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The salvation of Josh Kezer

Convicted in 1994 for the murder of a 19-year-old nursing student, Josh Kezer's exoneration two months ago was only the second part of what he considers his salvation.

Missouri House backs secret union balloting

House Democrats, many of whom are union members, fear it will "bust" labor unions.

ANALYSIS: Missouri agencies move forward with stimulus despite disagreements

State lawmakers and Gov. Jay Nixon are battling over how to spend the money given to Missouri in the federal economic stimulus package.

Missouri prepares for potential flu outbreak

Missouri officials have requested the state's share of anti-flu medicine and masks from the federal government.

Attorney General urges court to deny stay of execution request

Attorney General Chris Koster filed documents Friday that ask the Missouri Supreme Court to not grant a stay of execution for Dennis Skillicorn. Skillicorn was convicted of killing an Excelsior Springs man in 1994.

Source: Labor Dept. plans new safety regulations

The Labor Department plans to propose new rules that would protect workers from diacetyl, a chemical used to flavor popcorn, which has been causing severe lung disease as well as other repiratory illnesses.

House Republicans propose new plan for Missouri stimulus money

A new plan for using Missouri's federal stimulus money for a tax cut will get its first airing in a House committee meeting today. It is estimated that the tax rebate would be about $500 per taxpayer.

Audit finds Missouri Medicaid oversight lacking

A state audit says the Program Integrity Unit in the Department of Social Services lacks the staff and budget necessary to track and prevent wasteful spending by Medicaid health care providers.

Working for the perks at Starbucks

James St. John began his office-organizing business, Re:Do, after being laid-off by Starbucks. He returned to work for Starbucks for health benefits.

Teach for America recruits stick with Kansas City schools

In Kansas City's inner-city school system, 50 Teach for America recruits have kept with the program despite extremely tough conditions. The nationwide program claims that 90 percent of its teachers fulfill their two-year requirement in the nation's most challenging schools.

Obama will hit famous 100 day mark in Missouri

President Barack Obama will celebrate his 100th day in office in Arnold. He will be taking questions about the administration's agenda and discussing his first 100 days.

Michigan company recalls frozen pasta products

The products were distributed to brokers and distributors in seven states, including Missouri. The products were prepared without federal inspection.

Two swine flu cases confirmed in Kansas

Human swine influenza, a respiratory disease in pigs, has been confirmed in 11 cases in the U.S. The flu strain is responsible for the deaths of 68 people in Mexico, and has the potential to become a pandemic, the World Health Organization chief said.

Low construction costs are saving Missouri millions

Costs for state highway construction projects have shrunk about 14 percent since last July, saving the state $108 million. The bids for stimulus projects are also lower than the state's estimates.

Tornado damages some rural areas, halts races

Tornado touches down in Leavenworth County near Kansas City and forces NASCAR to suspend truck race.

Sedalia Mayor Wasson dies at home, had battled cancer

Wasson, 75, maintained his civic duties until a few weeks ago, his wife said.

March, prayer hour remember 'Precious Doe'

A park will be built on the site where a 3-year-old's remains were found.

State looks to buy Mississippi River island

The Missouri Department of Conservation is considering buying Marquette Island, located on the Mississippi River, south of Cape Girardeau. The island provides habitat for the endangered least tern and shelter for the endangered pallid sturgeon.

UPDATE: UM System unlikely to see stimulus as House reworks 2010 budget plan

 

House Bill 22, released on Friday, includes only $31 million of University of Missouri System requests for funding from the federal stimulus.

More than $341 million of UM requests would have been for MU, its extension programs and other facilities located in Columbia, such as those under MU Health Care.

Panel discusses benefits of nuclear energy as AmerenUE pulls plug on power plant

AmerenUE suspended its plans Thursday to build an estimated $6 billion nuclear power plant in Callaway County, citing a filibuster in the Missouri Senate and the economic downturn as reasons for halting the project.

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