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Your Opinion: War on Christianity picks up speed

The war on Christianity picks up speed!

Your Opinion: Growing problem of anti-Semitism

Anti-Semitism is a growing problem in the United States and has been recognized as a growing trend by the U.S. State Department.

Your Opinion: Supreme ‘court of popular opinion’

Justice Robert Jackson once wrote, in Brown v. Allen, “We are not final because we are infallible, but we are infallible only because we are final.”

Our Opinion: A celebration of community, independence

Salute to America is expected to draw about 50,000 people this year.

Randles, Pierson enter race for Missouri lieutenant governor

The competition to become Missouri's next lieutenant governor is growing.

Jefferson City man dies in Cole County wreck

A Jefferson City man died Tuesday night from injuries he received in a one-vehicle crash in rural Cole County. The Missouri Highway Patrol reports Jude A. Koenigsfeld, 21, was pronounced dead at the scene.

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Photos lost in ‘93 flood found, given back to owner

‘It’s a miracle’

Patty Green thought she lost everything in the Flood of 1993. However, on Tuesday, she was reunited with memories of her daughter and granddaughter through photos she never thought she’d see again.

911 gets summer upgrade

Cole County Commission agrees to pay part of cost

The replacement of the 911 phone system for Jefferson City and Cole County will take place sometime this summer. On Tuesday, the Cole County Commission agreed to help to pay the cost of the upgrades.

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Breckenridge takes over as state chief justice

Today is Patricia Breckenridge’s first day as the Missouri Supreme Court’s chief justice. Gov. Matt Blunt named her to the Supreme Court in 2007.

Cole County Commission advances plan for website

Although a final decision on whether they will spend the money to do it has yet to be made, Cole County commissioners have decided to move forward with trying to upgrade the county’s website.

Beetem rules for state Senate in committee complaints

The Missouri Senate can prohibit groups from recording Senate committee meetings because the state Constitution’s authorization for the body to create its own rules supersedes the state’s open meeting laws, Cole County Circuit Judge Jon Beetem ruled Tuesday.

Camdenton man sentenced for dealing millions in K2

A Camdenton man was sentenced in federal court Monday for a mail fraud scheme that involved the distribution of more than $1.2 million in synthetic marijuana, commonly known as K2, from a head shop in Lebanon.

JC man faces local charges after chase

A Jefferson City man already charged in Callaway County in connection with a high-speed chase with authorities Sunday night is facing more charges in that same case in Cole County.

Fulton woman charged with smuggling drugs into Algoa prison

The Cole County prosecutor has charged a Fulton woman with bringing methamphetamine into the Algoa Correctional Center.

Federal report faults police actions during Ferguson unrest

Police antagonized crowds who gathered to protest in Ferguson after Michael Brown’s death last summer, violated free-speech rights and made it difficult to hold officers accountable, according to a Justice Department report that found across-the-board flaws in law enforcement’s response.

Teens storm Georgia Walmart in wild rampage of destruction

Authorities in central Georgia say up to 50 teenagers bent on destruction raced into a Walmart in Macon, smashing merchandise and causing an estimated $2,000 in damage.

Prison chief, 11 others put on leave after escape

The superintendent at the prison where two killers broke out has been placed on leave along with his security chief and 10 other staff members amid an internal investigation into how the inmates pulled off the daring escape, a state official said Tuesday.

Residents return to smoldering ruins after damaging wildfire

Surveying the smoldering ruins of his upscale home in this central Washington city, Vern Smith pointed to what had been his garage.

Woman, 75, survived for days on pond water after Texas crash

Wanda Mobley swerved to avoid something in the remote highway, and seconds later was trapped inside her wrecked car in a ravine in North Texas.

Stranded woman rescued after giving birth in forest

Authorities rescued a woman and her newborn baby after her family says she gave birth in a remote national forest in Northern California.

Boy found in park swing died of cold, thirst

A mother placed her living toddler in a swing at a Maryland park one morning and he remained there until he was found dead of cold and thirst two days later when someone spotted the mother pushing her lifeless child in the swing, authorities said Tuesday.

State Dept. releases more Clinton emails

The State Department has released roughly 3,000 pages of Hillary Rodham Clinton’s correspondence from 2009, her first year as the nation’s top diplomat.

Consumer Reports finds some newer cars burn too much oil

Newer cars aren’t supposed to need more oil between oil changes, but Consumer Reports found some engines — mainly from Audi, BMW and Subaru — require an extra quart as often as once a month.

OxyContin maker bows out of meeting on harder-to-abuse drug

The makers of the potent painkiller OxyContin have pulled out of a federal meeting to review the company’s harder-to-abuse version of the much-debated drug.

Drug and device firms paid $6.5B to care providers

The government says drug and medical device companies paid doctors and leading hospitals nearly $6.5 billion last year, from research grants to free lunches and junkets.

Attention shifts from No. 1 McIlroy to Spieth halfway through the year

The No. 1 player in golf already has three wins in 2015, including a World Golf Championship, and he has finished in the top 10 at both majors. Halfway through the year, however, Rory McIlroy is playing second fiddle.

Spieth is racking up the points with two majors remaining

Jordan Spieth already has accumulated the second-most FedEx Cup points in the regular season, and there’s still two majors, a World Golf Championship and the John Deere Classic on his schedule before the playoffs begin.

Athletes adjusting to cameras all over arenas, stadiums

When LeBron James pulls into the parking lot at Quicken Loans Arena, there are cameras waiting.

FDA weighs new restrictions on liquid nicotine products

Federal health officials are considering whether to require new warnings and child-resistant packaging on liquid nicotine formulas used with e-cigarettes and other emerging tobacco products.

Pope to meet with homeless, prisoners and immigrants in US

Pope Francis will meet with homeless people, immigrants and prisoners during his upcoming trip to Cuba and the United States and become the first pope to address the U.S. Congress.

Angry protesters whitewash rainbow flag on West Bank barrier

Palestinian protesters whitewashed a rainbow flag of gay rights that was painted by a Palestinian artist on six slabs of the West Bank separation barrier.

Blatter not traveling to Women's World Cup final

FIFA president Sepp Blatter will skip the Women’s World Cup final in Canada, avoiding a visit to North America at a time when U.S. officials are pursuing a criminal investigation into the game’s ruling body.

Iran nuclear talks extended; Iranians meet key obligation

Pushing past a Tuesday deadline, world powers and Iran extended negotiations for a comprehensive nuclear agreement by a week as the U.N. nuclear agency prepared to announce Tehran had met a key condition — significantly reducing its stocks of enriched uranium that could be used for atomic weapons.

US court agrees Apple violated antitrust law in e-book entry

Apple violated antitrust laws by colluding with publishers to raise electronic book prices when it entered a market in 2010 that had been dominated by Amazon.com, a divided federal appeals court panel said Tuesday.

Will latest inflammatory comments tarnish Trump’s brand?

Is Donald Trump’s business empire as Teflon-coated as his hair appears to be? Trump has found himself on the receiving end of the catchphrase he made famous on his reality show “The Apprentice” — “You’re fired!” — after NBC dumped the real estate mogul Monday over comments he made about immigrants during his recent presidential campaign kickoff speech.

Misty Copeland named first black female principal at ABT

Misty Copeland, the Missouri-born dancer who has become a forceful voice for diversity in ballet and a rare celebrity in that field, was named principal dancer at American Ballet Theatre on Tuesday — the first African-American ballerina to achieve that status in the company’s 75-year history.

Daytona offers American flags in exchange program

Daytona International Speedway will not ban the Confederate flag from track property this weekend, but will offer the American flag to those who wish to fly it on property.

Zverev tries to join exclusive group

Since 2006, only five teenagers have managed to reach the men’s third round at Wimbledon — and three of them went on to become Grand Slam champions: Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray and Marin Cilic.

Tuesday's MLB Capsules

Games played on June 30, 2015

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL ROUNDUP: Mitch Moreland hit two home runs for the second straight game, and the Rangers celebrated the return of Josh Hamilton with a road win.

Tuesday's WNBA Capsules

Games played on June 30, 2015

WNBA ROUNDUP: Tina Charles had a season-high 26 points, 11 rebounds and five assists, and Candice Wiggins hit all five of her 3-pointers, to lead the New York Liberty to an 89-81 win over the Chicago Sky on Tuesday night.

Man pleads guilty to using Allenby’s credit cards

A Hawaii man pleaded guilty Tuesday to using Robert Allenby’s credit cards after the professional golfer said he was robbed and beaten in Honolulu.