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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Authorities in Missouri have announced that a man already in prison for a separate crime has been charged in the 2018 killing of a Kansas City woman whose body was found in rural wooded area months after she disappeared. 

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The Scripps National Spelling Bee will return this year in a mostly virtual format, with the in-person competition limited to a dozen finalists who will gather on an ESPN campus at Walt Disney World in Florida, Scripps announced Monday.

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O'FALLON, Mo. (AP) — The number of new Missouri coronavirus cases continued to decline on Monday, but state officials cite one cause for concern: Wastewater samples indicate the fast-spreading U.K. variant is “widespread” across the state.

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HOUSTON (AP) — Two days before the storm began, Houston’s chief elected official warned her constituents to prepare as they would for a major hurricane. Many took heed: Texans who could stocked up on food and water, while nonprofits and government agencies set out to help those who couldn’t.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Deadly weather will be hitting the U.S. more often, and America had better get better at dealing with it, experts said Wednesday as Texas and other states battled winter storms that blew past the worst-case planning of utilities, governments and millions of shivering citizens.

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When Antonio Ceballos moved from Mexico to Washington four years ago, he joined a community that prides itself on legacy. Neighborhoods, or "barrios," are seemingly filled with people who can trace their family lineage through generations of Franklin County citizenship. The title of “local” …

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TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (AP) — A Kansas woman was executed Wednesday for strangling an expectant mother in Missouri and cutting the baby from her womb, the first time in nearly seven decades that the U.S. government has put to death a female inmate.

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The city of Washington collected $175,000 more in sales tax revenue this past fiscal year compared to last fiscal year, according to figures released this week by Washington City Collector and Treasurer Mary Sprung.

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Fifty-nine new Franklin County residents were reported as COVID-19 positive Friday, among them a newborn girl in Beaufort, a 7-year-old child in Robertsville (sex not reported), an 83-year-old woman in St. Clair, an 83-year-old man in Villa Ridge and an 86-year-old woman in Washington. 

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An error in the enrollment number reported by the Washington School District’s central office to MSHSAA resulted in four of the high school’s seven fall athletic teams and three winter teams being bumped up a class higher than they otherwise would have been assigned had the number been correct.

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Locust Valley, a 27 single-family cottage-style home housing development located along Locust Street between Eighth and 10th streets, is set to have its grand opening weekend Nov. 14 through 15. 

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Students at St. Francis Borgia Regional High School are back to learning from home after administrators with the school district announced the district was implementing its hybrid learning model, which has students alternating which days they attend in-person classes.

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