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State News

St. Louis police audit finds problems with towing, seized money

State Auditor Susan Montee said most of the problems resulted from a lack of proper oversight.

Flags at half-staff to honor fallen soldier from St. Louis

Gov. Jay Nixon issued the order Tuesday in honor of 28-year-old Specialist Christopher Cooper of St. Louis. He died Oct. 30 in Babil Province, Iraq.

Fulton man gets community service in Churchill Memorial vandalism

Victor Louis Calderon, 25, pleaded guilty Friday to reduced charges in a vandalism spree which included a bronze statute of Churchill, a 17th Century English church and a section of the Berlin Wall.

Federal grant available for Missouri land rights to protect endangered species

The Missouri Department of Conservation has received a federal grant to buy development rights of land tied to caves where endangered species are known to live.

New Bloomfield shelter chainsaw attack suspect sent to Missouri Department of Mental Health

A man charged with injuring four employees with a chainsaw while helping to prepare the New Life Evangelistic Center's annual peace festival has been committed to the custody of the Missouri Department of Mental Health.

St. Louis airport opens additional security checkpoint

The additional checkpoint gives Lambert Airport two more security lanes in the East Terminal.

Missouri corn, soybean harvest remains behind schedule

An unusually wet October put the fall harvest behind schedule for many Missouri farmers.

Man confesses to shooting Kansas abortion provider

Scott Roeder confessed to the shooting but pleaded not guilty to one charge of first-degree murder and two charges of aggravated assault, saying he plans to argue that his actions were necessary to protect the lives of unborn children.

3 plead guilty in Jefferson County marijuana conspiracy

Two men from Missouri and one from Arizona pleaded guilty last week to the conspiracy in Jefferson County. The marijuana seized was worth about $1 million.

Missouri police academies grow despite budget tightening

Enrollment has increased recently depsite the number of police jobs remaining the same as budgets continue to tighten. However, St. Louis Policy Academy in the city received a large federal stimulus to hire 50 new officers.

Joplin duo help children, run gym

It's about more then just fighting for Fred and Rico Engberg. The father-son duo own a gym in Joplin where they train fighters and host fights but they also do private investigations, bail bonding and help children in abusive siutations.

Sedalia couple still having fun with old tradition

George McCollum and Linda McCollum use hickory bark and corn shucks to weave chair seats, stools and benches. In their spare time, the two make music together playing one of their double dulcimers.

Missouri artist creates horse sculptures from her woods

Rachel Wilson, along with her husband and children, built life-size horse sculptures out of wood. About a half dozen of Rachel Wilson's hedge horses have been on display at Art Central in Carthage and will continue to be there through this weekend.

Missouri Lottery director resigns

Larry Jansen announced his resignation Monday, ending 24 years with the Missouri Lottery.

Columbia gets $67 million from state, stimulus for wastewater improvements

Gov. Nixon announced the allocation  $266 million in state and federal money to Missouri communities for wastewater and drinking water improvments. Columbia snagged $67 million of that money, more than any other Missouri community.

Hannibal family escape fire that destroys their home and possessions

The family of five escaped unhurt as fire consumed their home late Saturday night, but they are now faced with the challenge of rebuilding from scratch after losing almost everything but a purse and a kitten.

Stray bullet meets K.C. woman's face

Driving home from her aunt's house in Cass County, a bullet traveled from about a mile away across fields, through the partially open driver-side window and connected with 33-year-old Lisa Long's face, causing her to lose a tooth, but not her life.

Springfield family upset with mistaken bond raid

K.C. man arrested after arranged marriage with 14-year-old

Vincent Mosby, 23, was charged with one count of statutory rape after allegedly having sex with a 14-year-old girl during what he considered an arranged marriage, according to court records. However, the marriage was illegal because it isn't allowed without a judge's order.

Tour of Missouri seeks 2010 host cities

Race leaders are looking to collect enough money to allow the 2010 Tour of Missouri to take place.

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