STE. GENEVIEVE, Mo. (AP) — The National Park Service has been studying whether to get involved in the town of Ste. Genevieve, south of St. Louis. Ste. Genevieve has a large collection of 200-year-old homes, as well as the largest concentration of colonial French architecture in North America. Park service officials toured the town this month and told local leaders the study will be finalized in 2013.

CASSVILLE, Mo. (AP) — The Barry County sheriff’s office is reducing its staff after voters rejected a sales tax measure last month. Sheriff Mick Epperly says he’ll do the best he can with a smaller staff. Four deputies and three part-time jailers will be laid off next month.

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Missouri athletic director Mike Alden is frustrated with an ongoing NCAA investigation at Miami involving Tigers basketball coach Frank Haith. The Columbia Daily Tribune reports Alden called the inquiry a “frustrating process” with no apparent resolution in sight. A former Miami booster says Haith was aware of a $10,000 payment to then-Miami recruit DeQuan Jones.

RULO, Neb. (AP) — U.S. Highway 159 connecting the Big Lake area of northwestern Missouri with southeastern Nebraska has been reopened. The Nebraska Roads Department says that, according to the Missouri Transportation Department, flood repairs have been completed. The agency says U.S. 159 was the last state line river crossing to reopen after flood repairs.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri lawmaker wants Secretary of State Robin Carnahan to let someone else write the summary of a proposed ballot initiative on renewable energy. An initiative submitted last week to Carnahan’s office would increase the amount of electricity that Missouri power companies must generate from renewable sources. But one Republican lawmaker says the Democratic secretary of state could have a conflict of interest because her younger brother’s an investor in wind energy production.

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Missouri athletic director Mike Alden says an ongoing NCAA investigation at Miami involving Tigers basketball coach Frank Haith is frustrating. Alden called the months-long inquiry a “frustrating process” with no apparent resolution in sight. Haith was coach at Miami before he was hired by Alden in April, where he’s led the unbeaten Tigers to their best start in two decades.

CASSVILLE, Mo. (AP) — A southwestern Missouri sheriff says he’ll do the best he can with a smaller staff after he lays off four deputies and three part-time jailers next month. The Barry County sheriff’s office is reducing its staff after voters rejected a sales tax measure last month.

ROLLA, Mo. (AP) — Students who dress in medieval costumes and spar with foam weapons are a legitimate club in the eyes of the Missouri University of Science and Technology. The group was formed four years ago, but only recently gained official student-organization status.