Freshmen playing critical roles on SEC defenses

Thirteen of the 20 Southeastern Conference players selected in the first two rounds of this year's NFL draft were defensive standouts. Now, nearly all the main contenders for the SEC title have at least one defensive starter just out of high school.

Missouri lawmakers block rule allowing E15 gasoline

Missouri's Joint Committee on Administrative Rules blocked a motion to have E15 gasoline or fuel that contains 15 percent ethanol.


Petro America founder Isreal Owen Hawkins sentenced to 30 years

Isreal Owen Hawkins was given a 30-year prison sentence after his May conviction of fraudulent charges regarding his company Petro America Corp.


Shutdown means no new beer from craft brewers

The shutdown has closed an obscure agency that quietly approves new breweries, recipes and labels, which could create huge delays throughout the rapidly growing craft industry.

Doe Run donates to Missouri House Republicans after override

The donation came about three weeks after the Republican-led House voted to override Gov. Jay Nixon's veto of a bill limiting punitive damage awards against Doe Run related to old lead mining sites.

U.S. Supreme Court won't review Missouri drug search case

School district attorney Ransom Ellis III said the high court's refusal to hear the case means there is "no other legal option."

Missouri flood victims eligible for low-interest loans

Homeowners can get loans of up to $200,000 for their real estate, and owners and renters can get loans of up to $40,000 to repair or replace damaged personal property.