Category: News

Rescues as Isaac floods outside New Orleans

CAIN BURDEAU MICHAEL KUNZELMAN NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Isaac’s whistling winds lashed this city and the storm dumped nearly a foot of rain on its desolate streets, but the system of levee pumps, walls and gates appeared to withstand one of the stiffest challenges yet. To the north and south, though, people had to be… Read more »

Council sets public hearing on tax rates

(WARRENSBURG, Mo.) – The Warrensburg City Council will convene public hearings Thursday to set annual tax rates for its general fund and parks department. The meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. at the Municipal Center, 200 S. Holden. Following the public hearing, the council will have the first and second readings of ordinances approving both… Read more »

Group targets underage drinking

(WARRENSBURG, Mo.) – An alcohol enforcement team is ramping up party patrols and compliance checks at local businesses in Johnson County. Law enforcement officials activated the Johnson County Alcohol Enforcement Team Monday, according to a news release. The agencies involved are the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office; Warrensburg, Knob Noster and Holden police departments;  the University… Read more »

Ferguson passes nondiscrimination law

FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — Ferguson has become the sixth town in St. Louis County to pass a law prohibiting discrimination based on sexual preference. The Ferguson City Council unanimously approved the nondiscrimination protections Tuesday. Councilman Dwayne James says residents need to know that the city is welcoming to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. Other… Read more »

Reward seeks information in 1965 child abduction

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Nearly five decades after a small girl was kidnapped from the yard of her southeast Missouri home, the family of Elizabeth Gill is hoping new reward money will help uncover the mystery of her disappearance. Elizabeth was not quite 3 when she was taken on June 13, 1965, at the family’s… Read more »

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 »