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Missouri casinos see revenue increase

Revenues increase by 4 percent in July. Admissions were also increased at seven of the 12 casinos.

Lance Armstrong won't ride in Tour of Missouri

Although Astana, Armstrong's current cycling team, will be participating in the Tour of Missouri, Armstrong will be at a cancer-fighting fundraiser for his Livestrong Foundation in Canada during the race.

E-mails suggest Sen. Bond sought removal of U.S. Attorney Graves

The U.S. House Judiciary Committee released the documents as part of its investigation into the White House's role in the firing of nine federal prosecutors during President George W. Bush's administration. Bond has denied any involvement.

Missouri students score better in English than in math and science

The results of these tests have left schools across the state facing sanctions underneath the No Child Left Behind Act and examining their math and science curriculums.

Missouri senators picked for special energy committee

The committee's task is to draft a strategy to ensure Missouri has a clean, abundant source of energy for the electricity needs of the state's homes and businesses.

Kansas City lawyer picked for Missouri highway commission

Republican Stephen Miller will serve through the remainder of commissioner Mike Kehoe's term if he is confirmed by the Senate when lawmakers return in January.

Missouri man in Suu Kyi trial was trying to help

Aung San Suu Kyi was sentenced to 18 more months in detention, and John William Yettaw got seven years in prison with hard labor following the man's attempts to "save" Suu Kyi from assassination by swimming to her home.

Missouri agrees to develop national academic standards for public schools

Missouri is joining an effort to create national core educational standards for public schools. “We now have a patchwork of differing state-developed standards," says state Education Commissioner Chris Nicastro, "and that has become a barrier to improving academic performance for all students.”

Climate change skeptics gathering in Springfield

Skeptics of anthropogenic climate change will gather Thursday in Springfield to discuss the minority opinion that global warming is false.

State Fair to open Thursday in Sedalia

Adult admission on the opening day of the 11-day festival is $1, and there will be free admission for a performance by the band Kansas on Sunday.

Rolla engineering students help spruce up small towns

Missouri University of Science & Technology professor, Karl Burgher, and his students help various cash-strapped Ozarks towns develop economically and encourage the communities to continue the work once they're gone.

Marine from Winfield dies in Afghanistan

Lance Cpl. Patrick W. Schimmel, a 21-year-old Marine from Winfield died in combat Sunday in the Helmand province of Afghanistan.  Schimmel was one of three Marines to die in combat that day.

Missouri waste commission to consider possible petroleum tank violations

The Missouri Hazardous Waste Management Commission is meeting on Aug. 20 to hear several cases from the state Department of Natural Resources regarding underground petroleum tanks. Certain companies may not have complied with current regulations.

Afghanistan agricultural official to attend Missouri State Fair

Safi Mohammad Hussein, the agriculture director for Afghanistan's Nangarhar Province, plans to talk to farmers, ranchers and researchers about how to bring their farming knowledge to his country.

Missouri Sen. McCaskill to host another health care forum

Senator Claire McCaskill is back in the St. Louis area for another town hall meeting regarding health care reform.  Previous town hall meetings have been called by both McCaskill and U.S. Rep. Russ Carnahan with mixed results.

Sheriff: Missouri man linked to four women's deaths

Christopher E. Revak, 36, of Ava, killed himself in the Douglas County Jail on July 26, the day after he was charged with second-degree murder for the March 2007 slaying of Rene Williams. The Douglas County Sheriff deciding to do further investigating and found similar murders in two other states.

Kansas City Star orders furloughs, buyouts

These actions are the result of a dramatic fall in advertising revenue and follow the firing of 150 employees in March. The newspaper's parent company, McClatchy Co., is extending a wage freeze until the end of December.

McCaskill admonishes crowd at health care forum

The crowd frequently disrupted the town hall meeting with shouts — a common occurrence at health care forums across the country.

Feds allege Missouri funeral scheme could cost $600 milion

The indictment alleges a decade-long scheme in which officials at National Prearranged Services altered documents to change the terms and beneficiaries of their customers' prepaid funeral contracts.

I-64 in St. Louis may reopen early if good weather persists

The project, which costs $535 million, is the largest ever bid by the Missouri Department of Transportation. If the design-build contractor, Gateway Constructors, beats the project deadline, it will earn a $2 million bonus.

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