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Ex-cab driver from Kansas City sentenced in second slaying

Lawrence E. Jensen, who was sentenced Friday, is already serving 25 years for strangling a woman in 1993 who couldn't pay her cab fare.

Affidavit: Missing Kansas City woman was pursuing divorce

A Kansas City woman missing for two weeks was divorcing her husband, according to information released Friday.

Attorney named chairman of Missouri GOP

A Cassville attorney will be the next Missouri Republican Party chairman.

Hy-Vee recalls bakery goods containing peanut butter

Hy-Vee Inc. is recalling bakery products that could be contaminated with salmonella, but employees at the Columbia store said they were unaware of the measure.

Missouri home-cleaner turns away from chemical cleansers

For people who do more cleaning and have more exposure to non-natural cleaning agents — such as stay-at-home moms or domestic employees — there is a 54 percent increase in the risk of being diagnosed with various cancers, in addition to the potential for allergic reactions to the chemicals in certain cleansers.

GED prep enrollment soars as unemployment rises

Interest in GED programs at Ozarks Technical Community College in Springfield is surging to record levels, with nearly half of the students in the prep classes identifying themselves as unemployed. Thousands of jobs have been lost in the area as the national economy has suffered.

Schulte named interim commissioner of education in Missouri

The State Board of Education approved the appointment of Bert Schulte, former assistant superintendent for Columbia Public Schools, as the state’s top education official on Thursday.

Missouri highway backers looking to grasp federal money

In Missouri, some lawmakers are backing a bill that would allow the Missouri Department of Transportation to award single contracts for bidders to handle both the design and construction of roads or bridges.

Anheuser-Busch InBev to open New York office

A New York office will take on some of the management of its global operations now handled by AB InBev's headquarters in Leuven, Belgium.

Missouri House approves new rules for chamber

Missouri House members have approved the rules that will govern the chamber for the next two years. This year's rules give the minority Democrats more authority in picking committees in which their members will sit.

Missouri judge rejects lawsuit over stem cell research

For the second time, a Missouri trial judge ruled against critics of embryonic stem cell research who want to block state funds from going to life science grants.

2 Missouri girls die in fire in trailer

Two girls, ages 3 and 5, are dead after a mid-Missouri trailer fire. Firefighters from three different departments responded to the blaze around 8 a.m. Thursday. It happened in a mobile home park north of Jefferson City.

Forsee memo tells UM campuses to cut back 'significantly'

Chancellors at the four University of Missouri System campuses were sent a memo from UM President Gary Forsee on Wednesday that listed 14 specific areas where expenditures should be reduced.

Missouri action agencies call for $10 million in utility aid

The money would go to the Utilicare program, which provides home weatherization and utility assistance funds to low-income families.

Nixon announces new plan to award license offices

Competitive bidding for license offices began Tuesday for six offices in Missouri, included the Columbia location. According to Gov. Nixon, the fee offices netted $2.7 million in processing fees last year.

Nixon seeking bids for license offices

Gov. Nixon's administration has started the bid process for six of the state's privately run license offices. The offices were previously awarded to political supporters.

AmerenUE expansion focus of Senate seminar

Senators were urged by AmerenUE to repeal a voter-approved law that bans the increase of utility rates before plants are built.

EPA pushes state to create stricter bacteria limits for streams

The current limit for E. coli bacteria for 20,000 miles of water where people swim is more than twice the EPA-recommended level.

Nixon reverses after trying to ban media phones

The media threatened to boycott the governor's first news conference if they had to leave their cell phones outside.

Missouri court says home health law discriminates

The decision strikes down a 2005 change in state law that prohibited participation in a psersonal care program by people who have mental disabilities.

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