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THE BEAT: Coverage of the governor's State of the State address

KBIA's Sean Powers talks to managing editor Jeanne Abbott about Gov. Jay Nixon's first State of the State address.

Street artist's star rises with Obama portrait

Los Angeles street artist Shepard Fairey gained popularity in 2008 by creating the colorful image of Barack Obama that could be seen all throughout the election cycle. Fairey says his goal in creating art is to make it for the people and to be able to reach as many people with it as possible.

Retired General addresses MU ROTC cadets

Retired Lt. Gen. Jim Campbell talked to MU ROTC cadets about leadership and personal integrity at Ellis Auditorium on Wednesday.

Homeless in Missouri expected to increase

Homeless counts are expected to increase this year, however the surveys across the state are expected to be difficult because of the recent strings of harsh weather.

Cooper County man dies of hypothermia

Hypothermia victim Greg Gerling was found Wednesday morning in the woods without shoes or a coat.

UPDATE: Missouri lawmakers vote down raises for state officials

The Senate voted 32-1 on Thursday to reject pay raises that had been recommended by a citizens' commission. The House turned down the pay raises earlier this week 129-31. Both votes easily exceeded the two-thirds majority required by the Missouri Constitution to reject the salary plan of the commission.

UPDATE: Father charged with murder, incest gets attorney

A public defender will represent the accused, who is being held in the Cass County jail. The charges against the father include second-degree murder and two counts of incest. His court date has not been set.

Koster alerts Missourians to telephone credit card scam

The caller claims to be from a company called Card Services and asks people to enter their credit card numbers to see if they qualify for a better rate.

Boone County Fire Protection District could spend $30,000 on chief search firm

At a board meeting Thursday morning, the Boone County Fire Protection District began the process of selecting a new fire chief. The fire board could spend between $9,500 and $30,000 on the search.

MU Gymnastics to compete Saturday at Ohio State

MU gymnastics look towards Saturday's competition against Ohio State, Illinois and Michigan State to iron out it's standing in the season's first quad meet.

Unique rule keeps MU gymnasts focused on team

The “touch rule,” as Drass calls it, requires each member of Missouri’s gymnastics team to go up to a teammate who just performed and touch her, usually in the form of a high-five or pat on the back.

Power in rural southeast Missouri won't be fully restored until next week

Tuesday's ice storm that hit southeast Missouri knocked out power and heat for thousands of customers. AmerenUE expects power to be fully restored by the middle of next week. The company has brought in trailers for those who need a warm place to stay.

Stephens stars lose at McKendree

Megan Sheffield led Stephens with 16 points and 10 rebounds.

Cougar men scrape by Harris-Stowe in second half

The Columbia College men's basketball team, 15-6 overall, won 70-57 over Harris-Stowe on Thursday in St. Louis.

Columbia College women win in St. Louis

Columbia College women's basketball, ranked 16th in the nation, won its 20th game of the season Thursday.

Tough night for Kewpies wrestlers

The Hickman wrestling team lost 46-34 to visiting Mexico on Thursday night.

Missouri lawmakers vote down raises for state officials

Lawmakers cited the economy as reason for voting against pay raises. A citizens' commission had suggested pay raises for judges, legislators and statewide elected officials. Both the House and Senate votes easily cleared the two-thirds requirement for rejecting the commission's salary plan.

Lebanon man will be tried after wife found dead in November

Sharon Sabla, 57, was found dead Nov. 15. A probable cause statement said her husband, Horst Gunter Sabla, admitted to shooting her and encasing her body. He will be tried for first-degree murder.

Father charged with murder, incest gets attorney

A public defender will represent the accused, who is being held in the Cass County jail. The charges against the father include second-degree murder and two counts of incest, among others. His court date has not been set.

UPDATE: 120,000 still without power in southern Missouri

The count of homes and businesses without electricity rose on Wednesday with the addition of 25,000 outages.

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