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   KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Former Missouri Congressman Ike Skelton, a champion of the military who served 17 terms in the U.S. House before losing a re-election bid in 2010, has died. He was 81.

   Skelton died Monday at Virginia Hospital Center in Arlington, Va., surrounded by family and friends, including longtime colleague Russell Orban.

   The cause was not immediately released, but Orban says Skelton entered the hospital a week earlier with a cough. Oban confirmed Skelton's death to The Associated Press.

   The Lexington, Mo., native was a Democrat and former chairman of the House Armed Services Committee.

   Skelton lost to Republican Vicky Hartzler in 2010 in western Missouri's 4th Congressional District. He then joined the law firm of Kansas City-based Husch Blackwell, working in its offices in Kansas City and Washington.

 
Monday, 28 October 2013 23:37
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If you are in the riverfront area in downtown today, you might see a US Coast Guard presence.

No reason to worry, it is all part of a Homeland Security training exercise. Training takes place today and Tuesday. Seven agencies will participate. This includes local, state, and federal agencies.

Monday, 28 October 2013 16:31
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The 63-year-old man accused of shooting at two people in a North County bar, has died, the man who attacked him, facing charges.

The shooting occurred late Friday night inside the Pirates Cove bar in Florissant. The Post-Dispatch reports that Edward Mueller of Florissant was disarmed and assaulted by Douglas Layman after the shooting. Mueller was taken to the hospital died from a heart attack.

Layman is the brother of the victims. Layman is charged with second degree murder and held on a quarter-million dollar bond.

Monday, 28 October 2013 15:45
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ST. LOUIS (AP) - A Missouri chiropractic college has told its alumni association to stay away from campus as a feud between school leaders and graduates escalates.

Logan University in the St. Louis suburb of Chesterfield has forced its alumni organization off campus after the group raised questions about school finances and took a vote of no confidence in the school's board of trustees.

School officials did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Monday. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch first reported the school's move on Friday.

Dr. Alan Epstein, a past alumni association president, says the graduates' grievances include concerns over excessive presidential pay.  Former school president George Goodman earned nearly $800,000 annually in salary and benefits and had three relatives on the university's payroll.

 

Monday, 28 October 2013 15:42
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In the wake of a recent string of illnesses connected to tainted jerky treats for pets, the FDA is proposing new rules for companies that make dog and cat food.

Officials want companies to use the same methods when making animal food that keep human food safe. The goal is to minimize exposure with contaminants.

The proposed changes come amid reports of over 3,600 dogs becoming ill after eating jerky treats in the past six years.

Monday, 28 October 2013 15:27
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ST. LOUIS (AP) - For many, golf is more than a game - it's a business opportunity. That's why Washington University in St. Louis is helping students take up a sport that can be a powerful tool for networking.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the university offers international students a course on how to play golf. How popular is the program that began last year? All 20 spots in this year's class were claimed within 12 minutes, and the wait list includes 60 students.

Students from India, China, Iran, Romania, South Korea and Mexico took time away from studying law, chemistry, business or engineering to take the golf class.

Instructor Mark Lewis, club pro at the Highlands Golf and Tennis Center in Forest Park, leads the class of mostly beginners.

Monday, 28 October 2013 13:36
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COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) - The University of Missouri is again turning to its top lawyer as a temporary campus leader, this time as acting Columbia campus chancellor while the search for Brady Deaton's successor continues.

University System President Tim Wolfe on Monday named general counsel Steve Owens as interim chancellor of the flagship campus. Owens was previously the interim system president before Wolfe's hiring.

Deaton is stepping down on Nov. 15 after nine years as chancellor. He will remain in Columbia as executive director of a new international development research center bearing his name.

Wolfe also appointed Deputy Chancellor Mike Middleton as transition executive to help ease the next chancellor into the job. The president says that neither Owens nor Middleton is a candidate for the permanent position.

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PARK HILLS, Mo. (AP) - Authorities have identified the two Park Hills volunteer firefighters charged with a string of arsons in St. Francois County.

Twenty-nine-year-old Bradley Easter and 22-year-old Dale Hamor are accused of intentionally setting six fires earlier this year. They remain at the county jail on $100,000 bonds.

The Daily Journal newspaper in Park Hills reports that Easter told police he drove Hamor to the scene of house fires and then picked up his colleague. The two then joined other firefighters to fight the blazes.

 

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Last night's loss in game four means that the Cardinals cannot clinch a World Series title at Monday night's game 5. And that is having a drastic effect on ticket prices to the game.

Overnight, the price for an average ticket dropped nearly $400--from $840 to $480. There is still a huge range of prices though. Standing room only tickets on stubhub.com start at $222 and the most expensive tickets still available are behind the plate will set you back over $11,000.

The best deal in downtown tonight, the Rams game, where there are tickets available starting at $8 a seat.

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Gov. Pat Quinn's administration wants lawmakers to approve $221 million in extra funds to spend this fiscal year. The request comes on top of the $35 billion budget the Legislature approved in May.

The Springfield Bureau of Lee Enterprises reports that a draft of the request includes $112 million to pay back wages owed to 25,000 state workers.

Another $40.5 million was requested for the Illinois Department of Corrections and $31 million for the Department of Human Services and state police to help implement the state's new concealed carry law. The state's Emergency Management Agency wants $6 million to help cover April flooding.

Lawmakers heard some spending requests during the fall session that began last week but have yet to vote on them.

 

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