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State officials vote to relax religious child care regulations

Almost 600 facilities would be affected by the proposed changes, which must be published for public comment before becoming final.

Federal government, NAACP look into MoDOT's stimulus contracts

The Missouri chapter of the NAACP called for the investigation because it believes that the Missouri Department of Transportation was not following federal guidelines involving stimulus funds to maximize involvement of minority and women-owned businesses.

McCaskill faces hostile town hall crowd in Jefferson City

Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill faced a hostile group at a town hall meeting Wednesday night in Jefferson City. The main points she addressed were related to health care.

Carnahan: Missouri lawmakers' admissions is 'sad day'

Two state representatives who admitted to spreading negative campagin material against Rep. Russ Carnahan pleaded guilty to obstruction charges and resigned from office.

St. Louis FBI chief says more corruption cases coming

More public corruption cases will follow Tuesday's guilty pleas and resignations from State Sen. Jeff Smith and Rep. Steve Brown.

PHOTO GALLERY: Ted Kennedy dies at 77

As a member of the Senate for nearly half a century, Kennedy compiled a list of legislative achievements in many areas including health care, civil rights, education and immigration.

Lt. Gov. Kinder named distinguished Eagle Scout

Fewer than 2,000 of the 2 million Eagle Scouts over the last century have received the award.

Smoking ban measure passed by St. Louis County Council

St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley has not said if he will veto the bill. If he signs it, the measure would go to voters on Nov. 3.

Missouri Gaming Commission puts St. Louis riverboat casino in limbo

The Missouri Gaming Commission has refused to allow the St. Louis-based President Casino to replace its century-old boat until the company gets a new operating license.  If the casino loses its license, it will create an opening for another company to seek a casino permit in Missouri.

St. Louis project gets $2.7 million in stimulus funds

The city's South Grand business district will receive the money for construction, which is to improve safety and make the area more friendly to pedestrians and cyclists.

UPDATE: Two Missouri lawmakers plead guilty, will resign

In his plea, Sen. Jeff Smith, D-St. Louis, said he told Rep. Steve Brown, then an aide to Smith, and his campaign treasurer to mislead investigators. Smith and Brown both announced they would resign from office. Sentencing for both men is set for Nov. 10.

Two Missouri lawmakers plead guilty, will resign

Missouri state Sen. Jeff Smith of St. Louis pleaded guilty to two federal counts of obstruction of justice tied to his failed 2004 congressional campaign. Rep. Steve Brown of Clayton also pleaded guilty to one count of conspiring to obstruct justice and has said that he, too, will resign.

Excerpts from letter from former Sen. Jeff Smith

Smith's letter of resignation included an apology to his constituents and reminded them of the work he did while in office. He also stated that he won't run for office again.

UPDATE: Missouri state Senator Jeff Smith to resign amid federal charges

Smith denied connection to a group that, during the 2004 congressional campaign, distributed materials critical of his primary opponent, Russ Carnahan.

Guilty plea related to Smith campaign expected

Rep. Steve Brown's attorney confirmed that Rep. Brown will plead guilty to conspiracy and faces possible prison time.

State Fair crowd up about 12 percent

Despite the poor economic climate, attendance at the annual Missouri State Fair rose this year.

Ex-official sentenced in Lake of the Ozarks sewage discharge case

Richard Sturgeon, Lake Ozark's former public works director, was fined $5,000 and sentenced to three years' probation.

USGS: Ozark aquifer could eventually dry up in spots

Water levels in some parts of the aquifer, which is pumped in parts of Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma and Arkansas, have declined 400 to 500 feet since 1960.

Man awarded $13.8 million in fatal 2008 pileup

A ruling in an I-64 car accident awarded nearly $14 million to one victim who can no longer walk or talk.

Missouri-born ambassador 'optimistic' on arrival in Haiti

Missouri native Kenneth Merten, the U.S. ambassador to Haiti, brings a message of hope to the poverty-stricken nation.