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USA Today tests online edition at MU, other colleges

Facing declining readership, USA today is targeting college students with an online form of their print edition. MU is one of the first schools to be included.

Missouri diocese spends more on lawyers, than victims

"More and more, the archdiocese is playing legal hardball with victims," said David Clohessy, the national director of The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests. Financial figures released by the St. Louis Archdiocese show no spending in the last four years to offer counseling to offending clergyman.

Missouri unemployment rate dips to 9.3 percent

Missouri's unemployment rate dropped to 9.3 percent last month. Nationally, the unemployment rate was 10.2 percent in October.

Midwest group researches program to help students finish college degrees

The Midwestern Higher Education Compact is researching a college-credit exchange program that would store the college credits earned by students from multiple instiutions in a central location. Colleges and universities then could give students the opportunity to enroll and complete their degrees.

Cape Girardeau woman finalist in Victoria's Secret modeling competition

Allison Turner of Cape Girardeau is among five finalists for the Victoria's Secret Angel Boot Camp model competition. Turner is hopeful the exposure will advance her modeling career even if she doesn't win.

Analysis: Gov. Nixon bucks special session trend

Gov. Jay Nixon is the second new governor in nearly 40 years not to call a special legislative session in his first year in office.

Parents as Teachers program celebrates 25th year in Missouri

Celebrating it's 25th Anniversary, the Parents as Teachers program is much larger today than when it first grew out of Missouri legislation. However, with states looking to make budget cuts, critics are wondering how important early childhood education is.

Sedalia family raises elk as pets, for meat

After traveling to the Dakotas, one Missouri couple decided to purchase and raise their own elk. Today they have 36 elk on their farm in Sedalia.

UPDATE 7: Additional charges expected in Mohler family sex abuse case

Darrel Wayne Mohler, 72,  is accused of raping two children under the age of 9 at an abandoned home more than 20 years ago.

Missouri Soldier facing trial in sex offenses

Soldier Colby Sanders of Ozark faces two felony child molestation counts and one felony count each of statutory sodomy, statutory rape, forcible rape and forcible sodomy.

Judge gives Buffalo, Mo. man 25 years for wife's murder

Judge imposes 25-year sentence for southwest Missouri man convicted of killing his wife.

Commissioner of Missouri Higher Education reflects on time in office

Robert Stein announced earlier this year he plans to retire in 2010. His contemporaries have described him separately as "a consensus builder" and someone who "has a style that really builds trust." The search for a new commissioner is set to begin in December.

Error costly: 1,800 H1N1 virus vaccinations lost

Officials said 1,800 doses of the H1N1 virus vaccinations in the Rockwood School District in suburban St. Louis were lost because of a faulty thermostat in a refrigerator. The district spokeswoman said future doses will be stored at a hospital.

Rep. Blunt opposes higher insurance prices for unhealthier groups

Missouri Congressman Roy Blunt said he opposes provisions that will stop the insurance industry for charging higher health insurance prices for those with health conditions.

Missouri Sen. Nodler resigns as Appropriations Committee chairman

Sen. Gary Nodler, R- Joplin, will be resigning his position as chairman of the state Appropriations Commitee to avoid a conflict of interest as he runs for a Missouri congressional seat in 2010. Nodler will be replaced by Rob Mayer, R-Dexter.

Missouri man admits to faking legal career

Jeffrey Tendrick, who has spent time in Missouri prisons for various fraud and swindling charges, admitted to stealing more than $22,000 from various clients during his fake legal career.

MU creates experimental winery

MU will be creating a winery as part of the school's Institute for Continental Climate Viticulture and Enology. The university said the wine that is produced will be sold to the public.

Missouri gets $1.5 million in grants for juvenile crime

Columbia will recieve about $30,000 of the $1.5 million for programs designed to keep juveniles out of trouble.

Investigation into unfounded Jefferson City hostage report continues

Police spokesman Capt. Mike Smith said Thursday that the investigation is ongoing and no further information was available. Employees of an agency locked down Tuesday during the situation have been asked to evaluate their agency's emergency response.

UPDATE: Sixth arrest announced in Missouri child sex case

Authorities say they have identified additional victims and arrested a sixth adult in a child sex abuse case in western Missouri.