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'Clown docs' help comfort sick kids

Jane Abendschein, also known as Dr. Tickles, says she and other clown docs wear white coats with their makeup and wigs. When the real doctors show up, the children aren't automatically afraid.

As Ferguson decision looms, U.S. cities brace for protests

A St. Louis County grand jury, which has been meeting since Aug. 20, is expected to decide this month whether Officer Darren Wilson will be charged with a crime for killing Michael Brown on Aug. 9.

Turkey production at lowest since 1986; wholesale prices increase

This year's anticipated stock of turkeys is 235 million, the lowest since 1986, when farmers produced roughly 207 million birds. The wholesale prices for both live and frozen turkeys have increased, but consumers may not be affected.

Missouri ACLU seeks free speech protection in Ferguson

The American Civil Liberties Union of Missouri sent a letter to Gov. Jay Nixon and other Missouri officials urging them to allow demonstrators to publicly protest.

Training held for potential Ferguson protesters

The Don't Shoot Coalition and the Missourians Organizing for Reform and Empowerment have held meetings to prepare protesters for peaceful demonstrations.

Churches prepare for Ferguson unrest

Several churches plan prayer vigils and to offer food, shelter, even medical care.

Dallas-area teacher fired over Ferguson tweets

The dismissal came a day after the teacher, who is black, apologized for comments on her Twitter account that were laced with expletives and derogatory references to whites and blacks.

Decision on Kemper Arena's future delayed again

Noting the strong opposition to American Royal's plan, council members said they believed they legally need to seek other proposals, meaning a resolution for the arena could be months away.

Health advocates target minorities, rural Missouri residents

Health care organizations are spending several million dollars in Missouri to promote the insurance website and guide people through the sign-up process.

St. Joseph's Ashland United Methodist keeps history alive

For 60th anniversary, the congregation remembers struggle to stay open, merger with another church and artwork.

Museum chronicles Cape Girardeau's history

The exhibit opened Oct. 3, to coincide with the opening of the "Gone Girl" movie, and since then has received a strong response.

Wagner chosen as chair of Missouri business group

Raymond Wagner works as vice president of government and public affairs at Enterprise Holdings, a St. Louis-based car rental company.

'Soundsuits' on display at St. Louis Art Museum

A Missouri artist brings playful costumes to the museum.

Cardinal: Vatican must address Kansas City bishop's delayed response to child abuse

Kansas City Bishop Robert Finn is under fire after waiting six months to report Rev. Shawn Ratigan to police for taking lewd pictures of young girls in and around churches where he worked.

McCaskill won't support Reid as minority leader

U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill said Thursday that she believes the recent election results show voters want change in Washington and that must begin with a change in leadership.

Panel debating pay raise for Missouri officials

The Missouri Citizens' Commission on Compensation for Elected Officials continued hashing out the appropriate raise for state officials and Missouri General Assembly members Friday in St. Louis.

Report: Missouri insurance prices to vary widely

Open enrollment begins Saturday for 2015 policies offered through

Missouri abortion clinic inspections bill returns

State Sen. Wayne Wallingford has submitted legislation that would mandate the Department of Health and Senior Services conduct annual health inspections of certain abortion clinics.

Ferguson protesters urge holiday economic boycott

The calls for economic protests come as a St. Louis County grand jury is expected to soon decide whether to indict Ferguson officer Darren Wilson.

Brown family urges police, protester restraint

 Their attorneys echoed Gov. Jay Nixon's call for protesters to avoid rioting, looting and violence, but faulted him for not also calling on police to exercise restraint.