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Young hunters killed 13,000 deer in two days

In a two-day season, young hunters in Missouri killed more than 13,000 deer this year. It's the second highest total ever recorded for that period. This year, Osage, Franklin and Callaway counties led the way, with hunters harvesting more than 240 deer in each county.

MoDOT bridge repair program tops 100 mark

The Missouri Department of Transportation has completed work on 107 of the 802 bridges slated to be repaired or replaced by Oct. 31, 2013. An additional nine will be finished by the end of the year.

St. Louis smoking bans raise questions at state level

With passage of a smoking bans in St. Louis city and county, 50 percent of all Missourians are now living in areas with limits on smoking in public. Legislators are revisiting enacting state laws on the issue.

Missouri Southern faculty votes no confidence in president

The vote at Missouri Southern State University on Monday was 140 to 44, with almost 78 percent of the university's faculty voting.

Kansas City Zoo to welcome new polar bear

The zoo has learned it will receive a polar bear in time for the opening of a new exhibit next spring.

Missourians could see energy bill rise under cap-and-trade

The Joint Committee on Missouri's Energy Future met Monday in Columbia to discuss the potential effects of federal cap-and-trade legislation on Missouri energy producers and consumers.

Missouri Department of Corrections calls prison population boom no problem

An all-time high of inmates in September has one legislator concerned about future prison growth.

Failing septic systems contribute to high E. coli levels at the Lake of the Ozarks

Residents of Lake of the Ozarks said faulty septic tanks may be to blame for the Lake's high E. coli levels.

Coal profits mask lack of U.S. economic activity

Coals mines in the U.S. are seeing a rising demand for coal from other countries, but the bulk of U.S. coal goes to electric power plants, and they're not interested in buying.

St. Louis school fight broken up with tear gas

At least seven students were treated for exposure to the gas after security guards used it to break up a fight.

Former grain dealer pleads not guilty in fraud case

Cathy Gieseker faces 12 state charges and three federal charges in the case.

State Historical Society of Missouri cutting hours, staff pay

The governor said the cuts were necessary in light of lowered state revenues. Three positions were eliminated, and employees are voluntarily taking a 20 percent pay reduction.

Microsoft teams up with Missouri to increase tech literacy

Missouri is one of the first seven states to partner with Microsoft Corp. in the company's "Microsoft Elevate America" program. The program will provide Missourians with access to Microsoft certification programs and 24,750 vouchers for specialized e-learning programs.

Emergency declaration increases weight limit for trucks hauling crops

Missouri's transportation department issued an emergency declaration allowing trucks taking crops to local grain bins, elevators or processors to carry 10 percent more than their legally licensed weight. Heavy rains made it more difficult for many farmers to harvest their crops this year, and the state Department of Agriculture asked for the declaration to make it easier for farmers to take their crops to market.

State budget office created to counter governor's power closes

Missouri's Legislative Budget Office closed Friday because lawmakers had earlier decided not to reauthorize it. The office was created in 2007 as an independent resource for lawmakers looking to analyze how bills and policies affect the state's budget.

Missouri family puts together a special prom

Sarah Jones, 12, was born 15 weeks premature with cerebral palsy, followed by various other health conditions. A life-long friend, Zaph Boand, along with the help of the family and friends in the community, organized a night to remember event for her.

Analysis: Budget cuts could unplug virtual school

The governor's $204 million budget cut included ending $4.8 million in state funding for Missouri's online school. About 1,600 students would be affected.

Missouri State University president to resign

Citing the "demanding" and "complex" nature of the job, Mike Nietzel submitted a letter of resignation, but he is willing to continue working until a replacement president is found.

BetOnSports.com founder sentenced to 4-plus years

Gary Kaplan, the founder of BetOnSports.com, pleaded guilty to racketeering conspiracy, violating the Wire Wager Act and conspiring to violate it. Kaplan was sentenced to four years and three months in prison.

Missouri politicians delay reporting party contributions

In Missouri, political campaigns are required to report contributions of over $5,000 within 48 hours, but the St. Louis Post-Dispatch found that only about 80 percent of campaigns report a contribution of exactly $5,000 within 48 hours.

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