Jennies finish fourth at UCM Invitational

(BRANSON, Mo.) – The Jennies Golf team finished in fourth place at the Central Missouri Invitational at Pointe Royale Golf Course on Tuesday. The Jennies are back in action March 24-25 at the Missouri Western Griffon Invitational in St. Joseph. The Jens fired a two-round total of 790 in their first tournament of the spring… Read more »

125 arrested in Missouri/Arkansas roundup

By JIM SALTER (ST. LOUIS, Mo., AP) – A two-state sting operation resulted in 125 arrests Wednesday in southeast Missouri and northeast Arkansas, with many of the suspects accused of trafficking drugs and weapons. The arrests were the result of a two-year investigation known as HITS (High Intensity Trafficking Suppression), according to a joint news… Read more »

Mich. grandma who killed grandson: I feared him

By ED WHITE (PONTIAC, Mich., AP) – A 75-year-old woman charged with first-degree murder sobbed on the witness stand Wednesday as she told jurors how she repeatedly shot her teenage grandson after he kicked her in the abdomen and demanded money and a car to leave Michigan. Sandra Layne described herself as an overwhelmed grandmother… Read more »

Black and Veatch donate $10,000 to support military, veterans

Black and Veatch, a Fortune 500 company that employs more than 400 military veterans, has made a $10,000 gift in support of the University of Central Missouri’s efforts to prepare men and women who served in the military for civilian professions. The check presentation was March 7 at UCM’s Military and Veterans Success Center. Theresa… Read more »

City council examines new retail approach

By ANNA JONES (WARRENSBURG, Mo., digitalBURG) – The future of Warrensburg’s shopping district was under review at this week’s city council meeting, with a presentation regarding recent developments in technology-enhanced shopping. City Manager Paula Hertwig Hopkins recently attended the two-day ICSC Heartland States Idea Exchange & Alliance Program in Kansas City beginning on Jan., 31,… Read more »

Chicago infant shot 5 times dies; dad critical

By DON BABWIN (CHICAGO, AP) – A 6-month-old Chicago girl who was shot five times while her father was changing her diaper died of her wounds Tuesday, authorities said. Jonylah Watkins died at Comer Children’s Hospital, where she underwent surgery following Monday afternoon’s attack, the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office said. Her father, Jonathan Watkins,… Read more »

Search for inmates follows Mo. jail escape

By JIM SALTER (ST. LOUIS, Mo., AP) – Authorities in southeast Missouri were conducting a frantic search Tuesday for two murder suspects and a third man who escaped from a county jail overnight. The escape happened around 11:30 p.m. Monday at the Butler County Jail in Poplar Bluff. Authorities say Matthew Brandon Cook, Kade Reaves… Read more »

Push to make bass fishing a Mo. high school sport

(REPUBLIC, Mo., AP) – A southwest Missouri high school teacher says the state should add bass fishing as a high school sport. Jim Huson, a teacher at Republic High School, says a proposal to add the sport will be on the spring ballot for high school administrators. He says bass fishing would become a sport… Read more »