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Despite frozen spending, plans go ahead to spruce up Missouri Capitol building Officials have selected the low bidder to undertake a renovation project involving the Missouri Senate chamber. The state Office of Administration says work should begin in mid-to-late October on the project. It chose a $429,000 bid from Five Oaks Associates, of Centralia. The project will remove staff offices that had been built in an open space overlooking the dais at the front of the chamber. The intent ...

Shootings in Willard were murder, suicide Greene County investigators say two fatal shootings on Monday night were by a husband who killed his estranged wife and then killed himself after fleeing into Dade County.  The victims were Sandra Pendergrass, 48, and Todd Pendergrass, 48. Edited news release from Greene County Sheriff's Department: On Monday evening, Greene County sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to a location near the 10000 block of West Farm Road 124, ...

City of Springfield outlines plans for addtional 10 police officers On the eve of Domestic Violence Awareness month, Springfield Police Chief Paul Williams announces that two of the 10 additional police positions to be added to the force will be domestic violence investigators. Like most communities, Springfield has seen a growing number of domestic violence cases over the past several years. Approximately one-fourth of Springfield homicides over the last few years and the majority of aggravated ...

Pictures: Police investigating murder-suicide in Willard Monday night Greene County investigators say two fatal shootings on Monday night were by a husband who killed his estranged wife and then shot himself after fleeing into Dade County.  The victims were Sandra Pendergrass, 48, and Todd Pendergrass, 48. ...

Contractor agrees to pay $26,000 for not rebuilding homes after Joplin tornado The Missouri Attorney General's Officer obtained a consent judgment against Clark Baxter, owner of Sustainable Design, for failing to provide construction materials and home-repair services after receiving money from victims of the tornado in May 2011.  Under the order, signed by Jasper County Circuit Court Judge Gayle Crane, Baxter is ordered to pay $26,000 in restitution and fines, and is permanently banned from doing business ...

Body of missing real estate agent was in shallow grave The Pulaski County Sheriff's Department says officers found the body of a real estate agent late Monday or early Tuesday.  Beverly Carter, 49, was missing since last Thursday night. The sheriff's department says Carter planned to show a house on Thursday night but she never returned home from the appointment.   That house is in Scott, just outside Little Rock. Officers arrested Arron Lewis, 33, on Monday morning ...

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Court mulls legality of firing for pot use off job
Brandon Coats, a quadriplegic medical marijuana patient who was fired by the Dish Network after failing a drug test more than four years ago, right, waits for the proceedings to begin with his mother, Donna Scharfenberg, at the Colorado Supreme Court in Denver on Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014. Coats' case highlights the clash between state laws that are increasingly accepting of marijuana use and employers' drug-free policies that won't tolerate it. (AP Photo/The Denver Post, Kathryn Scott Osler, Pool)DENVER (AP) — Pot may be legal in Colorado, but you can still be fired for using it.

Police: Shots fired at Ky. school, 1 student hurt
Students put their hands on their heads as they are lead out of Fern Creek High School in Louisville, Ky. on Tuesday, Sept. 30 2014 after a shooting. Officials said a student was injured and one person was being sought in connection with the incident. (AP Photo/The Courier-Journal, Scott Utterback)LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A high school student was injured and one person was being sought after a shooting at a high school in southern Louisville, police said Tuesday.

Ohio Wal-Mart where cops shot man pulls air rifles
CINCINNATI (AP) — Pellet guns have been pulled from shelves at the Ohio store where a 22-year-old man holding an air rifle was fatally shot by police, a Wal-Mart Stores Inc. spokesman said Tuesday.

Factbox - EBay CEO's comments since January on PayPal spinoff
(Reuters) - EBay Inc agreed on Tuesday to spin off its payments unit, PayPal, in the second half of 2015, after rebuffing activist investor Carl Icahn's proposal in January. Following are comments by eBay Chief Executive John Donahoe on PayPal spinoff since then: Jan. 22 - During fourth-quarter earnings call "PayPal and eBay make sense together for many reasons. First, eBay accelerates PayPal's success. Second, eBay data makes PayPal smarter. And third, eBay funds PayPal's growth." Feb. ...

Police on manhunt find pipe bombs in woods
BLOOMING GROVE, Pa. (AP) — State police searching for a man accused of killing a state trooper say they found two pipe bombs in the Pennsylvania woods during their manhunt.