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UPDATE: 2 suspects arrested in gas station shooting

Diondre J. Cooper, 19, was picked up by the Kansas City Police. Robert R. Simmons, 35, was arrested Friday evening in Columbia. They were both arrested on outstanding warrants in connection with the May 31 shooting at a Petro-Mart Station.

The Show-Me State Games have begun

The Show-Me State Games kicked off Friday after a torch relay and an opening ceremony complete with thousands of athletes from across the state, special guests and the lighting of the torch.

Suspect in home invasion robbery turns himself in

Adrien Lewon Wright, 18, is being held on a warrant in connection with the March robbery in which two men took a box containing an undisclosed amount of money. Police would not release information on the second suspect.

City Council to meet Tuesday on GetAbout Columbia projects

The meeting is meant to give the public an opportunity to be heard in determining the priorities for GetAbout Columbia infrastructure projects.

GetAbout Columbia proposals draw some support in Sixth Ward

More than 60 people attended a meeting describing plans to build bike paths, sidewalks and shared-use paths in the area.

Hyatt supports memorial for walkway collapse

A group seeking to build a memorial nearly 30 years after two walkways collapsed at the Hyatt Regency Crown Center is receiving support from the hotel.

State jobless rate fell in June; number of jobs slid, too

The June unemployment rate fell to 5.7 percent, down from a three-year high of 6 percent a month earlier. Missouri also lost 1,900 jobs.

Rabbi finds vegetarianism to be a religious ideal

Rabbi Yossi Feintuch says vegetarianism is a religious ideal. “When you read about the abuse of animals in our own industrial meat production, then you cannot say that God’s idea about compassion for animals is achieved,” he says. Feintuch blames the nature of modern-day factory farming. “When a shepherd slaughters his sheep, he has some personal sentiments for her, and he will do his best to make sure that she suffers the least, but that is not a value in the meat factory,” Feintuch says. “Judaism cannot be a part of that, as I see it.”

Work planned for I-70 between Stadium exit and Mo. River Bridge

Work will start Monday night from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. and will involve the westbound lanes.

State wraps up Ferguson hearing by calling original prosecutor

An expert in police interrogation testified for Ferguson in the morning. He said he doubted the validity of Charles “Chuck” Erickson’s confession, which first implicated Ferguson in the murder of Kent Heitholt.

Go fish! Philips Lake is now open to anglers

The quiet splash of a lure a few minutes past 7 a.m. on Friday was the only ceremony that marked the opening of Philips Lake as Columbia’s most recent public fishing area.

Fastest boaters finish Missouri 340

James Kaufman of Columbia and his teammate, Ryan Slebos, placed second in men’s tandem while Bryan Hopkins of Columbia finished in fifth place in the men’s solo division.

Drop in oil prices lowers price at the pump in Columbia

Drivers say the dip isn’t enough to relieve high gas prices, and it might not last.

Deal reportedly reached on Ballpark Village

The St. Louis Business Journal says preliminary work for the $650 million development is expected to begin later this summer. Construction will not be completed by next year’s All-Star game in St. Louis.

Community event planned to raise global warming awareness

A movie screening and public discussion will delve into solutions for global warming

Anti-tax group begins running TV ads against Luetkemeyer

The Washington-based Club for Growth, which has endorsed Republican rival Bob Onder, says it is spending $100,000 for the ads to attack Luetkemeyer as a supporter of higher taxes. A Luetkemeyer spokesman blasted the ad as ”a politically motivated distortion of Blaine Luetkemeyer’s record."

Nixon’s office wants special attorney general appointed in e-mail lawsuit

The attorney general’s office on Friday asked a state judge to name a special assistant attorney general to pursue a lawsuit against Gov. Matt Blunt over access to e-mail records.

Five elementary schools to get energy-efficient heating and cooling systems

The roughly $7 million project is intended to affect the most students possible while costing less than the old heating systems.

Poem by Pulitzer Prize winner donated to Southeast Missouri State University

The poem, “About a Little Girl,” was written by William Carlos Williams and will be kept in the rare book room of the university’s Kent Library. The family of the girl who the poem was written about donated the manuscript.

Florissant man drowns at Lake of the Ozarks

The Missouri State Water Patrol says Ronald Lichtenberg of Florissant was last seen Thursday afternoon on the steps of a retaining wall in Camden County. About 15 minutes later, he was found in the water. A neighbor tried unsuccessfully to revive him.

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