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COMMENT: A first-time deer hunter's experience

In Missouri, hunting is something of a holiday. There is a Super Bowl like buzz around opening weekend of deer season. Schools close. Families gather. Money is spent. People make statements like: “Northern Missouri has some of the best deer hunting in the world.” In the spirit of our good state, I asked, show me.

Teen murder suspect in Olten case seeks mental care

The attorney for a teenager accused of killing a 9-year-old Missouri girl said she should be sent to a psychiatric hospital because showed signs of severe depression and anxiety.

Missouri public defender system topic at attorney forum

Members of The Missouri Bar will receive an overview of a report Friday that warns Missouri's public defender system is on "the brink of collapse." Public defenders have said for years that they are struggling with high caseloads because of a lack of money to hire additional employees.

Teacher testifies about scuffle at Kennett Walmart

Heather Ellis is accused of cutting in line at Walmart. Police said Ellis used obscene language and kicked and bit officers as they led her out of the store.

Gov. Nixon details community college tuition freeze

Gov. Nixon said Missouri community colleges have agreed to freeze tuition next school year if budgets are cut by only 5.2 percent, a similar deal Missouri's four-year colleges and universities recieved earlier this week.

Students unhappy with St. Louis college day care decision

St. Louis Community College trustees voted to close day care centers at the Meramec and Forest Park campuses next July to save money. Students depending on the service might have to drop out because other options are too expensive or inconvenient.

Soldier charged in Sedalia high school incident

Michael John Frederick of Kansas City was charged with making a terrorist threat after an incident at Smith-Cotton High School on Saturday night. The 19-year-old, who had been reported as AWOL, allegedly told an assistant superintendent about six escaped convicts that might kidnap or hold students hostage.

Survey suggests improving but weak Midwest, Plains economy

The economic index rose to 38.4, but a score below 50 is in negative territory.

Search warrant details photos taken of alleged sex abuse victims

The search warrant said that authorities seized more than 60 videos from Jared Mohler's home in Columbia.

UPDATE: Police seize more videos in Missouri sex abuse case

A police warrant states that more than 60 videos and computer equipment were seized from 48-year-old Jared Mohler's home in Columbia. Prosecutors added to the rape charges Thursday against Mohler, his 53-year-old brother, Burrell Mohler Jr., and his 77-year-old father, Burrell E. Mohler Sr.

UPDATE: Slaying suspect said hobby was 'killing people'

Although details have emerged since Alyssa Bustamante was indicted on charges of first-degree murder, there are facts about the murder of 9-year-old Elizabeth Olten that remain a mystery.

Many facts still secret in murder of Missouri girl

Teen suspect in killing of 9-year-old girl posted hobbies of "killing people" and "cutting" on YouTube profile.

Police release search warrant in Missouri sex abuse case

Family members in a Missouri sex abuse case recalled being taken to various locations as children and being photographed with naked men, according to a search warrant released by police investigators.

MoDOT spent over $100 million in rural highway repairs

The Missouri Transportation Department says it has improved almost 4,000 miles of pavement on smaller, rural highways in 2009.

House explosion rocks west Springfield

A house in west Springfield was destroyed by an explosion on Thursday. Eight other houses were damaged. The cause of the explosion is unknown but is under investigation.

UPDATE: Eleven more charges filed in Lafayette County sex-crime case

The new charges filed against three of the six accused men include allegations of rape and bestiality.

7 emergency responders given Missouri Medal of Valor

The recipients were recognized for their efforts in rescuing people from burning vehicles and fires, as well as ending a gun fight.

Three Missouri areas violate air quality standards for ozone

Ozone levels in St. Louis, Kansas City and Ste. Genevieve County were above Environmental Protection Agency standards at certain times between April 1 and Oct. 31, according to the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.

UPDATE: Missouri teen to face murder charge as an adult

Alyssa Bustamante, 15, was indicted for first-degree murder and armed criminal action and will be tried as an adult. Bustamante is suspected of killing 9-year-old Elizabeth Olten.

Warrant in Mohler family case leads to porn, incest magazines

Pornography, computer equipment and weapons were removed from Burrell Mohler Sr.'s house.