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Two reported rapes in Boone County still under investigation

The Boone County Sheriff's Department is still investigating a two rapes of minors.

AGGREGATE: Local and state news from the weekend

A comprehensive summary of local, state and sports news from the weekend, including links.

Recession endangers 'Parents as Teachers,' an early childhood education program

Parents as Teachers, a program formed in Missouri, helps provide parents worldwide with education tips and in-home early childhood screening for disabilities and learning delays. Due to difficult economic times, funding for the program is shrinking and Missouri lawmakers are close to approving a $4.1 million cut to the program.

House votes against legalizing medical marijuana

While discussing  a bill to ban synthetic marijuana known as K2, the House denied the proposition to legalize medical marijuana. 

Columbia set to participate in Earth Hour

All households and business are encouraged to turn off their lights for an hour on March 27 as a symbol of solidarity against climate change.

Recent rainfall increases flooding concerns in Missouri

Flood warnings have been issued for parts of eastern Missouri for early this week.

Missouri health officials concerned by 'downer drinks'

The emergence of a beverage line created to cause either extreme relaxation or make it easier to sleep is causing concern in the medical field.

Court advocates group seeks volunteers as abuse, neglect cases rise

Court Appointed Special Advocates officials said that there are waiting lists for children to get workers in Missouri and Kansas.

Baby dies in Kansas City house fire; four others injured

The cause of the early morning fire is still under investigation.

Daylong U.S. Census rally to be held in Jefferson City

The event is to feature several speakers and live performances.

Missouri, other states go all in, expand gaming to plug the budget

In times of financial strain, states are turning to gambling revenue to increase their budgets. At least 18 states this year are looking to expand games because of a drop-off in the money they collect from casinos, lotteries or other gambling.

Springfield hospital's radiation problems raise questions

After the discovery of dangerous radiation levels at a Springfield hospital, lawmakers are pushing legislation to standardize the licensing of medical professionals.

Budget cuts lead to larger classes in Missouri, Kansas

Class sizes continue to grow as Kansas and Missouri school districts cut millions of dollars from their budgets. Teachers and parents are worried about the larger class sizes.

Two children dead after fire in a Springfield home

The children's grandfather and one more child remain hospitalized.

Veteran dies of exposure in southwest Misssouri

Newton County Sheriff Ken Copeland said Friday there were no signs of foul play based on preliminary autopsy results in the death of 62-year-old Ernest Jensen of Stark City.

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