supply chain solutions, today announced the company's Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder, Jim Kavanaugh, was inducted into Saint Louis University's prestigious Smurfit Stone Entrepreneurial Alumni Hall of Fame.

IRRC Institute and Stanford's Rock Center Submit Report to SEC

NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE) --Oct. 19, 2010-- A report commissioned by the Investor Responsibility Research Center Institute (IRRC) and conducted by the Rock Center for Corporate Governance at Stanford University raises concerns that the financial markets' ability to divorce economic interests from ownership rights - via derivatives and other means - has outpaced the existing corporate governance and bankruptcy legal framework.

Man tries to lure two girls to car

Fulton police issue safety reminder for parents

Children are told from an early age to beware of strangers. After two Fulton Middle School students were approached by a strange man asking them to get into his car -- neither girl complied with the request and both made it home safely -- Wednesday, the Fulton Police Department is cautioning Callaway County parents to revisit that message with their children.

Pastor, 84, found dead in Callaway County pen of pit bulls

WILLIAMSBURG, Mo. (AP) -- Authorities in Callaway County are investigating the death of an 84-year-old pastor found mauled in a pen where his son was raising pit bulls.

No action yet on Jefferson City tattoo bill

Longer hours, new requirements discussed; mayor urges downtown zoning

No action was taken on an amendment to the city's body art studio ordinance, but there was still plenty of discussion about it at Monday night's Jefferson City Council meeting.

Missouri attorney general urges education for Bustamante

Missouri's attorney general says the 16-year-old girl accused of killing a young neighbor has a right to be educated while awaiting trial.

Middle school students provide costume treats, but Samaritan Center still short of food, money

The rack of Halloween costumes is a little thinner this year. Not because there are no groups donating, but because the vital, day-to-day needs are so much more that employees have focused on making sure there is enough food and cash to handle the increase in needs.

St. Elizabeth school gets $5,000 for technology

Officials at Windstream Communications last week presented a $5,000 check to St. Elizabeth School as part of the company's Classroom Connections program Spirit Awards. The $5,000 will be used towards updating classroom technology.

Crystal Cathedral megachurch files for bankruptcy

GARDEN GROVE, Calif. (AP) -- Crystal Cathedral, the megachurch birthplace of the televangelist show "Hour of Power," has filed for bankruptcy in Southern California after struggling to emerge from debt that exceeds $43 million.

NJ college places ban on boozy energy drinks

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) -- It's cheap, it comes in tall cans and it contains caffeine, other common energy-drink ingredients and as much alcohol as four beers.

Soldier's last words at Fort Hood were of family

FORT HOOD, Texas (AP) -- On the floor and seriously wounded, Lt. Col. Juanita Warman was acutely aware that she could die following a gunman's rampage at Fort Hood.

Jury rejects entrapment defense in NYC bomb plot

NEW YORK (AP) -- For weeks, a jury listened to tapes of James Cromitie ranting against Jews and U.S. military aggression in the Middle East and talking to an informant -- paid by the FBI and wearing a wire -- about how to get revenge by blowing up New York City synagogues and shooting down military planes.

APNewsBreak: No indictment in 2006 Iraqi killing

SEATTLE (AP) -- A former security contractor for Blackwater USA will not be indicted in the killing of an Iraqi guard in 2006, federal prosecutors said Monday.

US, Israel agree Iran prime threat to Mideast

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The United States and Israel on Monday said Iran is among the "greatest challenges" to stability in the Middle East and reaffirmed their commitment to preventing the country from developing nuclear weapons.

Border Patrol arrests fall 17 percent in 2010

SAN DIEGO (AP) -- Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said Monday a 17 percent drop in Border Patrol arrests this year shows heightened enforcement is slowing illegal immigration.

Research aims to cut disparities in stroke care

When her stroke hit, Edna Wooten somehow stopped her car. Then her grown daughter ignored her slurred protests and raced her to the hospital -- in time for a drug to dissolve the blood clot causing her stroke.

Montana judge tosses out corporate campaign finance law

HELENA, Mont. (AP) -- A state judge ruled Monday that Montana's century-old ban on corporate political spending is unconstitutional, paving the way for activist groups organized as corporations to spend as much as they want this election season.

Prosecutor mulling charges in editor, Miller flap

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) -- A security guard said he placed a reporter under citizen's arrest at a campaign event for Alaska Republican Senate candidate Joe Miller after the journalist refused orders to leave and pushed someone into a locker.

Helias' Pardalos in race in Class 2; Southern Boone's Schooler second in Class 1

Sophia Pardalos of Helias is in medal contention after Monday's opening round of the Class 2 Girls Golf Championships.

Helias tops Camdenton in volleyball

The Helias Lady Crusaders improved to 26-4-1 with a 25-22, 25-19 win Monday night over the Camdenton Lady Lakers at Rackers Fieldhouse.

Borgia tops Lady Jays in volleyball

WASHINGTON, Mo. -- The Jefferson City Lady Jays dropped a 22-25, 16-25 decision Monday to Borgia.

Blair Oaks beats Eugene in volleyball

EUGENE, Mo. -- The Blair Oaks Lady Falcons were 25-10, 25-8 winners Monday over the Eugene Lady Eagles.

La Russa coming back as Cardinals manager

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Tony La Russa ended the usual postseason suspense, agreeing to a 16th season as St. Louis Cardinals manager.

Missouri could get Aldon Smith back for game vs. Oklahoma

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) -- No. 18 Missouri could get its top pass rusher back for this week's game against No. 3 Oklahoma.

Undefeateds sure to dwindle as Big 12 hits mid-point of final season as we know it

Halfway through the final season of the Big 12 as we know it, there are only three undefeated teams left -- and that will be reduced by next weekend, maybe to only one.

Titans beat Jaguars 30-3 in battle of backup QBs

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) -- Tennessee's Vince Young watched from the sideline. Jacksonville's David Garrard was in the locker room.

Blues fall to Blackhawks

CHICAGO (AP) -- Marian Hossa scored a pair of goals 2:31 apart late in the third period to erase an early two-goal deficit, then Patrick Sharp connected at 3:50 of overtime to give the Chicago Blackhawks a 3-2 win over the St. Louis Blues on Monday night.

Missouri challenges stay issued for Nunley execution

ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Missouri's top law enforcer asked a federal appeals court Monday to throw out a judge's order that hours earlier put on hold the execution of a man condemned in the 1989 abduction, rape and killing of a teenager.

Trial of ex-Mo. House speaker postponed

NEW MADRID, Mo. (AP) -- The trial of former Missouri House Speaker Rod Jetton on a charge of assaulting a woman has been put on hold.

Missouri committee to study human trafficking

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- A committee that advises Missouri officials on children's issues is studying ways to combat human trafficking.

Wounded St. Louis police officer recovering

ST. LOUIS (AP) -- A St. Louis police officer who was shot in the neck, back and elbow during a traffic stop last week continues to improve at a hospital.

Plans in motion for drag racing strip

EOLIA, Mo. (AP) -- A group of investors is hoping to build a quarter-mile drag racing strip in eastern Missouri.

Sisters of St. Francis open new $1M home

SAVANNAH, Mo. (AP) -- After years of work and prayer, the Sisters of St. Francis have a new home in northwest Missouri.

St. Louis' Eads Bridge to close for repairs

ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Commuters using one of the Mississippi River bridges linking St. Louis to Illinois will have to find an alternate crossing as maintenance work is expected to close the span for more than a month.

Man killed when car hits deer

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) -- Authorities say a motorist was killed when his car hit a deer on an interstate and overturned in a ditch in southwestern Missouri.

OUR OPINION: Events panel lands idea to lure visitors

What we know about catfish would fit in a small bait bucket. Catfish are ugly, even as fish go, but tasty.

YOUR OPINION: Candidates needed to run for City Council

Dear Editor: Our nation and our city are in need of strong, energetic leaders. With our struggling economy, threats to public safety and growing concerns about personal freedoms, the time for everyday citizens to step up and take the reins is now.

YOUR OPINION: Candidates urged to prioritize breast cancer

Dear Editor: As this is national Breast Cancer Awareness month, I would like to ask all candidates for election this year to make breast cancer a priority and fight to keep life-saving breast health programs.

YOUR OPINION: Views on Proposition B

Dear Editor: The Nov. 2 election is almost here and I am still amazed at the number of people who still believe that Prop B. will help dogs.

YOUR OPINION: Views on Proposition B

Dear Editor: Opponents of Prop. B, the Puppy Mill Cruelty Prevention Act, always rely on the same false claims, that it is an unnecessary law backed by so-called extremists.

YOUR OPINION: Views on Proposition B

Dear Editor: As a farm-raised native of the "puppy mill state" I know why humane societies and SPCAs across the country hope Missouri's Prop B. passes in November.

YOUR OPINION: Views on Proposition B

Dear Editor: Like many pet guardians in Missouri, I have great concern with making the right decision when voting on Proposition B.

Monday, October 18

Hispanic winemakers still rare but finding success

SONOMA, Calif. (AP) -- Reynaldo Robledo was 16 when he arrived from his small hometown in Mexico's mountains to work for $1.10 an hour in the vineyards of Northern California.

World stocks lower as dollar strengthens

LONDON (AP) -- World stocks fell Monday at the start of a busy week on both the economic and corporate news front, while the dollar recouped some recent losses amid ongoing uncertainties about how much new money the Federal Reserve is preparing to pump into the U.S. economy.

'Jackass' gang pulls biggest stunt with $50M debut

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Johnny Knoxville and his "Jackass" gang are even bigger hits in three dimensions.

Legend, Roots fine with taking risks on 'Wake Up!'

NEW YORK (AP) -- When a top music executive found out that John Legend was working with the Roots on an album dedicated to social change and activism, he didn't give Legend words of encouragement.

Hathaway says ex's arrest taught her to be wary

NEW YORK (AP) -- Anne Hathaway is now at a point where she can joke about her former boyfriend admitting he was a con artist.

Book Review: How Churchill lost his Big Three status

During four years of World War II, Winston Churchill stood at the peak of his power: prime minister of Britain and one of the Big Three, with President Franklin D. Roosevelt and Soviet leader Josef Stalin. Then, two months after Germany's surrender, in the midst of a victors' summit, war-weary British voters threw him out of office.

Book Review: Rose Tremain's 'Trespass' is spellbinding

"Trespass" (W.W. Norton, $24.95), by Rose Tremain: In her latest novel, "Trespass," Rose Tremain uses delicate, almost gauzy, gorgeous language to gently place her tale in the most pastoral of settings -- a stone farmhouse in southern France.

Possible JCPS bus route changes still on horizon

Jefferson City Public School officials are preparing for transportation changes after the seven-member School Board approved bus routes that are little different from last year's.

Years on governor's security gives Terry Ehrsam insight as first male docent

Terry Ehrsam spent 26 years working at the Governor's Mansion, and retired in 2006 as the lieutenant in charge of detail for the first families and mansion itself.

New team provides veteran guidance for docents

For the first time since the Governor's Mansion Docent Program was established, a Docent Leadership Team has been created.

Author Jon Clinch offers insights on one of Mark Twain's most fascinating characters

Like many, Jon Clinch can recall reading the "Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" in grade school and the sympathy he had for the "poor orphaned boy, all alone in an adult world that cared nothing for him."

Portrait: Retired patrolman finds new assignment at LU

In August 2007, Bill Nelson retired from the Missouri Highway Patrol after serving 35 years.

Honduran students wrap up environmental study trip to Jefferson City

One Honduras student visiting Jefferson City over the past week was amazed to see wildlife such as deer and turkeys.

CPR switch: Chest presses first, then give breaths

DALLAS (AP) -- New guidelines out Monday switch up the steps for CPR, telling rescuers to start with hard, fast chest presses before giving mouth-to-mouth.

Terror plot cooperator in trouble again in NYC

NEW YORK (AP) -- It was a love story like no other: a crack-addicted prostitute finding comfort and safety in a convicted Islamic terrorist who played a key role in the prosecutions of two men in the "millennium plot" to blow up Los Angeles International Airport.

AP Interview: Coast Guard admiral asks for Arctic resources

ABOVE NORTHERN ALASKA (AP) -- The ice-choked reaches of the northern Arctic Ocean aren't widely perceived as an international shipping route. But global warming is bringing vast change, and Russia, for one, is making an aggressive push to establish top of the world sea lanes.

Disabilities no longer a death sentence for pets

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- When Beverly Tucker's dog Tobi ruptured a disc in his back, the veterinarian gave her a stark choice: expensive surgery with little chance of success, or euthanasia.

Report: US asks China to stop deals with Iran

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The United States has asked Beijing to do more to stop Chinese companies from providing assistance and expertise to Iran's efforts to develop nuclear weapons and more powerful missiles, The Washington Post reported Sunday.

Missing Pasadena boy lost by father found safe

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) -- After a frantic all-day search, a 3-year-old boy who authorities said was lost by his intoxicated father was found safe Sunday night, sleeping peacefully strapped into his car seat in a parking garage.

Our Opinion: Sailors' visit an opportunity to say thanks

The relationship may have started with a shared name, but it has evolved into much more. Sailors who make their home within the confines of the USS Jefferson submarine now are visiting their namesake community.

PERSPECTIVE: Ballot issue would limit dog breeders

High profile issues and some congressional races attract attention and money from states all across our great nation.

Carnahan goes on the attack in Senate race

Robin Carnahan is on the attack in Missouri's U.S. Senate race.

Little common ground in Carnahan, Martin race

ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Disaffected voters often grumble about the similarities between Democrats and Republicans at the ballot box. Scrap that argument in Missouri's 3rd Congressional District.

Huckabee granted clemency to killer despite record

SEATTLE (AP) -- Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee granted clemency to a violent felon who would later gun down four police officers even though his record in prison was filled with unrelenting violence and exploitation of other inmates, The Seattle Times reported Monday.

Secret donations and gift tax -- a new conundrum

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Donors to nonprofit groups that are spending millions on political ads this election have escaped public scrutiny because their donations don't have to be disclosed. But can they escape a hefty tax bite?

Obama targets key groups in election's homestretch

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Heading into the homestretch of the midterm elections, President Barack Obama is targeting key Democratic constituencies as he tries to energize voters and build up Election Day turnout among his supporters.

Two Lady Crusaders to tee it up at state

Helias girls golf coach Dan Mathes broke down the numbers and said he believes his two golfers have a shot to medal at the state tournament.

Behind college football's Bowl Championship Series

In "Death to the BCS," authors Dan Wetzel, Josh Peter and Jeff Passan take aim at the controversial Bowl Championship Series, the system of polls and computer rankings that determines the two teams that will play for college football's national championship, as well as the prestigious Rose, Sugar, Orange and Fiesta Bowls.

Rams' defense keys win over Chargers

ST. LOUIS (AP) -- A week after losing by 38 points to the Detroit Lions, the St. Louis Rams used their defense to rebound in a big way.

Services set for Patrol sergeant killed in crash

ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Funeral services are scheduled for this week for a Missouri State Highway Patrol sergeant killed in a helicopter crash outside St. Louis.

Hearing set for couple charged in southeast Missouri stabbing

BLOOMFIELD, Mo. (AP) -- A preliminary hearing has been scheduled for a couple accused in the stabbing death of a southeast Missouri man.

Greene County begins tracing Trail of Tears

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) -- It's been more than 170 years since the Trail of Tears weaved its way through Greene County, but historians and scholars have only recently begun to retrace those steps.

State agency want to keep carp out of Mo. lakes

Missouri conservation officials are warning fishermen to be cautious when catching minnows this fall to avoid bringing Asian carp into Missouri's lakes.

KC police investigate death at gas station

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Kansas City police are investigating a shooting death at a midtown gas station.

Research looks at flu vaccine for babies

ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Saint Louis University researchers are trying to determine the right dosage of flu vaccine for babies and toddlers.

Sunday, October 17

Florida company introduces new, red celery

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Is America ready for red celery? A Florida produce company thinks so and has bet consumers will bite on the colorful crunch of its new product.

American Railcar Industries, Inc. Announces Third Quarter Financial Results Conference Call

ST. CHARLES, Mo.--(BUSINESS WIRE) --Oct. 15, 2010-- American Railcar Industries, Inc. (NASDAQ: ARII) ("ARI") announced today it will host a conference call on October 28, 2010, at 10:00 a.m. (Eastern Time) to report the Company's third quarter financial results.

Great Plains Energy Announces Webcast and Conference Call for Third Quarter 2010 Earnings

KANSAS CITY, Mo.--(BUSINESS WIRE) --Oct. 15, 2010-- Great Plains Energy Incorporated (NYSE:GXP) announced today that it will release its 2010 third quarter earnings on Thursday, October 28, 2010, after the market close.

Highest Quality E-Cigarette Company, GreenNicotine, Storms St. Louis

ST. LOUIS, MO -- (Marketwire) -- 10/14/10 -- GreenNicotine, the producer of the nation's highest-quality e-cigarette, has just moved into the St. Louis market in a big way: opening seven outlets in area malls in the last few weeks.

Study: $3.5 Trillion Could Be Saved by Restructuring Medicare and Medicaid

WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE) --Oct. 15, 2010-- Federal and state governments could save taxpayers about $3.5 trillion over the next 25 years by expanding the use of coordinated care programs in Medicare and Medicaid, according to new analysis by UnitedHealth Group's (NYSE:UNH) Center for Health Reform & Modernization.

Barbara Billingsley, Beaver Cleaver's TV mom, dies

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Even decades after the show ended, Barbara Billingsley expressed surprise at the lasting affection people had for "Leave it to Beaver" and her role as the warm, supportive mother of a pair of precocious boys.

Philly book publisher the BRAAAINS! behind phenom

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- The undead have created a whole new life for Quirk Books, the brains -- or rather the BRAAAINS! -- behind the monster best-seller "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies."

NPD: September video game sales drop 8 percent

NEW YORK (AP) -- In grim news for video game companies, market researcher NPD Group said U.S. retail sales of game hardware, software and accessories fell 8 percent in September to $1.2 billion.

Former Premier Bank employees work on bank transition

The parking lot was more full than usual -- especially for a Saturday -- as employees of the former Premier Bank worked alongside state and federal regulators to make the switch to Premier's new owners -- Providence Bank of Columbia.

Tattoo parlor regulations on Jefferson City council's agenda

A change to the hours that body art studios can be open on the weekends might not be the only change that comes out of Monday night's Jefferson City Council meeting.

Sailors from USS Jefferson City tour town, area

Commander Ed Anderson decided that if he and his crew from the USS Jefferson City were going to leave their submarine in San Diego, they were going to bring the San Diego weather with them.

Combined festival events create hit

Downtown scene of new Multicultural Fall Festival

For those who came out to Saturday afternoon's Multicultural Fall Festival in downtown Jefferson City, evidence that there was any kind of change was nowhere to be found.

Jefferson City hooks Capital Cat Classic

Catfish tournament tries to capitalize on river

Capitalizing on a natural resource and attempting to fill a geographical gap, the Capital Cat Classic on Saturday will be the first catfish tournament in the Capital City.

Jefferson City's sidewalk ordinance - no stroll in the park

It took a councillman's vision and 3 1/2 years of work

It has been a rocky path for the issue of sidewalks in Jefferson City. But after 3 1/2 years, it seems to have gained some traction in City Hall.

Concentration-camp survivor shares experience with eight-graders

Local eighth grade students got to see a special presentation of The Little Theatre play, "The Diary of Anne Frank." Sara Moses addressed the crowd Friday at Miller Performing Arts Center.

Foster care gala scheduled

The second Forget Me Not Gala to benefit the Central Missouri Foster Care and Adoption Association will be held from 6-8 p.m. Nov. 18 at Capitol Plaza Hotel in Jefferson City.

Laurelanne Bellezzo, Missouri River Regional Library Foundation president

Laurelanne Bellezzo, Missouri River Regional Library Foundation president, said during the few years she spent as a teacher she would ask her first grades to close their eyes while she read.

Armenian organized crime grows more complex

GLENDALE, Calif. (AP) -- Endeavor Diagnostics billed itself as a thriving medical laboratory that performed more than $1 million of work for Medicare patients.

Cancer activist's approach: Real, a bit irreverent

CHICAGO (AP) -- Lindsay Avner is no shrinking violet. She's a bright pink whirlwind, with a closet full of dresses cut from that very color and a cancer-fighting organization she named for it.

US studying Australian Internet security program

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The government is reviewing an Australian program that will allow Internet service providers to alert customers if their computers are taken over by hackers and could limit online access if people don't fix the problem.

Tribal leaders tell feds road funding needs a fix

POLSON, Mont. (AP) -- Road fatalities on Indian reservations are three times the national average because road projects in Indian Country are inadequately funded, tribal leaders told federal officials Friday.

Countless human bones found in pits at AZ cemetery

PHOENIX (AP) -- The scene at a cemetery in southern Arizona was startling -- two open pits filled with human skulls, ribs, femurs and other bones.

Feds oppose Calif. Prop 19 to legalize marijuana

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- The U.S. government will "vigorously enforce" federal laws against marijuana even if voters next month make California the first state to legalize pot, Attorney General Eric Holder says.

US, China hold maritime security talks in Hawaii

HONOLULU (AP) -- The U.S. and Chinese militaries have finished two days of talks over security on the high seas, the first such discussions since China broke off contact earlier this year to protest the U.S. sale of arms to Taiwan.

Man says he was told he was too disabled to fly

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) -- A motivational speaker with cerebral palsy says he was kicked off a U.S. Airways flight after being told he was too disabled to fly alone.

Obama, first lady hit campaign trail together

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama hit the campaign trail together Sunday for the first time since the 2008 presidential race during a trip to Ohio.

Palin tells supporters 'soon we'll all be dancing'

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin on Saturday urged a roaring crowd of Republicans to exhaust themselves over the next two weeks to take back California and the country for the "little guy."

Obama: End tax breaks to stop overseas hiring

WASHINGTON (AP) -- End tax breaks that reward some U.S. companies with overseas subsidiaries and encourage those businesses to create jobs in other countries, President Barack Obama is telling Congress.

Gabbert, defense lead Missouri to win over Texas A&M

COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) -- Blaine Gabbert moved Missouri's offense with ease and the Tigers' defense left Jerrod Johnson and Texas A&M's high-powered offense stunned. It was the perfect combination to keep No. 21 Missouri undefeated with a 30-9 win Saturday over the struggling Aggies.

Jays get past Huskies in PKs

Eddie Horn was sure his team was done. More than once. But the Jefferson City Jays had just enough left in the tank.

Helias blanks Fulton, 1-0

FULTON, Mo. -- Marcus Woodruff scored on a penalty kick in the first half Saturday as the Helias Crusaders topped the Fulton Hornets 1-0.

Lady Crusaders capture third at Borgia Cross Country Invitational

WASHINGTON, Mo. -- The Helias Lady Crusaders took third Saturday at the St. Francis Borgia Cross Country Invitational.

Lady Falcons take second in tourney

ELDON, Mo. -- The Blair Oaks Lady Falcons finished 5-1 and took second Saturday in the Eldon Tournament.

Palmyra ends Blair Oaks' bid for return trip to Final Four

WARDSVILLE, Mo. -- Blair Oaks outhit Palmyra 9-7 in Saturday's Class 2 softball quarterfinal at the Falcon Athletic Complex.

Stars score on all 3 SO shots, beat Blues 3-2

DALLAS (AP) -- Kari Lehtonen was happy to be the difference-maker in the latest win for the undefeated Dallas Stars. He merely cautioned that he might not be the one to carry the load every night.

2 women who said abuse spurred killings, freed

ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Two women who spent more than 30 years in Missouri prisons for killing their abusive husbands were released Friday after their lawyer argued that a recent law made them eligible for parole.

MU considers policy on degree revocation

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) -- Faculty council groups from the University of Missouri system are in the early stages of considering formalizing a policy to revoke degrees.

Woman admits taking more than $400,000 from bank

POLO, Mo. (AP) -- A northwest Missouri woman admits that she embezzled more than $414,000 from a bank where she worked.

Domino's workers forced into cooler during robbery

ST. LOUIS (AP) -- St. Louis police are searching for a gunman who forced employees at a Domino's Pizza into a cooler before robbing the cash register.

KC man charged in area rapes from 1989

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- A 66-year-old Kansas City man has been charged in connection with rapes from two decades ago.

Investigation into Missouri copter crash will take year

ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Federal officials estimate it will take a year to complete a full inquiry into a St. Louis area helicopter crash that killed a Missouri State Highway Patrol sergeant.

St. Peters lifts ban on funeral protests

ST. PETERS, Mo. (AP) -- A St. Louis suburb has lifted its ban on protests near funerals. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the St. Peters Board of Aldermen voted Thursday to lift the ban.

Troubled St. Louis club closing

ST. LOUIS (AP) -- A downtown St. Louis night club will close its doors after a prolonged fight over its liquor license and accusations of racial bias.

Thursday, October 14

Bulldogs stay perfect, withstand penalties

South Callaway head coach Tim Rulo couldn't argue with his Bulldogs' best-ever 6-0 start, but there was a troubling issue that gnawed at him.

Rescue operation successful after nearly 23 hours

SAN JOSE MINE, Chile (AP) -- The last of the Chilean miners, the foreman who held them together when they were feared lost, was raised from the depths of the earth Wednesday night -- a joyous ending to a 69-day ordeal that riveted the world. No one has ever been trapped so long and survived.

Shift leader helped miners stay calm, alive

COPIAPO, Chile (AP) -- The crew of Chilean miners was pinned nearly a half-mile underground by 700,000 tons of rock after what felt like an earthquake in the shaft above them, and had no real hope they'd ever be found. Luckily, though, the men had Luis Urzua.

FAA: Airline flew plane 80 times without repair

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Federal regulators on Wednesday proposed fining a feeder airline, Corporate Air, $455,000 for allowing a small airliner to carry passengers on 80 flights despite an engine that needed repair.

Dozens charged with largest Medicare scam ever

NEW YORK (AP) -- A vast network of Armenian gangsters and their associates used phantom health care clinics and other means to try to cheat Medicare out of $163 million, the largest fraud by one criminal enterprise in the program's history, U.S. authorities said Wednesday.

Police search wooded lot for girl

HICKORY, N.C. (AP) -- Investigators used a police dog to search among tree-trimming equipment and piles of mulch for a missing 10-year-old North Carolina girl on Wednesday, a day after authorities said they believed the girl had been killed.

Soldiers recall terror at base

FORT HOOD, Texas (AP) -- A sergeant shot five times during the rampage at Fort Hood said Wednesday he recalled lying on the floor and locking eyes with Maj. Nidal Hasan after the Army psychiatrist cried out "Allahu Akbar" and unleashed a burst of gunfire into a crowd of soldiers preparing for deployment.

Blair Oaks youngsters hear about respect from Afghanistan

It was a Characterplus lesson for some Blair Oaks Elementary School students via Skype.

Indictment in trash bin fire

The Cole County Grand Jury has indicted a Jefferson City man for setting a fire on the city's east side in August, sending the case to the circuit court for possible trial.

Deer hunters asked to donate venison to Share the Harvest

Mid-Missouri hunters during the 2010-11 deer seasons will have an opportunity to help feed needy area residents by donating their deer to the Share the Harvest program.

The Best is Back: AOL Launches City's Best 2010, Selects St. Louis as Program's Featured City

ST. LOUIS--(BUSINESS WIRE) --Oct. 13, 2010-- AOL Inc. (NYSE: AOL) today announced the launch of the 2010 City's Best program, providing a guide to the best local food, entertainment and lifestyle options in 25 major U.S. cities.

Viasystems' Forest Grove, Oregon, Facility Receives Nadcap Accreditation for Aerospace Quality

ST. LOUIS--(BUSINESS WIRE) --Oct. 13, 2010-- Viasystems Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:VIAS) announced that its Forest Grove, Oregon, operation has received Nadcap accreditation for electronics. This accreditation signifies that the Forest Grove facility has demonstrated ongoing commitment to quality by satisfying customer requirements and industry specifications.

Missouri American Water Brings World Bird Sanctuary "Wings Over Water" Presentation to Sci-Fest

ST. LOUIS--(BUSINESS WIRE) --Oct. 13, 2010-- Birds of prey and pelicans will join the St. Louis Science Center's Sci-Fest festival at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 14. Missouri American Water is bringing the World Bird Sanctuary's "Wings Over Water" program to the Science Center's May Auditorium, as a prelude to a panel discussion of the impact and consequences of the Gulf oil spill.

H&R Block Announces Agreement to Acquire TaxACT Digital Tax Preparation

KANSAS CITY, MO -- (Marketwire) -- 10/13/10 -- H&R Block (NYSE: HRB) -- Cash purchase price of $287.5 million -- More than 5 million tax filers used TaxACT solutions last season -- Estimated to add $0.05 to earnings per share if closed by calendar year end.

UMB Announces Conference Call to Discuss Third Quarter 2010 Earnings

KANSAS CITY, Mo.--(BUSINESS WIRE) --Oct. 13, 2010-- UMB Financial Corporation (NASDAQ: UMBF), a financial services holding company, plans to host a conference call to discuss its 2010 third quarter earnings results on October 27, 2010, at 8:30 a.m. (CST).

First Bancshares, Inc. Announces Fourth Quarter Fiscal 2010 Results

MOUNTAIN GROVE, Mo.--(BUSINESS WIRE) --Oct. 13, 2010-- First Bancshares, Inc. (NASDAQ - FstBksh: FBSI), the holding company for First Home Savings Bank ("Bank"), today announced earnings for the fourth quarter and for its fiscal year ended June 30, 2010.

Kansas City Southern Declares Quarterly Preferred Dividend

KANSAS CITY, Mo.--(BUSINESS WIRE) --Oct. 13, 2010-- The Executive Committee of Kansas City Southern's (KCS) (NYSE:KSU) Board of Directors declared a regular quarterly cash dividend of $12.8125 per share on the outstanding KCS 5.125% Cumulative Convertible Perpetual Preferred stock, series D.

Center for Health Value Innovation and Care Continuum Alliance Demonstrate Unprecedented Link Between Value-Based Design and Population Health Management

ST. LOUIS--(BUSINESS WIRE) --Oct. 13, 2010-- As part of the ongoing collaboration between the Care Continuum Alliance (CCA) and The Center for Health Value Innovation (CHVI) to promote value-based design, Jeanette May, Ph.D., M.P.H., vice president of research and quality for the Care Continuum Alliance, and Cyndy Nayer, M.A., CEO and founder of CHVI, experts in value-based design who link superior health outcomes to improved business performance, collaborated to develop"Value-Based Designs and Outcomes," a paper that ties value-based levers with population health management return-on-investment results.

Multicultural Festival, Downtown Harvest Fest now Multicultural Fall Festival

Saturday's Multicultural Fall Festival, which is composed of both the former Multicultural Festival and the Downtown Harvest Fest, brings together the best of each event for a large celebration on the streets of downtown Jefferson City.

Mansion's celebration to focus on outdoor activities

Missouri families are urged to spend more time outdoors, and this year's Missouri Governor's Mansion "Harvest Fest" will help deliver that message from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. on Saturday.

Lighthouse Preparatory Academy partners with Stained Glass Theatre to put on "Hi Tops"

In a unique partnership, Lighthouse Preparatory Academy has provided the performers for the Stained Glass Theatre of Mid-Missouri's presentation of "Hi Tops" from Oct. 21-Nov. 6.

Our Opinion: The elephant in the public school district

The "elephant in the room" soon will be addressed in district-wide discussions by patrons of the Jefferson City Public Schools.

Your Opinion: Health care plan makes physician ill

Dear Editor: I have been a practicing physician in this community for over 27 years and have seen a lot of positive and negative changes occur.

Your Opinion: Elk restoration plan supported

Dear Editor: This month Missouri's Conservation Commission will meet to consider a plan that calls for a limited release of up to 150 elk into a "restoration zone" in southeast Missouri.

Your Opinion: Questions for the candidates

Dear Editor: Would all of the political candidates please, please stop already with the pot-and-kettle ads? My television time is the time I can finally sit and relax, and I am sick of wearing out my mute button because I will not listen, even subliminally, to your trash!

Blunt, Carnahan to meet today in first debate

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Republican Roy Blunt and Democrat Robin Carnahan are preparing for the first of two debates in Missouri's U.S. Senate race.

Boehner backs Hartzler for Armed Services

House Republican Leader John Boehner says he will support giving a seat on the Armed Services Committee to Vicky Hartzler if she defeats the committee's Democratic chairman.

Blair Oaks powers past Iberia in sectional

IBERIA, Mo. -- You could tell by the way Jordan Marble was hitting the ball Wednesday night it was only a matter of time before she sent one deep.

Helias volleyball tops Borgia

The plan was relatively simple -- make Borgia play the ball.

Crusaders putting tough loss to Pirates behind them

It's all still ahead for the Helias Crusaders. And the time to put the disappointing loss to Hannibal is behind them.

Jays set to host winless Trojans

Perhaps in this game more than ever, it really does need to be about the Jefferson City Jays more than who they're playing.

MU basketball program truly family affair

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) -- Missouri's Mike Anderson is one basketball coach who literally means it when he talks about the Tiger program as his family.

Punters filling bill for unbeaten Tigers

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) -- Punters are usually the first players on the field, either in practice or on game days, and the last to be recognized. For No. 21 Missouri, improvements in the punting game have quietly helped the program ascend from perennial loser to annual contender.

Falcons open districts against South Callaway

WARDSVILLE, Mo. -- The quest for 10 begins.

Missouri man remains critical after trip through sewer

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Hopes faded rapidly after crews spent 90 minutes frantically popping manhole covers in a desperate search for a worker who was swept into a sanitary sewer pipe that runs underneath a Kansas City suburb, a rescue worker recalled Wednesday.

Missouri's urban deer harvest nets nearly 600 deer

Hunters killed nearly 600 deer during the state's annual urban deer hunt last weekend.

Attorney, media owner named to Mo. college board

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has appointed a lawyer and a media company owner to the state's Coordinating Board for Higher Education.

Parole absconder charged with robbery in shooting case

A parole absconder from St. Louis is believed to have shot another man in a Tuesday night robbery near downtown Jefferson City, then was shot by one of his victims who acted in self-defense.

Wednesday, October 13

Four cross country runners medal for California at Helias Invitational

The California varsity cross country team competed at the Helias Invitational Saturday where four runners medaled.

Sunday, October 10

Already a city Landmark winner, Housing Unit 1 has been nominated for the National Register of Historic Places

H-Hall history

The design of a premier architect of the time, Housing Unit 1 is an ominous structure for all who look upon the gateway building to the Missouri State Penitentiary.

Friday, October 8

Lady Jays fall to top-seeded Bruins

A wild season came to an end Thursday for the Jefferson City softball team, and as might be expected, did so in a wild game.

Helias advances to title game against Rock Bridge

The Helias Lady Crusaders set the tone in the first inning Thursday night, and it sparked them to a 4-0 win over Camdenton in the semifinals of the Class 4 District 9 Tournament at the America Legion Post 5 Sports Complex.

MU review targets ‘low-producing’ degrees

Programs in jeopardy include computer science, foreign languages, food science and nutrition

COLUMBIA (AP) — The University of Missouri’s flagship campus is reviewing 75 degree programs for possible elimination or consolidation as the state seeks costs savings.

PERSPECTIVE: Fight for Congress could last past Election Day

WASHINGTON — The nation may be waiting well beyond Election Day this year to find out who won control of Congress.

PERSPECTIVE: President Trump? Time for 2012 handicapping

WASHINGTON — Have you heard the one about President Donald Trump? How about the notion that Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will replace Vice President Joe Biden on the Democrats’ 2012 ticket?

OUR OPINION: Protests test boundaries of free speech

What are limits — if any — of free speech? An initial reaction may be that First Amendment freedoms — including speech, religion and assembly — are absolute.

Jury faults bridge builder in St. Louis area flood

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A St. Louis County jury has awarded nearly $2 million to 11 homeowners who sued over a temporary stone bridge they blame for flooding their properties two years ago during a torrential rainstorm.

McCaskill to propose native contracting bill

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill of Missouri says she wants to strip Alaska Native corporations of the unprecedented edge they now enjoy in obtaining federal contracts worth billions of dollars.

Biden helps Carnahan raise $100,000

Latest poll shows Blunt with 13-point lead

Vice President Joe Biden praised Missouri Democrat Robin Carnahan on Thursday as a gritty U.S. Senate candidate unlikely to buckle to others, and helped her raise an estimated $100,000 in the hometown of her Republican rival.

Columbia museum will close Oct. 16

COLUMBIA (AP) — An interactive science museum that opened in Columbia in 2008 after a decade of planning will close its doors next weekend.

New ways to worship

Christian Church leaders to explore new trends, styles

Ministers and faith leaders from across the state will gather in the Capital City this weekend to explore new ways to worship while also exchanging ideas with each other.

Search thwarted by drug gangs

ZAPATA, Texas (AP) — A search for a missing American tourist presumably shot and killed by Mexican pirates on a border lake has been thwarted by threats of an ambush from drug gangs, U.S. officials said Thursday.

72,000 stimulus payments went to dead people

Only half returned

WASHINGTON (AP) — More than 89,000 stimulus payments of $250 each went to people who were either dead or in prison, a government investigator says in a new report.

September sales results stronger than expected

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Chamber of Commerce this week is airing more than $10 million in advertising in some of the most competitive House and Senate races, a massive infusion by the business lobby against Democratic candidates in about 30 contests. NEW YORK (AP) — Retailers are reporting surprisingly solid sales gains for September, boosted by backto-school shopping, much of it was pushed into September by parents who had put off trips to the mall.

Gingrich brands Dems ‘party of food stamps’

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich is advising Republican candidates on November’s ballots to frame the choice for voters between Democrats as “the party of food stamps” while selling the GOP as “the party of paychecks.”

Campaign insults made face to face

After months of mud-slinging in ads, candidates make in-person attacks

WASHINGTON (AP) — “That’s a lie. You know that’s a lie. I never said it.” That was Republican Linda McMahon going after Democrat Richard Blumenthal this week as the Connecticut Senate rivals shared a debate stage. Afterward, he insisted she was the one playing “fast and loose with the facts.”

Wilson’s Fitness wins small business of year award

At the Small Business Award Breakfast, Wilson’s Fitness became the 21st area business to be named Small Business of the Year.

Dreams have become reality

After 10 years, organization outfits women with more than attire

It started as an idea. And in the 10 years since Dreams to Reality was formed, it has helped more than 1,000 local women turn their dreams into reality.

Seminar: Facebook can be a business’ friend

Area businesses share how they use social media

At Thursday’s Business Showcase 2010, a seminar billed Facebook as a way to not only connect with customers, but to interact with them.


MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) — Nebraska quarterback Taylor Martinez rushed for 242 yards and four touchdowns Thursday night and the seventh-ranked Cornhuskers ended a 99-year rivalry with Kansas State in the same lopsided fashion it began, thrashing the slower, outmanned Wildcats 48-13.

Students hear anti-tobacco activist’s seminar

Westminster College freshmen gathered Tuesday at Champ Auditorium to hear Victor DeNoble, an anti-tobacco and antidrug activist who speaks to students around the nation.

Teachers recognized for service

The 2010 Catholic School Teacher Institute and Secretary conference was held Monday at St. Joseph Cathedral Parish and School.

LU pep rally, fireworks display set for tonight

In advance of Saturday’s football game against Southwest Baptist University, Lincoln University’s homecoming pep rally begins at 8 p.m. today in the Dwight T. Reed Stadium.

Fulton unit gets new commander

FORT LEONARD WOOD, Mo. — The 1140th Military Police Company of Fulton recently held a change-of-command ceremony on post during the Missouri National Guard’s Military Police State Challenge.

Thursday, October 7

NJ senator calls for anti-bully law after suicide

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (AP) -- Colleges should adopt a code of conduct that prohibits bullying and harassment in the wake of the suicide of a Rutgers University student whose gay sexual encounter in his dorm room was streamed online, U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg said at a town meeting on campus.

Data overload block tracking of sex offenders

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A company that provides electronic monitoring to track sex offenders, parolees and others said its system shut down after unexpectedly hitting its data storage limit, leaving authorities across 49 states unaware of offenders' movement for about 12 hours.

Both sides of smoking issue stage rallies

Proposed smoking ban on Nov. 2 ballot

Wednesday was a day of dueling events for the supporters and opponents of Jefferson City’s proposed smoking ban ordinance.

Technology links authors, students

New technology is helping Lewis and Clark Middle School students learn about an age-old profession — writing.

The Twain shall meet at MRRL

Presentation on Mark Twain will precede Capital READ event

Since she was in fourth grade and a teacher read the whitewashing chapter from “Tom Sawyer,” Cindy Lovell, Ph.D., has been mesmerized by Mark Twain.

Parts of lake expressway opening this week

Construction crews are making progress on a portion of the new U.S. 54 Expressway through the Lake of the Ozarks, and motorists traveling through the area can expect some changes beginning this week.

Cancer survivor thankful for ‘road map’

Breast Care Project connects patients, resources

Debra Freet knows all to well that support is needed when times are tough. On Jan. 25, she was diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer.

Local firefighters get calls after story about Tenn. fire

Cole County protection districts funded by taxes, not tags

Fire protection district officials in Cole County want to assure their patrons they will get a response from district firefighters if a fire occurs at their residence.

A new look for Helias homecoming

Helias turns ‘traditions’ upside down with school-oriented changes

A radical reconstruction of homecoming week has returned Helias Catholic High School to its roots of faith, unity and school pride.

Former mayor announces intention to run

And then there were two. Late Wednesday afternoon, George Hartsfield added his name along with Jefferson City 4rd Ward Councilman Eric Struemph to the list of contenders for Jefferson City mayor.

Police identify gunshot victim

Jefferson City police have released the identity of the man whose body was found at the end of Sylvan Hills Road on Wednesday afternoon.

AP-mtvU Poll: Technology brings connection, stress

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Technology has become so entwined with college students' often frantic lives that most in a new survey say they'd be more frazzled without it.

Even in Chicago, residents wanted more from Obama

CHICAGO (AP) -- Even in President Barack Obama's hometown, they had hoped for more. Obama will be stumping for Senate candidate and basketball buddy Alexi Giannoulias on Thursday in Chicago, a city where every other person crossing the street seems to have a story about descending on Grant Park that historic night of the 2008 election or proudly watching the president take the oath on television.

Halladay tosses second postseason no-hitter in first playoff start

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Roy Halladay spent his whole career waiting for this start, wondering what it would be like to pitch in the playoffs.

Lincecum leads Giants into opener against Braves

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Tim Lincecum emerged as the most dominant pitcher in the National League in his first two full major league seasons. Back-to-back NL Cy Young Awards. Two All-Star selections, 526 strikeouts. All by the age of 25.

Lee outduels Price as Rangers beat Rays in Game 1

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- Cliff Lee savored another playoff victory, saying winning is the only way to really evaluate how he performs.

Teixeira's homer pushes Yanks past Twins in Game 1

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- The New York Yankees became Major League Baseball's flagship franchise almost as much for the glamorous image they project as for the 27 titles in their trophy case.

Lady Jays roll to 9-3 victory over Hickman

Jordan Moore may not have made the play of the game, but it definitely set the tone.

Rams getting back to full strength after injuries

ST. LOUIS (AP) -- A healthier roster figures to give the St. Louis Rams a better shot at building on their first two-game winning streak since 2008.

Cards exercise Pujols' option

ST. LOUIS (AP) -- The St. Louis Cardinals have exercised a $16 million club option for 2011 with three-time NL MVP Albert Pujols.

Lake water tests show none with high E. coli

Missouri environmental officials say water samples from the Lake of the Ozarks showed none with high E. coli bacteria.

EPA creates pesticide database for bedbugs

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Federal environmental officials have created a pesticide database for people battling bedbugs.

Ex-county commissioner pleads guilty to theft

FREDERICKTOWN, Mo. (AP) -- A former St. Francois County Commissioner admits that he stole equipment from the county and had county employees do work for his benefit.

2 women accused of hiding loot in Missouri ATM heist

ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Two women are accused in a federal indictment of helping stash what's being called "substantial" amounts of cash stolen during a well-orchestrated, daylight heist of an ATM-servicing business in St. Louis.

Appeal filed in murder case against KC attorney

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Jackson County prosecutors are appealing a judge's decision to toss all evidence in a decade-old murder case in which a former Kansas City attorney is accused of beating his law partner to death.

Springfield woman charged in infant son's death

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) -- A Springfield woman has been charged with killing her infant son. The Springfield News Leader reported that the second-degree murder count was filed Wednesday against 23-year-old Tatianna Light.

Boat sinks on Mississippi River near St. Louis

ST. LOUIS (AP) -- State environmental officials are investigating a possible oil or gas leak after a tugboat sank on the Mississippi River near St. Louis.

Lady Pintos take second place finish at District Golf Tourney

California's varsity girls' golf team participated in the Class 1 District 3 Golf Tournament Sept. 29 at Redfield Golf Course, Eugene, where the Lady Pintos finished in second place with 415, behind Southern Boone with 386.

Freshman and JV Pintos defeat Falcons

The California High School freshman and JV football teams were on the road for football games against Blair Oaks Sept. 27, where the freshman Pintos captured a 50-6 win from the Falcons.

George Freiner, RN, New Administrator at California Care Center

When the former administrator at California Care Center, Sherry Horner, was transferred to the Tipton facility, George Freiner, RN, came in as an emergency licensed administrator.

Wednesday, October 6

Health officials press for early vaccinations

Patients wanting a vaccination against seasonal flu are being advised to roll up their sleeves a full month early.

Retail data: September sales edge up

NEW YORK (AP) -- Americans kept spending carefully last month, buying electronics and back-to-school clothes but holding back on luxuries.

Utility looks to save trumpeter swans at sanctuary

ST. LOUIS (AP) -- A utility is trumpeting efforts to keep more swans from dying in run-ins with power lines north of St. Louis.

St. Louis city, county seek foreign trade status

ST. LOUIS (AP) -- The city of St. Louis is teaming with St. Louis County in pushing to have their region declared a foreign trade zone, partly hoping to lure international air cargo also coveted by a struggling Illinois airport nearby.

Emerson Promotes Monser to President

ST. LOUIS--(BUSINESS WIRE) --Oct. 05, 2010-- Emerson (NYSE:EMR) announced today that Chief Operating Officer Edward L. Monser was named to the additional position of president.

Midwest Employers Casualty Company President to Speak at SIIA 30th Annual National Educational Conference & Expo

WHO: Midwest Employers Casualty Company (MECC) provides workers’ compensation excess insurance products to individual employers and groups across the country. In addition to offering quality coverage tailored to each policyholder’s needs, MECC is committed to helping self-insured, large deductible and reinsurance clients reduce their Total Cost of Risk (TCOR).

Definitive Textbook on Helicopter Crashes is Published

KANSAS CITY, Mo.--(BUSINESS WIRE) --Oct. 05, 2010-- Robb & Robb LLC announces that partner Gary C. Robb, a well known aviation lawyer, has just published a book, Helicopter Crash Litigation, which addresses critical safety issues in the aviation field.

What's new, pussycat? Tom Jones, gospel singer

NEW YORK (AP) -- He's 70 years old. He once competed with the Beatles and Rolling Stones on the music charts, and his most recent disc was kept from No. 1 in England by Eminem. He's a knight, and he recorded a song by Prince.

Movie Review: 'Stone' an implausible melodrama

Robert De Niro vs. Edward Norton should have been a thrilling clash of the titans: two actors who are famous for their transformational methods, intense performances and decades of challenging roles.

'Noir' collection stuffed with delightful stories

"The Best American Noir of the Century" (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $30), edited by James Ellroy and Otto Penzler: Otto Penzler opens his latest gargantuan compendium with a public service by defining the word "noir," an oft misidentified subset of the hard-boiled fiction genre.

Music Review: Tunstall's 'Tiger Suit' not the right fit

KT Tunstall, "Tiger Suit" (Virgin)

KT Tunstall takes a cue from hitmakers like Lady Gaga and The Black Eyed Peas on her third studio album "Tiger Suit," infusing it with electronic beats, multitrack vocals and synthesizers.

FBI: Stripper, drugs, guns and judge don't mix

ATLANTA (AP) -- The 67-year-old federal judge's wild relationship with a stripper started with just a lap dance, prosecutors said, but quickly escalated into escapades of prostitution and gun-toting drug deals involving cocaine and prescription pills.

RFK-owned Emancipation Proclamation up for auction

NEW YORK (AP) -- A copy of the Emancipation Proclamation signed by Lincoln and bought by Robert F. Kennedy, who drew inspiration from the document as he enforced civil rights legislation in the 1960s, is going up for auction and could fetch as much as $1.5 million.

Pot legalization measure fails to draw big money

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- In a state where contentious ballot measures can spawn multi-million-dollar throwdowns, no one for or against California's high-profile marijuana legalization initiative has raised much cash.

Environmentalists fret about Plum Island's future

PLUM ISLAND, N.Y. (AP) -- Researchers since the 1950s have studied dangerous animal diseases here that if unleashed could imperil the nation's livestock. Cold War germ warfare testing also occurred on Plum Island, and for decades the U.S. Army used it as a coastal defense post.

Virulent skin germ grates on Maine lobstering isle

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) -- A strain of a drug-resistant skin disease that has afflicted sports teams, prisons and military units is now proving a persistent pest among lobstermen and their families on a Maine island.

OUR OPINION: Showcase offers proactive example for businesses

Credit the Business Showcase for leading by example.

Ballot measure groups report big donations

The campaign committees behind two questions on Missouri's November ballot are both reporting new, seven-figure donations.

Bradford playing beyond his years

Usually, Sam Bradford is quick with a response. This time, the St. Louis Rams' fast-rising rookie quarterback was stumped.

Blair Oaks tops Southern Boone in softball slugfest

ASHLAND, Mo. -- The Blair Oaks Lady Falcons outlasted Southern Boone 15-9 in an offensive show Tuesday.

Blue Tigers finish ninth at men's golf event

ST. JOSEPH, Mo. -- The Lincoln Blue Tigers finished ninth out of 10 teams in the two-day Missouri Western Invitational that wrapped up Tuesday.

Lincoln ties for last at women's golf classic

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. -- The Lincoln University women's golf team tied for last in the Central Oklahoma/Mahogany Classic that finished Tuesday at the Lincoln Park East Golf Course.

Football: Jays JV rolls

The Jefferson City JV football team rolled to a 43-0 win Monday night over Washington.

Football: Helias frosh post win

The Helias freshman football team defeated West Junior 34-24 on Tuesday night.

Football: Patriots win two

TROY, Mo. -- Jefferson City's Thomas Jefferson Patriots swept an A-B doubleheader with Troy on Tuesday.

Football: Blazers snag win

SEDALIA, Mo. -- Jefferson City's Lewis and Clark A team improved to 4-0 with a 33-14 win Tuesday over Sedalia.

Lady Falcons take Cuba Invitational

CUBA, Mo. -- The Blair Oaks Lady Falcons captured the title Tuesday at the Cuba Cross Country Invitational.

Audit: State behind in finding bad classifications

Employees labeled as ‘contractors’ can pay higher taxes, miss out on benefits

Missouri has lagged behind other states in identifying employers that avoid taxes and unemployment and workers’ compensation payments by classifying their workers as contractors instead of employees, a state audit reported Tuesday.

Hawks' repeat Cup chances may be slowed by salary cap

NEW YORK (AP) -- Forget about celebration hangovers and short summers, the biggest threat to the Chicago Blackhawks' hopes to repeat as Stanley Cup champion might be the salary cap.

Hearing set for area boy accused in double homicide

A hearing is set for next month in mid-Missouri to determine whether a 12-year-old boy will be tried as a juvenile or an adult on charges of killing his mother and stepfather.

Grand jury indicts man accused of cigarette smuggling

ST. LOUIS (AP) -- A St. Louis man who federal agents say helped smuggle nearly 29 million cigarettes from Missouri to Illinois to profit from differences in their sales taxes on smokes has been indicted on more felony counts.

Former Missouri congresswoman dies at age 63

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- A funeral home official says former Missouri Congresswoman Karen McCarthy has died at a nursing home in northeast Kansas.

Jail prisoner hangs self in St. Louis Co.

CLAYTON, Mo. (AP) -- Authorities say a 28-year-old man apparently committed suicide by hanging himself in the St. Louis County jail where he'd been housed on a suspected probation violation.

Missouri to improve trail at Rock Bridge State Park

Officials are installing new boardwalk and stabilizing a creek bank at a state park in Boone County.

Missouri AG launches effort promoting Internet safety

Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster has turned himself into a cartoon character to promote Internet safety to children.

Woman's lawsuit claims 2 Mo. priests abused her

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- A woman has filed a lawsuit claiming two former Missouri priests sexually abused her when she was a teenager in the 1970s.

Music teacher from KC sentenced for child porn

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- A professional jazz pianist and former music teacher has been sentenced to seven years and six months in federal prison for possessing child pornography and receiving it over the Internet.

Springfield allows chickens to roost within city

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) -- Chickens will be allowed to roost again within the Springfield city limits, but they will have limited range.

Missouri convention focuses on boom in hair restoration

ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Hair-restoration providers figure they're in a growing business, and they'll soon be gathering in Missouri to brush up on ways to make it bigger.

KC conference to focus on bullying, depression

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Bullying in schools and adolescent depression are topics on next week's agenda when the American School Health Association holds its 84th annual conference in Kansas City.

Walnuts start rolling in

ROGERSVILLE, Mo. (AP) -- It's more of a dribble than a gush, but the flow of "Ozarks black gold" in the form of black walnuts has started arriving at growling hullers set up throughout the region.

Two local residents reflect give and take of United Way

Delbert Luadzers knows the impact services from United Way agencies have on those who use them.

Couple walks in memory of fallen MoDOT workers

Missouri Department of Transportation employee Jim Feeney and his wife, Theo, walked into Jefferson City from the Katy Trail to applause Tuesday afternoon.

Local woman held for stabbing acquaintance

A Jefferson City man was treated Tuesday afternoon for a non-life-threatening stab wound, and a Jefferson City woman was taken into custody for allegedly committing the act.

New ad hits Blunt on kids issues

Congressman is only candidate targeted by ‘pro-kids’ group

A children’s centered political group that ran ads four years ago against candidates in Pennsylvania and Arizona now is targeting Missouri’s Republican U.S. Senate candidate, Roy Blunt.

Medin won’t seek third council term

With less than two weeks remaining before filing begins for Jefferson City elected officials, one councilman has completely opened up the field in his ward.

Synergetics USA Announces Preliminary Results for Fourth Quarter and Fiscal 2010

O'FALLON, Mo.--(BUSINESS WIRE) --Oct. 06, 2010-- Synergetics USA, Inc. (NASDAQ: SURG), a medical device company that designs, manufactures, and markets innovative microsurgical instruments for ophthalmic and neurosurgical applications, today announced that it expects to report net sales of approximately $13 million and net income of approximately $1 million for its fourth quarter ended July 31, 2010.

SBA Loan Queue Cleared One Week after Signing of Jobs Act

WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE) --Oct. 05, 2010-- All of the loan applications placed in the U.S. Small Business Administration's loan queue by small business borrowers have received final approval, SBA Administrator Karen Mills announced today.

2 hurt in crash

Two people were injured in a two-vehicle accident at 5:40 a.m. Tuesday on U.S. 54 west of Center Street in Callaway County.

Football game doubles as breast cancer fundraiser

There will be pink all around during South Callway’s football game versus Tipton at 7 p.m. Friday night when the two teams meet in Mokane.

Tuesday, October 5

Google lines up Internet TV programming partners

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Google Inc.'s effort to wed Web surfing with television viewing is gathering more support from major media outlets that distribute some of the content that will help sell the concept.

Swank's newest role: a woman driven by conviction

BRISTOL, R.I. (AP) -- There's an early scene in Tony Goldwyn's "Conviction" when law student Betty Anne Waters offers a textbook definition of "contract" for her classmates. It foretells the contract the real-life Waters had with her brother Kenny Waters: He would keep himself alive in prison, where he spent 18 years on a murder conviction, in exchange for his sister laboring through law school with the singular goal of establishing his innocence.

Problems plague BP's oil spill compensation fund

ORANGE BEACH, Ala. (AP) -- In the rush to get compensation from BP after its massive oil spill, the $20 billion fund that the company created has been inundated with questionable documentation, inflated claims and in some cases, outright fraud -- all slowing down the process for legitimate claims, the administrator of the program says.

Mental exam set for Fort Hood shooting suspect

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) -- The Army psychiatrist accused in last year's shooting rampage at Fort Hood is to have a mental evaluation before a key hearing to determine whether he will stand trial, a military commander ordered Monday.

Oil industry has yet to adopt lessons of BP spill

NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- Oil industry and government officials could get caught flat-footed again by another deep-water blowout in the coming months because they have yet to incorporate many of the lessons learned during the BP disaster, experts inside and outside the business tell The Associated Press.

Big-name companies to help colleges train workers

As the White House stages a first-of-its-kind community college summit Tuesday, the Obama administration is proposing that stronger partnerships between two-year public colleges and big-name U.S. employers such as McDonald's and The Gap will help better match workers with jobs during the economic recovery and beyond.

AP Poll: Americans support community colleges

The vast majority of Americans feel it is better for some students to go to community college instead of a four-year school, according to a new poll by The Associated Press and Stanford University released Tuesday.

Watchdog: Treasury bailed out 66 weaker banks

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Treasury Department officials sent bailout money to dozens of banks with known financial problems, and a growing number of bailed-out banks are struggling to stay afloat, a new government audit says.

Fed boss: More securities buys could help economy

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) -- Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said Monday that the economy could be helped by another round of asset purchases by the central bank. Bernanke's comment reinforces analysts' beliefs that the Fed is likely to take action at its next meeting Nov. 2-3.

Fast-food freebie ban gets OK in San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- San Francisco lawmakers have given preliminary approval to a law that would prohibit fast-food restaurants from putting toys in children's meals unless they include fruits and vegetables and don't have too many unhealthy calories.

Obama slams GOP over tax and spending cut plans

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Intending to talk about colleges and worker training, President Barack Obama on Monday suddenly found himself in a spirited, election-year debate with a business advisory group about whose tax cuts should be extended and for how long.

Skype getting new chief executive from Cisco

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Skype is replacing its CEO with a Cisco Systems executive, a change that may indicate the Internet calling service is closer to announcing specific plans for an initial public offering.

Officials from 5 states fight unlimited spending

NEW YORK (AP) -- Elected officials from five states who are alarmed by the explosion of campaign spending by corporations, unions and independent groups have formed a coalition aimed at mitigating their influence on elections.

GM pays out $1.3M in stock to current and ex-CEOs

DETROIT (AP) -- General Motors gave its current and former chief executives more than $1.3 million in stock in the third quarter under terms of their pay packages.

Calif. high court upholds Schwarzenegger furloughs

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- The California Supreme Court's ruling Monday upholding Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's order to furlough state workers ends an 18-month budget distraction and puts more pressure on public employee unions to negotiate benefit rollbacks with the administration.

Eurozone retail sales unexpectedly fall in August

LONDON (AP) -- Retail sales in the 16 countries that use the euro unexpectedly fell during August, official figures showed Tuesday, in another sign that consumer confidence remains fragile despite a stronger than anticipated economic recovery.

Grand Junction newspaper ends free online edition

DENVER (AP) -- The Daily Sentinel of Grand Junction, the largest daily newspaper on the Western Slope, has begun charging nonsubscribers for access to its online version as it tries to stop paid subscribers from migrating to the Internet to get it for free.

Reinsurance Group of America to Host Investor Day

ST. LOUIS, MO -- (Marketwire) -- 10/04/10 -- Reinsurance Group of America, Incorporated (NYSE: RGA) will host a conference for institutional investors and analysts in New York City on Thursday, February 17, 2011, from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Eastern time.

Davis Promoted to Lead Scottrade Advisor Services

ST. LOUIS--(BUSINESS WIRE) --Oct. 04, 2010-- Leading online investing firm Scottrade promoted Brian Davis to lead Scottrade Advisor Services, a division of the firm that offers low-cost institutional trading and custodial services to independent registered investment advisors (RIAs).

Global Entrepreneurship Week 2010 Designed to Create Life-Changing Experiences and Spur Firm Creation around the Globe

KANSAS CITY, Mo.--(BUSINESS WIRE) --Oct. 04, 2010-- In November, millions of people around the globe will participate in the world's largest celebration of entrepreneurship.

SBA Releases Final Women-Owned Small Business Rule to Expand Access to Federal Contracting Opportunities

WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE) --Oct. 04, 2010-- With the publication today of a final rule in the Federal Register, the U.S. Small Business Administration will begin implementation of its women-owned small business (WOSB) contracting program. The agency expects the program to be available for WOSBs in early 2011.

Recovery Loan Incentives Spurred Continued Rebound in SBA Lending in FY2010

WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE) --Oct. 04, 2010-- Loans guaranteed by the U.S. Small Business Administration to small businesses and entrepreneurs continued to rebound in fiscal year 2010 as a result of the successful loan enhancements first put in place under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 and extended last week in the Small Business Jobs Act of 2010.

Blood, knives, plastic: Dexter's kill rooms return

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The boxes are labeled "body parts," "heads" and "Dexter killing devices & face shields." Others are filled with plastic wrap, duct tape, knives, syringes -- everything your friendly neighborhood serial killer might need to do away with bad guys.

Fur flies at council meeting

Council convinced to allow feeding of feral cats, dogs; pet limits and hot car restrictions approved

Monday night was Nancy Rau’s first City Council meeting. She made the most of it. Rau, along with more than 20 other supporters, worked to make their case against part of the bill the Jefferson City Council voted on regarding the health and welfare of cats and dogs that would make it illegal to feed animals on public property.

Jon Stewart lampoons fired CNN host Rick Sanchez

NEW YORK (AP) -- Jon Stewart gleefully struck back Monday night at the former CNN host who was fired after calling him a bigot.

Reality TV meets the Internet in new Web series

NEW YORK (AP) -- Seth Green promises his new Web series "Control TV" isn't a Dr. Evil kind of thing.

Times Square bomber faces sentencing in NYC

NEW YORK (AP) -- The scene in a remote spot in Pennsylvania was exactly what authorities say failed bomber Faisal Shahzad had wanted on a busy evening in Times Square on May 1.

Corruption-riddled city cancels council meeting

BELL, Calif. (AP) -- It was the first regularly scheduled City Council meeting in the corruption-riddled Los Angeles suburb of Bell since eight current and former city officials were charged with looting city funds -- but it didn't happen.

Casino owners, senators charged in Alabama bingo probe

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) -- After the governor began raiding the state's electronic bingo halls, casino owners sent lobbyists to the Capitol with orders to make their Vegas-style parlors legal. Part of the plan, federal authorities said Monday, was to offer lawmakers millions of dollars in bribes.

NJ police: Sniper kills brother, Samaritan, self

LITTLE EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) -- A man killed his brother Monday with sniper fire from a second-floor window in the home they shared, took down a neighbor who came to the victim's aid and turned the gun on himself, police said.

Police seek possible young victims of alleged pimp

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The case of an alleged pimp suspected of abducting two teenage girls and keeping them captive while forcing them into prostitution could include dozens of other victims, authorities said Monday.

2 arrested in anti-gay beating at famed NY gay bar

NEW YORK (AP) -- A patron at the Stonewall Inn, a powerful symbol of the gay rights movement since protests over a 1969 police raid there, was tackled to the floor and beaten in an anti-gay bias attack over the weekend, authorities said Monday.

Illinois governor: Education is solution to deficit

CHICAGO (AP) -- While Gov. Pat Quinn has accused his opponent of telling voters fairy tales about balancing the budget, he provided only a hazy picture Monday of how he would close the $13 billion deficit and then move Illinois forward.

Remains found near where Vt. woman disappeared

SHEFFIELD, Vt. (AP) -- Hunters discovered a body in the woods about 10 miles from where a 78-year-old woman was kidnapped from her home in a tiny Vermont town three weeks ago, and authorities feared the worst.

5 dead, including baby, in rural Ohio house fire

PEDRO, Ohio (AP) -- Kyle Whitmer jumped from a second-story balcony as flames swallowed his mother's 12-bedroom home, then ran to the door to try to save some of the 11 relatives and friends who were living there.

OUR OPINION: Voter registration deadline Wednesday

Who do you want to be your new U.S. senator? Do you want to retain or replace your representative in Congress? Are you in favor of new, statewide restrictions on dog breeders? Would you like to prohibit smoking in Jefferson City restaurants and bars?

PERSPECTIVE: Redistricting process approaches

The uncertain future of Missouri's nine congressional seats still continues as we head closer to the redistricting process.

Skeletons, dirt - it's the election's homestretch

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Leaked audio in Nevada reveals a Republican Senate candidate trashing her party. Video of a Democratic Senate hopeful wrongly claiming he served in Vietnam becomes a TV ad in Connecticut. A housekeeper steps forward to say her employer, California's GOP gubernatorial nominee, knew she was an illegal immigrant.

Tea party activist backs Democrat in race

A leading tea party activist broke ranks Monday to endorse Democratic Rep. Mike McIntyre of North Carolina, expressing concern about a Republican challenger who was once charged with murder in connection with his military service in Iraq.

NJ governor rallies fellow Republicans in Iowa

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie rallied conservative activists in Iowa late Monday, saying his success in a Democratic state shows his tough-talking, smaller government message resonates with all voters.

Nevada GOP Senate nominee trashes party on tape

In a secretly taped recording, Republican Senate candidate Sharron Angle badmouths the GOP establishment and wheedles a minor-party candidate to support her campaign, offering help opening doors in Washington if she's elected.

3 corruption trials in a day? NJ says no big deal

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) -- In most places, three unrelated, high-profile political corruption trials on the same day would be pretty big news. New Jersey is not most places.

Richardson's shadow looms in hard-fought NM race

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) -- In a historic race where New Mexico will elect its first female governor, the outcome could hinge on voter discontent with a man not even on the ballot: Gov. Bill Richardson.

Blumenthal, McMahon trade jabs at Conn. debate

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) -- The two major-party candidates for the state's open U.S. Senate seat took aim at each other's recent TV ads in their first face-to-face debate on Monday, with Republican Linda McMahon saying her position on the minimum wage has been misconstrued and Democrat Richard Blumenthal saying the latest criticisms about his military record are nothing new.

Murkowski to stations: Don't air tea party ad

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) -- U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski's campaign is warning Alaska broadcasters not to air ads by a national tea party group that the campaign says are "littered with lies and intentional mischaracterizations" about her and her write-in campaign.

Plains mood: Times good, but incumbents in danger

HOPE, N.D. (AP) -- The recession that has brought misery to so much of America hasn't touched Walter Grotte. His business moving silos and grain bins is prospering, and, like many in North Dakota, he has no financial worries. Life, he says, is "better than we deserve."

Vt. police release video of Dem, not Republican

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) -- Democrats in Vermont are complaining a police dashboard video of a Democratic candidate for governor being stopped for speeding was made available within days but a request for video of the Republican state auditor being stopped for drunken driving was denied.

Start of baseball playoff season features newcomers, plot lines

Start with playoff newcomers Roy Halladay and Tim Lincecum. Throw in rocketarmed rookies Aroldis Chapman and Craig Kimbrel. Add a dash from pickups Cliff Lee and Lance Berkman. Mix in banged-up Josh Hamilton and Evan Longoria.

La Russa not certain he'll be back with Cardinals

ST. LOUIS (AP) -- For the first time since 1996, his first season with the St. Louis Cardinals, Tony La Russa plans to drive home to Northern California.

Another last-place finish for Royals

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Kansas City Royals fans 30 and under must be getting tired of listening to parents and grandparents talk about the old days when the team was actually good.

Big 12 North contenders set to square off

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- Nebraska was a unanimous pick to win the Big 12 North this season, the Cornhuskers' last in the league before they head to the Big Ten.

Helias now No. 7 in soccer rankings

The Helias Crusaders moved up one spot in the latest rankings by the Missouri High School Soccer Coaches Association.

Volleyball: Belle tops Blair Oaks

BELLE, Mo. -- The Blair Oaks Lady Falcons dropped a two-game decision Monday night to the Belle Lady Tigers.

Volleyball: Helias schedule change announced

The Helias Lady Crusaders will play Oct. 15-16 in the Hazelwood West Volleyball Fest.

Volleyball: Lewis and Clark wins

Lewis and Clark captured a two-game home victory Monday over Troy.

Football: Helias JV wins

ROLLA, Mo. -- Michael Tannehill ran for four touchdowns Monday as the Helias Crusaders junior varsity topped Rolla 34-20.

Football: Jays JV falls

COLUMBIA, Mo. -- The Jefferson City Jays junior varsity dropped a 20-17 decision Saturday to Rock Bridge.

Softball: Blair Oaks tops South Callaway

MOKANE, Mo. -- Jenna Markway's two-run double in the seventh inning proved to be the game-winner Monday as the Blair Oaks Lady Falcons topped the South Callaway Lady Bulldogs 5-2.

Pats' special teams run wild to top Dolphins 41-14

MIAMI (AP) -- When the New England Patriots scored the last in a series of quick-strike touchdowns, stoic Bill Belichick allowed himself a slight smile and traded high-fives along a jubilant sideline.

Rams think they can win NFC West title

ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Steve Spagnuolo preached patience in his first season as St. Louis Rams coach. Their 1-15 record earned them the first pick in the draft, which brought quarterback Sam Bradford, and there were stumbles that were often painful to watch.

NFL fines coordinator $40,000 for obscene gesture

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- The NFL fined Tennessee Titans defensive coordinator Chuck Cecil $40,000 Monday for his obscene gesture at game officials.

Building new river span slowed by high water

ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Builders of the first new Mississippi River bridge at congestion-plagued St. Louis in some four decades hope to make up the 81 days of construction lost this year because of prolonged high water on the river.

Missouri revenues up for first quarter of fiscal year

State revenues rose in Missouri for the first quarter of the fiscal year, helped by strong collections in September.

Fed-up girlfriend calls 911 on pot-smoking beau

LEBANON, Mo. (AP) -- A 35-year-old man is charged in Missouri with possessing marijuana after his girlfriend called 911 and said she was tired of him smoking pot all day instead of working.

Missouri plan calls for up to 150 elk in early 2011

A draft plan to restore elk in Missouri calls for the release of up to 150 animals in the southeastern region in early 2011.

Hearing set for man accused in fatal buggy wreck

MOBERLY, Mo. (AP) -- A hearing next month in north-central Missouri could determine whether an Illinois man accused in an accident that killed an Amish buggy driver should stand trial.

Nixon touts interest-free bonds at Missouri school

TRENTON, Mo. (AP) -- Gov. Jay Nixon is touting a north-central Missouri school district as one making good use of interest-free bonds from the state for taxpayer-saving improvements.

Accurate assessment of black bear population sought

State conservation experts and the Missouri State University are conducting a joint study to track black bears by satellite and analyze genetic data to determine how many live in Missouri.

Bicyclist hit, killed

ST. LOUIS (AP) -- St. Louis police say it may take as long as four months to determine what caused a bicyclist's death in a weekend collision with a car.

Kansas City leaders: No hurry for Sprint Center tenant

KANSAS CITY (AP) -- Three years after opening as an anchor to a revitalized downtown entertainment district, Kansas City's Sprint Center still has no major tenant.

'Big Brother' champ admits guilt in tax, drug case

BOSTON (AP) -- The winner of the CBS reality show "Big Brother 9" pleaded guilty Monday to a drug charge and for failing to file a tax return for the year he won the show's $500,000 prize.

No laps for warm laptops; skin damage is possible

CHICAGO (AP) -- Have you ever worked on your laptop computer with it sitting on your lap, heating up your legs? If so, you might want to rethink that habit.

Shootings at lake home leave 1 dead, 1 injured

SUNRISE BEACH, Mo. — Investigators from several agencies are trying to solve a weekend shooting that left a woman dead and a man badly wounded at Mid-Missouri’s Lake of the Ozarks.

Dr. Brandi Nichols - newest member of Women’s Clinic of JCMG


Dr. Brandi Nichols recalls the morning walks she took with her mother, especially when her mom would talk about her job as a nurse.

Ameren plans solar energy demonstration

Ameren Missouri plans to offer its customers more information about use of solar energy and will begin a demonstration project next year.

Local man, 19, must wear GPS monitor for life

Cole County Circuit Judge Jon Beetem last week ordered a Jefferson City man to be placed on lifetime GPS monitoring, after the man pleaded guilty to firstdegree statutory rape.

Robinson aquitted of burglary, assault

A Cole County jury last week found a Jefferson City man not guilty of charges he burglarized a home and sexually assaulted a woman in November 2008.

Probation revoked for Versailles man in fatal accident

Cole County Circuit Judge Jon Beetem last week revoked the probation of a Versailles man who had pled guilty to leaving the scene of a 2005 fatal accident involving a pedestrian near Russellville High School.

GOP wants Skelton to debate Hartzler

Candidates slated to appear at joint forum next week

With just four weeks before Election Day, Missouri’s Republican Party complained Monday afternoon about U.S. Rep. Ike Skelton’s “refusal to meet Vicky Hartzler for candidate forums or debates.”

Energy conference sets Friday registration deadline

The Missouri Forest Resources Advisory Council is hosting a conference on producing energy from woody biomass, beginning at 8 a.m. Oct. 22 at Runge Nature Center.

JCHS Congress team wins awards

The Jefferson City High School Congress team competed at the Oakville tournament this past weekend.

Full steam ahead through Mid-Missouri

The world's largest operating steam locomotive, Union Pacific Railroad's Challenger No. 3985, rolled into Jefferson City on Monday afternoon and stopped in the Millbottom to be on display through Tuesday afternoon.


Dr. Janet Elliot served as program chairwoman for the Central States Occupational and Environmental Medicine Association’s annual conference, “Occupational Medicine and the Law,” on Sept. 24-25 in Kansas City.

Monday, October 4

Chefs name gardens top restaurant trend of 2010

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- Gardens have been named the hottest trend in restaurants this year as more chefs involved with the eat local food movement decide to grow their own tomatoes, herbs and other produce.

Bank exec checked only date on foreclosure docs

WASHINGTON (AP) -- A Wells Fargo official has acknowledged that he verified only the dates on up to 150 foreclosure documents he signed daily.

Target begins selling Apple iPads

Target has begun selling Apple's popular iPad tablet computer, a move the retailer hopes will drive traffic to its stores this holiday season.

Comic book collector learns fine art of letting go

Jose Alaniz spent about a week sorting and packing each comic book -- carefully, lovingly. There were 12 boxes of them, comics he'd collected since his mother bought him his first one at age 6.

Koren Zailckas unleashes 'Fury' in her new book

"Fury" (Penguin Group, $25.95), by Koren Zailckas: Koren Zailckas follows up "Smashed: Story of a Drunken Girlhood," about how she began binge drinking when she was just 14, with a sequel titled, "Fury." Zailckas is now sober, but she still has internal demons to contend with, which is what drives her story.

Ron Jaworski looks at evolution of pro football

"The Games That Changed the Game: The Evolution of the NFL in Seven Sundays" (ESPN Books, $26), by Ron Jaworski: The world of professional football has vastly changed over the past 40 years. Former quarterback and now television analyst Ron Jaworski looks at the evolution of this uniquely American sport.

Chernow writes riveting portrait of Washington

"Washington: A Life" (Penguin Press, $40), by Ron Chernow: Daunting in both size and scope, this biography by National Book Award winner Ron Chernow examines the life and influence of the first president of the United States.

Book offers ways to develop world-shaking ideas

"Where Good Ideas Come From: The Natural History of Innovation" (Riverhead Books, $26.95), by Steven Johnson: Great new ideas don't always arrive suddenly like those symbolic light bulbs over the heads of comic-strip characters.

South Korea dominates World Cyber Games

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- South Korea retained the title of grand champion for the third straight year at the Olympics of the video game world.

ABC's 'My Generation' dumped after second telecast

NEW YORK (AP) -- After just two airings, "My Generation" is the fall TV season's second casualty.

Family plans public farewell for actor Tony Curtis

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Celebrities, fans, friends and family members are saying goodbye to Tony Curtis during public funeral services to celebrate the movie star's life.

Colleges use car-sharing to cut down congestion

BOISE, Idaho (AP) -- On a campus where students outnumber parking spaces nearly three to one, Boise State University has finally convinced 23-year-old Wayel Alwayel he no longer needs the car he brought to campus with him as a freshman.

Vermont nuke plant still lobbying for new license

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) -- Shot down once, the owners of the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant continue pushing for a second vote by state lawmakers for a license extension allowing it to stay open past 2012.

City scandal makes officials outcasts in hometown

BELL, Calif. (AP) -- There was a time in this modest blue-collar community when Mayor Oscar Hernandez was all but hailed as a superhero, the big friendly guy who said hello to everybody when he wasn't busy greeting them at his venerable corner grocery store.

NJ school holds vigil for student who killed self

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (AP) -- Rutgers University held a silent vigil Sunday night to remember a student who committed suicide after his sexual encounter with a man in his dormitory room was secretly streamed online.

US terror warning could hurt Europe's economy

MADRID (AP) -- A rare advisory for U.S. travelers to beware of potential terrorist threats in Europe drew American shrugs Sunday from Paris to Rome, but tourism officials worried that it could deter would-be visitors from moving ahead with plans to cross the Atlantic.

Missing boy, 5, found

KNOB NOSTER, Mo. (AP) -- A 5-year-old boy missing from his family's home in western Missouri has been found.

Study ranks state 16th for deer strikes

Drivers in Missouri have a pretty good chance of striking a deer.

Jackson shines as Rams win consecutive games for first time in 2 years

ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Steven Jackson was a question mark until the first snap. There was no way he was going to miss this one for the St. Louis Rams. So, he went out and showed the Seattle Seahawks he could play hurt and still make a big impact.

Sunday's NFL Capsules

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Donovan McNabb heard cheers and the home team got all the boos.

Randy Halsey makes suggestions as he leaves Lincoln curators

Former Lincoln University Curator Herbert Hardwick, a Kansas City lawyer, is returning to the board this fall after Gov. Jay Nixon appointed him late last month. And that means Randy Halsey of Jefferson City now is a former curator, after serving only one year.

Trio of walking events raise funds, awareness

Betty Voes was diagnosed with stage 2 breast cancer in May and had a double mastectomy in June. Now she hopes to help other women facing the same thing. But getting involved in Sunday’s first Paws for the Cause fundraising walk took a little prodding from her daughter.

APNewsBreak: Conyers temporarily loses license

DETROIT (AP) -- Rep. John Conyers, the powerful chairman of the U.S. House Judiciary Committee, had his driver's license suspended for a month this summer when a check he used to pay the renewal fee bounced, according to Michigan driving records obtained by The Associated Press.

DNC raises more than $16 million in September

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Democratic National Committee raised more than $16 million in September, a party official says, its best fundraising month in a congressional election cycle that has proved to be challenging for Democrats in every way but financially.

Pumpkin patch, corn maze await public and hordes of students

Fall is officially here. The pumpkins have been picked, the corn maze has been meticulously prepared over the past months and the mums are in full bloom at Fischer Pumpkin Patch and Corn Maze.

ANALYSIS: Factions split Missouri Senate Republicans

The behind-the-scenes battle is expected to climax Nov. 4

In today's era of term limits, a full political generation has passed since Republicans seized numerical control of the Missouri Senate almost a decade ago.

Political candidates getting creative to build text-message list

A sign near the toilet said: "Text FLUSH to Robin." Above the restroom sink was another suggestion: "Text WASH to Robin."

KC leaders say St. Louis behind on Prop A fight

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Business and civic leaders in Kansas City who oppose a November ballot measure that would limit municipal earnings taxes say their counterparts in St. Louis have not been doing enough to fight the proposed measure.

Missouri voter registration deadline is Wednesday

Time is running out for Missourians to register to vote in the Nov. 2 elections.

With AL East already clinched, Rays outlast Royals

KANSAS CITY (AP) -- Nobody can say the Tampa Bay Rays backed into the AL East title Sunday.

Manager jokes about his status as Cards end year with win

ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Cardinals manager Tony La Russa was in a rare joking mood following his team's 6-1 victory over the Colorado Rockies on Sunday.

No tiebreaker needed to determine playoff matchups

Bobby Cox will get one more try in October. No tiebreaker needed.

Mid-Missouri man dies at St. Louis airport

A 63-year-old man died inside the main terminal at Lambert International Airport in St. Louis.

Joy Northweather spikes another career goal

Joy Northweather was looking for something to pass the time when she walked into a gym years ago to try out for a club volleyball team. She got a little more than she bargained for.

Man dies in go cart accident in SW Missouri

GALENA, Mo. (AP) -- A Galena man has died in a go-cart accident in southwest Missouri.

ACTIVE LIVING: Love of hummingbirds brings joy to everyday life

Legend holds that long ago a young woman named Alida came upon a magnificent hillside waterfall where she encountered a stranger picking fruit from the trees. Taroo was an Indian from an enemy tribe who had been left to fend for himself among the forest. They formed a close friendship during many secret meetings by the languid body of water.

Springfield tightens money-handling procedures

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) -- The city of Springfield is making changes after some employees were accused of mishandling money.

Kirksville osteopathic college mulls dental school

KIRKSVILLE, Mo. (AP) -- A northern Missouri college of osteopathic medicine may open a dental school that would specialize in serving rural residents.

Ex-tobacco scientist to speak at Fulton campus

A former tobacco company scientist whose story was the basis for a movie is scheduled to speak Tuesday at Westminster College in Fulton.

Kopecky, Toews lead Blackhawks past Blues

CHICAGO (AP) -- Tomas Kopecky and Jonathan Toews each had a goal and and assist, and the defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks beat the St. Louis Blues 4-3 on Sunday in the preseason finale for both teams.

VP Biden to attend Springfield fundraiser

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) -- Vice President Joe Biden is scheduled to attend an upcoming fundraiser in Springfield for Democratic Senate candidate Robin Carnahan.

Sunday, October 3

Aging work force inspires utility worker training

BERLIN, Conn. (AP) -- In the worst recession in memory, Helen Duguay discovered that climbing utility poles is a better career choice than selling real estate.

China backs EU recovery, seeks concessions

ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- China will address European concerns over investment rules and copyright violations, but wants the EU to relax remaining trade barriers with Beijing in return, Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao said Sunday.

Economy pitch mainly a blame game for both parties

WASHINGTON (AP) -- If you don't like the economy, blame President Barack Obama and Democrats because they're making times tougher, Republicans are telling voters entering the four-week homestretch to an election the GOP hopes will return the party to power in Congress.

Bank of America delays foreclosures in 23 states

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Bank of America is delaying foreclosures in 23 states as it examines whether it rushed the foreclosure process for thousands of homeowners without reading the documents.

Students in SW Missouri protest call to ban books

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) -- Students and professors at two Springfield universities gathered recently to read banned books and protest recent efforts to keep some books out of area schools.

Fallen Missouri firefighters added to memorial

The names of three Missouri firefighters who died in the line of duty last year are being added this weekend to the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial in Maryland.

DC rally shows support for struggling Democrats

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Tapping into anger as the tea party movement has done, a coalition of progressive and civil rights groups marched by the thousands Saturday on the Lincoln Memorial and pledged to support Democrats struggling to keep power on Capitol Hill.

Whitman, Brown tangle on immigration, illegal maid

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) -- GOP gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman and Democratic rival Jerry Brown traded barbs over immigration policy and Whitman's illegal immigrant housekeeper during a heated debate that was aimed at California's growing Latino population.

Rand Paul rally helped by 2 tea party stalwarts

ERLANGER, Ky. (AP) -- U.S. Senate hopeful Rand Paul marshaled the political firepower of two tea party stalwarts, including his congressman father, at a rally Saturday in northern Kentucky's GOP stronghold.

Secret sex video linked to NJ student’s suicide

PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) — The death of a Rutgers University freshman stirred outrage and remorse among classmates who said they wished they could have stopped the teen from jumping off a bridge after secret video of his sexual encounter with a man was streamed online.

Pennsylvania’s 1M vets in Senate candidates’ sights

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The Republican candidate for U.S. Senate in Pennsylvania, Pat Toomey, is trying to appeal to a large voting bloc that might favor his Democratic rival, Joe Sestak: The state’s 1 million veterans.

Women a key on Nov. 2; Dems’ gender edge closing?

MONROE, N.Y. (AP) — They’re worried about putting food on the table and paying the bills. They’re frustrated that more hasn’t changed since President Barack Obama was elected. And they feel like nobody in Washington — Republican or Democrat — has a clue what they’re up against.

YOUR OPINION: Freedom and smoking

Dear Editor: Banning smoking in public may be a politically correct thing to do but it will infringe on people’s individual rights.

YOUR OPINION: Freedom and smoking

Dear Editor: I’m tired of reading facts from “experts” of how dangerous tobacco is. The number one fact to remember is that we aren’t going to live forever anyhow.

YOUR OPINION: Trap-spay-neuter

Dear Editor: I have been feeding the cats in Washington Park for over six years. During this time many have been adopted.

Helias slams its way to crown

Paige Bange showed exactly why she’s the Helias Lady Crusaders’ leadoff hitter.

Lady Crusaders avenge loss, win tourney title

The Helias Lady Crusaders had a couple of good reasons to be up for Saturday’s championship match against the Republic Lady Tigers in the Helias Volleyball Invitational.

Blue Tigers lose game, top two offensive threats

The insult for the Lincoln football team was Saturday’s 58-22 loss to Saint Joseph’s at Dwight T. Reed Stadium. The injuries were crushing ones, as the Blue Tigers lost their top two offensive weapons during the game’s early going.

Jefferson City councilman suggests splitting up animal-control bill

Monday evening, the bill containing language pertaining to cats and dog may not be an all-or-nothing issue.

Machine Gun Preacher aims to rescue orphans in Uganda, Sudan

The Rev. Sam Childers — the Machine Gun Preacher — has devoted his life of faith into rescue and recovery of orphans in Uganda and Sudan. He stopped in Jefferson City this week to share his story and seek support for his work.

Donations, volunteers grow Lincoln garden

Tasty hot peppers, prolific indigenous flowers and unique ethnic foods are growing where there once was only a gravel parking lot.

Veteran’s name added to memorial

When Nathan Robert Maxwell was a young boy, he would play Army, telling his mom he just wanted to be one of the best.

YOUR OPINION: Misplaced anger

Dear Editor: Recently the Post Dispatch reported on a focus group of moms organized by Wal-Mart. No one in the group was a political groupie or a devotee of cable TV.

Cole County Sheriff’s office receives schools, law enforcement grants

The Cole County Sheriff’s Department will have a little more than $200,000 to spend or distribute over the next two years.

Prep Volleyball: Lady Jays JV win

WAYNESVILLE, Mo. — The Jefferson City Lady Jays improved to 21-0 Saturday by winning the title at the Waynesville Tournament.

Lady Jays win Invite; Jefferson City boys finish fifth

The Jefferson City Lady Jays captured first place in the large school division Saturday at the Laker Cross Country Invitational. The Helias Lady Crusaders came in seventh.

Prep Volleyball: Helias frosh win

WARRENTON, Mo. — The Helias Lady Crusaders freshman B team captured first place by going 4-0 Saturday at the Warrenton Freshman ‘A’ Tournament.

USPS says droopy newspapers to cost more to mail

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) -- Even if a newspaper is filled with hard news, the U.S. Postal Service is checking to see whether it's droopy.

San Francisco considers banning Happy Meals toys

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- San Francisco has a long history of bold public health and environmental stances, going after everything from plastic bags in grocery stores to cigarettes to sugary drinks.

Ozarks Tech thanks couple behind largest donation

LEBANON, Mo. (AP) -- Ozarks Technical Community College held a ceremony to thank a California couple who donated the college's largest gift ever.

Chief of staff of Kansas City schools leaves post

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- A search is under way to replace the chief of staff of the Kansas City School District.

KC area diocese buys historic downtown KC building

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- The Catholic Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph has bought a historic building in downtown Kansas City.

December sentencing for 2 Missouri men on federal drug charges

ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Two central Missouri men will be sentenced in December on federal drug charges.

Missouri judge drops murder charges against boy, 11

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Jackson County authorities have dropped charges against an 11-year-old accused of killing a man.

Highway Patrol says girl, 4, struck, killed by truck

FRUITLAND, Mo. (AP) -- The Missouri State Highway Patrol has released the name of the 4-year-old girl struck and killed by a truck in southeast Missouri.

Man accused of killing acquaintance with arrow

BYRNES MILL, Mo. (AP) -- A St. Louis-area man is accused of causing the death of a teenage acquaintance by shooting him in the face with an arrow.

Obama promotes clean energy; GOP hits Dem spending

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Wind, solar and other clean energy technologies produce jobs and are essential for the country's environment and economy, President Barack Obama said in promoting his administration's efforts.

Democrats, GOP recalibrate strategy a month to election

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats have all but written off at least three Senate seats — in North Dakota, Indiana and Arkansas — and at least six House seats in Tennessee, Louisiana, New York and elsewhere as they embark on a final-weeks advertising push to minimize congressional election losses.

On paper, NY Islamic center looks modern, secular

NEW YORK (AP) — Conceptual sketches of the Islamic center planned two blocks from ground zero envision a futuristic-looking building wrapped in a honeycomb of abstract shapes, with a core containing far more space for secular pursuits than religious worship.

Bikers make noise on attempt to quiet motorcycles

CALABASAS, Calif. (AP) — The laid-back vibe of this affluent Los Angeles suburb gets a jarring wakeup on weekends when hundreds of motorcycles thunder through the Santa Monica Mountains, triggering car alarms, rattling windows and jolting alive barking dogs.

Family sues over Pennsylvania man’s unheeded 911 calls

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The children of a man who died after waiting 30 hours for help despite 10 calls to 911 during a record-setting February snowstorm are suing, saying his death happened because of a total breakdown of the emergency medical system.

YOUR OPINION: What our nation really needs

Dear Editor: To all federal senators and representatives:

Man charged with assault and robbery

Prosecutors last week charged a man with assaulting a Hamilton Tower resident last month and stealing her computer and some cash.

Lincoln University gets ready for homecoming

Lincoln University is at it again. It’s homecoming time, starting today — and the theme is, “Let’s Do It Again.”

Club Volleyball: CMVBC tryouts

The Central Missouri Volleyball Club has released a number of important dates for its 2010-11 schedule.

Boys Basketball: Linn State league

The Linn State Technical College Activity Center will host acompetitive basketball league for boys in grades 3-8.

Boys Basketball: Knights camp

The Knights basketball program will conduct a camp for fifth- and sixth-grade boys Oct. 29-30 at Helias High School in Jefferson City.

SNAPSHOT: Angie Toebben - Perfect perspective for running kids sports

For Angie Toebben, sports just sounded more fun than interior design.

Steam train to make stop in Jefferson City

The World’s Largest Operating Steam Locomotive is coming to Jefferson City.

Saturday, October 2

Regulators close small Florida, Wash. banks

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Regulators shut down small banks in Florida and Washington state on Friday, lifting to 129 the number of U.S. bank failures this year as loan defaults have mounted and economic distress has lingered.

Friday, October 1

MU medical school hit with new sanctions

The largest physician residency program at the University of Missouri has been put on probation by a national accreditation group. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports Thursday that the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education put the university’s internal medicine department on one year of probation.

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Mo. 179 project to finish more than a month early

It’s not just drivers who are eager for the Missouri Boulevard interchange with Missouri 179 and U.S. 50 West to be finished.

Downtown concert’s philanthropy to help fill cupboards

Music to Samaritan Center’s ears

Corn chowder, steak and vegetable soup, chicken corn chowder, chicken noodle soup filled the stomachs of hundreds Thursday evening as they helped to fill the cupboards at the Samaritan Center.

Kids narrowly escape church roof collapse

FENTON, Mo. (AP) -- Members of a suburban St. Louis church are giving thanks after a group of children got out of the church just before the roof collapsed.

Springfield school district sued over searches

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) -- A southwest Missouri city councilman and his wife are suing a school district and a county sheriff after law officers used dogs to search students for drugs at a high school.