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St. Louis Symphony claims successful season

The Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra, the second-oldest orchestra in the nation, is declaring a successful season in terms of attendance and ticket sales.

Kansas City police: Red light cameras make money but create extra work

Traffic light cameras in Kansas City are making good money from tickets, but not enough to pay the police officers tracking the traffic violators.

Interstate 64 roadwork in St. Louis ahead of schedule

St. Louis roadwork along Interstate 64 could be completed before the end-of-the-year deadline.

UPDATE: Missouri universities to partner for new medical program

Missouri Southern State University and Kansas City University of Medicine in Biosciences are partnering to create a four-year osteopathic medical doctorate program. Officials hope this could help relieve the physician shortage in the state.

Missouri man freed 4 years after being granted clemency

Michael Wayne Ford Sr., who was eligible for parole when Gov. Bob Holden granted him clemency in 2005, was released from prison Wednesday. Ford was convicted of murdering a hitchhiker in 1977.

CenturyTel completes purchase of Embarq

The chief executive officer of the combined company, which is to be renamed CenturyLink, said the focus of its approach is to provide broadband service in their markets.

Missouri officials say tannery sludge did not cause brain tumors

Hexavalent chromium, a known carcinogen, was detected but not at levels that posed a danger to human health, an administrator with the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services said.

Store founder Rudy Buchheit dies

After opening his first store in 1934, Buchheit expanded with more locations and branched out into agricultural and trucking operations in two states.

UPDATE: Law requires bids to run Missouri license offices

The law requires Missouri to seek competitive bids for offices that handle vehicle and driver's licenses and collect vehicle sales taxes.

Missouri renames road cleaned by neo-Nazis after rabbi

Gov. Jay Nixon on Wednesday signed a bill naming a half-mile stretch of U.S. 160 in Springfield the "Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel Memorial Highway."

Missouri Southern State University discusses medical school plans

Creating a medical school at the university could potentially address the physician shortage in the southern half of the state.

Nixon endorses common core of state educational standards

With Gov. Jay Nixon's blessing, Missouri has taken its first steps toward adopting a common core of primary and secondary educational standards, pending the appointment of a new state education commissioner. Among other expected advantages, the standards would allow officials to compare Missouri test scores to those of other states.

Midwest economy shows improvement, survey says

The Mid-America Business Conditions Index rose to its highest level since September of last year, indicating that the region's economy is improving, but despite the rise, job losses persist.

Protection from sun stressed during UV safety month in Missouri

State health officials said exposure leads to 20,000 new skin cancer cases in Missouri each year and recommend using sunscreen, wearing sunglasses and avoiding the sun between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.

West Nile season arrives in Missouri

Despite the decline in the number of West Nile cases over the past six years, Missourians should still be cautious over the next few months.

St. Louis billboard seeks warning labels for hot dogs

A new billboard is going up along 1-70 in St. Louis, in time for the All-Star Game later this month in Busch Stadium. The billboard suggests a link between processed meats and colorectal cancer.

Pennsylvania law firm to pay penalty for Gephardt campaign donations

The firm will pay $155,000 to settle allegations that it illegally funneled money to former Missouri Rep. Dick Gephardt, who is not accused of any wrongdoing.

Sikeston reaches agreement with black community

The city is apologizing for an Election Day incident in which police held training exercises in front of a polling place.

Missouri governor sign license office measure

The legislation would require the state to award contracts for vehicle and driver's license offices through competitive bids.

Missouri man paroled after decades in prison on murder conviction

Michael Wayne Ford Sr., who was convicted of murdering hitchhiker Larry Sansoucie in 1977, was released Wednesday after being granted clemency more than four years ago.

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