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Wilson's Creek National Battlefield Hosts Naturalization Ceremony

The site of the first major Civil War battle west of the Mississippi was the site today of a ceremony welcoming 56 new citizens of the United States. KSMU’s Michele Skalicky was there and has this story. On the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service, Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield hosted a naturalization ceremony on the lawn in front of the visitor center. Ted Hillmer is superintendent of the park. After sharing some facts about the battle, he explained to the crowd why the...
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Donald Trump needs to stop the bleeding.Since the two parties' conventions, he has plummeted in the polls — both nationally and in the states.His campaign knows this. His new campaign manager, KellyAnne Conway, is a veteran Republican pollster well aware of Trump's deficiencies with certain voting groups.That's why there's been a concerted effort in the Trump campaign to reach out to black and Hispanic voters, even if it's been poorly received by many nonwhites.But the outreach might not be...
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Imagine you're a teenager in Beijing in the 1960s and '70s, during the Cultural Revolution. Everything that's deemed Western and bourgeois is banned — so listening to a 78 rpm recording of Beethoven's Fifth Symphony, powerfully transformative as it might be, is off limits.

Human viruses are like a fine chocolate truffle: It takes only one to get the full experience.

At least, that's what scientists thought a few days ago. Now a new study published Thursday is making researchers rethink how some viruses could infect animals.

A team at the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases has found a mosquito virus that's broken up into pieces. And the mosquito needs to catch several of the pieces to get an infection.

Enormous trucks from all over the country are rolling down highways towards Baton Rouge, La.

When they get to town, their task is to clear neighborhoods where streets are lined with trash from last week's massive flood.

Baton Rouge contracted with DRC Emergency Services to handle disaster response when the floods began last week. They started out rescuing people in boats, and now that the boats are docked, trucks are coming in to handle the cleanup.

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The messaging service WhatsApp is changing its privacy policy for the first time since being bought by Facebook in 2014. The app will begin sharing some of its data and phone numbers with the social network. It will also start testing how businesses, too, can talk to its users, for instance by offering flight or shipping or banking notifications.

They've known each other for only a few months, but this love story between an Australian ultramarathoner and a Chinese stray dog has seen extraordinary highs and lows.

In a speech Thursday in Reno, Nev., Hillary Clinton argued that Donald Trump is "helping a radical fringe" — the alt-right — take over the Republican Party.

"From the start, Donald Trump has built his campaign on prejudice and paranoia. He's taking hate groups mainstream and helping a radical fringe take over one of America's two major political parties," she said. "His disregard for the values that make our country great is profoundly dangerous."

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The incoming class of students at Drury University is the largest at the school in five years. Drury says 503 new students were on campus when classes began in the traditional Day School on Tuesday.

The preliminary number represents a 39 percent growth over the 363 total freshmen, transfer and international students last fall. The school’s largest ever incoming class was 538 in fall 2010.