News for Thursday, November 26, 2015



Lane closures planned for U.S. 50 in Osage County

Contractors working for MoDOT will make pavement repairs along U.S.50 in Osage County, beginning Monday

Missouri Planned Parenthood says legal action likely

A regional Planned Parenthood official said Wednesday that the organization likely would take legal action against the state of Missouri after a Columbia clinic halted abortions this week, leaving just one in the state that still performs them.

Contract for courthouse windows awarded

The Cole County Commission has awarded a contract to replace windows at the Cole County Courthouse and the County Annex.

Accountant plans to seek school board seat

With filing a few weeks away, one candidate for the Jefferson City Public School Board has thrown her hat in the ring.

Plan to move veterans memorial with 'Jesus fish' to continue

Officials say they will continue with their plan to move a veterans memorial that bears a covered ichthus, or "Jesus fish," from the Boone County Courthouse grounds.

Missouri Alumni Association to revive Black Alumni Network

The University of Missouri Alumni Association is responding to requests and forming a Black Alumni Network.

Pressure Cooker: SEC coaches face unyielding pressure to win

Coaching is a result-oriented business, and maybe more so than anywhere else in college football, pressure from Southeastern Conference fans and administrators is rooted in "What have you done for me lately?"

Bondswoman dies after exchanging gunfire with authorities

A Missouri woman has been found dead after shooting at bail bondsmen and exchanging gunfire with law enforcement.

Chiefs keep grinding away with unheralded running backs

DAVE SKRETTA, AP Sports Writer

Just about anybody can carry the ball effectively for the Kansas City Chiefs these days. Even a 346-pound defensive tackle.

Case Keenum returns to practice for Rams, still not cleared

Case Keenum returned to St. Louis Rams practice on a limited basis after missing one workout because of a concussion.

Rams WR Bailey has surgery after being shot in Florida

Many St. Louis Rams players woke to the news that Stedman Bailey had been shot in the head. They were relieved to learn the wide receiver is expected to recover.

Redskins could play twice in London next season

Facing Bengals and Rams

The Washington Redskins could become the first NFL team to play two games in London in one season — in consecutive weeks, no less.

Judge hears testimony in case of St. Louis Zoo gun ban

A judge has heard testimony as he considers lifting the St. Louis Zoo policy that prohibits patrons from entering the zoo with guns.

US must address waste, fraud in Afghan aid

With Washington set to send billions of dollars in fresh aid to Afghanistan despite the military drawdown, the U.S. official in charge of auditing assistance programs says "it's not too late" to address the fraud and mismanagement that has bedeviled the 14-year effort to rebuild the country.

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Protesters to target Chicago shopping area on Black Friday

Small groups of demonstrators gathered throughout the day Wednesday to protest the death of a black teen shot 16 times by a white police officer, and they urged supporters to join them in trying to shut down Chicago's famous Michigan Avenue shopping district during the Black Friday shopping bonanza.

Chicago officer who shot teen amassed 18 civilian complaints

The white Chicago police officer charged with first-degree murder in the fatal shooting of a black teenager was the subject of 18 civilian complaints over 14 years, including allegations that he used racial epithets and excessive force, police and court records show.

At funeral for slain Minneapolis man, vow to seek justice

Hundreds of people filled a Minneapolis church on Wednesday for the funeral of a black man whose death in a confrontation with police has sparked days of ongoing protests, while charges were pending against four men suspected in a shooting that wounded several of the protesters.

Missouri woman accused of endangerment in son's bed death

A suburban St. Louis woman whose son suffocated after authorities say she drunkenly took him to bed with her is accused of misdemeanor child endangerment.

Sparta police chief on leave after dog shot

A southwest Missouri police chief has been placed on leave after killing a pit bull.

Pope says Christian-Muslim dialogue 'essential' for peace

Pope Francis told Christian and Muslim leaders in Kenya on Thursday that they have little choice but to engage in dialogue to guard against the "barbarous" Islamic extremist attacks that have struck Kenya recently, saying religious leaders must be "prophets of peace" in a world sown by hatred.

Costco: FDA tests point toward E. coli in salad vegetables

Testing has pointed toward a vegetable mix from a California food wholesaler as the source of E. coli in Costco chicken salad that has been linked to an outbreak that has sickened 19 people in seven states, a Costco official said Wednesday.

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Malkin scores in OT to lift Penguins over Blues 4-3

All is right with the Pittsburgh Penguins and Sidney Crosby.

Amid Syria's civil war, a James Bond-style rescue operation

In the whirlwind of Syria's civil war, two Russian pilots parachuted from their aircraft into a chaotic front-line mountainous region near the border with Turkey after their aircraft was hit by a Turkish F-16 fighter jet.

UMKC overcomes late rally to beat Lincoln

Martez Harrison had 17 points and seven rebounds, and Missouri-Kansas City held off Division II Lincoln University 73-72 Wednesday night.

From lashes to death: Artist caught in tangles of Saudi law

When Palestinian artist Ashraf Fayadh was tried last year on blasphemy-related charges, the Saudi judges overseeing the case rejected the prosecution's request for a death sentence for apostasy. Instead, he was sentenced to 800 lashes and four years in prison over a book of poetry he wrote and for allegedly having illicit relations with women.

KC gears up for holiday lighting tradition

Author Gillian Flynn will flip the switch that lights up Kansas City's Country Club Plaza on Thanksgiving night.

Douglass North, co-recipient of 1993 Nobel Prize, dies

Douglass C. North, a St. Louis economist who was a co-recipient of the 1993 Nobel Prize in economic sciences, has died. He was 95.

4 small earthquakes rattle southeast Missouri

Several people in southeast Missouri felt the earth move early Wednesday after a series of small earthquakes.

Travelers take to the roads and the skies for Thanksgiving

The big Thanksgiving getaway went into full swing Wednesday with drivers delighted by the lowest November gas prices in years and many airline passengers undaunted by terrorism fears and long lines at security checkpoints.

AP Interview: Coke exec on 'adversarial' ties with critics

Coke says it wants to mend relations with critics of its sugary drinks.