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Five hospitalized in Missouri after responding to suicide

Police say the man used cyanide gas to commit suicide and first responders were exposed to the gas when they arrived to help.

Judge rejects 'necessity defense' in Tiller case

Scott Roeder, who has confessed to shooting abortion doctor George Tiller, said it was necessary to save "unborn children."

Electronic medical records draw both praise, condemnation

Costs of starting up and then maintaining an electronic medical records system concern many, while others cite improved patient care and flexibility from the program being encouraged by President Barack Obama.

Analysis: Term-limits hit third of Missouri lawmakers

With the onset of 2010, Missouri's legislature is facing its second largest turnover since term limits took effect in 1992.

Missouri woman charged with ice pick attack on motorist

The Greene County prosecutor on Monday charged 18-year-old Caitlen Watkins of Springfield with first-degree assault and armed criminal action.

Sedalia artist's work gets a showing in 'Twilight' film

Sedalia artist Doug Freed's painting "Immerse" is featured in "The Twilight Sage: New Moon." The painting is on the wall of the Cullen's house in the movie and is on screen for 5 to 10 seconds.

Advocates plotting future for Joplin museum

Board members of the Joplin Museum Complex are looking to expand the museum, which displays Joplin's history and minerals, to help reach its potential as a city attraction.

Unmarked graveyards yield forgotten 'treasure'

The Cape Girardeau County Archive Center began work in April to uncover and document headstones.

For sale: 1,300 vintage dresses in St. Louis

The Scholarship Foundation of St. Louis has a mysterious benefactor to thank for the donation of an array of dresses that will be sold to finance need-based scholarships. A local developer found them after clearing out a building he had purchased.

Cole County teen charged with murder gets new lawyers

Initially represented by a Cole County public defender, the 15-year-old charged with first-degree murder has switched representation to two public defenders in the Capital Litigation division office in Columbia.

St. Louis radio station yanks church service off the air

A radio station worker thought he heard cursing, but it was congregants yelling after one church member fainted.

Springfield woman dies in early morning house fire

Another woman, who appeared to have returned to the house to help, was seriously injured, officials said.

Three die in unrelated homicides in St. Louis

One of the victims of the Saturday shootings was a 15-year-old, shot in the head.

Springfield police investigate death of infant

The parents of the 2-month-old told emergency workers that the child had begun choking.

Hannibal woman watches both sons go to war

The single mother has her doubts about the conflict yet has nothing but support for her sons' choice to fight.

Bomb threat made at Hickman High School

Police investigated and gave the all-clear at 1:11 p.m. There were about 300 students inside the school, and they remained in the building during the police search. Columbia police are still trying to identify the caller who made the bomb threat.

Federal recovery money spent on anti-smoking ads, census

Money used to avoid program cuts has been spent on an anti-smoking PSA featuring a St. Louis Cardinals pitcher. Stimulus money has also been used by the Missouri Department of Transportation to resurface roads.

Missouri gov. says university should consider Big Ten

The Big Ten announced earlier this week that it will be exploring whether to expand. Gov. Nixon said his alma mater should be open to the possibility of switching, primarily because he says the Big Ten has some excellent academic programs.

Small earthquake rumbles in southeast Missouri

A 3.1 magnitude earthquake happened at 5:38 a.m. about nine miles south of New Madrid.

Missouri housing agency approves $35M assistance plan

The Missouri Housing Development Commission voted Friday to use $15 million to pay property taxes for low- and middle-income people who by a house next year.