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Nixon sworn in as Missouri's 55th governor

After serving as Missouri's attorney general for 16 years, Nixon took the oath of office to become governor.

 

Nixon's hometown takes pride on Inauguration Day

Residents in De Sota, a town about 40 miles southwest of St. Louis, spoke favorably of the hometown boy who is now Missouri's governor.

INAUGURATION DAY: Text of Nixon's address

Click here to read the full prepared remarks of Gov. Jay Nixon's inauguration speech.

Nixon to take oath as Missouri's 55th governor

Missouri's incoming governor is styling his inauguration as "A New Day for Missouri" — a phrase to be repeated in his inaugural address.

Quilts turn barns into works of art

Buildings that were afterthoughts are now part of a growing driver-friendly trail of color across the nation's back roads — in Appalachia and now in Missouri.

Truman birthplace gets second shot at park status

Park status would both honor the only U.S. president from Missouri and provide economic aid to the area.

Legally blind man shoots out-of-sight photos

Using only his peripheral vision, Bob White snaps photos of rural plants, buildings, wildlife and people.

One dead in racing wreck on I-70

The driver of a red BMW was arrested after police said he caused an accident that left a man dead while racing.

Man pleads guilty in bar fight death

Kyle William Musser of Gower pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter. He had originally been charged with second-degree murder in the death of Kurt Brinton, 33.

No charges coming in Moberly Taser death

A police officer had fired a stun gun twice at a suspected drunken driver, who became unresponsive soon after. The incident happened during a traffice stop in August.

ANALYSIS: Bond's announcement creates 2nd GOP scramble

But this time around, there's a big difference.

Nixon selects three more top advisers

They'll lead the Agriculture and Labor departments and the state's National Guard units.

Ferguson's appeal rejected

A Cole County judge rejected the argument that his Lincoln Count jury was chosen improperly. Ryan Ferguson was convicted in 2oo5 of killing of Columbia sports editor Kent Heitholt.

Butterball to lay off 75 workers in Carthage

The cuts will take effect March 1 by combining two deboning shifts. The high price of corn — its incease blamed on its use for fuel — was cited.

Nixon names DNR director

He is Mark Templeton, an associate dean and chief operating officer of Yale Law School.

ANALYSIS: Blunt cites budget cuts as greatest success

Blunt says his efforts to balance Missouri's budget were a major accomplishment, while some consider it his greatest failure.

Independence teen gets probation in murder-for-hire plot

It's the same sentence given to a classmate that he introduced to two would-be hit men his friend hired to kill his parents.

East Missouri man accused of operating 4-county marijuana ring

The indictment also charges that two men — 69 and 83 — were used as "mules" to bring the marijuana up from Texas.

Arnold tables discussion on red-light cameras

Despite a push by a group called "Don't Tread on Me" to get the cameras out or put the issue to a vote, the City Council decided to delay action until June.

Former Teacher of the Year in trouble for contacting former student

Jan Kauffman, who won the 1994 Teacher of the Year honor, violated her probation for a second time by contacting Tyson Wilson, a former student who is in prison for drug and assault convictions.

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