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Communities make pitch for new Arkansas prison Several Arkansas cities and counties have submitted proposals to host a proposed $100 million prison that would house maximum-security inmates in the state. Friday is the deadline for communities to submit paperwork if they want to be home to the new prison, which officials say is needed to accommodate the fast-growing inmate population. The Legislature must approve funding when it meets next year for the project ...

Professor fuses science with nail polish You might see Dr. Erin Buchanan teaching statistical and research psychology at Missouri State University, or find her tucked away in her office, working on a scientific paper, surrounded by her psychology texts, degrees, and awards for her research. Either way, the colorful personality of this recently tenured associate professor is hard to miss. "I'm big in my science area but I'm also known for my high ...

PHOTOS: Farewell to a fallen firefighter in Alton Alton's fire and police chief, Eddie Johnson, was remembered in funeral services Friday. He died in a crash while driving to a house fire. (Photos by Eric Neilsen) ...

Student brings gun to northwest Missouri middle school A middle school student in northwest Missouri was taken into custody after pulling out an unloaded gun in the lunchroom. The incident happened around 11:30 a.m. Friday at Lathrop Middle School. Superintendent Chris Fine says many other students were present when the boy waved the gun at the end of the lunch period. The school's principal heard about the gun and safely took it from the student, then ...

United flight makes emergency landing at Springfield Airport A United Express flight bound for Denver had to make an emergency landing at Springfield-Branson National Airport Friday afternoon. Airport spokesman Kent Boyd says the craft left from Birmingham, Ala. and began experiencing cabin depressurization. Air traffic controllers diverted the flight to Springfield where it landed without incident just before 5:30 p.m. Boyd says passengers and crew were treated on the scene for symptoms of depressurization, including ...

Missouri ranks 44th in the nation for energy efficiency A new report shows Missourians are not making the grade when it comes to going green. The Show Me State is ranked 44th in the entire county. It's a nearly 200 page report card from the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy. Missouri got a 3 out of 20 when it comes to public benefits, programs and policies. Missouri also got red marks for not having statewide green building ...

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Navajo officials mull election amid confusion
FILE - In this Oct. 9, 2014, file photo, Navajo presidential candidate Chris Deschene speaks to supporters in Window Rock, Ariz. Deschene has lost another round in a language fluency dispute, all but ending his bid for office. The tribe's high court on Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014, upheld a ruling from a lower court that said Deschene is not qualified to seek the top elected post because he doesn't speak fluent Navajo. (AP Photo/Felicia Fonseca, File)PHOENIX (AP) — Navajo election officials failed to decide Friday whether to follow an order by the tribe's top court to postpone a presidential race that's less than two weeks away.

Two deputies killed, two others hurt in California shooting spree
SACRAMENTO Calif. (Reuters) - Two California sheriff's deputies were killed and two others were wounded in a shooting spree that started in a motel parking lot in Sacramento on Friday, authorities said. The two suspects, described on Twitter by the California Highway Patrol as a man and a woman, both Hispanic and heavily armed, were taken into custody, police said. The incident began on Friday morning in the parking lot of a Motel 6 when a deputy, later identified as Danny Oliver, 47, approached a vehicle considered to be suspicious, said Sacramento County Sheriff Lieutenant R.L. Davis. ...

Washington school shooting suspect left unhappy tweets
By Bill Rigby SEATTLE (Reuters) - A high school student believed to have shot to death a classmate and wounded four others on Friday at his campus north of Seattle was a popular homecoming prince but appeared on social media as a heart broken and sometimes angry adolescent. Police offered no motive for why Jaylen Fryberg, a freshman at Marysville-Pilchuck High School in Marysville, walked into his school cafeteria and shot his fellow students. Rebecca Cooley, the mother of a boy at the school, said Frysberg was a well-known football player who recently was on the homecoming court at the ...

Remains belong to missing Virginia student
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Remains found nearly a week ago in a rural area of Virginia are those of a missing university student, authorities said Friday, as they turned their attention to filing possible additional charges against the suspect accused of abducting her.

School gunman was Homecoming prince, students say
MARYSVILLE, Wash. (AP) — Police responded Friday to a high school north of Seattle following reports of a shooting.