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  • Billy Porter breaks ground with acting Emmy win

    LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Billy Porter became the first openly gay man to win an Emmy Award for best actor in a drama series for his role in “Pose.” Porter won the Emmy on Sunday night as a first-time nominee for playing the character Pray Tell on the FX drama series. The fashionable singer-actor wore a glittered suit and a towering asymmetrical hat on the stage as he accepted the award. He beat out nominees that included Bob Odenkirk, Jason […]

  • Travel firm Thomas Cook holds talks to avoid a collapse

    LONDON (AP) _ Thomas Cook, one of the world’s oldest and largest travel companies, is holding talks with shareholders in a last-ditch bid to avoid going bankrupt. A collapse could leave around 150,000 travelers from Britain stranded, along with tens of thousands of travelers from other countries. The British government may have to lease planes to get its citizens home. Sunday’s meeting, first reported by Sky News, is taking place at the London-based law firm Slaughter & May. Officials from […]

  • Illinois state lawmakers to consider flavored vaping ban

    CHICAGO (AP) _ Illinois lawmakers will consider legislation this fall that would outlaw flavored vaping products and ban electronic cigarette use in indoor public spaces. The Chicago Tribune reports Democratic state Rep. Deb Conroy sponsored the bill, saying it’s become a “national health crisis.” Federal health officials say more than 500 people have been diagnosed with vaping-related breathing illnesses, though the cause remains unknown. Eight deaths have been reported, including one in Illinois. New York and Michigan have already approved […]

  • Illinois issues 300,000 REAL ID-compliant driver’s licenses

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) _ Illinois has issued about 300,000 state driver’s licenses that are compliant with a 2005 law aimed at strengthening rules for identification at airports and federal facilities. The (Springfield) State Journal-Register reports that after long delays, the Illinois Secretary of State is now processing thousands of the documents daily. The licenses that are compliant with the REAL ID Act of 2005 have a small gold circle with a white star in the middle. Those applying for a […]

  • Cardinals clinch playoff berth, sweep Cubs

    CHICAGO (AP) _ Paul Goldschmidt hit a tiebreaking double in the ninth inning and the St. Louis Cardinals clinched a playoff spot by rallying past the Chicago Cubs 3-2 on Sunday for their first four-game sweep at Wrigley Field in almost a century. NL Central-leading St. Louis qualified for the postseason for the first time since 2015 and stayed three games ahead of Milwaukee. It was the fifth consecutive win for the Cardinals, who came back for a 9-8 victory […]

  • Veterans Affairs medical center planned in Cape Girardeau

    CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. – Federal officials are planning a new $47.4 million Veterans Affairs health care center in Cape Girardeau. Officials at the John J. Pershing VA Medical Center in Poplar Bluff announced plans for the cente on Friday. The 43,000-square-foot health care center will be on a 7-acre site near SoutheastHEALTH’s cancer center. Libby Johnson, center director, said in a news release the clinic will house eight primary care teams, lab and radiology, eye and audiology clinics, pharmacy and […]

  • Dig comes up empty in search for 40-year-old cold case clues

    SCOTT CITY, Mo. – Investigators in southeast Missouri dug for evidence this past week hoping for clues in an unsolved crime from four decades ago, but once again, they came up empty. The Southeast Missourian reports that it was the latest disappointment in the 40-year-old disappearance of Cheryl Ann Scherer, a cold case that has baffled law enforcement and left Scherer’s family struggling to find closure. The Scott County Sheriff’s office said little after the dig on Monday, other than […]

  • Employee charged with making terror threat at Walmart

    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – A Jefferson City man is accused of threatening to shooting people at a Walmart where he worked. The Jefferson City News-Tribune reports 38-year-old Nicholas Pratte was charged Friday with second-degree making a terroristic threat. A probable cause statement said Pratte became upset after meeting with supervisors about his productivity. He allegedly made comments about getting a gun and shooting people. Police said Walmart management felt the threats were significant enough to hire outside security to safeguard […]

  • Missouri uses opportunistic defense to beat South Carolina

    COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) _ Missouri’s defense scored the easy way and the hard way as the Tigers beat South Carolina 34-14 on Saturday. Linebacker Cale Garrett recovered a fumble in the end zone for a touchdown and safety Ronnell Perkins returned an interception 100 yards for another score for the Tigers (3-1, 1-0 Southeastern Conference). South Carolina (1-3, 0-2 SEC) managed just 16 rushing yards and freshman quarterback Ryan Hilinski committed two costly turnovers. Missouri quarterback Kelly Bryant completed 19 […]

  • Molina, DeJong homer off Kimbrel, Cards beat Cubs 9-8

    CHICAGO (AP) _ Yadier Molina and Paul DeJong homered on Craig Kimbrel’s first two pitches in the ninth inning, and the St. Louis Cardinals handed the reeling Chicago Cubs their fifth straight loss with a wild 9-8 victory on Saturday. Marcell Ozuna also connected as the NL Central-leading Cardinals (88-67) won for the fifth time in six games. Dexter Fowler had two hits and two RBIs, and Paul Goldschmidt also drove in two runs. Chicago (82-73) used pinch-hit homers by […]

  • Columbia College volleyball player dies in apparent accident

    COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) _ Police say a 21-year-old Columbia College volleyball player Shelby Meyer has died in an apparent accident. Police say Shelby Meyer, a junior, was found dead Saturday morning at an apartment building in Columbia. She apparently fell while trying to climb a ladder to the apartment’s roof. No foul play is suspected but an investigation is continuing. Meyer, from Festus, transferred to Columbia College from Mineral Area Community College during the off-season. She played in all of […]

  • Missouri man who shot deputy facing federal indictment

    JOPLIN, Mo. – A federal grand jury has indicted a St. Louis man on charges related to the shooting of a Jasper County deputy in 2017. The Joplin Globe reports the federal indictment against 46-year-old E.F. Fitchpatrick was made public Friday, a day after he was sentenced to 10 years in prison on a state firearm conviction arising from the shooting of Deputy Nolan Murry at a Joplin motel. The federal indictment charges Fitchpatrick with conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and […]

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