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No. 19 Florida edges No. 13 Kansas 67-61

Scottie Wilbekin scored a career-high 18 points, Dorian Finney-Smith added 15 and No. 19 Florida held on to beat No. 13 Kansas 67-61 on Tuesday night.

Hickman boys basketball win opener at tournament in Blue Springs

The Hickman boys basketball team more than doubled the point total of its opponent Tuesday at the Blue Springs tournament. Hickman handled Schlagle High School 96-45.

Tolton girls basketball defeats Sacred Heart School

The girls basketball team from Fr. Tolton Regional Catholic High School earned a 56-39 win Tuesday over Sedalia's Sacred Heart School.

UPDATE: Missouri governor signs $1.7 billion Boeing incentive plan

Lawmakers approved the measure during a one-week special session last week. The incentives will be an important part of Missouri's bid to assemble the jetliner.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Seat belts can save lives

Wearing seatbelts is the law and could save your live. Yet only 79.4 percent of Missourians actually use their seat belts.

Blues edge Jets 2-1

Kevin Shattenkirk scored a power-play goal at 16 minutes, 58 seconds of the third period to give the St. Louis Blues a 2-1 win over the Winnipeg Jets on Tuesday night.

SE Louisiana penalized by NCAA over eligibility

The NCAA is penalizing Southeastern Louisiana for a lack of institutional control after 137 athletes over five years were allowed to compete in sports while academically ineligible.

European probe on course for a landing on a comet

The European Space Agency plans to land an unmanned spacecraft on a comet next year in an unprecedented and exquisitely tricky mission that has been underway for almost a decade and is about to enter a critical new phase.

 

Mississippi River low again; rock removal begins

The corps said Tuesday that contractors will remove about 2,800 cubic yards of rock over the next several months from the bottom of river in an attempt to keep the river open to barge traffic.

Obama, Cuba's Raul Castro greet each other with handshake

In a year that has seen both sides take small steps at improving the relationship, the gesture stoked talk of further rapprochement.

Joplin chief named Missouri police chief of year

The association recognizes a police chief each year for outstanding law enforcement experience, organizational affiliations, innovative programs and dedication to service.

Balanced Illinois defeats Dartmouth 72-65

Illinois didn't play quite as rough as it did in its last home game, a 57-55 escape against Indiana Purdue-Fort Worth on Nov. 29, but the Illini still have some ragged edges in their game.

Reigning Olympic skating champ out of Sochi Games

Reigning Olympic figure skating champion Evan Lysacek announced Tuesday that a torn labrum in his left hip will keep him from competing in Sochi. After two months of aggressive treatment, doctors told Lysacek last week the injury was not going to improve and he was risking permanent damage if he kept training.

No. 17 Iowa State's offense clicking

If there's any team in the country that can get buckets when they need them, it's the Cyclones. Iowa State entered Tuesday ranked third in the nation in scoring at 91.7 points a game. The Cyclones are shooting 49.3 percent from the field, 37.4 percent from 3-point range and are averaging over 10 3s a game.

Mill Creek boundaries altered to ease overcrowding

The Columbia School Board voted to change Mill Creek Elementary School boundary lines to ease overcrowding. It tabled some decisions related to the boundary lines until its January meeting.

UPDATE: Gov. Nixon announces plan to build new state psychiatric facility

Gov. Jay Nixon announced Monday his proposal to fund a new psychiatric facility at Fulton State Hospital, estimated to cost $211 million. The current facilities are crumbling, he said.

Missouri players split on Cotton Bowl invite

Henry Josey was all smiles after Sunday night's bowl announcement, while L'Damian Washington's mind was still on what could have been.

UPDATE: Federal court stays Nicklasson's Wednesday execution

Allen Nicklasson is scheduled to die at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday for killing Richard Drummond, a businessman who stopped to help when he saw a car stranded along Interstate 70 in 1994.

First snow of the season powders Columbia

Snow began falling in Columbia at 6 a.m. Sunday. Only 0.2 inches accumulated, but the icy conditions caused accidents on the highway, especially on bridges.

HealthCare.gov improving, but still not perfect

HealthCare.gov relaunched Dec. 2 and navigators in Columbia say the website has improved. Since its Oct. 1 launch, the website has had several registration and login issues.

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