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St. Louis shows biggest increase in dropout rate in 5 years

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported Tuesday that new data show St. Louis with a dropout rate of 22 percent. Kansas City's 28 percent dropout rate is even worse. Missouri education leaders say they're worried about the state's two urban districts.

Independence man pleads guilty to hit-run death

An Independence man pleaded guilty Monday to second-degree murder in the November 2007 hit-run death of a 17-year-old bicyclist, resisting arrest and two counts of leaving the scene of an accident .

St. Louis transit agency plans ways to cut bus service

After voters on Nov. 4 turned down a tax increase for Metro, St. Louis' mass transit agency is developing a plan to make significant cuts in bus routes.

Recovering gambler, former judge named to oversight panel for problem gambling

The Missouri Alliance to Curb Problem Gambling, a state oversight panel for problem gambling, named to its panel Deborah A. Neal, a former municipal court judge in Kansas City who was convicted in a fraud scheme related to her gambling habit.

Washington University freshman found dead Monday

Investigators think Washington University student Elizabeth Barry died of natural causes as there are no apparent signs of foul play.

Officer, man rescue woman from blaze

The fire broke out Monday morning at a two-story house in Desloge. James Medcalf was at a day care next door when he saw the flames.

Hornbeck Foundation reportedly hasn’t filed paperwork

The Better Business Bureau says the Shawn Hornbeck Foundation has not provided an audit of its financial records or filed some IRS reports months after it promised to do so.

Congress, White House prepare to vote on auto industry loans

As part of the $15 billion plan, President George W. Bush would appoint a "car czar" to oversee the bailout money and a restructuring of the auto industry.

Eighth suspicious letter sent to Alaska governor

A series of letters containing suspicious powder have been received in governor's offices across the country. Gov. Sarah Palin of Alaska was the most recent recipient Tuesday.

Illinois Gov. Blagojevich arrested on suspicion of corruption

Gov. Rod Blagojevich and his chief of staff John Harris were arresed Tuesday in Chicago on suspicion of corruption. A federal law enforcement offical said that the charges stem from the selection process of a successor to President-elect Obama's Senate seat.

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