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WOODRIDGE: Ground is broken on site for future Ronald McDonald House

The site was chosen because it is closer to the neonatal facilities at MU Women's and Children's hospital, and because it has a neighborhood feel welcoming to the families the organization serves.

Child passenger safety enforcement efforted results in 26 citations

Drivers with child passengers were subject to citations during a special weeklong law enforcement campaign. 

Friends of slain Jon Spurling want law establishing homicide reward fund

After raising $4,000 for a reward, the friends of Jon Spurling are circulating a petition and seeking a sponsor for a new law that would allow the governor to offer rewards for leads in major crimes.

Witnesses testify to seeing Hobson held at gunpoint, shot

The crowd that gathered in the parking lot of the Break Time convenience store the night Aaron Hobson was killed in October 2010 shouted for him to be shot and robbed, witnesses testified Wednesday.

Nixon to lawmakers: Pass jobs bill or end special session

The special legislative session, ongoing since early September, has cost taxpayers about $170,000

John Brunner likely to announce Missouri Senate bid

John Brunner, a St. Louis area businessman who has been a donor and supporter of other campaigns in the past, is expected to be the third candidate in the Republican primary.

Windex, nation's top-selling glass cleaner, turns 75

The iconic, blue cleaner introduced during the Great Depression has since become a household name — it remains dominant in the glass-cleaner market.

Deadline for insurance claims from Missouri River flood damage approaches

Under federal regulations, policy holders have 120 days from the date of flood-related damage to file a claim. For some people dealing with damage from the Missouri River flooding, that deadline is Thursday.

Missouri receives nearly $1 million to boost foreign trade

The grant, which is part of a nationwide effort to help increase exports from small businesses, will probably be used to bring delegations from other countries to Missouri to buy in-state products, instead of having Missouri representatives travel abroad.

Firm promises payments to Moberly for artificial sweetener plant

The city has issued $39 million in industrial bonds, and the state contributed $17 million in incentives.

Cantaloupe outbreak is deadliest in a decade

More than a dozen people have died, including one in Missouri, from an illness linked to Colorado cantaloupes, making it one of the deadliest food outbreaks in more than a decade.

Joplin backs plan to rebuild five schools by 2014

The construction costs for the schools would likely top $100 million. Insurance would cover basic rebuilding but not any additional improvements.

Chicago named most 'mustache-friendly' by American Mustache Institute

The tongue-in-cheek institute based in St. Louis interviewed 200 "mustached Americans" in 100 cities. Chicago's No.-1 ranking is due, in part, to retired Chicago Bears players.

Missouri lawmakers to review Kansas City, St. Louis school accreditation

The Kansas City School District lost its accreditation last week, and schools in the city of St. Louis lost accreditation in 2007. A 12-member committee will meet Wednesday to look at accreditation issues.

BLUE RIDGE-OAKLAND: Blue Ridge students to celebrate good behavior with Bradford Farm trip

Students qualify for "Mustang Manners" celebrations by having all their work completed, no office referrals and three or fewer tardies since the previous celebration.

UPDATE: Ohio E. coli scare compels Tyson to recall ground beef

Tyson has indicated that most of the contaminated beef has already been consumed, but if any consumers have beef left, they should discard or return it.

DAVID ROSMAN: Dream big about writing a book, then face reality

Aspiring writers take heed, your great idea will need refining and planning before any success comes your way.

Columbia Youth Service Day emphasizes growth, development

Participants will pick up trash, clean off graffiti and plant flowers at elementary school. The event runs from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday.

UPDATE: Tyson beef recalled in response to E. coli illnesses

Some of the recalled beef was sold in Missouri. Consumers are urged to check their freezers and return or discard any beef listed in the recall.

Tyson beef recalled in response to E. coli illnesses

The company is recalling more than 130,000 pounds of ground beef that could be contaminated. The products includes Kroger-brand ground beef, Butcher's Brand beef and generic label beef.

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