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State News

Washington University labs get funding for biodefense research

The St. Louis medical school will receive $37 million to continue research in biodefense and infectious diseases.

Hot weather a boost for mosquitoes and West Nile

Calls about mosquitoes in St. Louis County have increased since last year, and nearly 20 percent of the mosquitoes tested have turned up positive for West Nile.

Economy sending students to cheaper public colleges

New college students across the U.S. are transferring from private universities to lower-priced public institutions, often because of economic fears.

Open St. Louis hydrants frustrate water and fire officials

Crews have been closing hydrants by the dozens this week, and firefighters have grown frustrated because of the difficulties they sometimes face in the process.

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon set to announce state budget cuts

Gov. Jay Nixon is set to make an announcement regarding the state budget for the 2010 fiscal year. He is expected to discuss budget cuts he will carry out in the coming year.

Woman's death in St. Charles investigated as homicide

.The woman's body was found by a farmer in a drainage ditch on Wednesday.

E. coli levels close two Lake of the Ozarks beaches

Officials from the Missouri Department of Natural Resources are blaming the high levels at the beaches near U.S. 54 on water runoffs from recent storms and a large flock of geese.

Kansas City man stabbed during sleepwalking episode

Police say a sleepwalking man ignored his girlfriend's efforts to wake him, and reportedly fearing that he may turn aggressive, she grabbed a knife.

Gov. Nixon appoints Bindbeutel to Administrative Hearing Commission

Joseph Bindbeutel was initially tapped in April for the Public Service Commission, but the Senate never acted, so the appointment was withdrawn.

UPDATE: Missouri ignition lock law could affect 70,000

The law, which is targeted at repeat drunken drivers, was passed in 2008 and goes into effect July 1. It applies to anyone convicted of applicable offenses in the past 10 years.

Missourians to lobby in D.C. for health care reform

Two central Missouri residents are heading to Washington to lobby in support of a public health insurance option and the needs of rural Missourians.

Ozark National Riverways public hearing set for Thursday in Columbia

The future of national park land in southern Missouri is to be up for public comment this week across the state, and Columbia public hearing about the future of the Ozark National Riverways.

International perspectives on Columbia's heat wave

People who live in Columbia and hail from other countries weighed in Tuesday on the heat wave.

It was so hot that...

Residents dealt with Tuesday's extreme heat in a number of ways, including with sweet tea and a dip in a creek.

Show dogs die after being placed in van

Sheriff Glenn Boyer says the 24-year-old custodian of the dogs had returned home from a show in Iowa and planned to put the dogs in kennels in the garage.

Auditor to release report on Missouri housing commission

Missouri State Auditor Susan Montee will release an audit of the Missouri Housing Development Commission on Wednesday. The report comes on the heels of plans for ethics reform and an FBI investigation at the agency. 

MoDOT to reduce truck emissions

Using a $726,000 grant, the Missouri Department of Transportation will upgrade 17 dump trucks' engines, replace five trucks and equip other vehicles with emission-control devices or idle-reduction technology.

UPDATE: Missouri executions likely on hold amid federal review

A federal stay for the execution of Reginald Clemons could put scheduled executions for Missouri inmates on hold, according to the incoming chief justice of the state Supreme Court.

New parole hearings sought for 3 serving life in Missouri

A Missouri trial judge on Tuesday ordered new hearing for three women sentenced to life in prison and denied parole, citing a 2007 law that makes domestic violence victims convicted of killing a spouse or domestic partner eligible for parole.

Missouri treasurer seeks housing agency ethics overhaul

Missouri State Treasurer Clint Zweifel seeks to improve effectiveness at the state housing development agency with a new ethics policy targeting financial relationships between agency officials and developers, possibly including campaign contributions.

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