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Social Security chief hopeful on solvency

Social Security Commissioner Michael Astrue said that Social Security is not as dire of a situation as many in the public seem to believe. He said the economic situation is of a higher priority for the Obama administration right now, but that he hopes the administration will address the solvency issue before the 2012 elections.

Kansas City Salvation Army turns kettles green for St. Patrick's Day

The Salvation Army  will paint its red kettles green for St. Patrick's Day. The kettles, along with bell-ringing volunteers, will be posted along the 1.3-mile St. Patrick's Day parade route in Kansas City to raise money for emergency assistance to people in need.

Assaulting a ref could draw higher penalty

A state representative proposed a bill making it illegal to rough up a referee. The maximum penalty would be a $1,000 fine or one year in jail.

State economic outlook not so good

Missouri's overall index has indicated a shrinking economy for the fifth month in a row, according to economic researchers.

Winter weather delays Missouri travel

Several flights from nearby airports have been cancelled because of a snow storm in the east.

Missouri trout season gets cold start

There was a smaller turnout for the opening of trout season than expected at Roaring Rive State Park Sunday, but those who did brave the cold temperatures were rewarded with an abundance of fish and fun.

States budget deficits could continue past the recession

The stimulus package will help balance budgets in the short term but won't quickly solve unemployment, low consumer spending and the housing crisis.

Gorilla found dead at St. Louis Zoo

Eight-year-old Muchana apparently pulled apart some climbing rope and it became wrapped around his neck, a zoo official said.

Ozark residents worry about spring flooding

Business owners and residents in the Ozarks are worried about water levels one year after significant flooding. Corps officials do not want to lower water levels for fear of lack of spring rains.

Nixon criticized over staff member pay scale and method

According to the Kansas City Star, Gov. Jay Nixon is paying staff members from departments other than the office of the governor. Additionally, Nixon is also paying staff members more than his predecessors received under former Gov. Matt Blunt.

Wife charged as accessory in theft of Nixa funds

County prosecuting attorney estimates $400,000 to $500,000 has been stolen since 2004.

Warren County man gets life in prison for killing girlfriend

The man asked for a lesser charge, which would have made him eligible for parole, on the grounds that he didn't intend to kill her.

Sandra Day O'Connor praises Missouri for judicial selection plan

O'Connor, the first woman appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court, was the keynote speaker during an MU law review symposium Friday.

Return to sender: Some want Missouri to refuse stimulus

Missouri unemployment rate climbs to 8 percent

After losing 11,500 jobs in January, Missourians are looking at the highest unemployment rate since 1984.

KC man gets 25 years for killing grandfather with hammer

James Lowe, 71, had refused to let Justin Lowe, then 23, take his car to Iowa.

Cave-dwelling family fears losing stone home

Curt and Deborah Sleeper bought a cave in Festus in 2004, which they converted into a home. But they've got a big payment coming due on the property and don't think they can afford it. If they can't secure new financing, they've got a backup plan — eBay.

Nixon opposes legislation for nuclear plant

Under current law, Missouri utilities must wait until a new power plant is online before charging electric customers for the cost of building it. The Legislature is considering a bill that would let them charge for the capital costs during construction.

Missouri Senate reviews bill to prohibit use of false diplomas

The million-dollar industry is difficult to fit into a legal category, such as fraud, making it nearly impossible to convict anyone, said Zora Aubochon, assistant commissioner for the state Higher Education Department.

Funeral home finds bullet holes in Kansas City man after death ruled natural

For the second time in 17 months, a Kansas City funeral home had to return a homicide victim's body that was mistakenly ruled a natural death by the medical examiner.

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