Red, orange, yellow and purple: Fall foliage display nears peak

Conservation experts say autumn color will reach its peak this week in mid-Missouri.

Analysis: Money flows to four Missouri congressional races

Campaign finance reports show a strong challenge to three incumbent Missouri U.S. House members in the 2010 race. Early fundraising shows several aspiring politicians raising large amounts of money.

One in seven park employees in Missouri getting laid off

More than 100 jobs in the Division of State Parks and Historic Sites will be eliminated because of  "challenging economic times," said Bill Bryan, the deputy director of the Department of Natural Resources. The cuts are expected to save $3.7 million this fiscal year.

Missouri prison population reaches record high

Officials can't say whether the increase is coming from more crimes being committed, more criminals simply being convicted, or courts clearing out backlogs of cases.

Illinois woman guilty in husband's death out of prison

An Illinois woman who was convicted of slaying her husband in 1979, but cleared in the slayings of her husband's parents, was freed last week.

AmerenUE warns of scam on customers

People posing as AmerenUE representatives have been calling customers and asking for their credit card or checking account numbers. AmerenUE says customers who gave out their financial information in response to the scam should cancel their credit card, alert their bank and call the police.

Missouri girl uses her own money to buy flagpole

A young entrepreneur raised money to fund a new flagpole for her town's city hall by collecting cans from around the world. Jackie originally started asking people to mail her cans to increase stamp sales for the post office.

St. Louis holds regional church choir competition

St. Louis held the regional finals for a church choir competition, with the music serving as an opportunity to breakdown racial barriers.

Married pastors find new home in St. Joseph

Laura and Jeremy Blevins met as first-year students in a Bible class in the fall of 2004. Now these pastors work in churches only fifteen minutes apart who are very supportive, they said.

More charges expected in fatal Missouri group home fire

The trial date for the Missouri couple who owned a group home that caught fire in November 2006 has been postponed. An attorney requested that the trial be pushed back after learning that further charges will be filed, though that has not been confirmed by the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Western District of Missouri.

MU researchers to study foster pet benefits

MU researchers will test the effects of matching older adults with shelter dogs until the dogs are placed in more permanent homes. The study is to determine whether people who foster pets short-term recieve the same benefits as pet owners.