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Afghanistan agricultural official to attend Missouri State Fair

Safi Mohammad Hussein, the agriculture director for Afghanistan's Nangarhar Province, plans to talk to farmers, ranchers and researchers about how to bring their farming knowledge to his country.

Missouri Sen. McCaskill to host another health care forum

Senator Claire McCaskill is back in the St. Louis area for another town hall meeting regarding health care reform.  Previous town hall meetings have been called by both McCaskill and U.S. Rep. Russ Carnahan with mixed results.

Sheriff: Missouri man linked to four women's deaths

Christopher E. Revak, 36, of Ava, killed himself in the Douglas County Jail on July 26, the day after he was charged with second-degree murder for the March 2007 slaying of Rene Williams. The Douglas County Sheriff deciding to do further investigating and found similar murders in two other states.

Kansas City Star orders furloughs, buyouts

These actions are the result of a dramatic fall in advertising revenue and follow the firing of 150 employees in March. The newspaper's parent company, McClatchy Co., is extending a wage freeze until the end of December.

McCaskill admonishes crowd at health care forum

The crowd frequently disrupted the town hall meeting with shouts — a common occurrence at health care forums across the country.

Feds allege Missouri funeral scheme could cost $600 milion

The indictment alleges a decade-long scheme in which officials at National Prearranged Services altered documents to change the terms and beneficiaries of their customers' prepaid funeral contracts.

I-64 in St. Louis may reopen early if good weather persists

The project, which costs $535 million, is the largest ever bid by the Missouri Department of Transportation. If the design-build contractor, Gateway Constructors, beats the project deadline, it will earn a $2 million bonus.

Sen. McCaskill talks about health care in southeast Missouri

The first-term senator took her message about health care reform to rural southeast Missouri on Monday, hosting town hall forums in Kennett and Poplar Bluff and meeting with county hospital workers in Hayti, one of the state's poorest communities.

Missouri retirement system pays about $160,000 in incentives

The payments originally had been scheduled for June but were delayed because of concerns they would be portrayed poorly.

Eight cities in U.S. line up for swine flu vaccine test

Saint Louis University will test 200 adults and 200 children with a new H1N1 vaccine. The studies will test the safety and effectiveness of vaccines developed by drug makers and help determine dosage and whether it can be given with a seasonal flu shot.

No buried barrels of sludge found at Missouri tannery

The tannery, purchased by National Beef Co. in March and renamed National Beef Leathers, is the focus of an investigation to determine if sludge distributed to northwest Missouri farmers for use as fertilizer could have caused brain tumors in Cameron-area residents.

Bodies of 2 brothers found in river

The bodies of two boys, who were reported missing Sunday evening, were found by a river near their home.  Although foul play is not supsected, autopsies are being performed Tuesday to determine how the boys died.  

Trial delayed for owners of burned Missouri group home

Investigators think faulty electrical wiring in the attic most likely was the cause of the fire that destroyed the Anderson Guest House and killed 11 people in November 2006. The facility never reopened.

McCaskill talks health care reform in southeast Missouri

The town hall forum was part of a full day meeting with communities about President Obama's proposed health care overhaul. Other meetings held by fellow Democrats have led to protests, arrests and safety concerns.

Dove hunt scheduled for those with limited mobility

The hunt, which is scheduled for Sept. 3, will allow hunters with wheelchairs, crutches or prosthetics to hunt doves at Ten Mile Pond Conservation Area in Mississippi County.

3-year-old goes home after 2 years in Missouri hospital

Kyle McCarty, a 3-year-old who has fought polycystic kidney disease for the last two years, finally went home six weeks ago after undergoing a successful transplant. In those few weeks home, he has had many new experiences, including a trip to the zoo.

ANALYSIS: Missouri motor vehicle offices spark political debate

Democrats and Republicans continue a debate surrounding the selection of agents to run Missouri's driver's license offices. This, despite efforts by lawmakers and Gov. Jay Nixon to transform the process in order to remove the politics.

Missouri River 340 continues to grow in popularity and competiton

After 340 miles and four days, the contestants of the Missouri River 340 reached the finish line to the sweet sound of applause.

Missouri to waive sales tax for back-to-school shopping

Missouri's annual sales tax holiday will be in effect Friday through Sunday, allowing shoppers to purchase back-to-school supplies minus state and sometimes even local sales tax. Columbia and Boone County will still charge for local sales tax.

Hearing set on Missouri grain fraud claims

Cathy Gieseker faces 12 state felony charges for a $50 million grain fraud scheme.  Farmers will get a chance during a hearing on Friday to recover at least a portion of their losses from the Ponzi scheme.

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