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FROM READERS: Ferguson protesters more justified than one might think

The police are not blameless, and the protesters shouldn't shoulder all the blame. There are individuals on both sides making positive contributions and perpetuating the problem.

Execution date set for man who killed woman during burglary

The execution would be Missouri's first in 2015, after a state record 10 inmates were put to death this year.

Prosecutor seeks change of venue in Addison's crash

Moniteau County Prosecuting Attorney Shayne Healea said he thinks media coverage of the late October wreck in downtown Columbia will prejudice prospective jurors in his case.

Nature center planned for Missouri fish hatchery

Missouri's Education Department has a new leader

Margaret Vandeven replaces Chris Nicastro, who announced in September that she was resigning at the end of the year.

Auditor finds few faults with Missouri agriculture agency

Auditor Tom Schweich called the issues "relatively small" and said the agency has an overall "good" rating.

Missouri backs off proposed scholarship change

The Missouri Department of Higher Education has withdrawn a proposed rule change that would make scholarships available to students at Western Governors University Missouri and online-only school.

Black leaders speak against Missouri levee project

While a new Bootheel levee would protect Missouri agricultural land, it would also increase the risk of flooding black communities in Illinois.

Missouri bill would shield reporting of overdoses

Some who call an ambulance for themselves or others would be immune from charges of drug possession, but there are stipulations.

Missouri white supremacist says court-ordered evaluation found him fit for murder trial

A Missouri white supremacist accused of killing three people at Jewish sites in Kansas said he has been found fit to stand trial. Attorneys have not confirmed the statement.

Highest-ranking police officer in Pine Lawn, Missouri, fired

Lt. Steven Blakeney is accused of taking two women home after meeting them at a bar. The women said in written statements they woke up in his living room with no memory of how they got there. Blakeney said the claims are fabricated and designed to embarrass him.


Man accused of attack with hatchet-style tool

A northeast Missouri man is facing charges for allegedly attacking a man with what police describe as a "hatchet-style tool."

Missouri workers' comp insurance costs could fall

A Missouri department is recommending a 4.4 percent decrease in insurers' "loss costs" for 2015.

Missouri unemployment dropping to 2008 levels

The state Department of Economic Development released data Tuesday showing the seasonally adjusted jobless rate dropped from 5.9 percent in October to 5.6 percent in November.

Kansas City gets first public natural gas station

The $2.1 million station that opened Monday is a public/private partnership with Clean Energy, which owns about 500 natural gas stations in the U.S.


Police departments altering tactics after killings, protests

Several police forces were updating their practices even before the Ferguson and New York deaths, with some departments issuing body cameras to officers.

Million-dollar gift will fund MU, UMSL social work students

Eighty-four masters students from both schools will work in clinics across the state.

Century later, Jewish soldier might get top medal

Thanks to the efforts of his now 85-year-old daughter, Sgt. William Shemin is on the cusp of finally being honored with a medal, 41 years after his death.

Governor cites need for Missouri Capitol repairs

Gov. Jay Nixon toured the Capitol's substructure Monday and pledged his support for a $40 million to $75 million bonding package that would finance renovations to the Capitol.

Arrow Rock gambling on 'A Christmas Carol'

What seems like a tourism no-brainer has been a long time coming, which speaks to the risks and challenges that go with an out-of-the-way town committed to serving up professional theater.