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Mercy College of Nursing reports record enrollment A local college reports more students pursuing a career in nursing than ever. Mercy College of Nursing and Health Sciences of Southwest Baptist University hit record enrollment with 746 students on the first day of classes Monday, Aug. 25. The previous record was 695 in 2009. “We are very excited about the future of our nursing, radiography and health sciences programs,” said Kezia Lilly, D.N.P., who became ...

Letter-grading plan for Arkansas schools to go on view Arkansas' more than 1,000 public schools will soon be graded with the same A-through-F rating system the schools apply to their students. The letter-grade system, required by changes in state law in 2013, is in the final stages of development. If approved by the state Board of Education later this year, letter grades will replace an older, little-noticed practice of rating schools on a 1-to-5 scale. The ...

Empire District Electric seeks rate increase A local electric company is asking its customers to dig a little deeper. The Empire District Electric Company has filed a request with the Missouri Public Service Commission seeking 5.5 percent rate increase. If approved by the MPSC, a residential customer using 1,000 kilowatt hours would see a monthly increase of about $9.87. Empire says it needs the rate increase to pay for installation of the Air ...

State senator, former local prosecutor to serve on justice panel A local state lawmaker wants to take a closer look at Missouri’s justice system. Sen. Bob Dixon, R-Springfield, announced organizational meeting of the new Joint Committee on the Justice System will take place on Sept. 9 at the State Capitol. At this meeting, the panel will choose leaders and will discuss plans for the committee during the 2015 legislative session. Senator Dixon sponsored the legislation establishing ...

Historic farms to be recognized at Missouri event  Missouri farms that have been in the same family for at least 100 years will be recognized at an event in southwest Missouri. The "Salute to Century Farms" is being held Tuesday night at the Round Barn Event Center east of Ash Grove. The site features a barn built in 1880 that is thought to be the earliest round barn in Missouri. Besides recognizing century farms, an ...

Missouri ranks low in list of best states to live It's hard to believe, but experts are arguing that Missouri is not a great state to live-in. A study conducted by CNBC ranked Missouri third from last on a list of best states to live. Only Oklahoma and Tennessee ranked lower. The study considered crime rate, local attractions, health care and the environment. So the question becomes -- do those factors have the same negative influence on the ...

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Pressure mounts on Pakistan leader to quit as protests continue
Pakistan's PM Sharif speaks with the media during a new conference in New DelhiBy Maria Golovnina and Mehreen Zahra-Malik ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif came under new pressure to resign on Friday as thousands massed outside his residence following more than two weeks of demonstrations against his rule. Protesters led by former cricketer Imran Khan and cleric Tahir ul-Qad have have been camped outside parliament for more than two weeks. Pakistan has been ruled by the military for more than half its history, and the army stepped in this week to try to defuse the unrest.

Penn State tops UCF 26-24 with last-second FG
DUBLIN (AP) — Penn State won a thrilling season opener with a 36-yard field goal as time expired to defeat the University of Central Florida 26-24 in front of a raucous 55,000-strong crowd in Ireland.

Kvitova joins ranks of US Open fallen, Djokovic cruises
Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic plays against Aleksandra Krunic of Serbia during their 2014 US Open women's singles match on August 30, 2014 in New YorkWimbledon champion Petra Kvitova became the fifth top 10 seed to exit the US Open in the first week when she was knocked out by Serbian world number 145 Aleksandra Krunic on Saturday. Third seeded Kvitova lost the third round tie 6-4, 6-4 to the pint-sized 21-year-old from Belgrade, who came through qualifying and had never won a match at a major before this year's event. Kvitova joins second seed Simona Halep, fourth-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska, Angelique Kerber, the sixth seed, and eighth-seeded Ana Ivanovic in failing to make the fourth round. The 24-year-old Kvitova dropped serve five times and committed 34 unforced errors against the 5ft 4in (1.63m) Krunic who divides her time between the pro tour and studying for a university economics degree.

LLWS star Mo'Ne Davis headed to WNBA conf. finals
Little League World Series sensation Mo'Ne Davis is heading to the conference finals in Minnesota on Sunday.

Pakistani protesters head toward premier's house
Pakistani protesters run during clashes near prime minister's home in Islamabad, Pakistan, Saturday, Aug. 30, 3014. Pakistani police fired tear gas at thousands of protesters as they tried to march toward the prime minister’s home in the capital on Saturday, blanketing the route with clouds of white smoke and scattering demonstrators. (AP Photo/Anjum NaveedISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistani police fired tear gas at thousands of protesters as they tried to march toward the prime minister's home in the capital on Saturday, blanketing the route with clouds of white smoke and scattering demonstrators.