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State News

The muck stops here: Bureaucracy may be at the root of septic tank problem

Bureaucratic complexities make it unclear which state department is responsible for the state of on-site and residential septic systems.

Police investigate missing woman, burned out car

A missing woman's car was found completely burned out. No human remains were found in the car. The situation is under investigation.

Grant to help Missouri's Amish, Mennonites reduce pesticide use

The EPA has given the University of Missouri Extension $51,158 to help Amish and Mennonite produce growers reduce the use of high-risk pesticides.

Ex-clerk faces trial for faking cancer, taking money

A former clerk for the McDonald County prosecutor's office will go to court for  accepting $10,000 in donations for cancer treatment although she did not have cancer.

Missouri treasurer warns of unclaimed property scam

Missouri Treasurer Clint Zwiefel is warning people to watch out for e-mails telling them that his office may have some unclaimed property for them.

Number of turkeys killed by Missouri hunters second lowest

Missouri hunters kill 8,300 turkeys, down from 28,000 in 1987. However, this number is still higher than last year's number.

Walmart scuffle leads to charges and issues of racism

A woman arrested in a Walmart in Kennett on Jan. 6, 2007 and charged with assaulting two police officers, distrubing the peace and resisting arrest says she was a target of racial slurs by officers who physically mistreated her.

Defendant uses mental disability as defense against death penalty sentence

 Andrew Lyons, 52, was given two death sentences in 1996 for killing his girlfriend and her mother in 1992. Lyons' attorney, Fred Duchardt, said that his client is mentally disabled and scored low on intelligence tests. In an earlier case the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the mentally disabled cannot be executed.

Thirteen road resurfacing projects approved for mid-Missouri

Four of the 13 programs approved in the Statewide Transportation Improvement Program are in Boone County. The projects will be funded with federal stimulus money.

UPDATE: Governor calls for crackdown on DWI prosecution

Gov. Jay Nixon and other officials said prosecution of the state's DWI laws has been lax and is in bad need of reform.

Costs compound septic system problems at Lake of the Ozarks

Old septic systems near the lake are failing, but the cost to replace them is too high for many local residents.

UPDATE: State revenue collections continue to fall

Although the revenue collections have declined by 11 percent, the state budget director said she thinks the decline will improve to 4 percent by the end of fiscal year 2010.

Family doctors group loses members over Coca-Cola deal

The American Academy of Family Physicians now being owned by Coca-Cola causes concern among members about the image it will portray, and it has lost members and support. The academy regrets the resignations and hopes other members will not "rush to judgment" before seeing the new content, the CEO said.

KU Hospital performs rare surgery

A southwest Missouri man became the first cancer patient to undergo a procedure known as targeted muscle reinnervation. The arm with bone cancer was amputated, but some nerves were saved to used with a prosthesis.

Murdered student's parents to file suit against Ga. university

A student from Kansas City was killed by a stray bullet on the Clark Atlanta University, and now her parents are suing the school.

State revenue woes continue in October

Monthly collection numbers were down across the board in Missouri compared to October 2008.

Young hunters killed 13,000 deer in two days

In a two-day season, young hunters in Missouri killed more than 13,000 deer this year. It's the second highest total ever recorded for that period. This year, Osage, Franklin and Callaway counties led the way, with hunters harvesting more than 240 deer in each county.

MoDOT bridge repair program tops 100 mark

The Missouri Department of Transportation has completed work on 107 of the 802 bridges slated to be repaired or replaced by Oct. 31, 2013. An additional nine will be finished by the end of the year.

St. Louis smoking bans raise questions at state level

With passage of a smoking bans in St. Louis city and county, 50 percent of all Missourians are now living in areas with limits on smoking in public. Legislators are revisiting enacting state laws on the issue.

Missouri Southern faculty votes no confidence in president

The vote at Missouri Southern State University on Monday was 140 to 44, with almost 78 percent of the university's faculty voting.

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