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Scott County sheriff frees man previously charged with murder

Joshua Kezer, charged by Kenny Hulsolf with the murder of a 19-year-old college student 17 years ago, is freed thanks to the diligence of a small-town sheriff.

UPDATE: Roy Blunt announces Senate run for 2010

Blunt, a Republican, joins Secretary of State Robin Carnahan, a Democrat, as announced candidates for U.S. Senate seat. Republican Sen. Kit Bond said last month he will not seek reelection.

Sources: Roy Blunt to run for Senate in 2010

Blunt previously served as Missouri's secretary of state and also as House minority whip in the U.S. Congress. The only previously announced candidate for the U.S. Senate seat, currently held by Republican Kit Bond, is Secretary of State Robin Carnahan, a Democrat.

Lights finally back on in Southeast Missouri after ice storm

Southeast Missouri residents are said to all have power after a three-week-long outage following an ice storm in late January.

Senate votes to ban alcohol vaporizers

Other states that have banned the vaporizers say they are dangerous because users don't have time to feel the effects of the alcohol before it enters their bloodstream.

KC man, friend accused of raping children

Two girls, aged 16 and 10, were relatives of one of the suspects. The younger of the two acquired two sexually transmitted diseases. The two men are each being held at $250,000 bond.

Meeting will address Fort Leonard Wood meningitis cases

Officials have found no link between two fatal cases of bacterial meningitis this month, though soldiers are being instructed how to help avoid the illness. Thursday's community meeting is at 4 p.m. at the base's Nutter Field House. The Center of Disease Control and Prevention will host it.

2nd St. Louis elephant tests positive for herpes

Two zoo animals have contracted a type of herpes that targets young elephants.

UPDATE: Two more at Fort Leonard Wood become ill

At a Thursday meeting addressing previous meningitis cases at Fort Leonard Wood, officials announced two more people affiliated with the base have become ill. A nurse was diagnosed with viral meningitis, while the other man's illness is unconfirmed. The two fatal cases from earlier this month were from bacterial meningitis.

Nixon, Koster voice support for stronger Sunshine Law

Gov. Jay Nixon and Attorney General Chris Koster said Thursday that they support legislation that would stiffen penalties for Missouri government officials who violate the state's open government and meetings laws.

Former Gov. Blunt's office releases more e-mails

More e-mails from former Gov. Matt Blunt's office were released Thursday in an attempt to resolve a lawsuit brought by The Associated Press, The Kansas City Star and St. Louis Post-Dispatch last year.

UPDATE: Two more meningitis cases tied to Fort Leonard Wood

A male nurse at Fort Leonard Wood and a Florida National Guard soldier who recently trained at the base appear to have meningitis. Two other soldiers from the base have died this month from the disease.

Fulton nuclear plant evacuates for nearly an hour

AmerenUE's nuclear plant in Fulton was evacuated as a precaution Thursday after flammable hydrogen gas was detected.

Missouri Humane Society rescues 150 dogs, tiger

The Humane Society rescued more than 150 dogs and one tiger from a puppy mill in Newton County. Two years earlier, a raid at the same breeder did not result in charges.

Former lawmaker found guilty of leaving accident scene

Brad Robinson, a former Missouri representative, had allegedly injured a pedestrian in Bon Terre with his vehicle. The accident took place New Year's Day 2008. The case was decided Wednesday in St. Louis County Circuit Court.

Petition seeks mayor's ouster over new pot law

Some residents say Mayor Blundell did not have the backing of village officials for an ordinance legalizing medical marijuana.

Taped red light runners will soon face fines in KC

When the warning period ends for a camera-monitored intersection, drivers who fail to stop at red lights will be mailed a ticket.

Nixon promises aggressive use of federal stimulus dollars

Gov. Jay Nixon said he advocates using all $4.4 billion allocated by the federal stimulus plan for the state hours after a bill that would require the monitoring of those funds was praised in the state Senate chamber. In his Wednesday press conference, Nixon gave no specifics on stimulus-induced changes to the budget.

Callaway County residents discuss potential impact of second nuclear plant

About 200 people attended a hearing hosted by the  Nuclear Regulatory Commission about a possible second nuclear power plant in Callaway County. Residents were split at Wednesday's meeting over the possible impacts.

Conviction of inmate prosecuted by Hulshof overturned after 17 years

Joshua Kezer, who was imprisoned in 1992 for the murder of Angela Mischelle Lawless, was freed Wednesday after Cole County Circuit Judge Richard Callahan ruled Tuesday that Kezer was wrongly convicted. Callahan condemned the courtroom conduct of the case's prosecutor, former U.S. Rep. Kenny Hulshof.