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UPDATE: Helmig appeals to Missouri court for DNA tests

Helmig, convicted in 1996 for the 1993 murder of his mother in Osage County, wants tests performed that were not available at the time of his trial. His appeal also claims that prosecution errors occurred during the trial.

UPDATE: Missouri meth busts up over 2008

Missouri had 36 more meth incidents in the first three months of this year than in the first three months of last year. The state has the largest number of meth incidents in the country.

St. Louis hosts conference on conservative principles

Minnesota Republican Norm Coleman will be the keynote speaker at the conference hosted by the nonprofit group American Issues Project.

Missouri revenue falls, likely to keep dropping

Officials said Missouri revenue is down 5 percent and could fall to around 6 percent below the 2008 level by the end of the budget year.

Helmig asks Missouri court for DNA test

Dale Helmig, who is serving a life sentence for the 1993 murder of his mother, is asking the Missouri Supreme Court for an order that would allow the defense to test evidence for DNA.

Missouri sees increase in meth lab busts

Missouri continues to lead the nation, by a wide margin, in methamphetamine lab busts, despite a law making it harder to buy the ingredients needed to manufacture the drug.


U.S.: Leaked nuclear facilities list posed no security threat

The list, which details the location of U.S. nuclear sites and what is being done there, was published May 6 as a transimission from the president to Congress.

Susan Montee's ex-husband awarded Lee's Summit fee office

Gov. Jay Nixon awarded a contract to run the Lee's Summit driver's license fee office to James Montee, the ex-husband of State Auditor Susan Montee.  Mike Smith, the former operator, says he is "blown away" by the decision.

Trial extended for Missouri man in Myanmar

The court agreed to hear a defense appeal to readmit three witnesses, extending the case into at least next week, a defense lawyer said.

Filing: Couple to plead guilty in tainted pet food case

Stephen S. Miller and Sally Miller, ChemNutra and two Chinese companies were indicted in February 2008 on charges of bringing wheat gluten tainted with the chemical melamine into the U.S., which was then sold to pet food makers.

Thousands in St. Louis area still lack power after storm

At its peak, about 50,000 AmerenUE customers lost power.

Missouri group aims to back Democratic women seeking office

The new Missouri group is patterned after the national organization Emily's List.

Upgrade work underway at Truman Home in Independence

Fixes include improvements to heating and cooling systems, and the reinstallation of the home's historic wallpaper.

Capitol improvements: Roof repairs planned for Missouri state building

Workers are expected to brace a concrete wall around the roof to withstand earthquakes, among other plans.

Springfield man charged with killing his mother

A 23-year-old man was arrested Tuesday and charged with second-degree murder in the death of his mother. Her body was found at least three days after she was beaten to death.

UPDATE: St. Louis philanthropist's body found in Missouri River

I.E. Millstone's body was found Tuesday morning in the Missouri River, more than two weeks after a witness saw an elderly man jump from the Daniel Boone Bridge.

Nixon appoints two to Missouri agencies

Jack Magruder has been appointed to the Missouri Higher Loan Authority and Timothy Joyce has been appointed to the Missouri Housing Development Commission.

House GOP opposing new line of credit for IMF; bill includes Boeing cargo planes

House Republicans are set to oppose a $98.8 billion war-funding bill that includes money for eight cargo planes, a top priority of the Boeing Co.

Records show Gov. Jay Nixon bills other departments for flights

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has been charging the cost of his airplane travel to other government agencies during a time when he has been urging departments to hold down their own expenses because of slumping state tax revenues. Nixon defends his billing of other departments because he is highlighting issues they handle.

Recount wanted in Kansas City mayor recall effort

An attempt to throw out Mayor Mark Funkhouser has stalled because of a failed petition drive for a recall election, which election authorities determined was 129 short of the required signatures.