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Claire McCaskill
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McCaskill: Kansas City to Directly Benefit from White House ‘TechHire Initiative’

The Kansas City region will directly benefit from a new White House initiative announced today to bolster tech jobs, said U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill—a longtime supporter of federal job-training opportunities and of policies to grow the nation’s tech economy:

“It won’t surprise anyone in Kansas City that the region is being recognized for its culture of innovation

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Mercy Hospital
Courtesy of Mercy Hospital

Mercy Hospital Joplin Set To Open

JOPLIN, Mo. (AP) — A new Joplin hospital that replaces one destroyed by a deadly tornado is preparing to open. The Joplin Globe reports that hundreds turned out Saturday for an open house in advance of the March 22nd opening of the new Mercy Hospital Joplin

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American Sniper baby
Warner Bros.

‘American Sniper’ Becomes the Highest-Grossing Film of 2014

There are moments that define a nation. Moments that show us the kind of Americans we really are. Today, we’ve brought shame on our great nation: Clint Eastwood’s American Sniper has surpassed The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 and Guardians of the Galaxy as the highest-grossing film of 2014. How did we let this happen? How did we let a robot baby with an uncanny valley where its face should be defeat Katniss Everdeen and Baby Groot? How?

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Sony
Sony

Weekend Box Office Report: ‘Chappie’ Leads a Slow Weekend

With some of the year’s biggest movies only a month or two away, the box office seems to have entered a holding pattern. Some of the new releases are minor hits. Others crash and burn. Right now, Hollywood just seems to be crossing their fingers and hoping for the sweet, sweet summer movie season to come along and save them (or at least the April release of Furious 7). In other words, every new release underperformed this weekend.

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#TheDress
swiked, Tumblr

Salvation Army Uses #TheDress to Stop Domestic Violence

We all had a good laugh while debating the color of #thedress, but the Salvation Army has found a way to use the controversy to make an important point.

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Online Payday Lender In Missouri Will Repay Missouri Consumers

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Eight online payday lenders operated by one man in South Dakota will repay Missouri consumers who were charged excess fees under the terms of a settlement. Attorney General Chris Koster's office says payday lenders operated by Martin Webb would stop operating in Missouri, repay $270,000 in restitution and cancel all outstanding balances for Missouri residents

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Independence Business Owner Pleads Guilty To Filing False Tax Return

Tammy Dickinson, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced today that the owner of an Independence, Mo., business has pleaded guilty in federal court to failing to report business income on her federal income tax return

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Plane Skids
Complex, Twitter

Flight Skids Off Runway at New York’s LaGuardia Airport

A Delta flight from Atlanta to New York skidded off the runway while trying to land at LaGuardia Airport on Thursday morning. There are no reported injuries.

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Churro Dog
Arizona Diamondbacks, Twitter

Arizona Diamondbacks Unveil Massive Dessert Nightmare ‘Churro Dog’

The Arizona Diamondbacks unveiled the insanity of the Churro Dog today, their new star snack

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Thinkstock
Thinkstock

Missouri Unemployment Increased

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri unemployment rate increased slightly in January to 5.5 percent while the state's nonfarm employment went up 14,300 jobs. The state Department of Economic Development says seasonally adjusted jobless rate increased from 5

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