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State grants full accreditation to local school district The State Board of Education has approved a district request to grant full accreditation to Swedeborg R-III schools based on performance in the district’s three most recent Annual Performance Reports (APR). “Swedeborg has made significant progress since its 2011 APR,” said Dennis Cooper, assistant commissioner in the Office of Quality Schools. “The Department is happy to make the recommendation for full accreditation based on the district’s ...

Man charged in vandalism at congressman's office  A Kansas City man has been charged with throwing two Molotov cocktails at a U.S. congressman's office on the anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. The U.S. attorney's office says 28-year-old Eric King was charged Wednesday in last week's attempted firebombing at Emanuel Cleaver's office in Kansas City. Police said a window was broken but that the alcohol-filled bottles failed to ignite before falling harmlessly outside ...

Senate passes McCaskill bill on reducing reports Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill says Americans will get more by getting less McCaskill, the Chairman of the Subcommittee on Financial & Contracting Oversight, applauded passage of a bipartisan bill to eliminate unnecessary reports compiled by federal government agencies: “I hope this bill will help Americans gain a little more confidence that their tax dollars are being spent wisely, by knowing that we’re helping put an end to ...

Rain not as widespread today Scattered showers will continue today but not nearly as much as yesterday. Highs will stay in the 70s for most. ...

Healthy tips for a better breakfast This month is Better Breakfast Month, dedicated toward making healthier choices in the morning. The goal is to encourage all of us to change our habits in small ways that allow us to get more energy from the food we eat. The reality is that most of us are rushing out the door in the morning and only have time to grab something on the go. Most ...

Long votes to authorize U.S. training of Syrian rebels The Republican-controlled House has voted to give President Barack Obama the authority for the U.S. military to train and arm moderate Syrian rebels. The bipartisan vote was 273-156 on Wednesday. Rep. Billy Long, (R ) Missouri-7th District, voted with the majority. “The threat to America and its interests that Islamic extremism represents must be defeated. I am pleased that the president has belatedly realized the danger of ...

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Ukraine reports sporadic violations of cease-fire
Ukrainian army paratroopers smoke cigarettes, at their position in Debaltsevo, Donetsk's region, Ukraine, Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014. The cease-fire between the separatists and the Ukrainian military in eastern Ukraine has largely held. (AP Photo/Efrrem Lukatsky)DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine's cease-fire appears largely to be holding, with one killing reported in the last two days in Donetsk, one of the hardest-hit cities in the conflict, officials said Thursday.

Whaling meeting heaps pressure on Japan - but rejects sanctuary bid
A humpback whale breaches at the Uramba Bahia Malaga natural park off the western coast of Colombia, on July 16, 2013The world's whaling watchdog agreed Thursday to toughen scrutiny of Antarctic hunts which Japan conducts in the name of science, but rejected a bid to expand protection in the South Atlantic.

MTV to air documentary about transgender youths
In this Sept. 6, 2014 image released by Starpix, actress Laverne Cox poses at the Herve Leger by Max Azria Spring 2015 show during Fashion Week in New York. Cox will host a documentary on MTV and Logo next month that profiles seven young transgenders. The special, "Laverne Cox Presents: The T Word," will air simultaneously on the two channels on Oct. 17. Cox, a transgender actress, was nominated for an Emmy Award for her role in Netflix's "Orange is the New Black." (AP Photo/Starpix, Amanda Schwab, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Laverne Cox will host a documentary on MTV and Logo next month that profiles seven young transgenders.

Couple in Craigslist slaying sentenced to life
SUNBURY, Pa. (AP) — A newlywed couple who lured a stranger to his death through a Craigslist ad were sentenced to life without parole by a judge who said they must be permanently removed from society.

Ukraine's Poroshenko warns of global threat from Russia
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko addresses a joint meeting of Congress at the US Capitol in Washington, on September 18, 2014Washington (AFP) - Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko on Thursday warned of a threat to "global security everywhere" posed by the Russian aggression against his nation.