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Washington University apologizes for abortion program mixup

The Web site for Washington University's Family Planning Fellowship had said the institution was collaborating with Saint Louis University and Planned Parenthood, but SLU had no role in the program.

State senator reluctant to support appointment of former DNR official

 State Sen. Kurt Schaefer, R-Columbia, wants more information about role of a former Department of Natural Resources official in the late release of a test that showed high levels of bacteria in the Lake of the Ozarks.

Survey: Economy shows recovery in Midwest, Plains

According to a survey conducted by Creighton University, the Business Conditions Index for the mid-America region increased in the past month. The survey offers some good jobs news because the employment index was in positive territory for the first time since March 2008.

Nixon suspends DNR head for department's "egregious failure"

Gov. Jay Nixon suspended the head of Missouri's Department of Natural Resources for a "series of failures" related to information about E. coli contamination and beach closures at the Lake of the Ozarks.

Columbia Police to meet Doisy murder suspect

Police charged Wright with Doisy's murder in 1985 after Wright's former roommate said he saw the woman's body in Wright's car.

UPDATE: Nixon: State failed to close beach despite bacteria

Governor Jay Nixon said the Department of Natural Resources failed to close a beach along the Lake of the Ozarks despite high levels of E. coli bacteria.

UPDATE: Gov. Jay Nixon suspends Department of Natural Resources director

After months of questions regarding who knew what and when, Gov. Nixon suspends the director of the Department of Natural Resources. The controversy began with the presence of E. coli bacteria in Lake of the Ozarks when beaches opened on Memorial Day when state department said they were closed.

Missouri Rep. El-Amin resigns after bribery plea

A Democratic state representative from St. Louis has resigned after being caught on an FBI wire accepting a bribe.

Lumiere Place, Ameristar Casino fined thousands for underage gamblers

A report to the commission said a 20-year-old gambled at Lumiere Place in St. Louis and was also served alcohol three times. The other infraction occurred at Ameristar's Kansas City casino and involved a 19-year-old who gambled.

Missouri court considers ban on intoxicated gun possession

The attorney general's office argued that the state has a legitimate interest in preventing intoxicated people from carrying guns. A public defender says the right to have guns is fundamental and the intoxication ban is too broad.

Missouri regulators take no action on future of casino

If the President Casino stops operating, its license could be opened up for bidders from around the state.

Analysis: U.S. in strong position, but Iranians aren't backing down

The U.S. has shown they're secretly working to enrich more uranium, and even the Russians are talking sanctions, but there's still no sign the Iranians are going to back down in the high-stakes game of nuclear chicken.

Move toward electronic sharing of medical records progresses slowly

The federal government is pushing an open national network for the sharing of electronic medical records but plans to leave the specifics up to private sector innovators.

St. Louis gets a sports hall of fame

The St. Louis Sports Hall of Fame will honor the achievements of St. Louis teams and athletes past and present. The hall will open in November at the Scottrade Center, home of the St. Louis Blues.

Missouri gets $1.7 million to help 911 pinpoint callers' locations

Missouri trails much of the country when it comes to identifying the locations of 911 callers, especially when they're using cell phones or Internet-based services. A $1.7 million grantwill help the state change that by upgrading 19 call centers around the state.

Patrol weeded out 7,000 southeast Missouri pot plants this summer

State troopers have found thousands of suspected marijuana plants in southeast Missouri this summer, and 10 people are facing marijuana-related felony charges in the area.

St. Joseph murder case stalls over destroyed evidence

Evidence in the second-degree murder trial of Dallas Cox was mistakenly destroyed when old cases were purged from the system. Cox was scheduled to go on trial Tuesday charged with beating 26-year-old Stephen Akin to death last October.

Judge denies Kansas man's bid to overturn death penalty

U.S. District Judge Fernando Gaitan Jr. denied 57-year-old Wesley Ira Purkey's bid to overturn the death sentence he received for the 1998 murder of Jennifer Long. Purkey claimed he had an ineffective trial lawyer and prosecutors were guilty of misconduct.

Missouri ranks near bottom in child care aid

For families of three who need child care aid, most states set the threshold somewhere north of $30,000 a year. Missouri's income limit to qualify for such assistance is just $22,620 a year.

St. Louis FBI tops nation in number of predators arrested

The St. Louis FBI office has outdone all 55 of its peers when it comes to arresting child predator suspects, catching 107 such offenders in the past two years.

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