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Kickoff rules have made returners restless

For the first time in NFL history, more than half of all kickoffs could end up as touchbacks this season, three years after the league moved the kickoff up from the 30-yard line to the 35 to reduce the number of returns and, therefore, the number of concussions.

Moberly to get air ambulance base

Air Evac Lifeteam announced Monday it's preparing to start construction of a heliport and facility on two acres at the Randolph County Ambulance District.

As food labels get closer look, ingredients vanish

The latest moves to swap out ingredients underscore the growing sway consumers have through sites such as Change.org, which lets people post petitions.

UPDATE: Joplin to continue negotiations over baseball team

The Joplin City Council voted Monday night to authorize a memorandum of understanding to work with WLD Suarez Baseball, the owners of the El Paso Diablos.

St. Louis, Kansas City rank high in volunteerism

The Volunteering and Civic Life in America report released Monday ranked the St. Louis metropolitan area eighth and the Kansas City region 11th for volunteer service in 2012.

NASA orders urgent spacewalk repairs at station

Station managers decided Tuesday to send two American astronauts out as soon as possible to replace a pump with a bad valve.

Ancient Stonehenge gets modern-day revamp

Tourists now arrive at a gleaming new timber-and-glass visitor center some 1.5 miles from Stonehenge. The famous stone circle tucked into the rolling green landscape is nowhere to be seen, at first.

Missouri officials checking if slain animal was wolf

A landowner in Wayne County contacted the agency after shooting the animal in late November.

U.S. budget heads to final passage

The measure is expected to clear the Senate and go to President Barack Obama for his signature on Wednesday.

Shaun White to compete in World Cup event

The greatest snowboarder of all time tweaked his left ankle during his first run in the halfpipe finals of an event in Breckinridge, Colo., on Saturday.

Kansas, Missouri join in annual bird count

Called the Christmas Bird Count, the citizen science effort started Saturday and will continue through Jan. 5, 2014, and will include area outings in Missouri and Kansas.

Eastern Missouri city bans all texting while driving

Manchester's law is stricter than state law, which bans texting while driving only for drivers 21 and younger. Commercial drivers are not allowed to use cell phones.

Figure skating to air live on TV from Sochi Games

If fans want to, they'll see the women's gold-medal-winning performance on NBCSN when it happens, instead of waiting until that evening.

Police action against homeless couple prompts lawsuit

The lawsuit contends that in late September, the two homeless people were standing at a busy intersection in Miner holding a sign that read, "Traveling. Anything helps. God bless." A Miner officer told them to leave and threatened them with arrest if they didn't.

Missouri to get more than $100,000 from insurance settlements

The state insurance department says Missouri will receive about $82,000 from Aviva and more than $36,000 from Midland National insurance companies.

Missouri man sentenced in son's drowning death

Shawn Winkfield-Maynard of St. Joseph was sentenced Monday for involuntary manslaughter in the August death of Kion Raheemadien Winkfield-Maynard.

 

Tough test prepares Missouri women's basketball for SEC

Led by senior Bri Kulas, Missouri women's basketball overcame the test presented by the Belmont Bruins. Missouri won 82-70 to improve to 10-1 on the season. 

New Year's celebration tickets on sale now with new changes

Columbia Eve Fest ticket sales went on sale Monday with new venue options and a block-party style setting.

Tigers get back to work in preparation for Cotton Bowl

After not having practice since its 59-42 loss to Auburn in the Southeastern Conference Championship game, the Missouri football team was back to work Monday.

Catholic growth in Columbia prompts reflection on the future

In November, members from the Diocese of Jefferson City met with parishioners in five listening sessions to talk about whether they would be willing to support the addition of a new parish, a new primary school or both.

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