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State News

UPDATE: DNA samples soon required after some arrests in Missouri

Gov. Jay Nixon signed legislation Thursday requiring DNA be taken from people age 17 and older who are arrested on suspicion of violent felonies, sex offenses or burglary. The DNA samples will be discarded if charges aren't filed, dropped or if the suspect is acquitted at trial.

UPDATE: Gov. appoints Columbian to Missouri appeals court

On Thursday, Karen King Mitchell, 50, of Columbia was appointed to the Missouri Court of Appeals Western District. She is a longtime aide of Gov. Jay Nixon.

Checks remain outstanding in Blunt firing settlement

The checks were written to Scott Eckersley in a settlement after Eckersley claimed he was fired from Gov. Matt Blunt's office because he raised concerns about e-mail deletions.

Environmental group says riverfront communities are at risk

The National Wildlife Federation says the combination of global warming and improper flood plain management will hurt communities that develop those areas.

Columbian appointed to Missouri appeals court

On Thursday, Karen King Mitchell, 50, of Columbia was appointed to the Missouri Court of Appeals Western District. She is a longtime aide of Gov. Jay Nixon.

Two plead not guilty in 2008 double stabbing

The two men are accused of killing a Jasper County sheriff's reserve officer and his wife.

UPDATE: Dog-fighting busts yield 400 dogs and counting

The multistate raids have led to indictments against 26 people and have yielded more than 400 dogs, most of which were American pit bull terriers.

MIssouri retirement fund to post pension benefits

The Missouri State Employees' retirement system voted to publish the retirement benefits for former public officials on its Web site.

University of Kansas details response to budget cuts

The school has lost more than $36 million in funding.

Missouri, Kansas arts groups receive $700,000

Kansas and Missouri received a combined total of roughly $700,000 dollars from the National Endowment for the Arts. The money will be used to support the organizations during the economic downturn.

Groups file suit, say states violated voter registration law

The nonprofit group Demos and several others are filing suits against states across the United States.  The suits stem from a drop in overall voter registration, which the nonprofit groups attribute to a lack of effort at the state level.

New U.S. jobless claims fall to lowest level since January

While the unemployement rate continues to rise, the number of newly laid-off workers filing initial claims for unemployment insurance fell last week by 52,000.

Missouri activists push for expanded summer food program

The Missouri Association for Social Welfare  is encouraging the state and Congress to allocate more funding for summer food and child nutrition programs.

Missouri humane society seeks public's help

The society needs a variety of supplies as it houses about 300 dogs seized in raids of dogfighting operations.

Nixon signs bill to expand DNA sampling in Missouri

Gov. Jay Nixon has signed legislation Thursday that is to expand the field of people required to submit DNA samples to authorities.

Reward increased in search for cemetery vandals

The vandals broke 176 tombstones at the Fairview Cemetery in Liberty between June 18 and June 20.

Kansas license-plate distribution delayed amid budget crunch

To save money, the state of Kansas has halted the issuance of its new license plate to some residents.

Boone Hospital Center jobs event draws 181 people

A jobrecruitment event Tuesday brought people to the Hampton Inn and Suites Columbia. They were seeking to land one of 20 patient care associate positions.

Group considers reservoirs for southwest Missouri

Members of the Tri-State Water Resource Coalition hope to commission an in-depth study of three potential lake sites.

2 arrested in connection with 2008 double stabbing deaths

Matthew D. Laurin, 21, of Springfield, and Darren J. Winans, 19, of Jasper, were being held without bond after their arrests Monday in the Oct. 11 deaths of Robert Sheldon, 70, and his wife, Ellen Sheldon, 71. Laurin and Winans are each charged with two counts of first-degree murder, two counts of armed criminal action and one count of burglary.

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