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Missouri officials plan shops, state facilities for historical prison

State government's plans for development of prison site include a mixture of private and public spaces.

Missouri governor prescribes four pillars for ethics reform

Gov. Jay Nixon held a phone conference Wednesday to outline the needs for ethics reform.

Missouri veterinarians providing vaccine for increasingly common dog influenza

With confirmed cases of canine influenza in states that border Missouri, veterinarians have begun providing a vaccine to combat the virus before it becomes a problem in animal populations here.

Missouri Highway commissioners award contract for new Mississippi River bridge

The bid accepted for the long-awaited project that will span the Mississippi River at St. Louis is still nearly $40 million more than transportation officials anticipated.

Missouri recovers $82million in Medicaid fraud in 2009

Attorney General Chris Koster's office reported Wednesday that its Medicaid fraud unit recovered $82 million this year. That's more than double the previous high of $34 million set in 2008.

39 Missouri drinking water systems fail to complete required tests

Required monthly tests of bacteria levels in drinking water have gone undone by water systems in 18 Missouri counties, according to state environmental officials.

Mother, son sentenced in murder-for-hire plot

A Rolla man and woman — son and mother — have been sentenced for their involvement in a plot to kill to prevent testimony in a methamphetamine case. The killings did not take place.

Nurses with revoked licenses easily move to others, investigation finds

Greater cooperation between states, by frequently updating databases and sharing information, would lessen likelihood of nurses with revoked licenses in one state working in others.

Tests reveal agricultural pollutants in Lake of the Ozarks

After criticism this summer for delaying release of tests that showed the Lake of the Ozarks contained high levels of E. coli, further tests of the lake by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources reveal elevated nitrogen and phosphorus levels.

ANALYSIS: Nixon brought new tone to Missouri Capitol

House Majority Leader Steven Tilley, R-Perryville, partially credits Gov. Jay Nixon for what he describes as a "very cordial, good working relationship" between legislative leaders and the governor.

Fatal wrecks down in Missouri in 2009

The Missouri Department of Transportation says it would mark the fourth straight yearly decline.

Wet year raises spring flood concerns in St. Louis

Significant spring flooding is possible because of an abundant snow melt from the north.

Animal groups propose rules for Missouri dog breeders

Under the proposal, dog-breeders could only have 50 breeding dogs and would be required to feed animals daily, provide annual veterinary care and not breed animals more than twice every 18 months, among other rules.

Sheriff identifies body found in tractor-trailer

An autopsy ruled that the man's death was a homicide. The Audrain County Sheriff's Department also said he was from Ohio but provided no details on where in Ohio he was from.

Missouri brother gives sister bone marrow

A former Sedalia resident receives a gift that helped save her life. Today she is cancer free.

In digital age, there's plenty of paper

The number of printed pages dropped significantly in 2008, and analysts expect the trend to continue. Some say it could be an effect of the slow economy or perhaps the beginning of a paper-less society.

Artist creates postcard effect in Joplin welcome center's mural

The mural depicts scenes from the Spook Light, Route 66, artist Thomas Hart Benton, astronaut Janet Kavandi, outlaw Clyde Barrow, the castle at Redings Mill, poet Langston Hughes, Red Oak II, the natural beauty of the Ozarks, naturalist Marlin Perkins, Grand Falls and the area's history of mining.

Southwest Missouri man found dead in frozen drainage ditch

The body of 43-year-old Keith Lyons was discovered Monday in the ditch near a Joplin car wash.

St. Louis brewer of Schlafly Beer marks milestone

Schlafly Beer has brewed 30,000 barrels this year. That's a 6,000-barrel increase over its previous record, which it set just last year.

Columbia woman one of 4 killed in highway accident

Lakeidra L. Kemp, 32, of Columbia, was a passenger in a car that crashed at about 5:30 p.m. Saturday near Smithton.

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