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Nixon orders agencies to implement same-sex marriage ruling

Gov. Jay Nixon has signed an executive order directing state agencies to comply with the U.S. Supreme Court's recent decision establishing a Constitutional right to same-sex marriage.

Our Opinion: Meeting people ‘where they are’

“To meet people where they are” is more than a sentence fragment; it is a design for harmonious living.

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Local woman bitten by copperhead

Doris Smith remains hospitalized after snake strikes on July 4

A local woman has been hospitalized since the Fourth of July after she reached down to pick up what she thought was a stick and was struck by a copperhead.

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Council honors pool staffers for lifesaving efforts

Jackson names LU student liason

The Jefferson City Council recognized three lifeguards and the Ellis-Porter Pool assistant manager for their roles in saving a man’s life last month.

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County recorder issues first same-sex marriage license

Almost two weeks after the U.S. Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriages, the first same-sex license was issued in Cole County.

Filling out the All-Star rosters

Rookies Bryant, Pederson make N.L. team

NEW YORK — Less than three months after making his major league debut, Chicago Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant is an All-Star, one of two rookies selected along with Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Joc Pederson.

Royals cut Frasor, place Moustakas on bereavement list

KANSAS CITY — The Kansas City Royals designated reliever Jason Frasor for assignment and placed third baseman Mike Moustakas on the bereavement list Monday.

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Weather woes for Royals-Rays

KANSAS CITY — The game between the Tampa Bay Rays and Royals scheduled for Monday night was postponed about an hour before the first pitch as tornado sirens blared across the Kansas City metro area.

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Cardinals get past Cubs

CHICAGO — John Lackey beat one of his good friends. He also got some timely help from one of his teammates.

Another difficult day at the Tour de France

HUY, Belgium — British rider Chris Froome took the Tour de France leader’s yellow jersey after finishing second behind Spanish veteran Joacquim Rodriguez in Monday’s crash-marred third stage, as a second straight day of chaos caused around 20 riders to fall and several to quit.

World Cup moments distanced women from FIFA scandal

VANCOUVER, British Columbia — For a few moments in the past month, the Women’s World Cup seemed to push aside the FIFA scandal that is simmering a half planet away.

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Frightening wreck puts safety back in the spotlight

Dillon OK after going into fence

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Riding bumper-to-bumper at nearly 200 mph, Austin Dillon was smack in the middle of a pack of cars headed to the checkered flag when he was suddenly sent on the ride of his life.

Serena tops Venus at Wimbledon

A win followed by a hug

LONDON — Decades ago, when the Williams sisters were kids in California, taking tennis lessons from Dad on a municipal court and imagining playing at Grand Slam tournaments one day, it was Venus — older, taller, stronger — who usually beat Serena.

McIlroy ruptures ligament in ankle while playing soccer

Likely out of the British Open

LONDON — Rory McIlroy was on crutches Monday with an ankle injury from playing soccer, leaving in doubt the prospects of golf’s No. 1 player defending his British Open title next week at St. Andrews.

Missouri must notify businesses of tax changes

Missouri’s tax collection agency soon will need to notify affected businesses when there are changes in sales tax policy once a bill signed Monday by Gov. Jay Nixon takes effect.

Greek PM must turn victory into deal

Despite triumphing in a popular vote against austerity, Greece on Monday faced the urgent need to heal its ties with European creditors and reach a financial rescue deal that might prevent it from falling out of the euro — possibly within days.

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Cosby admitted years ago he got pills to give women for sex

Bill Cosby admitted in 2005 that he secured quaaludes with the intent of giving them to young women he wanted to have sex with, and that he gave the sedative to at least one woman and “other people,” according to documents obtained Monday by The Associated Press.

Questions on Missouri plans to fix Vicksburg monument

Money set aside by Missouri lawmakers could mean repairs to cracked stone and broken bronze on the first state Civil War Memorial dedicated to soldiers of both armies, but state officials have raised concerns about the funding.

Lower Bottom Road closed by slide

The Cole County Public Works Department announced Monday that part of Lower Bottom Road will be closed due to a road slide.

Tentative plan to keep Amtrak running in Kansas, Missouri

Amtrak routes across Kansas and Missouri could keep running under a tentative agreement reached in a dispute over federally required safety systems, officials said Monday.

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