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Wilson earns baseball honors

University of Central Missouri outfielder Brad Wilson earned a pair of all-region honors recently.

Green finishes fifth at SEC meet

Missouri’s Heather Green finished fifth in the pole vault at the Southeastern Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships on Saturday.

Heckemeyer wins two events

St. Elizabeth’s Allie Heckemeyer won two titles and advanced to state in a total of four events with her performance Saturday in the Class 1 Sectional 2 track and field meet.

Wehmeyer advances to state

Kara Wehmeyer of Calvary Lutheran will make school history this week.

U.S. seeking first World Cup goal from forward since 2002

It’s been 12 years since an American forward scored in a World Cup.

McMurray,Ganassi share All-Star race victory

In a hurry to fly back to Indianapolis, Chip Ganassi abruptly left the news conference after Jamie McMurray’s upset victory in the Sprint All-Star race. Before he stepped down from the podium, Ganassi leaned in and planted a kiss on McMurray’s cheek.

Carpenter wins Indy 500 pole for 2nd straight year

Local driver Ed Carpenter has made himself at home on the Indianapolis 500 pole.

Nasal strip could clog Chrome’s Triple Crown bid

California Chrome might abandon his Triple Crown bid if New York officials do not allow the colt to wear a nasal strip in the Belmont Stakes.

S. Callaway sweeps track sectionals

The South Callaway Bulldogs and Lady Bulldogs took another step toward potential state trophies Saturday by winning Class 2 Sectional 2 team titles.

Nebraska sweeps MU to win softball regional

Doing things the hard way was just fine for the Nebraska Cornhuskers.

Clausen captures tennis singles title

Jefferson City’s David Clausen won the singles championship in the Class 2 District 9 individual tournament Saturday with a 6-2, 6-4 win against Hickman’s Junyi Wu in the championship match.

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Gordon’s 2 HRs, 6 RBI power Royals past Orioles

Alex Gordon had two firsts Sunday: six RBI and a curtain call.

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Blair Oaks seniors praised by counselor

Class of 2014 called special

Smart. Competitive. Funny. Determined. Those were the adjectives used to describe the Blair Oaks High School Class of 2014, whose members graduated Sunday in a commencement ceremony held at the Falcon Athletic Complex.

College speaker brands students immature, arrogant

A commencement speaker on Sunday blasted college students as “immature” and “arrogant” for protesting another speaker who then decided to withdraw.

California gearing up for bad wildfire season

All evacuation orders were lifted Sunday as firefighters gained the upper hand on the remaining four of nearly a dozen blazes that tore through Southern California last week — while the governor warned the state was gearing up for what could be one of the drought-stricken region’s worst wildfire seasons.

Wildfires called worse due to global warming

The devastating wildfires scorching Southern California offer a glimpse of a warmer and more fiery future, according to scientists and federal and international reports.

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Largest JCHS class hears accomplishments, lessons

Jefferson City High School class valedictorian Timothy Ittner told the largest JCHS graduating class in history that he would forgo advice, and instead highlight accomplishments of the class.

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Helias graduates given a challenge for life

The Rev. Colin Franklin told the 183 graduating seniors from Helias Catholic High School having earned a diploma doesn’t mean they’ve reached completion or perfection, but that the task has been handed over to them to continue to pursue what they were created to do in life.

Sunday's WNBA Capsules

Games played on May 18, 2014

WNBA ROUNDUP: Maya Moore scored 33 points, and Seimone Augustus tied it with 2.3 seconds left in regulation in the Minnesota Lynx's 90-87 overtime victory over the Connecticut Sun on Sunday.

Chicago tops Sporting KC

Mike Magee converted two penalty kicks in a 10-minute span of the first half Sunday and the Chicago Fire beat Sporting Kansas City 2-1.

Sunday's American League Capsules

Games played on May 18, 2014

AMERICAN LEAGUE ROUNDUP: Albert Pujols hit a pair of solo homers against David Price, and Matt Shoemaker took a shutout into the seventh inning to lead the Los Angeles Angels over the Tampa Bay Rays 6-2 Sunday.

Racism claim dooms bid to honor Mark Twain in NV

A state panel has effectively killed a bid to name a Lake Tahoe cove for Mark Twain, citing opposition from a tribe that says he held racist views on Native Americans.

Tea party losing races but tugging GOP rightward

Tuesday’s high-profile primary elections may extend a streak of sorts for tea party Republicans: losing individual races but winning the larger ideological war by tugging the GOP rightward.

Sunday's National League Capsules

Games played on May 18, 2014

NATIONAL LEAGUE ROUNDUP: Ryan Doumit scored on a wild pitch and the Atlanta Braves got two runs in the ninth inning to rally past the St. Louis Cardinals on Sunday.

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Bosnia flooding triggers landslides, unearth land mines

Floodwaters triggered more than 3,000 landslides across the Balkans on Sunday, laying waste to entire towns and villages and disturbing land mines leftover from the region’s 1990s war, along with warning signs that marked the unexploded weapons.

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Ancient skeleton sheds light on first Americans

Thousands of years ago, a teenage girl toppled into a deep hole in a Mexican cave and died. Now, her skeleton and her DNA are helping scientists study the origins of the first Americans.

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Niagara Falls competition springs up for 1st time

For more than 150 years, the Maid of the Mist tour boats have been all alone below Niagara Falls as they’ve ferried tourists close enough to be drenched by the spray.

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Bringing the heat all year long

27 years of delivering gas has been a blast for Junior Shikles

No matter the weather or the backyard terrain, Junior Shikles has been keeping Mid-Missouri families warm by delivering their propane with a smiley face on their bill.

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63 finish high school careers at Eugene

By the time Eugene High School’s 63 graduates walked into the gym to the traditional “Pomp and Circumstance,” they had personalized their caps, sent photos with friends in their black and white gowns and had received their honorary cords and sashes.

New health cost controls get go-ahead from feds

The Obama administration has given the go-ahead for insurers and employers to use a new cost-control strategy that puts a hard dollar limit on what health plans pay for some expensive procedures, such as knee and hip replacements.

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Coffee fungus raising prices for high-end blends

The U.S. government is stepping up efforts to help Central American farmers fight a devastating coffee disease — and hold down the price of your morning cup.

Sunday's Golf Capsules

Games played on May 18, 2014

GOLF TOURNAMENT ROUNDUP: Brendon Todd won the Byron Nelson Championship on Sunday for his first PGA Tour title, closing with a bogey-free 4-under 66 for a two-stroke victory over Mike Weir.

Jefferson City police to join seat belt campaign

Jefferson City police will join statewide law enforcement from Monday through June 1 for a “Click It or Ticket” campaign to crack down on Missouri’s seat belt violations.

State archives annual meeting slated

The 2014 Friends of the Missouri State Archives annual meeting is set for June 7 in the atrium of the James C. Kirkpatrick State Information Center in Jefferson City.

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Motorists can help turtles survive another million years

Have you ever seen a turtle trying to cross a busy highway and wondered how many die under the wheels of automobiles each year? Jeff Briggler has, and as Missouri’s state herpetologist, the answer worries him.

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Landmark of Jefferson City news

For more than 80 years, Monroe Street has been the hub of Capital City journalism

The Jefferson City News Tribune represents more than the heritage of print news in the Capital City; it is the evolution of family traditions. The Palmer-Hussman family began in

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GM recall investigation reveals banned words

What do the words "safety," ''chaotic" and "problem" have in common? They're all on General Motors' list of banned words for employees who were documenting potential safety issues.

Analysis: Nixon, Republicans pushed different priorities

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon had a fairly successful session in getting the Legislature to go along with the priorities he laid out in his budget plan, but the majority Republicans dismissed his other top agenda items and clashed with the Democratic governor over the state's fiscal policy.

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Movie Review: Jon Hamm's baseball film is corny but fun

Let's face it, there's something about a baseball movie that just invites corniness. The hardest hearts soften at the mere sound of a cracking bat. It's hard for a filmmaker to resist laying the syrup on too thick.

Music Review: Black Keys retain their alt-rock crown

The Black Keys, "Turn Blue" (Nonesuch Records)

It's been four years and several Grammy wins since the Black Keys' breakthrough album, "Brothers," and the kings of alternative-rock show no sign of letting their hard-earned crown slip.

Book Review: McMurtry reimagines gunfight at OK Corral

"The Last Kind Words Saloon" (Liveright Publishing Corp.), by Larry McMurtry

Larry McMurtry, descendant of Texas cattlemen, can't stop writing stories about the American West. His latest novel, "The Last Kind Words Saloon," reimagines the gunfight at the O.K. Corral, an event he brought to life more vividly in his 2006 novel, "Telegraph Days."

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Mid-Missouri lawmakers look to 2015

Bills lost in shuffle, rush or politics not dead in their eyes

Mid-Missouri lawmakers expect to be back next year trying to get into state law some of their ideas that didn’t make it all the to the governor’s desk this year.

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Annual Guns and Hoses football game raises funds for charities

With assist from powder puff teams

Two agencies that typically work in collaboration found themselves in competition Saturday evening at the Blue Tiger Quarterback Club’s 2nd Annual Guns & Hoses & War of Roses at Dwight T. Reed Stadium.

Jefferson City school board hosting forums

Officials hear residents’ concerns, suggestions during coffee hour

To glean more insight into how the community views the public schools, the Jefferson City board has renewed its efforts to reach out to school district patrons.

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Hidden Spaces highlights redevelopment in Jeff City

A DIY approach?

The 4th annual Hidden Spaces, Secret Places tour begins this afternoon, highlighting redevelopment efforts throughout Jefferson City.

Lake Ozark tightens firearm ordinance

Complaints from residents are behind efforts to regulate where a firearm can be carried — either openly or concealed — in Lake Ozark.

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Mid Coast Bike Run revs up Lake of the Ozarks bike season

Motorcyclists got revved up for a season of biking at the Lake of the Ozarks yesterday at the Mid Coast Bike Run hosted by the Noble Eagles of Eldon.

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Bill Gerling - Proponent of citizenship education

Life is full of surprises. Bill Gerling rediscovered that last month when the Missouri Bar Association honored him with two awards he wasn’t expecting.

Infrastructure fares better in 2014 session

After rejecting previous bonding proposals and a tax increase to pay for infrastructure, the Republican-led Missouri Legislature proved much more receptive during its annual session that just wrapped up.

Restoring dental benefits makes advocates smile

Funding was cut from Medicaid in 2005

Health officials say there’s an unmet need for dental coverage in Missouri, and the General Assembly’s reinstatement of dental funds in Missouri’s budget is a step in the right direction.

Paycheck deduction bill dies in Missouri Legislature

Issue likely to return next year

Unions in Missouri are breathing a sigh of relief now that the controversial issues of right to work and paycheck protection have all but expired.

Analysis: Missouri poised to become third state with 72-hour abortion waiting period

It has been a banner year for the Missouri Right to Life’s cause, with 32 anti-abortion bills filed this session.

Study: CEOs rank Missouri in ‘Top 25’

CEOs were very pleased with the business economy in Missouri this past year, and they showed it with their votes.

BizBeat: ‘Nspiring’ nutrition in the Capital City

Jefferson City area resident Jason Varner opened Nspire Nutrition on May 8. The store, located at 310 Jefferson Street, is inspiring people to “live, breath, and act healthier.”

BizBeat: People’s Choice Wine Competition returns

After a successful first year, the Jefferson City Leadership Class of 2013 is bringing back the Capital City People’s Choice Missouri Wine Competition. The event will be held Thursday from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Lincoln University Inman E. Page Library.

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Lady Jays back in championship form

Earn Class 4 District 5 Track and Field title

The Jefferson City girls track and field team had 12 months to think about failing to win a district championship for the first time in 16 years. But now, the Lady Jays are back on top.

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Jays grab a close second at district track

The Jefferson City boys track and field team didn’t think it would be in contention to win a district championship — not at the beginning of the season, anyway. The Jays came close but eventually took second to Rock Bridge in the Class 4 District 5 meet Saturday at Adkins Stadium.

Helias finishes 2nd, 3rd at districts

In track and field competition

The Helias Crusaders and Lady Crusaders advanced multiple athletes from Saturday’s Class 3 District 5 Championships at Borgia High School.

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Blair Oaks wins district track title

The Blair Oaks Falcons captured the Class 3 District 5 track and field team title Saturday.

Mid-Missouri track and field results

Here are results from track and field sectional and district meets involving Mid-Missouri high school teams.

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Fringe contenders send Idaho governor debate viral

Idaho residents are used to politics that track from conservative to extreme, but a primary debate involving four candidates seeking the Republican nomination for governor was over the top even by Gem State standards.

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CDC: MERS virus spread in US, but 2nd man not sick

Health officials reported Saturday what appears to be the first time that a mysterious Middle East virus has spread from one person to another in the United States.

Court: Mom can be banned from ranting on Facebook

A state appellate court in New Jersey has ruled that a mother's rights were not violated by a judge's decision that barred her from ranting about her children and ex-husband on Facebook.

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Death in hot jail cell highlights national issue

The case of a mentally ill homeless veteran who died in a 100-degree Rikers Island jail cell starkly illustrates the dangers of extreme heat in lockups, an issue facing prisons across the nation as the inmate population gets older and more heavily medicated — and more at risk of overheating.

Lady Jays blank Lebanon, 7-0

In Class 3 District 10 Soccer Tournament semifinals

The Jefferson City Lady Jays scored early and often Saturday, romping to a 7-0 victory against the Lebanon Lady Jackets in the semifinals of the Class 3 District 10 Soccer Tournament.

Prep Baseball: Fatima 6, Eugene 2

Hunter Hennier hit a three-run home run Saturday afternoon for Fatima in its 6-2 victory against Eugene in the opening round of the Class 3 District 13 Tournament.

Prep Baseball: S. Callaway 3, Warsaw 0

Gordon Arthaud came through on the mound Saturday for the South Callaway Bulldogs.

Prep Baseball: Russellville 3, Ft. Tolton 2

Tanner Morrow’s single with two outs in the bottom of the eighth inning Saturday afternoon lifted Russellville past Father Tolton 3-2 in the opening round of the Class 2 District 8 Tournament.

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Missouri tops Kansas to advance to regional championship

No. 15 Missouri used a pair of two-run home runs Saturday to claim a 6-3 win against Kansas in the third game of the Columbia Regional of the NCAA Division I Softball Championship.

Press Box: Doing his job for the Rams

Losing TV series was best for Sam, the football player

The feel-good story was taking a turn late last week. And then, thankfully, it didn’t.

Utah Supreme Court halts same-sex adoption cases

The Utah Supreme Court has ordered a temporary halt of several district judges' orders requiring the Utah Department of Health to issue birth certificates in same-sex parent adoptions.

Driftwood Outdoors: Important time

Outdoor experiences teach youths life lessons

Eight-year-olds rarely rise at 4 a.m. It usually takes nothing less than the anticipation of a visit from Santa Claus to stir a youngster awake that early.

Kraft recalls cottage cheese due to poor storage

Kraft Foods Group is recalling some of its cottage cheese products, company officials announced Saturday.

Google, Apple settle longstanding patent dispute

Two of the world's largest technology giants have reached an agreement to settle all of their lawsuits against each other regarding smartphone patents.

Capital Club to hold youth soccer evaluations

The Capital Soccer Club will be holding player evaluations to determine boys and girls teams for ages u9-u17

Helias speed camp set

Helias Catholic High School will be hosting a speed development camp Tuesday through Thursday in Jefferson City.

Man accused of exploiting Sen. Cochran's ill wife

Authorities say a conservative Mississippi blogger went into a nursing home, photographed the bedridden wife of Republican U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran without permission and posted an image online as part of a video.

Ex-defense contractor surrenders to US marshals

A former defense contractor convicted of bribing former U.S. Rep. Randy "Duke" Cunningham of California surrendered to U.S. marshals after exhausting his appeals options.

Report: Reid's worth between $2.9M and $6.7M

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is worth between $2.9 million and $6.7 million, while U.S. Sen. Dean Heller's assets are valued between $2.9 million and $9.3 million, according to their latest financial disclosure statements.

Helias to host football camp

Helias will be hosting a football camp on May 27-30.

Weary crews prepare for long wildfire season

Firefighters scoured charred hillsides north of San Diego on Saturday to guard against a resurgence of flames that ripped through the region, while the last of tens of thousands of evacuees prepared to return home.