U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis Visits Afghanistan

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis arrived on a surprise visit to Afghanistan’s war-shattered capital on Friday, the U.S. command in Afghanistan said, just days after a suicide bomber killed 21 people in the city and wounded 90 others. As helicopters patrolled the skies over Kabul, Mattis arrived accompanied by Gen. Joseph…

Transportation Department Approves Central Missouri Port

JEFFERSON CITY, MO (AP) — Supporters of opening a new river port in central Missouri are one step closer to their goal. The Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission on Wednesday approved an application to create the Heartland Port Authority of Central Missouri near Jefferson City. The Jefferson City News-Tribune reports the commission’s decision mean the project can…