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State News

Reader's Digest stays upbeat despite trouble signs

The magazine's editor-in-chief says there is still a place for a general-interest print magazines in a digital media age.

Two East St. Louis men sentenced in multistate marijuana bust

Two East St. Louis men were sentenced to federal prison after helping to distribute 2,200 pounds of Mexican marijuana from Arizona to Illinois, Missouri and Ohio, prosecutors said. 

A Labor Day look at the state of the workforce

The latest numbers indicate that the U.S. economy's long-term shift from farming and manufacturing to service sector jobs continues apace, while in the short term, the recession has left the labor market in disarray. Unemployment is up, workweek hours are down and the construction and financial sectors have shed significant numbers of jobs.

Formula revision shows higher poverty rate

A new formula could provide a more refined picture of American poverty that would capture the everyday costs of necessities besides just food.

Cash for Clunkers program causing fines

Some Missouri car dealers have held onto paperwork needed to register and title new vehicles. The dealers are holding on to the paperwork until the government reimburses them.

Missourians to pay more for state employee pensions

The state employee retirement system, one of the state's two pension funds, lost 19.1 percent on investments for the year. To offset this loss in money, state tax funds might need to contribute anywhere between 1.5 percent to 20 percent more in Missouri's next budget.

Missouri receives $22 million for Medicaid fraud

Missouri will recieve $22 million from Pfizer and its subsidiaries for Medicaid fraud, which is part of a $1 billion nationwide settlement. 

Judge removes himself from Carthage murder case

Judge David Mouton, who lives in Carthage, knew the victims and their family.

Shawn Hornbeck discusses Jaycee Dugard case

A Missouri teen kidnapped in 2002 and found in 2007 speaks out on the return of Dugard to her family.

Owner of Kansas City financial company appointed to state board

Nixon appoints  Kelley Martin to the Missouri Development Finance Board.

Newman will be candidate for Brown's state seat

Stacey Newman will run for the seat vacated by Steve Brown after he plead guilty to federal obstruction of justice charges.

H&R Block doesn't meet expectations in first quarter

The tax preparer lost $133.6 million in the first quarter this year compared to $132.7 million lost in the first quarter a year ago.

Missouri Supreme Court declines to hear light-rail case

Clay Chastain appealed to the state Supreme Court after the Missouri Court of Appeals said that Kansas City Council had the authority to repeal a Chastain light-rail plan that voters approved in 2006.

Hundreds of yard sales being held in southeast Missouri

The 61-mile yard sale is taking place through Saturday from Jackson to Bloomsdale along U.S. 61.

Southwest Missouri teacher faces firing following mercury spill

The Forsyth School District has planned a termination hearing for a sixth-grade teacher after a violation of the district's policy against having mercury in school.

Missouri braces for H1N1

Officials said state departments plan to offer H1N1 vaccine to high-risk inmates and residents in mental health facilities.

Rap song played in St. Charles class draws complaints

A St. Charles West High School teacher is being criticized for playing a N.W.A. rap song in class to demonstrate that people can become desensitized to harsh language.

Tyson workers arrested after gloves found on processing line

The two workers could face misdemeanor charges of tampering with food products.

Missouri man pleads guilty to killing three at Texas farmhouse

Levi King, 26, pleaded guilty on Thursday to murder charges for the shooting of three people in Texas. Last year King pleaded guilty to two murders in Pineville.  

Stray bullet kills Kansas City woman walking on Atlanta campus

Jasmine Lynn, 19, of Kansas City was shot in the chest as she was getting on the ground to avoid the gunfire. She was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital, where she died.

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