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Attention, Harry Potter fans

Missourian reporter Rebecca Delaney is blogging this weekend about "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows" and she really wants to hear from you.

Kansas lawmakers are steamed that Missouri ended tax deduction

Kansas lawmakers are upset about a new law in Missouri that eliminates an income tax deduction for Kansans who cross the state border to work.

Branson police investigate fatal stabbing at motel

Police are investigating the fatal stabbing of an Arkansas man at a Branson motel late Thursday.

If the case is determined to be a homicide, it would be the first slaying this year in the resort town and only the third since 2000.

Chemcentral accused of safety violations linked to Feb. blast in KC

Federal regulators today cited a chemical company for a series of alleged safety violations tied to an explosion at the company’s Kansas City distribution plant in February.

Target’s expansion plan gets OK, but not on open space variance

Target won zoning commission approval for its overall project to expand at Columbia Mall, but not for its plan to add parking by cutting open space.

Talking business with Kelly Sly

A Q & A with Kelly Sly, owner of Diggit Graphics.

Man convicted in trooper’s death

The subject of a 2005 manhunt has been convicted of second-degree murder in the death of a Missouri state trooper.

All eyes — and noses — on the hams

Thursday night was the check-in for the annual ham show at the Boone County Fair. The energy was palpable.

Commission tables vote on fraternity house rezoning

Alcohol, tobacco, increased noise and traffic levels were among the concerns raised by neighbors.

Authorities looking for sexual predator

Authorities in Missouri and Iowa are asking for the public’s help in locating a sexual predator believed to be hiding at truck stops along interstates.

Wrestling class receives high ranking

The Tigers’ recruiting class was ranked second in the nation by InterMat.com on Wednesday. Ohio State placed first. Hickman’s K.C. Pescaglia leads a group of four in-state athletes including Dom Bradley (Blue Springs), Trever Collins (Nixa) and Brandon Wiest (O’Fallon).

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Audit: Special tax districts have little government oversight

The number of special tax districts keeps growing and there’s no way to know whether the money is being used properly.

Lightning strike sets photo studio on fire

Only weeks after the death of her husband, Shirley Berg watched as smoke poured from the attic of her photo studio, gallery and home.

Rock Bridge names next principal

Ritter said her goals as principal include looking for ways to establish a more personal environment for students in a school that is growing steadily and having open communication with staff and parents.

Campaign finance limits reinstated by Supreme Court

The Missouri Supreme Court reinstated campaign contribution limits Thursday, but it’s unclear whether politicians will be forced to return millions of dollars they have collected since the limits were lifted in January.

Will Harry live?

In a matter of hours, J.K. Rowling’s spellbinding book series-turned-cultural phenomenon will draw to a close as fans the world over tear into their copies of the seventh and final novel, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.”

Powerful positions for residents

Four Columbia residents will soon join the ranks of the Columbia Water and Light advisory board to decide the future of the city’s power supply.

Happy D.A.R.E. campers

Local businesses and organizations sponsored the event, so the four days of activities, meals and learning were free to participants. Camp counselors were officers from the Columbia Police Department, Boone County Sheriff’s Department and the Jefferson City National Guard.

Paralympian will help open games

Register was good. Really good.

But in 1994, an injury changed everything.

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