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Kinder endorses Schweich in Missouri GOP auditor's race

Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder has endorsed Tom Schweich for the Missouri auditor position.

Northeast Missouri woman heads to trial in animal abuse case

Judy Pennington of rural Madison will be tried on six counts of felony animal abuse after rescuers removed dozens of animals from Pennington's farm in April 2008.

Kansas Navy recruiter admits role in sex sting

Shane Allan Sanders of Olathe faces 15 years to life in prison for trying to arrange a sexual encounter with what he thought was an 11-year-old girl.

Damon joins K.C. organization to provide for developing communities

Actor Matt Damon, co-founder of H2O Africa Foundation, has joined the nonprofit, Kansas City-based WaterPartners to form Water.org. The new organization's mission is to help ease the global water supply crisis.

Energy Department gives green light to Illinois FutureGen site

The department will now negotiate with FutureGen developers to move toward construction of the plant that would burn coal for power but store emissions of carbon dioxide underground. The Energy Department is to commit just more than $1 billion to construction of the plant.

UPDATE: Blunt outraises Carnahan in Missouri Senate race

Democrat Robin Carnahan reported receiving about $1 million this past quarter but spent more than Republican Roy Blunt, who reported raising more than $1.4 million from April through June. The two are the only declared candidates to replace retiring Republican Sen. Kit Bond.

St. Louis audit: No racial bias but policies inconsistent

Practices of the St. Louis Police Academy were found to have some inconsistencies, though no racial bias was detected. Last year, the Board of Police Commissioners hired a law firm to investigate complaints that black recruits were dismissed in disproportionate numbers for minor infractions.

UPDATE: Northeast Missouri woman's animal abuse trial delayed

The trial of Judy Pennington, who is charged with six counts of felony animal abuse, was scheduled to begin Wednesday but has been delayed. A new trial date has not been set.

St. Louis suit alleges mishandled clergy abuse allegations

The suit was filed against the Rev. Michael Ferymuth, the Archdiocese of St. Louis and its new Archbishop Robert Carlson. The lawsuit says the victim informed the archdiocese of the alleged sexual misconduct and was told Freymuth would be removed from ministry.

Missouri works to preserve giant salamander population

The amphibians, hellbenders, are native to the Missouri River Valley and a variety of factors are contributing to the species dissappearing. But an effort to protect and bolster the population is taking place at the St. Louis Zoo.

Share your All-Star Game experience

Are you headed to Tuesday's All-Star Game? Or did you get stuck in traffic going somewhere else? Tell us about it.

Nixon picks new chairman for Missouri Technology Corporation

Joseph G. Bannister was selected to be the chairman of the Missouri Technology Corporation, which helps private businesses link with universities conducting high-tech reserach.

All-Star Game will have $60 million impact in St. Louis, analyst says

The estimate includes an expected $33 million in direct spending by visitors and another $27 million felt as a ripple effect as the money spent recycles through the local economy.

Group hopes to catalog southwest Missouri war markers

A descendent of a Union soldier is undertaking an effort to document Civil War monuments and markers in southwest Missouri.

Kinder backing initiative about union elections

Missouri Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder will back a proposed constitutional amendment to require secret-ballot union elections.

Missouri attorney general to testify about fraud before Congress

Chris Koster will testify about mortgage and debt repair fraud before a U.S. Senate committee.

Task force meets in St. Louis about flooding

A task force has been assembled in St. Louis to better coordinate agencies that prepare for an respond to flooding.

Overnight Missouri jail stay for public planned as fundraiser

Spending the night at the Jefferson County "bed and breakfast" on July 31 is to cost $50 a person or $90 a couple, with the proceeds benefiting the county's jail maintenance fund.

Missouri unemployment rate climbs to 9.3 percent

The Missouri Department of Economic Development reported Tuesday that seasonally adjusted unemployment hit a nearly 26-year high in June. The state shed 7,400 non-farm jobs.

UPDATE: Nixon OKs frozen funds for Tour of Missouri

Gov. Jay Nixon on Tuesday released $1.5 million in previously blocked tourism funds for the Tour of Missouri bicycle race. Its potential cancellation had garnered strong criticism from organizers and supporters.

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