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An Artist Built A Wall That Blocked Traffic In Kansas City, And People Loved It

A roving work of art has sparked a lot of thought about the nature of walls this year, especially among those who live near the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, Missouri. "Walking Wall" is a 100-ton art installation that’s been blocking traffic and building friendships as it moved toward the Bloch Building at the museum. On Wednesday, it goes inside — and stops.

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St. Louis County plans to launch a six-month pilot program in January that tracks people accused of crimes by using a smartphone app. 

County Executive Sam Page told the County Council in a letter Monday that his administration plans to hire eHawk Solutions, based near Kansas City, to provide the software. 

The county’s smartphone monitoring program could be the biggest one of its kind in the U.S., according to the company. County officials are hoping such a program could reduce the local jail population. 

What makes a banana taped to a wall worth $120,000 to someone?

If it's been put there by the right artist.

This banana was duct-taped to a wall by Maurizio Cattelan, the Italian artist, and it's on display this week at Art Basel in Miami Beach.

The banana is real, by the way, not a sculpture. It will soon go brown, slimy, and may already be ... fragrant.

The Perrotin art gallery of Paris has already sold this piece of produce, and it turns out that $120,000 is practically a bargain. Another banana the artist taped to a wall has already sold for $150,000.

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St. Louis County plans to launch a six-month pilot program in January that tracks people accused of crimes by using a smartphone app. 

County Executive Sam Page told the County Council in a letter Monday that his administration plans to hire eHawk Solutions, based near Kansas City, to provide the software. 

The county’s smartphone monitoring program could be the biggest one of its kind in the U.S., according to the company. County officials are hoping such a program could reduce the local jail population. 

The massive guns on board the U.S.S. Missouri are a sight-to-see, but it wasn't the ship's weaponry garnering all the attention on a late summer night in 1989.

The U.S.S. Missouri Memorial Association is preparing to commemorate 75 years since the end of World War II, which is a good time remember the battleship is famous for more than just its massive 16", .50 caliber guns and its role in the war. A concert on the ship created its own shock and awe.

Ceres, the Roman goddess of agriculture, returned to Jefferson City on Friday. The 1,400-pound statue normally sits atop the Capitol dome but was taken down for restoration for the first time in almost 100 years. 

“Hopefully the public will get to see a part of history here,” said Gov. Mike Parson at the public unveiling of the statue. 

Bob Priddy, past president of the State Historical Society of Missouri, said this will likely be the only time visitors will see the statue up close before it’s hoisted 240 feet in the air. 

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Missouri's Republican attorney general is defending a local high school football coach who is under fire for allegedly leading students in prayer.

The Freedom From Religion Foundation filed a complaint against the Cameron R-1 School District. The National Association of Atheists and Agnostics claims that the coach violated the U.S. Constitution by leading students in prayer before and after games.

Attorney General Eric Schmitt says the First Amendment protects students' right to pray. 

Former Columbia Police Chief Pleads Guilty to Excessive Blood Alcohol

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The former chief of the Columbia Police Department pleaded guilty Friday morning to driving with excessive blood-alcohol content.

Ken Burton didn't appear in municipal court at the hearing, but was represented by his attorney Andrew Popplewell. Burton was originally charged with a DWI and failure to yield.

The prosecutor decided to drop the failure to yield charge. Burton pleaded guilty to the class B misdemeanor charge of driving with excessive blood-alcohol content.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol says a 17-year-old died in a crash while fleeing police.

The patrol says Hayden Holt, of Hallsville, died in the wreck early Friday in Columbia.

Holt was fleeing from police when his car went off a city street, hit a utility pole and overturned. He died at the scene.

Columbia police spokesman Jeff Pitts says the chase began after Holt committed a traffic violation. 

City, County Announce Fairgrounds Pact

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Boone County and the city of Columbia have come to a memorandum of understanding regarding the redevelopment of the former Boone County Fairgrounds as a recreation complex.

Presiding Commissioner Dan Atwill said at a Thursday afternoon news conference at the Daniel Boone City Building that the center will be for the benefit of all county residents.