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Jury selection set for new trial in $20 million judgment

Jury selection  began Monday for a new trial on the $20 million awarded from a tobacco company. In 2005, a Jackson County jury awarded $20 million in punitive damages from Brown & Williamson to Lincoln Smith of Independence for the 2000 death of his wife, Barbara.

Suu Kyi awarded Amnesty's highest honor

The international community and Suu Kyi's local supporters worry the ruling junta of Myanmar has found an excuse to keep her behind bars through elections planned for next year. Her trial for violating her house arrest is expected to wrap up Tuesday.

Southeast Missouri teen dies after being run over by trailer

Officials said they are investigating the Friday death of Derek Watts of Ellington.

QuikTrip to pay nearly $750,000 in OT after probe

The U.S. Department of Labor found that QuikTrip Corp. failed to pay more than 3,500 current and former employees the overtime compensation they were supposed to receive.

Firefighters save 4 boaters on Mississippi River

On Sunday night, rescuers saved four stranded people whose boat had lost power and lights.

Kansas City father of starved baby to stand trial in February

Nicholas Candler is charged with second-degree murder after his 4-month-old son, weighing 5 pounds, was pronounced dead at a hospital in November. His wife, Rebecca Candler, is also charged with second-degree murder and endangering the welfare of a child.

New Lutheran museum opens in Kirkwood

The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod's museum explains the origins of the Lutheran church, the founding of the Missouri Synod and the growth of the church.

St. Louis judge sues over red-light camera ticket

Judge Robery Dierker has asked for a jury trial in the case, and has asked a fellow judge to dismiss the charge.

Carbon plan could mean higher utility bills

The cap-and-trade system proposed in Congress would force utilities to reduce their emissions or pay extra for pollution credits.

Missing boater's body found in Stockton Lake

Missouri State Water Patrol divers found George Rosales' body on Saturday night. He drowned while sailing with his girlfriend and grandfather on Friday.

Woman dies after backing SUV into Lake of the Ozarks

Linda Rambo of Lake Ozark died on Saturday night after backing over a sea wall and into the lake.

YMCA camp where sickness broke out remains closed

Campers at Camp Lakewood in Potosi came down with an illness that is still unidentified. The YMCA said Swine Flu is not suspected.

National Guardsmen get extra help adjusting to civilian life

About 350 Missouri National Guardsmen attended a three days worth of orientations for people coming back to the U.S. after being overseas. The program featured discussions on military benefits and reintigrating into civilia life.

Swine flu delays MU student's wedding

An MU grad student who was diagnosed as mainland China's first case of swine flu has returned to Columbia with his new bride.

Parents seek to block daughter's deployment

The parents of a soldier who trained at Ft. Leonard Wood claim in a lawsuit that they were mislead by an Army recruiter, and are trying to block her deployment to Afghanistan.

Missouri State Fair adds science, rural life exhibits

The goal of the new Rural Lifestyles Showcase at the Missouri State Fair is to teach classes on cooking and floriculture.

Judge rejects city's challenge to red-light cameras

U.S. Magistrate Judge Thomas Mummert III on Thursday sided with the city of Arnold, which had argued that its red-light cameras didn't break the law.

State looking at lead waste cleanup efforts

Nanci Gonder, a spokeswoman for Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster, said an investigation will look at Doe Run's use of treated sewage to spur plant growth on the tailings.

Ameren to seek 18 percent rate hike in Missouri

About half of the new revenue would be used to make reliability improvements such as putting wires underground and trimming trees, along with covering increasing generation and delivery costs and other expenses.

Curators approve appropriations request to state

The UM System Board of Curators met Friday and unanimously approved capital and operations funding requests to the state. The money would help the UM System address increasing student enrollment as well as fund building rehabilitation and construction.

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