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All-Star Peralta, Cardinals reach four-year deal

Free agent shortstop Jhonny Peralta and the St. Louis Cardinals have agreed on a four-year contract, giving the All-Star a fresh start after his Biogenesis drug suspension last summer.

Missouri one win from SEC East Division title

The Missouri Tigers might not have a roster full of superstars.

Missouri State wins

Jarmar Gulley scored a career high 23 points and Christian Kirk added a career high 21 more as undefeated Missouri State rolled to an 81-67 win Sunday against Hampton in the Corpus Christi Challenge.

Rams CB Finnegan to undergo eye surgery

St. Louis Rams cornerback Cortland Finnegan will undergo surgery next month because of blurred vision in his left eye since late September.

MU stays perfect with victory against Kentucky

It’s down to one.

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Rams start fast and finish fast, beat Bears 42-21 (VIDEO)

The Long brothers were part of a first-half tussle, and the St. Louis Rams pushed the Chicago Bears around most of the day. Tavon Austin's 65-yard touchdown run — his fourth straight this season from beyond midfield — jump-started a 21-point first quarter and the defense made some big plays, too, in a 42-21 victory over the Chicago Bears on Sunday.

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Rivers leads Chargers to 41-38 win over Chiefs

Philip Rivers came through when the San Diego Chargers needed him the most. The once-embattled quarterback threw for 392 yards and three touchdowns, the final one a 26-yarder to Seyi Ajirotutu with 24 seconds remaining, to give the Chargers a 41-38 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday and end a three-game losing streak.

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Clarkson, Duck Dynasty and more make holiday cheer with albums

Here's a rundown of new holiday music albums released this season.

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If gov't backs in-flight calls, will the airlines?

The Federal Communications Commission might be ready to permit cellphone calls in flight. But what about the airlines?

JC Council: Conference center plans need specifics

Council members outline concerns, details they want to see

As Jefferson City moves into contract negotiations with two developers for a possible conference center, members of the City Council say they are looking for more specifics about each plan before a final decision can be made.

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Cookie sale benefits Heisinger

A biting November chill couldn’t stop crowds of shoppers from stocking up on sweet treats Saturday morning at the Heisinger Christmas cookie and craft sale. When the doors first opened, lines stretched out into the parking lot.

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Missouri American Water failed to pay bills to city

City: Utility hadn’t paid for wastewater service for years

Jefferson City has collected more than $9,000 from Missouri American Water after it was discovered the company failed to bill itself for wastewater service. But that amount is not the full amount, just what the city is legally allowed to recoup.

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Cole County circuit court considering adding ‘veterans treatment’ court

Alternative treatment courts “save money, save lives and restore families,” Cole County Presiding Circuit Judge Patricia Joyce said last week. And she hopes the Cole County courts will launch a specialized veterans court by next spring.

DWI Court offers relaxed alternative in serious business

Cole County's DWI Court was created to help people with drinking problems that have led them to drive. Offenders undergo alcohol monitoring to ensure no drinking, therapy, weekly checks by their probation officer and seeing the judge weekly.

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Volunteers deliver Thanksgiving meals

Elks Club volunteers on Saturday delivered boxed meals for the upcoming holiday. The group put together dinners that can be prepared at home so Jefferson City area families in need could enjoy a hot Thanksgiving meal.

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Red Cross gathers Holiday Mail for Heroes

The American Red Cross Heart of Missouri Chapter sponsored its second Holiday Mail for Heroes program Saturday at the Capital Mall to allow the community to create and write cards which the Red Cross will deliver to military members stationed overseas and locally.

Missouri legislators plan to review tower bill

Law, on appeal and judged invalid, purportedly removes municipal regulatory controls of wireless infrastructure

Language in a recently enacted Missouri law regarding municipalities’ regulatory control over wireless infrastructure and telecommunication towers has prompted state legislators to review the original bills when they return to session in January.

Lake Ozark institutes moratorium on towers

In a move City Administrator Dave Van Dee calls “completely unrelated” to a controversial law passed by the Missouri legislature, the Lake Ozark Board of Alderman voted unanimously to place a moratorium on construction of telecommunication towers within the city.

Health care moving to new coding system

Delays in appointments, payments expected after conversion

Local health care organizations want the public to be aware the federal government is requiring the health care industry to transition to an updated medical coding system by Oct. 1, 2014. ICD-10 will require physicians to be much more specific in their documentation.

Education community gears up for legislative session

Mike Reid, who lobbies the General Assembly on behalf of the Missouri School Boards’ Association, said school funding and student transfers from unaccredited districts are likely to be two of the top issues debated next year.

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Helias going back to title game after dropping Liberty North

Trent Dudenhoeffer scored a touchdown on offense and defense Saturday as Helias defeated Liberty North 26-14 in the semifinals at Adkins Stadium. With the win, the Crusaders (12-2, ranked No. 3) advance to Friday’s title game against three-time defending champion Webb City (13-1, ranked No. 1).

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Well-rounded Lawson squad ends Blair Oaks’ season

Blair Oaks football coach Brad Drehle summed it up pretty succinctly following the Falcons’ 28-12 loss to the Lawson Cardinals in Saturday’s Class 2 semifinal contest.

Pintos push Spoofhounds before falling

It might not have been the ending the California football team was hoping for. But give the Pintos credit for making top-ranked Maryville earn its way another state championship game.

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Irene Crawford named November State Employee of the Month

Irene Crawford showed strong leadership in the development of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources’s Compliance Training Project, establishing the base level of performance and knowledge that employees are expected to understand and use.

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New bakery among approved JC business licenses

Nearly 50 licenses issued in October

Jefferson City consumers will have another option for giving in to their sweet tooth this winter, as a new bakery has opened. Mi Pueblo Bakery, located at 510 Ellis Blvd., Suite F, across from the Firley YMCA, officially opened last week.

BizBeat: Celebrating a noteworthy milestone

A downtown Jefferson City retailer at 227 E. High St. has proved its longevity, and continues to be owned and operated by the family that started it all. Saffees is celebrating 90 years.

BizBeat: Chick-fil-A sets grand opening

Chick-fil-A will host its grand opening in Jefferson City on Jan. 16, a project manager says. The brick building near Lowe's on Missouri Boulevard will feature two drive-thru lanes and an indoor playground.

BizBeat: Buck Dynasty Taxidermy opens in Wardsville

“You’ll get it back before you forget what it looks like.” That’s the Buck Dynasty Taxidermy motto. The new business, located at 6914 Whippoorwhil Dr., was started this fall by Richard Weekley.

Humane Society program reduces animals' stress

The dogs and cats at the Humane Society of Southeast Missouri aren't just sitting around in their pens while waiting to be adopted.

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Will probe bring justice in town's rape scandal?

The rape evidence was stored in the police department's musty basement: brown paper shopping bags, stuffed with sneakers, bras and underpants, jammed on metal shelves. Scattered blood vials and swabs covered with dust and mold — an inventory amassed over more than 25 years.

Press Box: What's in a word?

So much for 'major' news

SPORTS COMMENTARY: To quote Princess Bride, I don’t think that word means what you think it means. On Thursday, the Royals let it be known the team would have a “major” announcement later in the afternoon.

Judge strikes down clergy tax-free housing money

A federal judge has struck down a law that gives clergy tax-free housing allowances in a decision that could have far-reaching financial ramifications for pastors across the U.S.

Prosecutor: Decision in case unlikely next week

State Attorney Willie Meggs said Saturday it is unlikely that a final decision will be made before Thanksgiving on whether to charge Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston in a sexual assault case.

Zumba instructor in prostitution bust leaves jail

The Zumba instructor who ran a prostitution business in which she videotaped unsuspecting clients so her business partner could watch from his office 100 miles away has been released from jail, bringing to a close a scandal featuring sex videos, adultery and a client list with more than 100 names.

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Tornado-ravaged Illinois city rallies around football

Just after his team advanced to the Illinois state high school football championship Saturday, Springfield Sacred Heart-Griffin's coach had his players take a knee at midfield for a prayer with their opponents — a team from a town brought to its own knees just six days earlier by a deadly tornado.

LU men's basketball squad falls to McKendree

The Lincoln University men’s basketball team fell to 1-5 on the season after suffering a 84-71 loss to McKendree on Saturday afternoon.

Maryville holds off Lincoln women

After falling behind by as many as 18, the Lincoln University women’s basketball team pulled to within seven with 2:30 remaining, but Maryville held off the comeback to claim a 71-61 victory on Saturday afternoon at Jason Gym.