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Thursday 07/02/2015
Venable homer boosts Padres over Cards 5-3 in 11 innings

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Will Venable was hardly the ideal choice to grab a bat cold off the bench. Good thing Padres interim manager Pat Murphy didn't know Venable had been 1 for 17 as a pinch hitter.

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AL Central-leading Royals fall to second-place Twins, 2-0

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Royals had just lost their fourth straight, getting shut out for the second time, and manager Ned Yost was hardly thinking about their impotent offense Thursday night.

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Second-place Twins beat AL Central-leading Royals, 2-0

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — With his pitch count well into triple-digits and the Twins clinging to a one-run lead, even Kyle Gibson thought Paul Molitor was going to bring in a reliever for him.

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Padres 5, Cardinals 3, 11 innings,

San DiegoSt. Louis
abrhbi abrhbi
UptnJr cf6020Wong 2b5010
DeNrrs 1b5000MCrpnt 3b4221
Kemp rf3000JhPerlt ss6020
Upton lf4100Heywrd rf5021
Solarte 3b3111Molina c5001
Amarst 3b2000Grichk lf4000
Gyorko 2b5010Rynlds 1b5000
Hedges c3011Bourjos cf4000
Barmes ss4110Cooney p2110
T.Ross p2111GGarci ph0000
Mdlrks ph1000Soclvch p0000
Maurer p0000Choate p0000
Benoit p0000Scrggs ph1010
Alonso ph0000Rosnthl p0000
Kelley p0000Villanv p1000
Venale ph1112
Kimrel p0000
Totals39585Totals42393

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Twins 2, Royals 0

MinnesotaKansas City
abrhbi abrhbi
Dozier 2b4000AEscor ss4000
TrHntr rf4010Mostks 3b3010
Mauer 1b4020L.Cain cf4010
Plouffe 3b2000Hosmer 1b3010
ERosar lf4010KMorls dh4000
Sano dh4010AGordn lf2000
SRonsn pr-dh0100S.Perez c4000
KSuzuk c3110Rios rf3000
EdEscr ss3021Infante 2b3010
DaSntn cf4021JDyson pr0000
C.Colon 2b0000
Totals322102Totals30040

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Caps get Sochi shootout star Oshie from Blues for Brouwer

ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) — T.J. Oshie is looking forward to joining Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom with the Washington Capitals, who acquired the Sochi Olympics shootout star from the St. Louis Blues on Thursday for Troy Brouwer.

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Cardinals place OF Jon Jay on 15-day disabled list

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The St. Louis Cardinals placed outfielder Jon Jay on the 15-day disabled list with a left wrist stress reaction and bone bruise on Thursday, making room on the roster for call-up Tim Cooney to start against the San Diego Padres.

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Police: Bomb found in car during Missouri traffic stop

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri man arrested after police said they found an improvised explosive device in his vehicle has previous convictions for drug possession and domestic assault.

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Arkansas Republican caucuses plan religious protections

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas state Senate Republicans are working on legislation to reinforce protections for religious organizations in response to last week's U.S. Supreme Court ruling legalizing gay marriage nationwide.

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Twins recall star prospect Miguel Sano from Double-A

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Even the few Minnesota Twins fans who turned up in Kansas City on Thursday night were quick to recognize Miguel Sano, the strapping slugger standing on the top step of the dugout.

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Hot Springs board votes to buy remnants of historic hotel

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (AP) — The Hot Springs City Board has voted to buy the remnants of the historic Majestic Hotel downtown.

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Cardinals fire scouting director Correa amid hacking scandal

FILE - In this Monday, April 27, 2015 file photo, St. Louis Cardinals General Manager John Mozeliak addresses members of the media prior to a baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies, in St. Louis. The St. Louis Cardinals say they have fired scouting director Chris Correa, Thursday, July 2, 2015. The Cardinals declined to say why, but the team is the subject of an FBI investigation into the hacking of the Houston Astros player personnel database. Last month, an attorney hired by the team said chairman Bill DeWitt Jr. and general manager John Mozeliak were not targets of the investigation. (AP Photo/Billy Hurst, File)

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Cardinals fire scouting director Correa amid hacking scandal

FILE - In this Thursday, Dec. 8, 2011 file photo, newly hired Houston Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow answers a question during a news conference in Houston. Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow led the Cardinals' data-based scouting system before leaving for Houston after the 2011 season. The St. Louis Cardinals say they have fired scouting director Chris Correa, Thursday, July 2, 2015. The Cardinals are the subject of an FBI investigation into the hacking of the Houston Astros player personnel database. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)

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Cardinals fire scouting director Correa amid hacking scandal

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The St. Louis Cardinals said Thursday they have fired scouting director Chris Correa, the first known fallout from the hacking scandal that has resulted in a federal investigation into whether the team illegally got inside the player personnel database of the Houston Astros.

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'No-wake' policy in effect at Missouri's Lake of the Ozarks

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has implemented a "no-wake" policy at the Lake of the Ozarks after heavy rains raised the water levels.

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Benton unveils inflatable mascot named Ben

BENTON, Ark. (AP) — Benton officials have unveiled a middle-aged inflatable mascot designed to promote economic growth.

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2 suspects in wounding of agent in Arkansas

TEMPLE, Texas (AP) — Investigators say two men are in custody as suspects in the wounding of a federal drug agent in Arkansas.

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Arkansas agency makes change with health exchange shift

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A shift in governance over the state's health insurance exchanges has prompted the Arkansas Insurance Department to dissolve one oversight division and create another one.

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Clinton to speak at La Raza conference in Kansas City

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has announced plans to speak at an upcoming conference in Kansas City.

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Centene makes $6.3B bid for fellow insurer Health Net

The building housing Centene Corporation headquarters is seen Thursday, July 2, 2015, in Clayton, Mo. Centene has jumped into the mix of managed-care companies scrambling to bulk up as the health care overhaul changes their business with a $6.3-billion bid for fellow insurer Health Net. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

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Centene makes $6.3B bid for fellow insurer Health Net

The building housing Centene Corporation headquarters is seen Thursday, July 2, 2015, in Clayton, Mo. Centene has jumped into the mix of managed-care companies scrambling to bulk up as the health care overhaul changes their business with a $6.3-billion bid for fellow insurer Health Net. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

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Centene makes $6.3B bid for fellow insurer Health Net

Centene has jumped into the mix of managed-care companies scrambling to bulk up as the health care overhaul changes their business with a $6.3-billion bid for fellow insurer Health Net.

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Gov. Hutchinson names 3 to Arkansas Board of Education

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Gov. Asa Hutchinson has made three appointments, including a top Wal-Mart official, to the board which governs education in Arkansas.

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Arkansas ends budget year with larger surplus than expected

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Three months of good tax returns and several pots of one-time money have left the state with a larger surplus than expected, Arkansas finance officials said Thursday.

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Plane diverts to Ohio airport after alleged threats by flier

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Officials say a plane headed from St. Louis to Washington, D.C., was diverted to central Ohio after a pilot reported a disruptive passenger made threatening statements.

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Public hearing July 16 in Willow Springs

The Willow Springs Board of Aldermen will conduct a public hearing at 6 p.m. July 16 at city hall, 900 W. Main St.

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Storms, rain rake Missouri, 1 dies in flash flooding

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Another night of strong storms and torrential rain swept across Missouri, leading to a flash flooding death in eastern Missouri and two apparent tornadoes in suburban Kansas City.

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Police: Chief thwarts downtown cellphone robbery

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Authorities say the head of Arkansas' largest police department foiled a robbery that he witnessed downtown.

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Arkansas DHS, Shorter College create partnership

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The Arkansas Department of Human Services and Shorter College in North Little Rock have created a program to offer college credits to youth at a DHS residential facility.

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Murder charge dropped in 2006 killing of Fayetteville woman

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Prosecutors dismissed a capital murder charge against a 29-year-old man accused of killing a 21-year-old Northwest Arkansas Community College student in 2006.

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Transportation crews plan more closures in west Little Rock

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas transportation officials will close ramps and lanes overnight near the state's busiest intersection next week.

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Body found in Jefferson County creek after flash flood

HEMATITE, Mo. (AP) — The body of a woman has been discovered in an eastern Missouri creek, and authorities believe she was a victim of flash flooding.

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Post player transfers to Arkansas basketball team

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — University of Arkansas basketball coach Mike Anderson has announced the transfer of a 6-foot-10 post player from Kennesaw State to the Razorbacks.

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Goody's donated $517 to Christos House, Inc.

GOODY'S HAS DONATED $517 to Christos House, Inc. from donations collected during March at the store at 360 Southern Hills Center, West Plains. The donations were collected as part of a company-wide program called “30 Days of Giving” which supports local organizations making a positive impact. Christos House is a shelter for victims of domestic violence and serves an eight-county region in southern Missouri. From left: Goody's store manager Walter Lacey, associates Maggie Eagle-Bear and Nadene Ortega, and Christos House financial director Kathy Barron. 

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‘Britain’s Schindler,’ rescurer of Jewish children, dies at 106

LONDON (AP) — He was just a 29-year-old clerk at the London Stock Exchange when he faced the challenge of his lifetime. Traveling with a friend to Czechoslovakia in 1938, as the drums of impending war echoed around Europe, Nicholas Winton was hit by a key realization.

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‘Lure of the Ozarks’ theme for Ozarks symposium

The ninth annual Ozarks Studies Symposium is set for Sept. 18 and 19 at the West Plains Civic Center. The theme is “The Lure of the Ozarks.’’ All presentations will be free of charge and everyone is invited to attend.

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223,000 jobs filled in June; jobless rate at 7-year low

WASHINGTON — U.S. employers added a solid 223,000 jobs in June, and the unemployment rate fell to 5.3 percent, a seven-year low. But wages failed to budge, and other barometers of the job market paint a mixed picture.

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Missouri ends budget year with 8.8 percent revenue growth

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Newly released data shows Missouri revenues are on the rise, which could jumpstart finances for the new budget year.

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Arkansas work-release inmates steals truck, escapes

PINE BLUFF, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas prison officials say a work-release inmate from the Pine Bluff Unit has escaped after stealing cash and a pickup truck from a concrete company in Pine Bluff.

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5 Gulf states reach $18.7 billion pact with BP over oil spill

NEW ORLEANS — BP and five Gulf states announced a massive settlement Thursday that resolves years of legal fighting over the environmental and economic damage done by the energy giant’s oil spill in 2010.

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W.P. police to be on alert for drunk, impaired drivers

The West Plains Police Department will be out in full force as part of the annual nationwide Fourth of July weekend “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” crackdown on substance-impaired driving, said City Clerk Mallory Hawkins.

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Arkansas State hires assistant women's basketball coach

JONESBORO, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas State has announced the hiring of an assistant women's basketball coach.

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St. Louis circuit attorney won't seek re-election

ST. LOUIS (AP) — St. Louis Circuit Attorney Jennifer Joyce says she will not seek re-election in 2016.

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ONSR to host July 4 events at Alley Spring

Ozark National Scenic Riverways (ONSR) will host the annual Alley Spring Independence Day Celebration 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday in Shannon County. The site is on Highway 106, five miles west of Eminence.

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Graffiti scrubbed from bluff; vandal fined $4,097

The Cave Research Foundation has successfully completed the removal of spray-painted graffiti from the face of Chalk Bluff, a scenic cliff that rises approximately 120 feet above the Jacks Fork River near Eminence in Shannon County and is a well-known landmark within Ozark National Scenic Riverways (ONSR) in southern Missouri. The man who did the vandalism has since admitted to it and been fined.

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State police told to turn over Carbondale shooting records

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Illinois State Police improperly withheld information and must turn over investigative records sought by the father of a 21-year-old Carbondale woman killed in a shooting, the state Attorney General's Office has determined.

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562 attend Oz-Con gaming convention; proceeds aid ‘Bridges’

Oz-Con, a gaming, cosplay (costume role-playing) and anime convention in the West Plains Civic Center, celebrated its second year with 562 in attendance, nearly 100 more than last year’s total. A third Oz-Con has been announced for April 29 through May 1 next year.

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Community college now part of Arkansas State system

WEST MEMPHIS, Ark. (AP) — Mid-South Community College in West Memphis is now a part of the Arkansas State University System and is now known as Arkansas State University Mid-South.

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Ameren utility looks to build eastern Missouri solar plant

MONTGOMERY CITY, Mo. (AP) — Ameren Missouri has asked regulators for permission to build a solar plant along a half-mile Interstate 70 stretch in eastern Missouri's Montgomery County.

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St. Louis firefighters pension payout draws criticism

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A newly retired St. Louis firefighters pension director collected a cash payout of more than a half million dollars at a time the city is asking voters to sign off on a $180 million bond issue for infrastructure improvements, according to a newspaper report Thursday.

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