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MU creates experimental winery

MU will be creating a winery as part of the school's Institute for Continental Climate Viticulture and Enology. The university said the wine that is produced will be sold to the public.

Missouri gets $1.5 million in grants for juvenile crime

Columbia will recieve about $30,000 of the $1.5 million for programs designed to keep juveniles out of trouble.

Investigation into unfounded Jefferson City hostage report continues

Police spokesman Capt. Mike Smith said Thursday that the investigation is ongoing and no further information was available. Employees of an agency locked down Tuesday during the situation have been asked to evaluate their agency's emergency response.

UPDATE: Sixth arrest announced in Missouri child sex case

Authorities say they have identified additional victims and arrested a sixth adult in a child sex abuse case in western Missouri.

UPDATE 5: Suspects' family members call child sex abuse claims 'repulsive'

The five suspects did not enter pleas during their first court appearance Thursday.

Missouri attorney general warns of vehicle warranty scam

Attorney General Chris Koster filed a lawsuit Thursday against six businesses that allegedly offered extended warranties for cars as part of a scam. The warranties were actually service contracts limiting customer repairs and refunds.

As state makes cuts, federal bills propose Medicaid expansion

Some Republican state legislators are balking at the mandates contained in the proposed health care reform bills in Congress.

USDA grant expands an MU Extension program

 A USDA grant funds programs for beginning farmers in Missouri.

Joplin soldier wounded at Fort Hood yearns for duty

Spc. Logan Burnette was injured in the Fort Hood shooting. He tried to throw a table at the shooter to distract him, since none of the soldiers had weapons to defend themselves. He said his goal now was to recover as quickly as possible so he could get back to duty.

UPDATE 4: Five charged in sex abuse case didn't enter pleas Thursday

The four brothers and their father appeared in court in Lafayette County to hear the charges against them.

Five charged in sex abuse case didn't enter pleas Thursday

The five men charged in the family sex abuse case appeared in Lafayette County court today but did not enter pleas. A father and his four adult sons are charged with several felonies, including forcible sodomy, rape with a child younger than 12 and use of a child in a sexual performance.

Nixon expands Share the Harvest program that donates deer meat

Nixon scheduled news conferences Thursday in Ashland, St. Louis and Sedalia to announce an expansion of the Share the Harvest program.

Missouri lawmaker owes more than $20,000 in missed taxes

Rep. Denny Hoskins, a Republican from Warrensburg and certified public accountant, told The Warrensburg Daily Star-Journal on Wednesday about the amount in taxes and penalties owed by Hos Properties LLC, a company Hoskins and his brother own.

Nixon: Deer meat donation program to receive tax credits

The Share the Harvest program has had to limit in recent years how much deer it could accept to donate to people in need.

Authorities continue investigating sexual abuse charges against Mohler family

Authorities believe they may find bodies and burried glass jars with notes written by children who may have been sexually abused by the Mohlers during an excavation Thursday.

Supplies sought for rescued pit bull puppies

The Humane Society of Missouri says it has an urgent need for supplies for more than 150 pit bull puppies in its care as a result of a multi-state dogfighting raid.

Police arrest suspect in fatal mid-Missouri robbery

A Kansas City man has been arrested on a murder charge for a Jefferson City home robbery in which a man was shot to death.

UPDATE: Police say details remain unclear in Jefferson City case

Capt. Michael Smith of the Jefferson City Police Department said Tuesday's events were a "very unique situation." Police said they could not confirm that the employee who first reported the hostage situation had any evidence to support her claim.

UPDATE 3: Police continue search for glass jars, bodies in child abuse case

Five related men have been arrested in connection with a child abuse case with allegations dating from 1988 to 1995. Police are searching for clues on property that was once owned by two of the men.

Columbia residents surprised by former neighbor's arrest

Former neighbors of Jared Leroy Mohler were surprised to find out he was arrested in connection with a sex abuse case.