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Missouri First lady to announce new poet laureate

First lady Georganne Nixon it to announce the new poet laureate today in Jefferson City.

Old plots, now in the way

As city and state governments unearth abandoned cemetaries, relatives and preservationists struggle to protect them.

Obama to make health care speech in St. Louis

President Obama is scheduled to make a speech on health care reform on March 10 in St. Louis. He will appear before at least two groups of people at a Democratic fundraiser.

EPA proposes Superfund site in Vienna to address contamination

The EPA proposed adding three public drinking wells in Vienna, Mo., to its Superfund National Priorities List, which would make it eligible for federal funds to deal with contamination.

Guns, target names seized from southeast Missouri teen's home

The house was searched recently of a juvenile who authories say threatened to kill 29 classmates. Stoddard County authorities retrieved a laptop, sketch pads, lists of people the female suspect allegedly planned to kill and several firearms from the juvenile's residence.

Missouri schools receive federal grants to burn biomass

The Missouri Department of Conservation estimates that schools can save 25 to 75 percent on heating by burning biomass instead of oil or natural gas.

Missouri unemployment rate fell slightly in January

Missouri's unemployment rate droped to 9.5 percent while the nation's average for January was 9.7 percent.

Homeless youth count rises in Springfield to more than 450

A one-day count found an increase in homeless people between the ages of 11 and 22 in Springfield. Of the 456 youths surveyed, the average age of the first time they were homeless on their own was 15.

Taylor hits another winning shot for Missouri men's basketball

Zaire Taylor made a buzzer-beater at the end of overtime to give the Missouri men’s basketball team a 69-67 win against Iowa State on Tuesday night in Ames, Iowa, the Tigers’ 10th conference win of the season.

Appeals court to hear new Erickson account of Heitholt murder

Charles Erickson's statement that he lied during Ryan Ferguson's murder trial and that Erickson alone killed Columbia Daily Tribune sports editor Kent Heitholt will be considered by the Western District Court of Appeals. The evidence won't have to go back to the Boone County Circuit Court.

Missouri House panel to consider changes to Access scholarships

A Missouri House panel will consider a bill that would eliminate the difference in scholarship money given to students at private and public universities by Access Missouri.

TODAY'S QUESTION: Would you vote for Rep. Chris Kelly's bond measure?

Rep. Chris Kelly, D-Columbia, is pushing a bill that would allow Missourians to decide whether to use taxpayer money for the construction of new infrastructures at state schools.

MU basketball forwards adjust to loss of teammate

Justin Safford sat out of Saturday's 63-53 loss at Kansas State with a torn ACL in his left knee. Without him the three remaining forwards on the Missouri men’s basketball team held their own.

Rock Bridge students get peek at vegetable oil-powered van

Cloe Whittaker and Tyson Jerry, founders of Driven to Sustain, dropped in on a Rock Bridge High School environmental science class Tuesday to give a presentation about sustainability. The two are traveling across the United States and Canada in their vegetable oil-powered van.

LETTER: Downtown cameras will help local government keep citizens safe

Local government's main role is to ensure safety, and the addition of cameras downtown would help further achieve this aim.

LETTER: Downtown cameras will prevent crime

Many cameras already exist downtown, the addition of more surveillance cameras would only help deter more crime.

Missouri women's basketball coach discusses decision

Cindy Stein, who is stepping down as the head coach of the Tigers after 12 seasons, spoke with the media on Tuesday morning.

Audit finds Missouri uses restricted funds for government services

The state commonly transfers money from various agencies into its general revenue fund to cover costs incurred by another state office. State auditor Susan Montee said $125 million has been transferred since 2002, and she questioned whether money should be taken from certain funds.

Missouri wrestler Ellis looks to defend 2009 NCAA Championship

Despite being the defending national champion, Missouri senior Mark Ellis has struggled in the regular season.

COLUMN: Reconciliation wrong in past, wrong today in health care

Invoking reconciliation to push legislation is dangerous and wrong. Senate rules are in place for important reasons and should not be overturned for any reason, especially not the health care debacle.

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