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Missouri conservationists ask for help in combating wildflower

Spotted knapweed, a plant not native to the Missouri area, is taking over many pastures and wildlife habitats.  The Missouri Department of Conservation is asking for help in eradicating the wildflower.

Federal mandate gives pay raise to Missouri's minimum wage workers

With the federal minimum wage rising to $7.25 an hour on Friday, Missouri's minimum wage workers will receive a pay increase. The state minimum wage could go above federal guidelines in January, based on the national Consumer Price Index.

UPDATE: Missouri GOP's Purgason announces U.S. Senate bid

State Sen. Chuck Purgason announced Thursday that he is running for the U.S. Senate seat currently held by Sen. Kit Bond.

Missouri judge blocks certification of union election

At issue is the potential union representation of about 13,000 workers who help people living in their own homes perform daily activities such as bathing, dressing, cooking and cleaning.

UPDATE: Missouri keeps tabs on environmental hazards

The Missouri Department of Health is collecting and sharing data on the connection bewteen environmental hazards and chronic disease, in the hopes that the information will be used in making health care decisions and tracking health care statistics.

Council approves settlement in Kansas City mayor lawsuit

The council voted 7-3 to approve paying a former aide $550,000 to settle a lawsuit claiming the mayor's wife made racist and sexual comments to her in the office.

Missouri Senate panel to investigate withheld E. coli report

The committee said Thursday that it would hold hearings on how the Department of Natural Resources handled a report showing unsafe levels of E. coli in the Lake of the Ozarks.

Former church bulletin worker sentenced for embezzlement and counterfeit checks

John Gehm faces two years in prison and must make resitution of $123,000 after embezzling $104,000 and depositing counterfeit checks.

Missouri keeps tabs on environmental hazards

Officials hope to better warn people of places where toxins exist and contribute to illness.

Repeat offender's turnaround reflects aim of Missouri prison program

Missouri officials in 2002 started the program, which is designed to reduce repeat visitors by coordinating efforts between state agencies and social service groups.

Supporters rally for death row inmate Reginald Clemons

Forty people marched around the State Capitol and in front of the state Supreme Court calling for the release of Reginald Clemons, who was sentenced to death for the 1991 murders of Julie and Robin Kerry.

Missouri politicians look to make bids for US Senate

With Kit Bond leaving the U.S. Senate in the coming year, several Missouri politicians are eyeing his vacated seat. State Sen. Chuck Purgason, U.S. Rep Roy Blunt, and Missouri Secretary of State Robin Carnahan have all expressed interest.

Northwestern Missouri woman found guilty of receiving 2 stolen monkeys

Lisa A. Shinkle, of Agency, was convicted of two counts of felony receiving stolen property after being given two macaque monkeys that had been stolen from a Jackson County sanctuary in 2007.

Nixon plans to compete in Show-Me State Games

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon is scheduled to compete in the basketball skills competition in the Show-Me State Games on Saturday.

UPDATE: Government seeks swine flu vaccine volunteers in St. Louis

Saint Louis University is one of the National Institutes of Health's main study sites for swine flu vaccine research. There are seven other sites across the country that are to begin the series of studies in August, with the first shots to go into the arms of healthy adults, of any age.

UPDATE: Missouri home care workers vote in favor of union

The new Missouri Home Care Union will represent about 13,000 workers who help people living in their own homes. They are hired by consumers but paid for through Medicaid programs. The Union's director, Carolyn Klinglesmith, said many of the personal care attendants receive no health insurance, sick leave or vacation time.

St. Louis factory would benefit under defense spending bill

President Barack Obama has requested weapons systems including funding for nine additional F-18 Super Hornet fighter jets, built in St. Louis, and $674 million for three C-17 jumbo cargo jets in Long Beach, Calif.

Former Libertarian candidate for lieutenant governor joins GOP

Mike Ferguson announced the move Wednesday on his Web site and endorsed Republican Rep. Roy Blunt in his campaign for the U.S. Senate.

Prosecutor clarifies details on alleged threats to St. Louis business

An Ohio man accused of threatening a St. Louis business was not provoked by the employee who answered his phone call, a prosecutor said.

Government to seek swine flu vaccine volunteers in St. Louis

Scientists plan to begin testing the first swine flu vaccines on healthy adults at eight medical centers around the country.

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