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Kansas City man linked to murder by cat hair sentenced

Forty-five-year-old Henry Lee Polk was sentenced Thursday to life in prison without parole, plus 120 years, for first-degree murder. Cat hair found in the 41-year-old victim's pocket matched with two cats from Polk's home.

Nearly 500 flu cases reported in St. Louis County

These flu cases have helped fill up the emergency room at St. Louis Children's Hospital and doubled the number of kids with flu-like symptoms at Cardinal Glennon Children's Medical Center.

Tour of Missouri spectators shell out $38.1 million, study says

According to the study, locals watching the race spent $5.6 million, Missourians not from the areas where the race occurred spent $11.9 million, and people from outside Missouri spent $20.6 million.

Seasonal flu vaccine delayed, including for Missouri clinics

At the Jefferson City Medical Group, which serves about 70,000 patients in mid-Missouri, the vaccine delay primarily is affecting children younger than three — considered to be a high-risk group for the flu.

In through the roof: Burglary at Joplin Walmart 'significant'

Joplin Police Chief Lane Roberts wouldn't say exactly how much was taken, but said Tuesday's theft was one of the most significant property crimes in Joplin in recent years.

Springfield's new Humane Society shelter opening soon

The 15,000-square-foot facility, paid for by private donations, has space for up to 200 dogs and 200 cats.

DNA test confirms guilt in attack on nun

Jackson County prosecutors received results of the test this week, and say it confirms that Jerry J. Owens, who is already serving a life sentence for the crime, assaulted the nun in 1997 at the Holy Rosary convent in Kansas City.

Forsyth teacher resigns over mercury incident

Michael Ragain, a sixth-grade teacher, brought the mercury to school on Aug. 18 and it spilled. School officials said that Ragain did not notify administrators of the incident until the next day.  

Trial for Missouri's 'largest grain fraud' ever to begin

Former Martinsburg grain dealer Cathy Gieseker faces 15 state and federal counts including felony stealing and deceit in a $27 million grain fraud case.

Several public health care options available in Missouri

Whether through Missouri's Medicaid program, the State Children's Health Insurance Program or health care cooperatives, the state provides access to health care to about 15 percent of its population.

UPDATE: Seasonal flu vaccine delayed for some U.S. providers

Sanofi Pasteur, the country's largest supplier of the seasonal flu vaccine, is running behind on producing the vaccine because it is also producing the H1N1 vaccine.

Federal jury awards $35,000 to Missouri man over traffic stop

A federal jury awarded the money to a Holcomb man for a 2006 traffic stop in which he was allegedly struck by a Dunklin County deputy.

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.

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