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State News

New Revenue Director assumes role, offers advice for young drivers

Missouri's new revenue director, Alana Barragán-Scott, says while the state needs money, it doesn't need it as the cost of selling drivers' licences to teens who are not quite ready for driving responsibilities.

Missouri Attorney General sues businesses over wastewater in lake

Two condominium developments and a restaurant are accused by the Missouri Attorney General of allowing sewage to be dumped into the Lake of the Ozarks.

Appeals court rejects challenge to Missouri execution team's training, competence

The decision might bring the state closer to being allowed to hold executions again.

Shooting at suburban Portland office park leaves two dead

The shooting occurred just before noon Tuesday at a drug-testing facility.

Former St. Louis detective sentenced for corruption

Bobby Lee Garrett pleaded guilty last year to charges including embezzling government property and wire fraud conspiracy.

One dead after crane tips over in Kansas City

Another worker was injured in the accident but is conscious and talking.

Post offices, state offices closed for Veterans Day

No mail delivery or retail services will be offered by Columbia post offices on Veterans Day. All state offices will also be closed for the day.

Carnahan excited, concerned about health care bill

The bill, which would overhaul the nation's health care system, was narrowly passed in the House last Saturday. Carnahan declined to say whether she supports the bill.

St. Louis police audit finds problems with towing, seized money

State Auditor Susan Montee said most of the problems resulted from a lack of proper oversight.

Flags at half-staff to honor fallen soldier from St. Louis

Gov. Jay Nixon issued the order Tuesday in honor of 28-year-old Specialist Christopher Cooper of St. Louis. He died Oct. 30 in Babil Province, Iraq.

Fulton man gets community service in Churchill Memorial vandalism

Victor Louis Calderon, 25, pleaded guilty Friday to reduced charges in a vandalism spree which included a bronze statute of Churchill, a 17th Century English church and a section of the Berlin Wall.

Federal grant available for Missouri land rights to protect endangered species

The Missouri Department of Conservation has received a federal grant to buy development rights of land tied to caves where endangered species are known to live.

New Bloomfield shelter chainsaw attack suspect sent to Missouri Department of Mental Health

A man charged with injuring four employees with a chainsaw while helping to prepare the New Life Evangelistic Center's annual peace festival has been committed to the custody of the Missouri Department of Mental Health.

St. Louis airport opens additional security checkpoint

The additional checkpoint gives Lambert Airport two more security lanes in the East Terminal.

Missouri corn, soybean harvest remains behind schedule

An unusually wet October put the fall harvest behind schedule for many Missouri farmers.

Man confesses to shooting Kansas abortion provider

Scott Roeder confessed to the shooting but pleaded not guilty to one charge of first-degree murder and two charges of aggravated assault, saying he plans to argue that his actions were necessary to protect the lives of unborn children.

3 plead guilty in Jefferson County marijuana conspiracy

Two men from Missouri and one from Arizona pleaded guilty last week to the conspiracy in Jefferson County. The marijuana seized was worth about $1 million.

Missouri police academies grow despite budget tightening

Enrollment has increased recently depsite the number of police jobs remaining the same as budgets continue to tighten. However, St. Louis Policy Academy in the city received a large federal stimulus to hire 50 new officers.

Joplin duo help children, run gym

It's about more then just fighting for Fred and Rico Engberg. The father-son duo own a gym in Joplin where they train fighters and host fights but they also do private investigations, bail bonding and help children in abusive siutations.

Sedalia couple still having fun with old tradition

George McCollum and Linda McCollum use hickory bark and corn shucks to weave chair seats, stools and benches. In their spare time, the two make music together playing one of their double dulcimers.

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