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    Jefferson City celebrates with its "Salute to America" festival

    Posted 8:32 PM 7/4/2015 by Andrea Gonzales, KOMU 8 Reporter

    JEFFERSON CITY - People traveled from all over Missouri to attend the annual "Salute to America" festival in Jefferson City.

    People could enjoy rides, music and other events -- like a hot dog eating contest. Saturday was the second day of the two day festival. 

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    Mid-Missourians may be paying more than they have to for airfare

    Posted 8:21 PM 7/4/2015 by Andrea Gonzales, KOMU 8 Reporter

    COLUMBIA - Everyone in the country, including mid-Missourians, may be paying more than they have to for airfare. 

    The Department of Justice is investigating whether the nation's airlines have been colluding to keep airfares high by limiting the number of seats available.

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    Boaters return to the water at the Lake of the Ozarks

    Posted 6:57 PM 7/4/2015 by James Packard, KOMU 8 Reporter

    LAKE OZARK - Boaters returned to water skis, tubes and speedboats Saturday following a morning announcement that Thursday's "no-wake zone" restriction was lifted.

    The Missouri State Highway Patrol said water levels in the lake had fallen enough to allow boaters to make a wake. The Bagnell (More)

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    Women, minorities struggle on Missouri teaching exams

    Women, minorities struggle on Missouri teaching exams

    Posted 6:08 PM 7/4/2015 by The Associated Press

    ST. LOUIS (AP) - Woman and minorities failed Missouri exams to enter teaching programs and to gain certification at higher rates, raising concerns.

    The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that large numbers of college students failed the tests required to become teachers. And while some (More)

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    At 84, Harry Truman impersonator plans to finally retire

    At 84, Harry Truman impersonator plans to finally retire

    Posted 4:23 PM 7/4/2015 by The Associated Press

    INDEPENDENCE(AP) - A former history professor who has impersonated President Harry Truman more than 700 times is preparing to retire from his role as the 33rd president.

    The Kansas City Star reported that the first time Niel Johnson dressed up as Truman was in 1993 for a class he was (More)

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    Fire in the sky celebration kicks off in Columbia

    Posted 4:15 PM 7/4/2015 by Blair Ussary, KOMU 8 Reporter

    COLUMBIA - The Fire in the Sky will begin on Saturday evening in celebration for the Fourth of July.

    It was the 63rd annual Fire in the Sky celebration. Entertainment and other activities will begin at 6:30 pm at Flat Branch Park and Peace Park. The fireworks shot off from the top of Sixth (More)

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    Armed robbers hit fireworks tent in southwest Missouri

    Armed robbers hit fireworks tent in southwest Missouri

    Posted 3:39 PM 7/4/2015 by The Associated Press

    REPUBLIC (AP) - Armed robbers stole from a church-run fireworks stand in southwest Missouri.

    KYTV reported that authorities were investigating Saturday after three masked robbers entered the tent in front of Republic's Walmart store around midnight. Police didn't immediately release descriptions of the suspects.

    No one was injured in the robbery.

     

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    Bicyclist dies while riding with friends in Springfield

    Bicyclist dies while riding with friends in Springfield

    Posted 3:37 PM 7/4/2015 by The Associated Press

    SPRINGFIELD(AP) - A bicyclist died after falling and hitting his head on the pavement on the southern edge of Springfield.

    KYTV reported that the accident happened Friday morning while the man was riding with friends near a subdivision off U.S. 65. Police didn't immediately release the bicyclist's name or any other details.

     

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    Police identify man shot dead in St. Louis

    Police identify man shot dead in St. Louis

    Posted 3:33 PM 7/4/2015 by The Associated Press

    ST. LOUIS (AP) - Police were investigating the shooting death of a 53-year-old man in St. Louis.

    The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that Willie Edwards, of north St. Louis County, was found dead early Friday. Police said Edwards had been shot in the abdomen and buttocks.

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    Springfield teacher charged with sexual abuse

    Springfield teacher charged with sexual abuse

    Posted 1:22 PM 7/4/2015 by The Associated Press

    SPRINGFIELD (AP) - A Springfield teacher was charged with sexually abusing a foster child in her care.

    The Springfield News-Leader reported that the 32-year-old woman was arraigned Thursday in Greene County on charges of statutory sodomy and child endangerment. She was released after (More)

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    2 bodies found in rural northwest Missouri home

    2 bodies found in rural northwest Missouri home

    Posted 12:25 PM 7/4/2015 by The Associated Press

    ST. JOSEPH (AP) - Authorities found the bodies of a 72-year-old man and a 76-year-old woman in a rural northwest Missouri home.

    Buchanan County deputies were responding to a request to check on the well-being of the residents when the discovery was made early Saturday.

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    Trooper: 2 killed by semitrailer along Oklahoma turnpike

    Trooper: 2 killed by semitrailer along Oklahoma turnpike

    Posted 12:06 PM 7/4/2015 by The Associated Press

    MIAMI, Okla. (AP) - The Oklahoma Highway Patrol said two people from Missouri died after they were hit by a semitrailer following a separate accident.

    Troopers said three vehicles were traveling east on the Will Rogers Turnpike near Miami on Saturday morning when a truck broke down. They (More)

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    Wet ground in St. Louis area is a factor in toppled trees

    Wet ground in St. Louis area is a factor in toppled trees

    Posted 10:33 AM 7/4/2015 by The Associated Press

    BRENTWOOD (AP) - The wettest June on record in St. Louis has caused rivers to rise and saturate farmland. It's also a factor in an unexpected problem - toppling trees.

    For trees already suffering from other problems, the extremely wet ground is allowing some, including old and tall trees (More)

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