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UPDATE: Ex-Missouri House speaker facing assault charge is released on bond

Rod Jetton was released on $2,500 bond Tuesday after he was charged with felony second-degree assault, according to the Cole County Sheriff's Department.

Hearing scheduled for Elizabeth Olten murder suspect

Alyssa Bustamante is charged with first-degree murder in the killing of 9-year-old Elizabeth Olten on Oct. 21.

Missouri Republicans fight health care reform

Republican Cynthia Davis is sponsoring a bill in the Missouri House of Representatives to effectively block change made to Missouri's health care options from federal legislation.

Bustamante pleads not guilty in Elizabeth Olten slaying

An attorney for Alyssa Bustamante entered a not guilty plea on her behalf Tuesday to first-degree murder and armed criminal action in the Oct. 21 killing of 9-year-old Elizabeth Olten.

Big storm targets Midwest with snow, wind

Parts of Iowa, Nebraska, Wisconsin and Minnesota have had blizzard warnings issued. In Columbia, less than an inch of snow and sleet accumulation is expected.

Autopsy finds overdose killed Springsteen's cousin

The cousin and assistant road manager of rock veteran Bruce Springsteen died from an accidental drug overdose on Oct. 26 in Kansas City.

4 Missouri men sentenced to prison in dogfighting case

The men were among the 26 arrested in July when federal agents seized more than 500 dogs.

New track aimed at reducing Amtrak delays in Missouri

A new section of railroad track near California, Mo., is intended to reduce delays for Amtrak passenger trains traveling between St. Louis and Kansas City by nearly 17 percent annually.

Former Missouri House speaker arrested on felony assault charge

Former Missouri House Speaker Rod Jetton was charged with second-degree assault Monday. The complaint alleges he hit and choked a woman on Nov. 15.

Former Missouri House speaker charged with assault

Rod Jetton, former Missouri House speaker, was charged with second-degree assault on a woman after being named in a complaint filed Monday in Scott County Circuit Court.

UPDATE: Former Missouri speaker charged with assault

The Missouri House speaker from 2005 to 2008 has been charged with second-degree assault, a felony offense. An unidentified woman filed the complaint in Scott County Monday, saying Rod Jetton "caused serious physical injury."

Senate confronts abortion in health care debate

A conservative Democratic senator has introduced an amendment banning federal funds from insurance plans that cover abortion, setting off a revolt within his party.

EPA: Greenhouse gases endanger human health

The Environmental Protection Agency announced Monday that greenhouse gases are a threat to the public health. The timing coincides with the beginning of the international climate change conference in Copenhagen.

Missouri prison inmates transcribe books for the blind

The Center for Braille and Narration prison inmates translate materials requested through the Rehabilitation Services for the Blind, under the Family Support Division of the Missouri Department of Social Services.

Chronic DWI offender kills a husband, father

A man arrested 4 times for drunk driving shows holes in how the state treats DWI offenders.

Midwestern election officials tout advantages of new military voting act

Robin Carnahan and three other Midwestern secretaries of state gathered in Kansas City to promote changes to federal election regulations that would allow members of the armed services abroad to receive and submit election ballots electronically.

Three state parks set for special deer hunting weekend

Hunting is generally not permitted at Missouri state parks, which are wildlife refuges, but the Department of Natural Resources said the special hunts are being held to thin herds that have become too large, damaging resources.

McCaskill: Health care bill's anti-abortion language must be defeated

Appearing on CBS's "The Early Show" Monday, Sen. Claire McCaskill said a move by the Senate to embrace the tough anti-abortion language in a House version of the health care bill is unnecessary.

African adoption trip changes Missouri family's outlook

A Cape Girardeau family, inspired by their faith, went to Ethiopia to bring home twin boys.

Missouri farmers enjoy raising alpacas

The Mujica family's farm near Agency, Aconcagua is home to 70 alpacas.