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Is there a link between the film and the shooting?

It's unclear whether the shooter's motives had any specific link to "The Dark Knight Rises." The shooting happened at 12:30, not far into the midnight screening that marked the film's opening day.

Missouri man found not guilty in drifter's kidnapping

The jury on Wednesday found 21-year-old Brandon L. Martin of Laddonia not guilty of kidnapping 20-year-old James McNeely in December 2009.

Injured vet feels at home, at last

Todd Nicely, who lost his hands and legs in Afghanistan in early 2010, is moving to a "smart house" that would allow him to maintain his independence by the Lake of Ozark.

Cardinals coach Mike Matheny bumps Rafael Furcal to 8th, benches Jon Jay

St. Louis Cardinals manager Mike Matheny is switching his lineup by shifting leadoff man Rafael Furcal to eighth and putting Skip Schumaker at the top for the series opener.

Nixon seeks to allow Missouri farmers to graze animals

The governor is asking that brief grazing be allowed on soil and water livestock exclusion areas.

McCaskill touts ads targeting 3 GOP Senate rivals

Sen. Claire McCaskill's ads suggest Congressman Todd Akin is too conservative, businessman John Brunner is not a reliable conservative and state Treasurer Sarah Steelman represents "more politics as usual."

Local hearings scheduled for Ameren rate case

Ameren Missouri in February asked for a 14.6 percent, or $376 million, electric rate increase.

Mom's boyfriend arrested in Missouri closet abuse case

Police Sgt. Stacey Graves said Marcus R. Benson was arrested Thursday in Independence. He was charged July 11 with two counts of child endangerment.

Heat, drought make for more flavorful produce

The heat brought an expected benefit for peppers and other crops: Their flavors became unusually concentrated, producing some of the most potent-tasting produce in years.

Missouri halts operations at meat locker

The Missouri Department of Agriculture said Russellville Locker is a custom processing facility, which means it doesn't sell meat to the public.

Missouri American Water increases water impoundment

Matt Barnhart, manager of the private utility, said it's a precautionary measure in case the water is needed in the future.

UPDATE: Suspect in Colorado theater shooting was neuroscience graduate student

Authorities found that James Holmes' apartment had been booby-trapped and have evacuated five buildings as they determine how to disarm flammable and explosive material.

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