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Missouri man says no regrets about Myanmar jailing

John Yettaw returned to the U.S. Wednesday after his imprisonment in a Myanmar jail. Yettaw was arrested in early May after swimming to the lakeside house of democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi.

UPDATE: Former Missouri Gov. Hearnes honored at Capitol service

Former Gov. Warren Hearnes was remembered Wednesday for his work with the mentally ill and children. About 300 mourners arrived for Hearnes' memorial service at the Capitol in Jefferson City.

Missouri borrows additional $75 million from reserve fund

For the second straight month, Missouri is borrowing money from the state's reserve fund. Money borrowed from the reserve fund must be repaid, with interest, by mid-May 2010.

Photo gallery: Capitol hosts memorial for former Gov. Hearnes

Hundreds of people are expected for a memorial service that is to be attended by Gov. Jay Nixon, four previous Missouri governors and seven first ladies later Wednesday.

Missouri ACT scores hold steady, exceed national average

Missouri high school students exceeded the national average on the ACT college entrance exam by half a point, but three-fourths of Missouri test-takers still failed to meet college readiness bench marks.

Missouri unemployment rate holds at 9.3 percent

For the first time in a year, state's jobless rate has not increased from the previous month. Missouri gained 3,800 jobs in durable good manufacturing, and 1,300 in health care and social assistance.

Missouri's Better Business Bureau: More than 90 nursing homes offer payday loans

The organization questions the ethics of employers making money off the wages of their workers.

U.S. senator's visit could herald new Myanmar policy

Despite the success of U.S. Sen. Jim Webb's trip to Myanmar, scholars don't think the ruling generals of the country will meet long-standing international demands to release opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi ahead of elections set for 2010.

Toddler found in swimming pool dies

Twenty-month-old boy dies after wandering into swimming pool at family home.

Missouri State Fair attendance up 15 percent so far from 2008

Nearly 110,000 people attended the fair Thursday through Saturday last week.

St. Peters woman charged under new 'cyberbullying' law

The woman is accused of posting a sex ad for a teenage girl whose mother is dating her ex-husband.

Former Missouri Gov. Hearnes to lie in state at Capitol

Gov. Warren E. Hearnes will lie in state in the Capitol Rotunda from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday. A memorial service is scheduled in the Statehouse at 2 p.m.

Former Missouri Gov. Warren Hearnes dies at 86

Hearnes, the state's first governor to serve consecutive terms, advocated for more state spending for mental health, education and social services.

ANALYSIS: Stimulus money could save Katy bridge

The biggest hurdle in saving the bridge has been gaining ownership for the Save the Katy Bridge Coalition. The five-year battle with the Union Pacific Railroad hasn't been successful, but stimulus money could change that.

Sen. Kit Bond's statement on passing of former Gov. Warren Hearnes

The statement reads in part:“I will always be grateful for Warren's help to a new young governor; in true Show Me style he ensured for me a smooth transition into the Governor's mansion."

Roy Blunt issues statement on death of former Gov. Warren Hearnes

The statement reads in part: "Warren Hearnes dedicated his life to public service. He cared deeply about people and was a great friend to many."

U.S. Rep. Luetkemeyer's statement on passing of former Gov. Warren Hearnes

The statement reads in part: “Gov. Hearnes was a dedicated public official who served the people of Missouri with distinction and conviction."

Gov. Nixon releases statement on death of former Gov. Warren Hearnes

Gov. Jay Nixon released this statement Monday morning on the death of former Gov. Warren Hearnes.

Report: Enterprise took shortcut on safety

Thousands of Chevrolet Impalas purchased by Enterprise Rent-A-Car between 2006 and 2008 lacked side curtain airbags and were incorrectly advertised on the company's Web site.

U.S. senator says Suu Kyi might ease sanctions stance

U.S. sanctions against Myanmar might lighten after the release of an American prisoner. John Yettaw of Falcon, Missouri, was jailed after sneaking into the home of a democracy leader.