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Service agencies network on issues for disabled

Representatives from multiple businesses and nonprofit organizations in the Jefferson City area met at the Independent Living Resource Center (ILRC) to rub elbows and share pastries on Wednesday morning.

Supreme Court declines to hear assessor’s appeal

Missouri’s Supreme Court this week declined to hear Cole County Assessor Chris Estes’ appeal in his legal battle with the County Commission over its use of the “assessment fund.”

JC man sentenced to 7 years on sex charges

A Jefferson City man has been sentenced to seven years in prison for pleading guilty to having sexual intercourse with a girl under the age of 14.

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Missouri River Regional Library board names new director

Claudia Schoonover is the new director of the Missouri River Regional Library.

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Witness to Ferguson shooting wanted on JC warrant

Former LU student accused of stealing

A St. Louis man who said he was with Michael Brown when Brown was shot and killed Aug. 9 in Ferguson is a former Lincoln University student who is wanted on a misdemeanor stealing charge in Jefferson City.

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Praying for peace in Ferguson

Jefferson City area residents show support

Several area residents gathered at Second Baptist Church in Jefferson City on Wednesday during a prayer vigil for the community of Ferguson.

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Picture emerges of officer in Ferguson shooting

A police officer whose shooting death of an unarmed 18-year-old ignited racial upheaval in a St. Louis suburb has been characterized as either an aggressor whose deadly gunfire constituted a daylight execution or a law enforcer wrongly maligned for just doing his job.

Stun gun death cited in Ferguson lawsuits

The mother and wife of a man killed by a Ferguson officer in 2011 have filed separate lawsuits with new allegations against a police department already under criticism for the death of Michael Brown.

Man gets 4 years in storage unit thefts

A Jefferson City man has been sentenced to four years in prison in connection with stolen property cases in the Apache Flats area earlier this year.

Two St. Louis residents sentenced in JC burglary

Two St. Louis-area residents has been sentenced to prison in connection with a burglary that occurred in February in Jefferson City.

Helias football opener will not be televised

When Phil Pitts got the phone call earlier this week, there was one emotion on his end of the conversation.

Osage County drug raid nets one arrest

A 32-year-old man was arrested Tuesday night after authorities allegedly found illegal drugs at a rural Osage County home.

Report criticizes state’s school reform deal

The Missouri education department’s process for seeking bids from consultants to study a possible overhaul of the Kansas City school district was biased and included potential conflicts of interest, according to an auditor’s report.

Missouri utilities look to Kansas for wind energy

Two Missouri utilities are looking to Kansas companies to help meet carbon dioxide emission targets proposed by a federal agency.

US mission to rescue hostages in Syria failed

President Barack Obama sent special operations troops to Syria this summer on a secret mission to rescue American hostages, including journalist James Foley, held by Islamic State extremists, but they did not find them, the Obama administration said Wednesday.

Some Fed officials want to slow economic help soon

Some Federal Reserve officials think the U.S. economy is improving fast enough that the Fed will need to act sooner than previously thought to slow the extraordinary support it’s been providing through ultra-low interest rates.

Man who lived as hermit adjusting to society

A man who lived nearly three decades in the Maine woods now has a job and is adjusting to life back in society.

Liberian slums barricaded as Ebola sets new record

Riot police and soldiers acting on their president’s orders used scrap wood and barbed wire to seal off 50,000 people inside their Liberian slum Wednesday, trying to contain the Ebola outbreak that has killed 1,350 people and counting across West Africa.

Navy kicks out 34 for nuke cheating

At least 34 sailors are being kicked out of the Navy for their roles in a cheating ring that operated undetected for at least seven years at a nuclear power training site, and 10 others are under criminal investigation, the admiral in charge of the Navy’s nuclear reactors program told The Associated Press.

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Bodies of 3 climbers retrieved from Mount Rainier

A helicopter equipped with a mechanical claw plucked the bodies of three climbers from a glacier on Mount Rainier, in the same area where six went missing in late May, the National Park Service said Wednesday.

Airstrike kills wife, child of Hamas figure

Hamas’ shadowy military chief escaped an airstrike that killed his wife and 2-year-old son, the militant group said Wednesday as Israel’s prime minister warned that the airstrikes in Gaza will continue until rocket fire out of the Palestinian territory stops.

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Obama, allies vow firm response to Islamic State

The United States stood firm Wednesday in its fight against Islamic State militants who beheaded a U.S. journalist in Iraq, pledging to continue attacking the group despite its threats to kill another American hostage.

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Ukrainian troops take over much of Luhansk

After days of street battles and weeks of shelling, Ukrainian troops made a significant push Wednesday into rebel-held territory, claiming control over a large part of the separatist stronghold of Luhansk and nearly encircling Donetsk, the largest rebel-held city.

Jackie Chan expresses shame over son’s drug arrest

Jackie Chan apologized to the public Wednesday over his son’s detention on drug charges in Beijing, saying he’s ashamed and saddened.

Kelly’s follow-up exam shows no sign of cancer

Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly received encouraging news in his battle with cancer.

PAT experiment: 8 missed extra points

Reviews have been mixed around the league for the NFL’s experiment with longer kicks on extra points. Regardless, it appears there’s a future for them.

On day 2 after Miller’s injury, Buckeyes moving on

When star quarterback Braxton Miller cried out in pain and crumpled to the ground during No. 5 Ohio State’s practice on Monday, coach Urban Meyer wasn’t certain what had happened.

Schilling blames chewing tobacco for mouth cancer

Former major league pitcher Curt Schilling said he’s battling mouth cancer and blames 30 years of chewing tobacco use.

Stewart skips third race after Ward's death

Tony Stewart will not race Saturday night at Bristol Motor Speedway, the third Sprint Cup race he’s skipped since his car struck and killed Kevin Ward Jr. during a sprint car race.

McIlroy wants strong finish to great year

The last player to win back-to-back majors in the same season didn’t even make it to the FedEx Cup finale at East Lake.

Kent State player dies at 21

Kent State football player Jason Bitsko, who was slated to start at center for the Golden Flashes this season, died Wednesday.

Hoyer beats injury, Manziel to win starting job

Brian Hoyer defied long odds — and stiff-armed Johnny Football — to keep his dream job.

Titans dump ice buckets for ex-LB Shaw with ALS

Tim Shaw started noticing weakness in his muscles late in 2012 while playing linebacker for the Tennessee Titans. Team doctors ran test after test on him in 2013 trying to find the sports injury behind his struggles.

Cowboys worth more than $3 billion, tops in NFL

The Dallas Cowboys are the first U.S. sports franchise to top $3 billion in value.

SEC: Schools take steps to improve fan experience

All 14 Southeastern Conference members have taken steps to improve the fan experience at league football stadiums, the league said.

Almanac predicts colder winter, hotter summer

The Old Farmer’s Almanac, the familiar, 223-year-old chronicler of climate, folksy advice and fun facts, is predicting a colder winter and warmer summer for much of the nation.

Wednesday's MLS Capsules

Games played on Aug. 20, 2014

MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER ROUNDUP: Landon Donovan scored in the 80th minute to give the Los Angeles Galaxy a 4-3 comeback victory over the Colorado Rapids on Wednesday night.