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Anti-smoking plan may kill cigarettes--and save Big Tobacco

Smoking Beginning of the End

WASHINGTON (AP) — Imagine if cigarettes were no longer addictive and smoking itself became almost obsolete; only a tiny segment of Americans still lit up. That’s the goal of an unprecedented anti-smoking plan being carefully fashioned by U.S. health officials. But the proposal from the Food and...


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Pakistan's ace in poker match with US: Afghan air routes

WASHINGTON (AP) — As bad as President Donald Trump describes U.S.-Pakistani ties today, they can get far worse. Over 16 years that included hundreds of deadly U.S. drone strikes, Osama bin Laden’s killing on Pakistani soil and accusations Pakistan helps insurgents that kill Americans, the reluctant...


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MSU decreases required credit hours to cut costs for students

Following the tune of MU’s recent cost-saving initiatives, Missouri State University President Clifton Smart announced Thursday a five-point plan aimed at boosting the university’s affordability. The new initiatives are part of a statewide trend to reduce the costs of higher education amid growing...


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Matthes' breakfast speech draws criticism

A local group that advocates for racial justice is taking on City Manager Mike Matthes for remarks he made last Thursday during a speech at the Columbia Values Diversity breakfast. Matthes’ speech primarily focused on the city’s effort to reduce black unemployment. As part of the talk, Matthes...


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Controversy over governor's affair won't stop Senate business, leadership says

JEFFERSON CITY — While some Republican representatives are calling for Gov. Eric Greitens to resign over allegations that he blackmailed a woman he was having an affair with, Senate leadership say they’ll carry on with business as usual. Republican Senate President Pro Tem Ron Richard said he has...


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The Latest: Schumer says very short-term funding would be OK

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the debate over immigration and the budget (all times local): 9:35 p.m. Minority Leader Chuck Schumer says Senate Democrats would support a “very short-term” government-wide funding bill to avert a shutdown. The New York Democrat says his party would accept a stopgap...


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How would a federal government shutdown affect Utah?

Congress Returns

The chances of a shutdown have fluctuated hourly. If it happens, what could that mean for Utah?


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House votes to avert federal shutdown, Senate chances dim

Budget Battle-4

WASHINGTON (AP) — On the edge of a government shutdown, a divided House voted late Thursday to keep the government open past a Friday deadline — setting up an eleventh-hour standoff in the Senate, where Democrats have vowed to kill the measure. The partisan roadblock in the GOP-controlled Senate...


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SANDY DAVIDSON: Trump's use of salty language reminds us that 'context is critical'

Warning: This piece contains offensive language. If you’re expletive-averse, please stop reading now! A president using salty language is nothing new. Lyndon Johnson’s spicy language includes: “I do know the difference between chicken s— and chicken salad.” Richard Nixon’s language from the...


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JEFF FLAKE: Free press is the despot’s enemy

Mr. President, near the beginning of the document that made us free, our Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson wrote: “We hold these truths to be self-evident...” So, from our very beginnings, our freedom has been predicated on truth. The founders were visionary in this regard,...


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