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State is enforcing temporary no-wake rule on entire Lake of the Ozarks Following heavy rainfall that caused water levels at the Lake of Ozarks to raise dramatically, Gov. Jay Nixon on Thursday directed the Missouri Department of Public Safety and the Missouri State Highway Patrol to institute a no-wake policy at the Lake of the Ozarks, effective immediately.  Lake management officials anticipate releases from Bagnell Dam will take the lake level below 661 feet (above sea level) so ...

Pictures: Bagnell Dam water release draws crowd at Lake of the Ozarks Ameren Missouri has opened the flood gates at Bagnell Dam at Lake of the Ozarks. Consulting engineer Alan Sullivan said 11 of the dam’s 12 flood gates were opened to 10 percent after the area recorded three inches of rain in the overnight hours. More than 40,000 cubic feet per second are flowing through the gates. Operators also ordered Truman Dam to close its gates to ...

High water brings boating restrictions to Lake of the Ozarks At the direction of Gov. Jay Nixon, the Missouri Department of Public Safety and the Missouri State Highway Patrol have instituted a no wake policy at the Lake of the Ozarks effective immediately.  This policy is in effect for the entire lake area.  Emergency responders will be the only exemption to this restriction. As of July 2, the Lake of the Ozarks is at 662.5 feet; ...

Pictures: Finley River rises fast from heavy rains in Ozark KY3's Ethan Forhetz snapped these photos of the fast-rising Finley River in Ozark Thursday.  This is the second time in a few weeks the river has been out of its banks. ...

Suspect for murder in Kansas may be in Springfield area The Kansas Bureau of Investigation and the Pittsburg Police Department both offer $5,000 rewards -- $10,000 total -- for information leading to the arrest of Bryan Bridges for the murder of Taylor Thomas on Oct. 9, 2014. Bridges, 20, is 5-foot-7, 170 pounds.  His race is Laotian and Caucasian, but he may claim to be Hispanic. Anyone with information about Bridges’ whereabouts can contact the Kansas Bureau ...

Fort Leonard Wood soldiers return from Iraq A squad-size element of military police Soldiers with the 13th Military Police Company, 92nd MP Battalion returned home to Fort Leonard Wood Wednesday from Iraq. These nine Soldiers provided protective services while deployed to Iraq for four months. Capt. Aaron McDaniel, 13th MP Co. commander, along with Families, friends and fellow Soldiers welcomed the troops home. ...

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How Obama reversed course on federal college ratings
President Barack Obama arrives to speak at the University of Wisconsin at La Crosse, in La Crosse, Wis., Thursday, July 2, 2015, about the economy and to promote a proposed Labor Department rule that would make more workers eligible for overtime. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama dearly wanted to get the government in the business of rating colleges and universities based on value and affordability, promising a new system by 2015. Now that goal is shriveling under the weight of a concerted opposition from universities, lawmakers and bureaucrats in Obama's own administration.

Tiger Woods shoots 4-under 66 at Greenbrier Classic
Tiger Woods tips his ball to the crowd after a birdie on the 16th hole during the first round of the Greenbrier Classic golf tournament at the Greenbrier Resort in White Sulphur Springs, W.Va., Thursday, July 2, 2015. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. (AP) — Tiger Woods has rebounded from a dismal U.S. Open with a 4-under-par 66 in the opening round of The Greenbrier Classic.

Authorities: Suspect high on meth during Arizona killings
In this July 1, 2015 photo, Pinal County sheriff's deputies and investigators dig behind a home in Maricopa, Ariz., looking for clues in the disappearance of Michael and Tina Careccia. The bodies of the couple were recovered from a property near their home. Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu says officers arrested 38-year-old Jose Valenzuela and booked him into jail on suspicion of first-degree murder. (David Kadlubowski/The Arizona Republic via AP) MARICOPA COUNTY OUT - NO MAGS- NO SALES - MANDATORY CREDITFLORENCE, Ariz. (AP) — A missing Phoenix-area couple were killed and buried in the yard of a man who told investigators he was high on methamphetamine when he shot the husband and wife, authorities said Thursday.

Documents: Mexican army ordered troops to 'kill criminals'
FILE - This July 3, 2014 file photo shows bullet holes and splattered blood on the wall of an an unfinished warehouse, where bodies of suspected criminals were found after an alleged gun battle with soldiers, on the outskirts of San Pedro Limon in Mexico state, Mexico. A Mexican human rights group released documents Thursday, July 2, 2015, that show high-ranking officers had given soldiers standing orders to “kill criminals” ahead of last year’s army slaying of the suspected criminals. The army opened a criminal investigation the same day of the incident, yet issued a press release saying the suspected criminals had died in a gun battle. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell, File)MEXICO CITY (AP) — A human rights group said Thursday that military documents show high-ranking officers had given Mexican soldiers standing orders to kill criminals ahead of an army mass slaying of suspected cartel members after they surrendered.

Gimmicks and technology: California learns to save water
Cars drives by a sign encouraging residents to save water on Thursday, July 2, 2015 in Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif. The 154,000-customer water district in wealthy southern Orange County had achieved only a 3 percent water reduction rate in the previous 11 months, but that number jumped to 18 percent in May. State water officials cited the Santa Margarita Water District on Wednesday as it announced a record statewide water savings of 29 percent overall in the drought-stricken state, which is experiencing its driest period in recorded history. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)RANCHO SANTA MARGARITA, Calif. (AP) — Billboards and TV commercials, living room visits, guess-your-water-use booths, and awards for water stinginess — a wealthy swath of Orange County that once had one of the worst records for water conservation in drought-stricken California is turning things around, proving it's possible to get people to change their ways.