Caterpillar closing 5 plants, cutting 670 jobs

EAST PEORIA, Ill. (AP) —Caterpillar says it plans to close five plants and trim about 670 jobs in Illinois and several other states, in the latest phase of a larger cost-cutting campaign announced last year. The mining and construction equipment company will cut about 230 jobs for office and production workers at a major manufacturing…

Mizzou professor reaches deal with prosecutors over assault charge

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) – The suspended University of Missouri professor who was charged with misdemeanor assault related to her clashes with two student journalists during campus protests in November has reached a deal with prosecutors. Columbia city prosecutor Steve Richey said Friday that assistant communications professor Melissa Click agreed to serve 20 hours of community service…