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ANALYSIS: Missouri fee offices spark political debate

Actions by Gov. Jay Nixon and state lawmakers to reshape the process of selections to driver's license offices as political rewards have been criticized by Republicans because of past partisan campaign contributions.

UPDATE: Missouri regulators suspend utility comment card program

Thousands of cards have been returned, and about two-thirds of Missouri Gas Energy customers haven't even received them yet. Utility customers can still comment on proposed rate increases during public hearings, on a hot line and on the commission's Web site.

Crowd urges Rep. Skelton to discuss health care

Neither the 17-term Democratic congressman nor his staff were present at the Wednesday evening event, organized by the group Americans for Prosperity and others unhappy that Skelton hasn't held public meetings about health care.

Mixed results from Missouri students on academic tests

Roughly two-thirds of Missouri's public schools failed to meet tougher progress standards established under federal law. State officials, however, were pleased by the mixed results.

Missouri seeks $142 million from stimulus for Internet access

Gov. Nixon says the expanded high-speed Internet access to rural areas would improve doctor/patient relationships, open educational doors and expand small business markets.

Civil rights lawyer, NAACP leader dies in St. Louis

Margaret Bush Wilson was the former chairwoman of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and the second black woman to pass the Missouri Bar.

Missouri regulators suspend postcard comment program

Overwhelming number of responses  lead to scaling back to public hearings and Web site postings.

Missouri high school football player dies

The cause of death for 16-year-old  player is unknown. He had no known medical conditions.

Missouri casinos see revenue increase

Revenues increase by 4 percent in July. Admissions were also increased at seven of the 12 casinos.

Lance Armstrong won't ride in Tour of Missouri

Although Astana, Armstrong's current cycling team, will be participating in the Tour of Missouri, Armstrong will be at a cancer-fighting fundraiser for his Livestrong Foundation in Canada during the race.

E-mails suggest Sen. Bond sought removal of U.S. Attorney Graves

The U.S. House Judiciary Committee released the documents as part of its investigation into the White House's role in the firing of nine federal prosecutors during President George W. Bush's administration. Bond has denied any involvement.

Missouri students score better in English than in math and science

The results of these tests have left schools across the state facing sanctions underneath the No Child Left Behind Act and examining their math and science curriculums.

Missouri senators picked for special energy committee

The committee's task is to draft a strategy to ensure Missouri has a clean, abundant source of energy for the electricity needs of the state's homes and businesses.

Kansas City lawyer picked for Missouri highway commission

Republican Stephen Miller will serve through the remainder of commissioner Mike Kehoe's term if he is confirmed by the Senate when lawmakers return in January.

Missouri man in Suu Kyi trial was trying to help

Aung San Suu Kyi was sentenced to 18 more months in detention, and John William Yettaw got seven years in prison with hard labor following the man's attempts to "save" Suu Kyi from assassination by swimming to her home.

Missouri agrees to develop national academic standards for public schools

Missouri is joining an effort to create national core educational standards for public schools. “We now have a patchwork of differing state-developed standards," says state Education Commissioner Chris Nicastro, "and that has become a barrier to improving academic performance for all students.”

Climate change skeptics gathering in Springfield

Skeptics of anthropogenic climate change will gather Thursday in Springfield to discuss the minority opinion that global warming is false.

State Fair to open Thursday in Sedalia

Adult admission on the opening day of the 11-day festival is $1, and there will be free admission for a performance by the band Kansas on Sunday.

Rolla engineering students help spruce up small towns

Missouri University of Science & Technology professor, Karl Burgher, and his students help various cash-strapped Ozarks towns develop economically and encourage the communities to continue the work once they're gone.

Marine from Winfield dies in Afghanistan

Lance Cpl. Patrick W. Schimmel, a 21-year-old Marine from Winfield died in combat Sunday in the Helmand province of Afghanistan.  Schimmel was one of three Marines to die in combat that day.

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