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UPDATE: Schools fear loss of teacher development funds

The state House is considering a version of the spending plan that would cut teacher development funds as well funding for regional development centers and their programs. Legislators will vote on the plan next week.

Elderly killings in Bolivar called murder-suicide

An elderly couple, who had been separated, were found shot to death in a senior citizens home.

Kansas City anti-violence program faces possible funding cut

Aim4Peace, a program that matches reformed criminals with people still in the street lifestyle in an effort to reduce violence, may be cut because of budget constraints in Kansas City. There were 126 killings in Kansas City in 2008, and police and community members credit Aim4Peace with curbing some of that violence toward the end of the year.

Corps cancels spring rise of Missouri River

Heavy rain forecasted for the Missouri River basin has forced the cancelation of a planned water release into the river. The pulse would have hopefully prompted spawning among the endangerd pallid sturgeon.

Missouri schools fear loss of teacher development funds

The Missouri House is considering a version of the budget that would cut teacher deveopment funds, which accounted for $15 million in the current spending plan.

Amish builder from Missouri brings tradition to Texas Gulf Coast

Danny Scwartz, a member of the Old Order Amish sect, took his building skills to Texas to help rebuild the Gulf Coast after Hurricane Ike.

Washington University student suspected to have meningitis

Health officials think the student, whose name has not been released, has meningococcal meningitis, a highly contagious and potentially deadly form of the illness.

Four killed in accident involving off-duty St. Louis-area officer

The Missouri State Highway Patrol said the Sunset Hills police officer was driving in the wrong lane when she struck a 1997 Honda, killing its four passengers and hospitalizing its driver and the officer.

Man charged with planning arson of own businesses

Dan Thornton, of El Dorado, claimed that his three businesses had been targeted for arson because he is gay. Investigators, however, determined that Thornton caused the fires to collect the insurance money.

Former Missouri lawmaker Muschany found not guilty on sex charges

After a four-hour deliberation, jurors found the former representative not guilty of forcing a then-14-year-old girl to touch him inappropriately.

Hannibal community outraged over Feb. 28 killings, immigration status

Manuel Cazares, 32, is accused of the Feb. 28 deaths of two people who were stabbed in the Mississippi River community of 17,000.

Missouri third-grader, age 71, honored with namesake literacy award

The Toys for Tots Literacy Program honored Alferd Williams' dedication to learning to read by creating an award in his honor.

Missouri department dropped from lawsuit over deadly 2006 fire at group home

A Newton County circuit judge approved the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services' motion to be removed from wrongful death lawsuits filed on behalf of victims of a November 2006 fire at the Anderson Guest House and their families.

Man pleads guilty in southwest Missouri church shooting, avoids death penalty

In Friday's deal, Eiken Elam Saimon received three life sentences without parole, plus four 30-year sentences for the assaults and two seven-year sentences for sex offenses.

Bloomfield School District calls off classes amid flu outbreak

Attendance was at 85 percent on Friday, significantly lower than average. School is expected to reopen Monday.

Former Brown Shoe Co. executive charged with mail fraud

Two former employees have been charged with defrauding a Clayton-based company of $300,000.

Iconic Bevo Mill closes its doors

After surviving the sale of Anheuser-Busch to InBev last year, the restaurant in south St. Louis has fallen to a struggling economy.

Veteran who was thought to be homeless had family

Kansas City funeral directors organized the cremation and burial of a man thought not have any family until his widow showed up at the services.

Police chiefs association supports red light cameras

The Missouri Police Chiefs Association announced Wednesday that it supports red light cameras. The announcement came almost a week after the St. Louis Police Officers Association said it opposes the cameras.

Police: KC man shot daughter for dumping his gin

A Kansas City man is accused of shooting his 26-year-old daughter after she dumped his bottle of gin out on St. Patrick's Day. The woman's injuries are not life threatening.

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