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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.

St. Louis city-county merger discussions on pause

St. Louis County Executive-elect Steve Stenger says he's coming into a job that demands a change in St. Louis County government. He said his office has many issues to address and he doesn't want those issues compounded by a merger with St. Louis.

UPDATE: ACLU chapters focusing on hot-button issues

The ACLU's Missouri chapter has been actively involved in the protests in Ferguson over Michael Brown's shooting death. In Kansas, the state's chapter has helped lead the legal battle over the state's same-sex marriage ban.

Author James Patterson donates to St. Louis independent bookstore

Author and literary patron James Patterson announced Monday that he has given $473,000 to 81 independent book sellers around the country in the third and final round of his campaign to keep local stores in business.

Suspect in custody in Missouri officer's shooting

The Missouri State Highway Patrol said the suspect is being questioned in connection with the shooting of the Pleasant Valley officer.

Missouri bill would ban aid for immigrant students

State Rep. Scott Fitzpatrick filed legislation this week that would prevent anyone without legal status from getting state aid for higher education.

Missouri elk population grows, but no hunts yet

The Missouri Department of Conservation said it would start issuing a handful of permits if the herd grows to about 200 elk — a target that remains several years away based on current reproduction rates.

Bill upping status of Missouri WWI museum advances

The U.S. Senate last week passed legislation that would elevate Missouri's Liberty Memorial to national status. The bill will head to the House next.

Prosecutor releases more Ferguson documents

Additional records from the investigation into the shooting of Michael Brown were released Saturday. The documents include the interview transcript of Dorian Johnson, who was with Brown when he was shot.