Former FBI agent writes book on KC mob

August 19, 2008 KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - A retired FBI agent has written a book about the organized crime in Kansas City he was once assigned to pursue.

Penmanship takes back seat in schools

August 19, 2008 WASHINGTON (AP) - John Hancock wouldn't recognize the handwriting taught in many schools today. And his loopy slanted script might as well be a foreign language to 21st century students.

Tally Ho expands

August 19, 2008 MELBOURNE - For the past 23 years the Tally Ho Restaurant and lounge has pretty much remained status quo, but a new garden room has become a nice addition to the facility, according to the owners.

Huckabee says he’d consider VP offer

August 19, 2008 JERUSALEM (AP) - Mike Huckabee on Tuesday said he has not been approached by John McCain about being the U.S. presidential candidate's running mate. But he'd certainly consider the offer.

Costs soar for National Guard training overhaul

August 19, 2008 WASHINGTON (AP) - Revamping the Army National Guard training program so soldiers can spend more time at home will cost at least $128 million this year, and officials say they need nearly double that

Family & Friends Briefs

August 19, 2008 Gun, knife show scheduled HIGHLAND - Highland Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4772 will sponsor a gun and knife show at 8 a.m. Saturday at the post, located off Liberty Hill Road in Highland.

Parenting while painting

August 19, 2008 FAYETTEVILLE (AP) - Teenage parents combined art with learning how to care for their newborns through a new "Mommies Rock" program.