Category: News

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 »

KC nonprofit working to restore Buck O’Neil’s home

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A nonprofit group is determined to save the longtime Kansas City home of Negro Leagues star Buck O’Neil. O’Neil became a baseball legend and community spokesman before he died in 2006. He lived for most of his adult life in the house in southeast Kansas City. A group called Friends… Read more »

Man charged over organs found in storage unit

PENSACOLA, Florida (AP) — A former medical examiner has been arrested on charges of keeping human remains in a rented storage unit in the Florida Panhandle. Dr. Michael Berkland, 57, was arrested Friday on charges of improper storage of hazardous waste, keeping a public nuisance and driving with a suspended license. He was released from… Read more »

Judge denies bond for international student

Story by ANDY LYONS (WARRENSBURG, Mo., digitalBURG) — The two Warrensburg men charged in the murder of a Warrensburg bar owner were arraigned Thursday afternoon, and one of the men was denied bail. Reginald L. Singletary, 27, and Ziyad T. Abid, 23, were arraigned in Johnson County Associate Circuit Court on first-degree murder and armed… Read more »

Community gathers to remember bar owner

Story by ROB CURRY (Assistant News Editor, Muleskinner) On September 1, just hours after the death of William “Blaine” Whitworth, Jessica Lewis and her roommate David VanderGeest, realized they would not be able to attend Whitworth’s funeral services in Garden City, Mo. Lewis, a UCM alumna, said she decided there should be some kind of… Read more »

Shooter admits to murder for hire

(WARRENSBURG, Mo., digitalBURG) – One of the two men charged in the homicide of a local bar owner confessed to the shooting, according to court records. Reginald L. Singletary, 27, told police after he was arrested in Sedalia Tuesday evening that he shot William “Blaine” Whitworth with a handgun “at the request of Ziyad T…. Read more »