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State News

Midwest storms cause flooding, spawn 2 tornadoes

A separate storm system that cut a wide swath across Kansas, Nebraska and Missouri knocked out power, damaged buildings and led to flash flooding. The National Weather Service said that two tornadoes that touched down in central and western Nebraska caused little damage.

K.C. suburb cancels fireworks show, blames economy

Blue Springs canceled its annual free fireworks show to save money, but residents will still be able to see free displays in neighboring communities.

Missouri's Churchill museum gains national clout

The U.S. House declared the Winston Churchill museum on Westminster College's campus in Fulton to be "America's National Churchill Museum." 

Missouri creates database of insurance complaints

The database, which is a compilation of more than 10,000 complaints since 2006, grades companies based on the number of complaints and allows users to search the list of customer troubles.

Charter students do better than public students in Missouri, study says

Missouri is one of only five states where higher learning gains for charter school students are significantly higher, according to the national study.

St. Louis animal shelter gets some grooming

St. Louis' city animal shelter will benefit from a major corporate gift of time, talent and funds aimed at sprucing up its building and grounds.

Missouri man sentenced for West Virginia bank heist

A Rogersville man refered to as the "plaid shirt robber" was sentenced to 20 years in prison for a West Virginia bank robbery.

Large blaze destroys condos at Lake of the Ozarks

The fire that destroyed eight vacation condominiums on the Lake of the Ozarks is believed to have been started by a lightning strike.

St. Louis' Lambert Airport opens two pet-rest areas

Lambert follows several other airports that have created pet-rest areas, Lambert spokesman Jeff Lea said.

Missouri man pleads guilty to killing homeless woman

He was charged with second-degree murder and armed criminal action in the woman's death, which occurred in 2007 at a Springfield homeless camp.

Couple pleads guilty in poisoned pet food case

Sally Qing Miller and her husband, Stephen, pleaded guilty to charges of selling pet food ingredients tainted with a potentially fatal chemical, melamine.

Immigrants' files will be housed in limestone caves

The century-old immigration documents will be stored in limestone caves in Lee's Summit and will be open to the public.

MU health professions summit lets Kansas City students sample jobs

The health summit is designed to increase diversity in the state's health care industry.

Missouri House budget chairman Allen Icet to seek auditor job

Rep. Allen Icet announced his 2010 challenge to Democratic Auditor Susan Montee and hopes to get the Republican Party's support to avoid a primary.

Brad Pitt and family donate $1 million to Springfield hospital

The money is to be used to open the Jane Pitt Pediatric Cancer Center this summer and is expected to make the new center eligible to participate in St. Jude's clinical research trials.

Missouri Botanical Garden celebrates its 150th birthday

Henry Shaw's botanical garden is commemorating it's 150th birthday with activities and events throughout the year including lectures, special displays and free evening concerts.

ANALYSIS: Missouri gov. emphasizing high unemployment

At this point in his term, it's too early for Gov. Jay Nixon to be blamed for the poor economy, so he is safe in citing a high unemployment.

Missouri man overcomes 'football' sized tumor

A cluster of tumors on his kidney complicated his treatment plan and delayed treatment for more than a month.

Supporters rally in Columbia to support Clemons

About 30 people attended a rally for the pardoning of Reggie Clemons.

Clarksville throws party to thank flood helpers

Volunteers built a 12-foot sandbag levee to protect the downtown area of the city from Mississippi River floodwaters last summer.

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