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UPDATE: Former Missouri lawmaker sentenced to one year in prison

Former state Sen. Jeff Smith, D-St. Louis, was sentenced to one year and one day in prison and a $50,000 fine in a federal obstruction of justice case. Another former Missouri lawmaker and a campaign treasurer were also sentenced Tuesday for their involvement in the case. 

Ex-Missouri Rep. Baker gets job in Obama adminstration

The former Missouri representative will now serve as a regional director.

Gov. Nixon, presidents agree to freeze tuition

Missouri’s four-year public colleges and universities may see a tuition freeze for the second year in a row.

More charges filed against father, sons in child sex case

Fifteen additional charges have been filed against the five men in the Lexington sex case.

Truman museum to show Pulitzer Prize-winning photos

"Capture the Moment: The Pulitzer Prize Photographs" is a new exhibit that will be shown at the Harry S. Truman Library and Museum in Independence from Saturday through Jan. 24.

Nixon to outline funding plan for Missouri higher education

Nixon will hold news conferences at the University of Missouri-St. Louis and Missouri State University to announce an agreement.

Missouri officials organize group to expand 911 service

Local 911 directors intend to push for a fee on wireless and Internet-based telephone service that will be used to improve 911 service.

Missouri's DNR director speaks about Missouri's energy future

The Joint Committee on Missouri's Energy Future included a presentation by Natural Resources Director Mark Templeton about obstacles to energy efficiency and other discussions about solar and geothermal power.

Former Missouri lawmakers sentenced for obstruction of justice

Former state Sen. Jeff Smith and former state Rep. Steve Brown pleaded guilty and resigned from office in August.

Fewer deer killed during rainy opening weekend of firearms season

The season began Saturday and runs through Nov. 24.

UPDATE 8: Fla. suspect in Missouri child sex case 'devastated'

Darrel Wayne Mohler expressed disbelief when charged with two counts of rape in Lafayette County, Mo. He says he has had little contact with family members who were also charged in the case.

Lutheran Bible camp now incorporating creation science theories

Brian Young, the founder of Lutheran Island Camp, considers himself a creation scientist and opposes mainstream theories about evolution and the formation of the universe. The camp wants to become the first creation-science environmental learning center in Minnesota and, according to organizers, the country.

Film archivists save history through careful preservation

About 470 members of the Association of Moving Image Archivists gathered in St. Louis to discuss the fine points of preservation and archiving at their annual conference.

Palin speech at southwest Missouri college closed to media coverage

Sarah Palin will speak Dec. 2 at the College of the Ozarks, a private school in southwest Missouri. She will also sign copies of her new book before the speech.

USA Today tests online edition at MU, other colleges

Facing declining readership, USA today is targeting college students with an online form of their print edition. MU is one of the first schools to be included.

Missouri diocese spends more on lawyers, than victims

"More and more, the archdiocese is playing legal hardball with victims," said David Clohessy, the national director of The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests. Financial figures released by the St. Louis Archdiocese show no spending in the last four years to offer counseling to offending clergyman.

Missouri unemployment rate dips to 9.3 percent

Missouri's unemployment rate dropped to 9.3 percent last month. Nationally, the unemployment rate was 10.2 percent in October.

Midwest group researches program to help students finish college degrees

The Midwestern Higher Education Compact is researching a college-credit exchange program that would store the college credits earned by students from multiple instiutions in a central location. Colleges and universities then could give students the opportunity to enroll and complete their degrees.

Cape Girardeau woman finalist in Victoria's Secret modeling competition

Allison Turner of Cape Girardeau is among five finalists for the Victoria's Secret Angel Boot Camp model competition. Turner is hopeful the exposure will advance her modeling career even if she doesn't win.

Analysis: Gov. Nixon bucks special session trend

Gov. Jay Nixon is the second new governor in nearly 40 years not to call a special legislative session in his first year in office.

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