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Missouri teen could face adult charges in girl's death

A western Missouri judge will decide whether the case of a 16-year-old boy accused of killing a 14-year-old girl will be handled in juvenile or adult court. Investigators said the suspect, whose name has not been released, stabbed Katio Rios to death Thursday.

Relatives: Drifter slain in Laddonia had drug scheme

Aunts and uncles of James McNeely, an Ohio man whose body was found stripped and frozen in an abandoned trailer in northeast Missouri, said he told them about a scheme to sell drugs with the Harvey family of Laddonia, about a week before his death. Most of the Harvey family have been accused of kidnapping McNeely, then beating and suffocating him in their basement.

Missouri man on lam for 30 years arrested again

Oscar Richardson, 61, of Ridgedale was arrested at his home Friday on two outstanding warrants. He is accused of escaping a Florida prison 30 years ago.

Chamber of Commerce discloses legislative hopes

One idea discussed would expand state representatives' terms to four years and extend term limits to 16 years.

3 killed, 5 wounded in St. Louis shooting spree

An ABB employee opened fire on his co-workers Thursday then killed himself. The Webster Groves man had been involved in a dispute with the company over pension benefits.

Missouri State Highway Patrol leader to retire

Col. James Keathley has been with the Highway Patrol since 1977 and has been superintendent since 2006.

Missouri agency proposes changes to bail bond industry

Recommended changes include barring felons from getting bail bond licenses and increasing fines for violations.

Missouri's General Assembly convenes with focus on ethics reform

Legislators began Wednesday with calls for ethics reform in both houses. The fiscal 2011 budget was also listed as a major issue by legislators.

Contest encourages Missouri students not to litter

Students from kindergarten through eighth grade are asked to decorate large trash cans with creative message urging people not to litter.

Panel: 4 heard fake hostage alert in Jefferson City elevator

Police swarmed an office building near the Missouri Capitol on Nov. 10 after an employee reported that a voice from an elevator speaker warned of a hostage situation on the fifth floor. More than two dozen unauthorized calls were placed into the elevators, three of which falsely warned of a hostage situation.

Former Missouri House speaker Jetton to get new judge

His attorney says a change in judge would not delay Jetton's trial on one count of second-degree assault.

UPDATE: Former Missouri House speaker to get new judge

A new judge will be assigned to the case of former Missouri House Speaker Rod Jetton. He was charged with second-degree assault in November.

Missouri town's top officer faces child sex charges

The officer admitted to having sex with two boys, ages 12 and 14. He is charged with 16 counts of sodomy.

Woman charged in Missouri killing appears in court

A Mexico, Mo., resident facing murder charges appeared in court Wednesday. Investigators say she told her husband how to suffocate the victim and hide the body.

Physicians in short supply in rural Missouri areas

Eighty percent of Missouri's counties don't have enough physicians, according to the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services. An MU School of Medicine program has been part of the solution to that problem.

Ex-DNR official: Lake test results delayed to make plan

The former deputy director of the Department of Natural Resources told a Senate committee that he thought it would have been irresponsible to publicize last May's bacteria test results without explaining what they meant and presenting a plan for cleaning the Lake of the Ozarks.

Former CEO of United Management Inc. sentenced to 5 years in investment fraud plan

Craig F. Swoboda also was ordered to pay $2.4 million in restitution.

Former state Sen. Jeff Smith begins prison sentence

Smith pleaded guilty to charges of obstruction of justice in August.

Report: Missouri clinics face insurance payment delays

The state insurance department surveyed 69 hospitals and found more than $500 million in outstanding claims, more than a quarter of which had been unpaid for at least 90 days.

Missouri Gov. Nixon outlines business incentive plan

The "Missouri First" initiative would allow the Department of Economic Development to exceed normal tax credit caps for established Missouri businesses that chose to expand. Gov. Nixon said current tax incentives often make no distinction between longtime Missouri employers and out-of-state companies looking to relocate.