Congress Votes To Reopen Government, Passes Budget Deal

By ANDREW TAYLOR, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The House moved swiftly early Friday to reopen the federal government and pass a $400 billion budget deal, overcoming opposition from both liberal Democrats and tea party conservatives to endorse enormous spending increases despite looming trillion-dollar deficits. The 240-186 vote came in the pre-dawn hours, putting to bed…

Senate Celebrates Budget Deal, But Shutdown Still Possible

By ANDREW TAYLOR, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate leaders brokered a long-elusive budget agreement Wednesday that would shower the Pentagon and domestic programs with an extra $300 billion over the next two years. But both Democratic liberals and GOP tea party forces swung against the plan, raising questions about its chances just a day before…

Ceremony Planned To Mark 10th Anniversary Of Deadly Kirkwood City Hall Shooting

Kirkwood, MO  (KTRS)  A remembrance ceremony will be held tonight in observance of the tenth anniversary of the deadly shooting at Kirkwood City Hall. On the night of February 8, 2008, Charlie “Cookie” Thornton barged into a Kirkwood City Council meeting and opened fire. Police Sgt. William “Bill” Biggs , Officer Tom Ballman, Councilwoman Connie Karr,…