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Wright County voters to decide on 911 tax Next week Wright County voters will decide on the fate of the county's 911 operations. Right now when you call 911 in Wright County, you'll be put in touch with Wright County dispatchers, but that won't be the case if voters don't approve a new 3/8 cent sales tax next week "We've spent 20 plus years of teaching kids to dial 911, we'd like to just keep ...

Ghost town in Greene County reveals memories, mysteries of a bygone era In this haunting season, you might not be aware of a ghost town sitting right in our back yard.    There isn’t left of the community of Phenix, which was tucked away in the hills north of Ash Grove.  It was once one of the largest towns in Greene County. Now it’s a ghost town.  The place isn’t so much haunted.  But, the situation could be considered ...

Rountree Neighborhood preps for hundreds of trick-or-treaters      The Rountree Halloween parade will go from 5:30 to 6 from Delmar to Madison street on Friday October 31st. ...

Sample Ballots: November 2014 Election Voters across the viewing area can go to the polls on Tuesday, Nov. 4.   Click the links to see the sample ballots for each county. The polls are open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.  Voters can vote absentee at their county clerk's office until 5 p.m. Monday.  Some county clerks will be open on Saturday for absentee voters. Missouri Bar Association information on judges ...

Cards exercise Lackey option at big league minimum ST. LOUIS (AP) — The St. Louis Cardinals have exercised their 2015 contract option on pitcher John Lackey, which is at the major league minimum. The right-hander agreed to an $82.5 million, five-year contract with Boston in December 2009 that contained a provision for a conditional team option at the minimum if he missed a season due to specified injury. Lackey did not pitch in 2012 ...

Republican Congressman faces familiar Democratic, Libertarian opponents Next Tuesday, some of the 750,000 voters across southwest Missouri will decide if they want to keep the incumbent or send a new 7th District congressman to Washington. The jovial Republican incumbent, Rep. Billy Long, faces familiar Democratic and Libertarian opponents.   Soft-spoken retired teacher Jim Evans, who ran in 2012, is the Democrat.   Libertarian Party candidate Kevin Craig has been on the Congressional ballot ...

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Sniffer dogs join search for Sri Lanka mudslide victims
A road damaged after a landslide caused by heavy monsoon rains in Koslanda village in central Sri Lanka on October 30, 2014Sniffer dogs were brought in Friday to join the search for bodies at a tea plantation in Sri Lanka, two days after a major mudslide buried alive scores of people.

Hong Kong protesters: Images of determination
In this Oct. 10, 2014 photo, Hacken Tse, 38, a freelance photographer, poses for a portrait on a main road in an occupied area near government headquarters in Hong Kong. Tse said "It has increased people’s civil awareness, but the youngsters have yet to learn many things. The development of the movement has come to a time when they should take a turn, but they still haven’t realized it. Some people just want to get the aura of glory, yet have done nothing since the beginning. They don’t know their rights and duty.” (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)HONG KONG (AP) — On the evening of Sept. 28, Hong Kong police struggling to hold back thousands of democracy protesters unleashed dozens of rounds of tear gas in a failed attempt to disperse them. When the smoke cleared, Hong Kong had changed. Many young people who previously were indifferent to politics say they experienced an awakening.

Illinois Dems dig deep to keep governor's office
CHICAGO (AP) — At first blush, Illinois would seem to be a lock for an incumbent Democratic governor: The population leans left. Democrats control most of state government, and this year's race is likely to turn on the Chicago area, one of the few places President Barack Obama can still bring large crowds to their feet.

Former NBA player to argue for conviction reversal
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A former NBA player convicted in a real estate Ponzi scheme was due in court to argue for a new trial.

Ebola victim's fiancée struggles to rebuild life
DALLAS (AP) — The fiancée of Ebola victim Thomas Eric Duncan is struggling to recover after losing her future husband along with most of her personal belongings, and she says she is effectively homeless due to the lingering stigma of the virus.