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State News

H&R Block doesn't meet expectations in first quarter

The tax preparer lost $133.6 million in the first quarter this year compared to $132.7 million lost in the first quarter a year ago.

Missouri Supreme Court declines to hear light-rail case

Clay Chastain appealed to the state Supreme Court after the Missouri Court of Appeals said that Kansas City Council had the authority to repeal a Chastain light-rail plan that voters approved in 2006.

Hundreds of yard sales being held in southeast Missouri

The 61-mile yard sale is taking place through Saturday from Jackson to Bloomsdale along U.S. 61.

Southwest Missouri teacher faces firing following mercury spill

The Forsyth School District has planned a termination hearing for a sixth-grade teacher after a violation of the district's policy against having mercury in school.

Missouri braces for H1N1

Officials said state departments plan to offer H1N1 vaccine to high-risk inmates and residents in mental health facilities.

Rap song played in St. Charles class draws complaints

A St. Charles West High School teacher is being criticized for playing a N.W.A. rap song in class to demonstrate that people can become desensitized to harsh language.

Tyson workers arrested after gloves found on processing line

The two workers could face misdemeanor charges of tampering with food products.

Missouri man pleads guilty to killing three at Texas farmhouse

Levi King, 26, pleaded guilty on Thursday to murder charges for the shooting of three people in Texas. Last year King pleaded guilty to two murders in Pineville.  

Stray bullet kills Kansas City woman walking on Atlanta campus

Jasmine Lynn, 19, of Kansas City was shot in the chest as she was getting on the ground to avoid the gunfire. She was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital, where she died.

Missouri gets $3.4M for rural crimes task force

The task force will support criminal investigators, criminal analysts, a part-time administrator as well as overtime for local police.

Triple-slaying suspect says he's too poor

An Illinois man accused of strangling his wife and sons says he can't afford an attorney and wants aid from the Illinois Capital Litigation Fund.

Ex-DNR official takes blame for report's delayed release

Joe Bindbeutel, former DNR deputy director, said he didn't release a report that showed high bacteria levels at Lake of the Ozarks because he first wanted to know what was causing the bacteria problem.

State revenues down from last year

The Office of Administration reported that Missouri revenues through August are down 5.6 percent from a year ago. Tax refunds rose 9.4 percent through August, contributing to the decline in state revenues.

NAACP criticizes MoDOT administrator

The NAACP is urging MoDOT to hire more minority contractors, who now only receive 1 percent of stimulus-related contracts from the department.

Former Missouri fuel plant to become business park

The 40-acre Carondelet Coke production plant will be developed into a park using over $6 million in state money.

Cooler weather, novelty of virus spreads H1N1

A Health Department official said the cooler, drier weather this summer made it easier for the virus to attach to cells.

Columbia cyclists volunteer, support Tour of Missouri

As Missouri prepares for the arrival of some of the world's top cyclists, some of the city's biking enthusiasts look for ways to participate in the race.

Fewer farmers buying at annual agriculture equipment show

Despite years of high sales, manufacturers of farming equipment project a decline.

Scam on Facebook leads woman to wire funds abroad

A hacker gained access to a southeast Missouri woman's Facebook account and claimed to her Facebook friends that she was stuck in England and needed to be wired emergency funds.

Texas trial of convicted Missouri killer to restart

A Missouri man's trial for allegedly killing three people in Texas will restart after it was delayed for DNA test results.

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