Category: News

In drought, drillers offering even water witching

By DAVID MERCER CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Well driller Randy Gebke usually uses a geology database and other high-tech tools to figure out where to sink new water wells for clients. But if asked, he’ll grab two wires, walk across the property, waiting for the wires to cross to find a place to drill. Gebke… Read more »

Obama team launches critique of Ryan before speech

By JULIE PACE FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) — Even before Paul Ryan takes the stage at the Republican convention, President Barack Obama’s campaign is seeking to cast the GOP running mate as “out of step” with American voters. The Obama campaign released an online video Wednesday targeting Ryan as a politician from a “bygone era.”… Read more »

Republican convention is in full-throated roar

By CALVIN WOODWARD DONNA CASSATA TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — With the Republican National Convention at last in full-throated roar, nominee Mitt Romney and his team are reaching out in all directions Wednesday to connect with key voting groups including veterans, Hispanics and women while gleefully mocking the man he is out to defeat in November…. Read more »

NY gunman quiet loner, victim outgoing family man

Story by COLLEEN LONG, TOM HAYS (NEW YORK, AP) — A gunman who killed a former co-worker in cold blood in the shadow of the Empire State Building and then was shot dead by police after he turned his gun on them spent long hours in the quiet of Central Park, photographing hawks and marveling… Read more »

UCM Foundation launches Fund for Excellence

(WARRENSBURG, Mo.) – Some 35,000 phones will soon start ringing as the UCM Foundation’s Mule Call prepares for a new academic year. When the fall phonathan kicks off Sept. 4, some 40 dedicated students from the University of Central Missouri will connect with alumni five nights a week through mid-November. The students will be calling… Read more »

UPDATED: Gunman kills 1, wounds 9 at Empire State Building

Story by COLLEEN LONG and TOM HAYS, Associated Press Photo courtesy of Google Images (NEW YORK) — A women’s accessories designer fatally shot a vice president of the company that laid him off near the Empire State Building Friday, causing a chaotic showdown with police in front of one of the world’s best-known landmarks. Police killed the suspect and… Read more »

Drought could produce good wine in Midwest

Story by JIM SUHR, Associated Press (HERMANN, Mo.) — Most of the grapes in Glenn Warnebold’s vineyard in Missouri’s picturesque wine country are about two-thirds of their usual size. Others have been reduced to raisins by the drought that burned up many crops across the Midwest this summer. Yet Warnebold figures it could be a… Read more »

Corps: Low Miss. River levels to persist into fall

Story by Adrian Sainz, Associated Press Photo courtesy of Google Images (MEMPHIS, Tenn.) — Low water levels that are restricting shipping traffic, forcing harbor closures and causing barges to run aground on the economically vital Mississippi River are expected to continue into October, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers officials said Tuesday. Meanwhile, more than 100… Read more »

Preliminary figures show UCM poised for second record fall enrollment

(WARRENSBURG, Mo.) – Based on preliminary data released this week, the University of Central Missouri is poised to set an enrollment record for the second consecutive year. Although exact data for the fall 2012 semester will not be available until the Sept. 18 census date, Rick Sluder, vice provost for enrollment management, said data available … Read more »

Mo. congressman renews vow to stay in Senate race

Story by Jim Salter, Associated Press Photo courtesy of Google Images   (ST. LOUIS) — A defiant Rep. Todd Akin dismissed pleas from top Republicans to abandon his besieged Senate campaign Tuesday, saying party leaders including presumptive presidential nominee Mitt Romney were overreacting to his comments that women’s bodies can prevent pregnancies in cases of… Read more »