COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Some University of Missouri students preparing to return to the family farm are analyzing their own family finances for firsthand lessons in the economics of modern agriculture.
Agricultural economist Kevin Moore intentionally focuses on data in his "Returning to the Farm" class. Instead of working with combines or learning the proper chemical mixes of common fertilizers, Moore's students create business plans using their family's financial information.
The statistical approach could lead to a disheartening conclusion: The family farm may not survive another generation.
But the data-driven emphasis allows others the sort of systematic, long-term planning that their parents and grandparents could only approximate by scratching out financial estimates on a yellowed legal pad.
ST. LOUIS (AP) — St. Louis County Police have shot and killed a man they say pointed an assault rifle at them.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that police haven't released the man's identity. Police spokesman Randy Vaughn says officers had gone to question the man early Saturday about a stolen car. Vaughn says when two officers arrived at the man's apartment, he opened the door holding an assault rifle and "racked it, chambering a round."
Both officers then fired at the man, who was pronounced dead at the scene. Vaughn says police recovered the rifle and several other weapons from the man's home.
Vaughn says the officers are on administrative leave until the investigation is completed.
Police are asking for help to find a missing Oakville Teen.
According to his father, Timothy Corcoran was last seen around 11 AM Friday. His dad came home at noon and found a note saying he had gone to lunch with a friend. That note also indicated that Timothy may harm himself.
Timothy is a white male, 16 years old, 6'1" tall, and 130 pounds. He has blue eyes and blonde hair. He was last seen wearing a black Cardinals cap, white t-shirt, and tan shorts.
Anyone with information is asked to call St. Louis County Police at 314.889.2341, or call 911.
ISLAMABAD (AP) — Election day attacks in Pakistan have killed at least 16 people and wounded dozens more even as voters defy the danger posed by militants to cast ballots in a historic day at the polls.
The violence was a continuation of what has been a brutal election season that saw at least 130 people killed in bloody Taliban attacks, mostly against liberal secular parties who have supported military operations against the militants.
It's the first time Pakistan is making the transition from one elected government to the next.
The closely watched vote in the nuclear armed nation pits a former cricket star against a once-exiled, two-time prime minister and an incumbent blamed for many problems.