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West Pine Street ribbon cutting, celebration rescheduled

The ribbon-cutting ceremony and celebration to mark the completion of streetscape work along West Pine Street has been rescheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 25. The 100 block of West Pine Street will be closed from 5-8 p.m. for the festivities. The evening’s festivities will include a band, games for children, food and more. For more information,… Read more »

Anniversary ceremony of 9/11 begins in NY

By JENNIFER PELTZ NEW YORK (AP) — Americans paused again Tuesday to mark the 11th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks with familiar ceremony, but also a sense that it’s time to move forward after a decade of remembrance. As in past years, thousands were expected to gather at the World Trade Center… Read more »

Judge to hear suit over Mo. disturbing worship law

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A federal judge will hear arguments Tuesday in a lawsuit over Missouri’s new law making it a crime to disturb a worship service. Attorneys for the American Civil Liberties Union are seeking a temporary injunction to block the law that took effect last month. The law makes it a misdemeanor to… Read more »

Springfield considers lower marijuana penalties

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — Some Springfield residents say the city council should uphold a proposal to lower the penalties for marijuana possession. Two weeks ago, the council approved an ordinance to reduce the penalties after a successful citizen initiative. However, many of the council members said at the time they would repeal the ordinance as… Read more »

Colleagues mourn officer killed in Obama motorcade

By MATT SEDENSKY WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — The danger in seemingly banal police work of directing traffic and shutting down roadways gained new attention Monday as colleagues mourned an officer who died while working on President Barack Obama’s motorcade. Jupiter Police Officer Bruce St. Laurent, 55, was killed Sunday in West Palm Beach… Read more »

Obama squeaks out Aug. fundraising win over Romney

By THOMAS BEAUMONT MANSFIELD, Ohio (AP) — President Barack Obama squeaked out a fundraising victory over Mitt Romney in August as the candidates gear up for the final stretch of their closely contested campaign. Obama raised more than $114 million, while Romney topped $111 million, according to numbers the rival campaigns released Monday. It’s the… Read more »

Draft order seeks to improve US digital defenses

By RICHARD LARDNER WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is preparing an executive order with new rules to protect U.S. computer systems, after Congress failed earlier this summer to pass a cybersecurity bill. The provisions include voluntary standards for companies, a special council run by the Homeland Security Department and new regulations covering especially vital… Read more »

Missouri Anti-war protesters going on trial

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Two anti-war protesters are going on trial in federal court on misdemeanor charges of trespassing at central Missouri’s Whiteman Air Force Base. Ron Faust is a retired minister from Kansas City and Brian Terrell is a member of the Catholic Worker Movement from Maloy, Iowa. Their trial is scheduled Monday… Read more »

Gov. Nixon extends Mo. emergency declaration

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon is extending his declaration of a state of emergency until mid-November because of drought, heat and the risk of fire. Nixon said Monday the recent rainy weather has not eliminated farmers’ need for water. The governor also is giving farmers additional time to complete projects approved… Read more »

Judge upholds ballot summary for Mo. court measure

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri judge has upheld the ballot language of a proposed constitutional amendment on appointments to the state Supreme Court and the Court of Appeals. Secretary of State Robin Carnahan wrote the summary that will appear on the Nov. 6 ballot. A lawsuit filed in July argued Carnahan’s language was… Read more »