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    DESLOGE – State Senator Gary Romine, R-Farmington, told Desloge Chamber of Commerce investors Tuesday that despite 70 percent of Missourians not supporting the Affordable Health Care Act upcoming Senate hearings regarding its implementation offers “the greatest opportunity to reform the stat…

      JEFFERSON CITY — Senator Kevin Engler, R-Farmington, has been appointed chairman of the Senate Committee on Financial and Governmental Organizations and Elections. 

        JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — If wrestling with a variety of spellings for write-in candidate Sen. Lisa Murkowski’s name isn’t enough, officials counting ballots in Alaska’s U.S. Senate race are also dealing with such oddball entries as “Donald Duck,” “Elmo” and “Revolt.”

          WASHINGTON (AP) — Near the midpoint of his presidency, Barack Obama’s diverse voter coalition reveals giant cracks and he faces major work repairing his standing among independents in states crucial to his re-election chances.

             The U.S. still faces a significant gap in residential broadband use that breaks down along incomes, education levels and other socio-economic factors, even as subscriptions among American households overall grew sevenfold from 2001 to 2009.

              PARK HILLS — Mineral Area College’s Fourth Friday Club Luncheon will take a field trip in August, as it heads to Black River Electric Cooperative in Fredericktown. State Rep. Shelley Keeney, R-156th, will speak at the Fourth Friday luncheon on Aug. 27.

                WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is taking up a long-running legal fight over a cross honoring World War I soldiers that has stood for 75 years on public land in a remote part of California.

                The state has collected more than 73,000 survey responses that reflect details such as who is substitute teaching in Missouri public schools, what they’re paid and where they work. The data, released Wednesday by the state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, may not offer a clear reason why some school districts struggle to recruit […]

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                As smoke from Canadian wildfires caused the most hazardous air conditions on record in the Washington, D.C., area on Thursday, members of the U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee said that Congress should lift federal firefighter pay and encourage logging to reduce the risk of future blazes. “Smoke from the wildfires burning right now […]

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                CIUDAD JUÁREZ – It was well before dawn Sunday morning, when Olga Maldonado, her nieces Yulisa, Marcela Maldonado and Kevin Hernandez and the children, ages 3 to 10-years old, rose to prepare for their asylum meeting with the U.S. Customs and Border Protections. “Nervous, but excited,” was how Olga described her feelings, slipping on plain […]

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                Inside pension bills with provisions to encourage retired teachers to return to the classroom and protect the finances of the Missouri Sheriffs Retirement System are provisions that could boost the incomes of Gov. Mike Parson, Lt. Gov. Mike Kehoe and at least three legislators. But the idea’s biggest legislative proponents, who actually don’t stand to […]

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                The Shed Vapes has done it again. For the third year in a row, the business earned Best Parkland Vape Shop. The business also earned another award: Best Specialty Shop-Farmington.

                On May 3, Kevin Vance Stacy, 53, of Mineral Point, was charged in Washington County with six counts of felony child endangerment, one count of felony unlawful use of a weapon, one count of felony armed criminal action, 10 counts of misdemeanor assault, 10 counts of misdemeanor peace disturba…

                Marion Leon Keenan III, 30, was charged with the murder of 77-year-old Frank G. Browers on April 27. According to a criminal complaint filed by Iron County prosecuting Attorney Brian Parker, Keenan is charged with one count of murder in the first degree and one count of armed criminal action.

                On Monday, State Auditor Scott Fitzpatrick announced an audit will be conducted on the City of Desloge Municipal Court following concerns raised about possible fraud. The decision came in response to a submission made through the Whistleblower Hotline website, which raised questions about fu…

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