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Feds plot future of Ozark Riverways in Missouri

Monday, 03 February 2014 03:49 Published in Local News
   ST. LOUIS (AP) - The federal agency that oversees two popular rivers in southern Missouri is trying to balance the competing needs of preservationists who want more environmental protection against nearby property owners fighting for less government regulation.
   Paddlers, partiers, boat owners and other outdoor devotees have long flocked to the spring-fed Current and Jacks Fork rivers. The two bodies of water make up a national park known as the Ozark National Scenic Riverways.
   The National Park Service is updating its management plan there for the first time in three decades and held a series of public hearings and meetings in January. The agency's preferred alternative would close 65 miles of undesignated horse trails and unauthorized stream crossings while also adding restrictions on the use of motorized boats.
 

Seahawks beat Broncos 43-8 in Super Bowl

Monday, 03 February 2014 03:35 Published in Sports
   EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) - The Seattle Seahawks have won their first Super Bowl title, crushing the favored Denver Broncos 43-8.
   Linebacker Malcolm Smith returned an interception of Peyton Manning 69 yards for a touchdown late in the first half Sunday, and Percy Harvin returned the opening kickoff of the second half 87 yards for another TD.
   The Seahawks led 36-0 before Denver finally scored on the last play of the third quarter.
   Manning was 34 of 49 for 280 yards, but most of that came after Seattle had all but put the game away. He was flustered by Seattle's fierce defense for most of the first half, throwing two interceptions. The second fluttered into Smith's hands after Cliff Avril struck the five-time NFL MVP's arm as he was releasing the ball.
   Second-year quarterback Russell Wilson was coolly efficient for the Seahawks, throwing for two touchdowns.
 
   It looks like Local Harvest Grocery and its two cafe restaurants will stay in business, at least for now.  
   The owners tell the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that they met their goal Saturday evening, raising the $120,000 they needed to pay off debts that had threatened to shutter the business.  Patrick Horine tells the paper that he and partner Maddie Earnest are "stunned," by their customer's support.  
   Last Monday the pair had appealed to customers on Facebook and Twitter, offering customers punch cards and gift certificates that would be redeemable over the next two years in order to cover debts left over by their failed venture in Kirkwood.  They needed the cash by February 7th.  Horine says they had it by 8 p.m. Saturday.
   Local Harvest focuses on working with farmers and vendors within 150-miles of St. Louis to sell and serve mostly organic, locally produced goods.
   After reaching their goal, the owners posted this to Facebook: "We, the owners and the Local Harvest staff, feel a deep responsibility to our community – even deeper than before – after this outpouring of support. We all understand how important our success is and we are going to come through for you, just like you have for us."
 

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