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It wasn't a bomb after all. The Springfield Fire Department says a suspicious package at Springfield-Branson National Airport wasn't an explosive. TSA screeners called the fire department around 9:30 this morning about the package. Air traffic was halted for about three hours as the package was removed from the airport. It turns out the package had peanut butter and a blood pressure monitoring device.
Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach says that next year he'll revive a proposal to give his office the power to prosecute election fraud cases.

Kobach pushed the idea after taking office in 2011, but his efforts to win legislative approval of the idea fell just short of passage two years later, even though fellow Republicans control the Legislature.

Kobach won re-election this month with 59 percent of the vote.

He persuaded legislators to enact a 2012 law requiring all voters to show photo identification at the polls, and a 2013 statute requiring new voters to provide proof of their U.S. citizenship to register.

But the secretary of state's office can't initiate election fraud prosecutions on its own. Such decisions are left to county or federal prosecutors.
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Joplin City Manager Sam Anselm discusses Joplin's redevelopment efforts, streamlining government, and the big increase to sewer rates.
Missouri US Senator Roy Blunt comments on Ferguson and the Keystone Pipeline.
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A spokesman for more than 1100 St. Louis metro police officers fears violence–at several levels–when the Michael Brown grand jury files its report, no matter what the report says. Executive Director Jeff Roorda of the St. Louis Police Officers Association says Ferguson policeman Darren Wilson is not the only area officer to get death threats […]
Tough new gun controls in the state of Washington had the director of a small-town museum ready to pull nearly a dozen guns from a World War II exhibit, until a local firearms dealer helped him ensure the display was legal.
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Washington Redskins coach Jay Gruden delivered some of his most pointed comments yet about Robert Griffin III, telling NFL.com earlier this week that it's time for the third-year quarterback to elevate his play.
Mired in a four-game losing streak, LeBron James says the Cleveland Cavaliers are "a very fragile team right now."
Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher and quarterback Jameis Winston said there was nothing malicious about the contact between Winston and an official in the third quarter of the Seminoles' 20-17 win against Boston College.
Following Florida State's narrow 20-17 win over Boston College and yet another frenzied fourth quarter in a season that has been defined by them, FSU coach Jimbo Fisher said it doesn't matter how his team wins -- only that it continues to find a way.
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