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Understanding conflict in Nigeria

A look at coverage of the situation in Nigeria from around the Internet.

Nixon unfreezes $16 million for Missouri veteran homes

After stalling construction projects at seven veteran homes over financial worries, Gov. Jay Nixon is once again allowing the renovations to continue.

Midwest governors form high-speed rail group

The Midwest Rail Steering Group will lobby for stimulus funds to upgrade rail routes in eight states.

Serial killers, cyber crimes on St. Louis conference agenda

Saint Louis University is hosting the largest death scene investigators' conference in North America this week to allow professionals to discuss the latest methods of interpreting crime scenes.

Aung San Suu Kyi verdict set for Friday in Myanmar

Nobel Peace Prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi can expect a verdict in her trial by the end of the week. Final arguments concluded the trial's proceedings on Tuesday.

Missouri insurance group says 20,000 vehicles stolen in 2008

The Missouri Insurance Information Service said more than 20,000 vehicle thefts were reported in the last year, about half of them in St. Louis and Kansas City. American cars are still the top picks for theft.

St. Louis scientists, doctors form alliance to fight malnutrition

Dr. Mark Manary, of St. Louis Children's Hospital and Washington University School of Medicine, is now working with scientists from the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center to use biotechnology to fortify crops.

Two more 'century farms' to be honored in southwest Missouri

The farms in Greene County will be honored Aug. 2 as part of the Missouri Century Farm Program, which recognizes farms that are still productive and have been in the same family for at least 100 years.

Tim Klein named as new National Beef Packing CEO

Tim Klein, chief operating officer of National Beef Packing Co. LLC, has been promoted to CEO of the company. Klein has worked for National Beef since 1997.

St. Louis thief poses as utility worker, targets victims in 80s, 90s

In south St. Louis, a man has been posing as a Laclede Gas worker to gain entry to the homes of victims ranging in age from 80 to 92.

Maplewood City Hall evacuated after woman brings police old grenade

The bomb squad disposed of the 89-year-old woman's grenade, which was believed by authorities to be from World War II.

UPDATE: Suspect in abortion provider's killing pleads not guilty

The anti-abortion activist accused of fatally shooting late-term abortion doctor George Tiller in May pleaded not guilty Tuesday after ushers at the church where Tiller was killed testified that they saw him open fire on the doctor. Suspect Scott Roeder has said homicide is justified as a means of stopping abortions.

ANALYSIS: Politicians weigh in on controversial Nixon appointments

Gov. Jay Nixon's controversial appointments could lead to a dispute when the Senate reconvenes next year.

Usher describes shooting, threats in Kansas abortion provider's church

A second usher at abortion doctor George Tiller's church, where Tiller was fatally shot in May, testified Tuesday about the shooting and about suspect Scott Roeder's threats against the ushers who tried to stop him.

Suspect in Kansas abortion doctor's killing pleads not guilty

The man suspected of fatally shooting late-term abortion provider George Tiller in May at Tiller's church pleaded not guilty Tuesday. He will be tried in September.

Nixon appointments could be questioned by state Senate

Gov. Jay Nixon recently appointed Joseph Bindbeutel and John Temporiti to state jobs, but the appointments might be disputed by the state Senate when it reconvenes next year.

Nixon announces grants for Missouri cyber crime units

Gov. Jay Nixon's tours of two Missouri task force units included the announcement of cyber crime grants to police agencies across the state.

Missouri agency reviewing earthquake insurance policies

Missouri's director of the Insurance Department is surveying the 20 largest homeowner insurers in Missouri to find out what earthquake coverage they offer, along with rates and deductibles.

Jury selection set for new trial in $20 million judgment

Jury selection  began Monday for a new trial on the $20 million awarded from a tobacco company. In 2005, a Jackson County jury awarded $20 million in punitive damages from Brown & Williamson to Lincoln Smith of Independence for the 2000 death of his wife, Barbara.

Suu Kyi awarded Amnesty's highest honor

The international community and Suu Kyi's local supporters worry the ruling junta of Myanmar has found an excuse to keep her behind bars through elections planned for next year. Her trial for violating her house arrest is expected to wrap up Tuesday.