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Pastor sentenced to 4 years on sex charges is freed in 120 days

Allen Kauffman, who had also served as the leader of the village of Collins, had been imprisoned for trying to solicit sex from a young girl, who turned out to be a detective.

UPDATE: Farmers call for end to livestock ID system

Missouri farmers and others throughout the Midwest criticize the USDA's controversial National Animal Identification System, calling it a "costly mistake" and "unnecessary."

Three bodies found in Cole Camp home

Three bodies were found in a central Missouri home under circumstances police are calling "suspicious."

Spring storm hits Kansas, Missouri

A tornado touched down near Greensburg, Kansas, but no damage was reported. However, some storms in southern Kansas and southwest Missouri produced heavy winds and rain and baseball-size hail.

UPDATE: Farmers protest livestock ID system in Jefferson City

The agriculture department's town hall meeting brought hundreds of farmers objecting to a National Animal Identification System that registers animals and farms.

UPDATE: St. Louis police officer charged in wreck that killed 4

Christine Miller was arrested Tuesday in connection with an accident that killed four people from India. Miller is facing an additional charge tied to a fifth victim who was badly injured.

Former Gov. Matt Blunt collides with scooter

Blunt was ticketed in the accident after failing to give the scooter driver the right of way.

Suburban St. Louis house fire kills elderly woman

An 81-year-old woman died in a house fire in the St. Louis suburb of St. George.

Southeast Missouri man suspected of fatally shooting wife, then self

The couple were in the process of getting a divorce, authorities said.

Preliminary hearing set in 1992 killing

The bones of Betty Ann Howery were found in a septic tank in October in northeast Missouri. Her widower, Douglas Howery Sr., is charged with first-degree murder.

Americans with Disabilities Act amendments to be discussed in Kansas City

Disability law advocates will discuss new standards for public recreational equipment and accomodating wounded veterans returning to school.

Missouri medical providers not garnishing tax refunds

Missouri law permits health care providers to recoup overdue bills by submitting a claim to have the individual's tax refund offset, but no providers have done so.

Missouri receives $1 million to treat people with brain injuries

The state has qualified for the grant each year since the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services program began in 1997, and it plans to use the money on projects aimed to help underserved groups such as minorities and those living in rural areas.

Police identify body found in River Des Peres

It was Charles Daniel Stringfellow, 25, of Mount Carmel, Ill.

Kennett spill wasn't hazardous, but it was smelly

When a rear axle gave out on a tanker truck and caused it to flip on its side, 3,500 gallons of liquid fertilizer spilled in downtown Kennett. And the mix of ammonium nitrate and urea raised a stink.

Critics of animal ID system plan Jefferson City protest

The animal identification system, which has been promoted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture as a way to trace livestock in the event of a disease outbreak, faces opposition from some small-farm operators, who think the program imposes unfair costs upon farmers.

U.S. House to consider 'cash for clunkers' plan Tuesday

The House proposal, which is set for a floor vote on Tuesday, is aimed at stimulating car sales, improving the environment and encouraging consumers to purchase more fuel-efficient vehicles. Alternative bills with similar parameters have been proposed in the Senate.

Thinning of deer population planned in St. Louis suburb

A number of people oppose a plan to sterilize some deer and euthanize others in Town and Country, but advocates say the animals cause accidents and are a nuisance.

Chili's developer Brinker dies at 78

Norman Brinker, former chairman of Brinker International and developer of the Chili's Grill & Bar franchise, died Tuesday in Colorado.

Myanmar court allows Suu Kyi 1 more witness

Prisoner Suu Kyi has been granted one more witness by a Myanmar divisional court, but her defense attorneys say she is entitled to more.  Suu Kyi is standing trial after a Missouri man, John Yettaw, entered the home in which she was under house arrest.