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Sen. McCaskill wants more federal regulations for reverse mortgages

U.S. Sen Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., said Tuesday that she plans to  introduce legislation that would create more consumer protections for seniors with reverse mortgages, which allow people to convert their home equity into cash.

Fall break prompts alert of serial rapist in Kansas

Thirteen rapes near Kansas State University and the University of Kansas since 2000 have been linked to one person, and most have taken place during school breaks.

Cerner teams up with government to track H1N1

The Kansas City-based company will collect data on the flu strain for federal and state health agencies, U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced Tuesday. She said this will allow the government to deploy resources more strategically.

Missouri man gets life for killing 3 at Texas farmhouse

Levi King was sentenced Tuesday after pleading guilty last month for the murders he committed in 2005 near the town of Pampa.

Three charged in death of Kansas teen

Keighley Ann Alyea, who had been missing for nearly a week, was found in Cass County on Monday night.

H1N1 vaccine arrives in Missouri

The St. Louis County Health Department has received several thousand doses of the vaccine but is giving them only to emergency and health care workers at this time. Many more doses will arrive in Missouri later this month

Lake of Ozarks sees higher E. coli levels in 2009

The level of E. coli bacteria in the Lake of the Ozarks has been recorded at such a level that the two state beaches should have been closed 11 times since May.

Former director of Warren Funeral Home awaits trial

Harold Warren Sr., who is charged with three felony counts in relation to unlawful storage of decaying bodies, waived his Monday arraignment hearing in anticipation of a trial.

H1N1 vaccine information to be presented at SLU Tuesday

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and Rep. William Lacy Clay, D-Mo., are expected to discuss details concerning the new H1N1 vaccine and how to prevent spread of the disease.

Russellville man scratches gambling itch, wins $3 million prize

Roger Schnieders won the winning prize on Missouri Lottery's "$200,000 A Year for Life" scratcher. Instead of taking the $200,000 a year, the 45-year-old will take the lump sum of $3 million before taxes.

Cardinals open World Series ticket preregistration, just in case

Preregistration for what will be St. Louis Cardinals' World Series tickets, pending the team's qualification, started at 10 a.m. Monday and will end at noon CST on Oct. 15.

Potential changes considered to state's bail bond laws

The state insurance department sent a survey last month to more than 1,000 bail bond agents, who must answer by Friday.

World's leading conservationists meeting in Missouri

The St. Louis Zoo is hosting a conference of leading conservationists this week. Biodiversity loss and lowering carbon dioxide emissions are two main topics for discussion.

Report: Tour of Missouri needs fiscal policy guide

A financial review of the Tour of Missouri Inc., the nonprofit group that runs the bicycle race, shows room for improvement.

Off-duty St. Louis officer wounded

Shortly after 1 a.m. Monday, a St. Louis police officer and her boyfriend were wounded during a robbery. Gina Stallis, 34, was killed during the robbery.

Sedalia man entertains with hunting stories, makes games

Glenn McMullin, 76, a well-known storyteller in his Sedalia community, likes to tell stories from his hunting and logging days. In addition to hosting students to the nature walks of his nature trails, McMullin is also a craftsman. He sells wooden toys with a hidden challenge inside.

Warhol rides into town for Union Station's first major art exhibit

Kansas City's Union Station will feature an Andy Warhol now through Jan. 10. The silkscreen prints are on loan from Bank of America. Station officials hope "Andy Warhol Portfolios: Life & Legends"—a collection of 84 pieces—will appeal to a broad audience.

Longtime St. Joseph News-Press photographer dies at 61

Ival Lawhon Jr., a photographer for the St. Joseph News-Press for 31 years, died Saturday of pancreatic cancer.

Blind artist has his first one-man public show

Aaron Johnson, a senior at the Accessible Arts, holds his first gallery Wednesday in Kansas City, Kan. It will include drawings, pottery, pens for which he created the barrels, his quilt and a CD he made with classmates.

Lewis and Clark popularity grows in Jefferson City

The Lewis Clark and Clark Task Force continues to maintain Lewis and Clark landmarks and resources within Jefferson city. Docents have also made more than 470 presentations.

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