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Ceiling caves in during PTA fundraiser in Springfield

No one was injured when a 50-foot portion of ceiling collapsed during a fundraiser at a Springfield elementary school late Tuesday afternoon.

Missouri man flees police, shoots self

The central Missouri man allegedly made threats to an Osage County Courthouse official before leading authorities on a high-speed chase and shooting himself.

Cap on tipped worker wages stalls in Missouri Senate

Voters approved a 2006 ballot measure to adjust the state's minimum wage annually for inflation but senators debated the legislation Tuesday to stop automatic increases in the mandated minimum pay for tipped workers.

Search continues for missing Arcadia 3-year-old

Despite finding 3-year-old Joshua Childers's tennis shoe, rescue workers were still unable to locate the boy who went missing Monday.

4 more swine flu cases confirmed in Missouri

Missouri now has a total of six confirmed cases of swine flu, none of them in Boone County.

UPDATE: Search for Missouri boy turns more desperate

The 3-year-old from Arcadia has been missing since Monday morning.

UPDATE: Missouri lawmakers require fire-safe cigarettes

Legislation requiring that cigarettes be self-extinguishing is headed to Gov. Jay Nixon.

UPDATE: Missouri lawmakers OK protections for child witnesses

The bill would require court officials and attorneys to use words children can understand. Judges can make other accommodations, too, such as holding testimony during school hours and letting the child hold a toy or blanket while testifying.

Missouri House passes 10-day eviction notice legislation

Legislation passed by the Missouri House would require new owners of foreclosed properties to give current tenants 10 business days' warning before evicting them.

Missouri House OKs bill meant to ease road-contracting process

The bill would allow design and construction contracts to be rolled into one contract, possibly saving the state money.

Critics question self-inspections for flu in pigs

The effectiveness of the hog industry's process of self-monitoring for disease is the subject of debate among health experts and farmers.

MU medical school faces probation

The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education recently notified MU's School of Medicine that the school was put on probation for undisclosed reasons. The council has sixty days to write a letter outlining the problem.

UPDATE: Missouri police, volunteers continue search for missing boy

A boy from Arcadia is still missing more than 24 hours after he was reported lost. Hundreds of police and volunteers are still searching for the boy, reportedly wearing a dark blue and green T-shirt and a pull-up diaper before he went missing.

Secret-ballot resolution passes Missouri House

The resolution proposes a constitutional amendment that would guarantee the right to vote by secret ballot in elections concerning referendums, public officials and employee representation.

Missouri's attorney general warns against swine flu scams

Swine flu scams have surfaced on the Internet in the last few days offering everyday items at inflated prices, such as paper masks and antiseptic wash.

Stimulus bill passes Missouri House

All of Columbia's representatives voted in favor of the bill providing $336 million. It now moves to the state Senate. If passed, the bill would fund a new building for Ellis Fischel Cancer Center and renovations to MU hospitals and clinics.

Court restores $17M verdict in auto parts case

Ford faces new trial in Missouri trooper's death

The Missouri Supreme Court granted a retrial Tuesday in the case of a state trooper who died in his Ford Crown Victoria after it exploded in a crash.

Missouri man flees police, shoots himself

On Tuesday, a man being chased by the Missouri State Highway Patrol for making threats in an Osage County Courthouse shot himself  after being ejected from his motorcycle, the Highway Patrol said.

Missouri gets last grant installment for laid off autoworkers

The U.S. Labor Department gave Missouri more than $770,000 Tuesday as the final installment of a grant meant to help employees recently laid off by the auto industry. The grant, approved April 2008, amounts to just over $1.73 million.

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