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Auto shop owner hopes to rezone new building for retail

After fighting to win rezoning for his auto shop, Tom Kardon must rezone again to save money to buy inventory. He hopes to use half of his building for an auto parts store and to rent out the other half to a retail business.

Retrial for man convicted of student's murder to begin Tuesday

Taron Crawford, 26, who was convicted in 2004 in the shooting death of an MU student, was granted a retrial because of ineffective counsel.

Former MU football player pleads guilty to burglary, possession charges

John Stull, a former MU football player, pleaded guilty Monday to burglary and possession of marijuana charges and was sentenced to five years in prison. Stull is already serving jail time for a conviction of excessive blood alcohol concentration.

Columbia Public Schools faces possible half-million dollar deficit

Columbia Public Schools and Boone County face budget shortfalls due to a lower-than-expected increase in property valuations. The higher the assessed value, the more revenue the district receives from property taxes. Roughly 60 percent of the district’s revenue comes from property taxes.

Overnight Missouri jail stay for public planned as fundraiser

Spending the night at the Jefferson County "bed and breakfast" on July 31 is to cost $50 a person or $90 a couple, with the proceeds benefiting the county's jail maintenance fund.

Missouri unemployment rate climbs to 9.3 percent

The Missouri Department of Economic Development reported Tuesday that seasonally adjusted unemployment hit a nearly 26-year high in June. The state shed 7,400 non-farm jobs.

UPDATE: Nixon OKs frozen funds for Tour of Missouri

Gov. Jay Nixon on Tuesday released $1.5 million in previously blocked tourism funds for the Tour of Missouri bicycle race. Its potential cancellation had garnered strong criticism from organizers and supporters.

Missouri man wins $1 million in Lottery

A 47-year-old from Mexico, Mo., won the money from a scratch-off ticket. It was not the first time he has won playing Missouri Lottery games.

UPDATE: Informants helped agents infiltrate dogfights

Federal agents infiltrated dogfighting rings in several states, leading to the arrest of at least a dozen people and the rescue of about 500 dogs.

Inside information led to dogfight raids

A 12-year veteran of dogfighting provided names of associates in several states, including Missouri, contributing to the arrest of 26 people last week.

Diary of Kansas City mayor's wife reveals frustration

The release of sections of Gloria Squitiro's journal, in which she expresses frustration with City Council members and mayoral staff, won't delay an employment discrimination lawsuit against the mayor. The trial is scheduled to begin July 27.

Nixon allows state spending on Tour of Missouri

 Gov. Nixon decided the state would allow funding so the race could continue after freezing $1.5 million in state tourism funding last week. Tour organizers said the freeze had forced cancellation of the race.

Search continues for missing southeast Missouri man

Authorities are continuing to search in rough terrain for Robert Peters, who was last seen June 28 at Hidden Valley Campground in Wayne County.

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