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Faith-based Long Spoons Coalition digs for tax justice

A new faith-based lobbyist group called the Long Spoons Coalition has organized through Missouri Impact, an association that advocates for public policy based on religious and moral ideas. The coalition's first initiative is supporting a tax revision bill.

Debate over Missouri nuclear legislation heats up

A former federal nuclear regulator said Tuesday that reversing existing Missouri law would raise electric bills for business and residential customers and reduce the money available for creating jobs and spurring economic development.

Senator stalls Missouri development chief approval

Sen. Scott Rupp, R-Wentzville, filibustered the confirmation of Gov. Jay Nixon's economic development director on Wednesday citing concerns about her position on illegal immigration.

Missouri panel seeks maximum cut of stimulus money

Business and government leaders who are Gov. Jay Nixon's economic stimulus council met Wednesday to discuss Missouri's best options.

National Guard to honor 2 fallen soldiers

Staff Sgt. Brad Skelton and Sgt. Matthew Straughter will be honored for their military service on Friday at the Ike Skelton Training Site.

MoDOT chief pushes for tougher seat belt law

Missouri Transportation Director Pete Rahn said he thinks a stricter seat belt violation law could help save lives. In the past four years, 2,183 people died in Missouri traffic accidents while not wearing seat belts.

Amtrak KC-St. Louis reaches high on-time rate

Amtrak trains going from Kansas City to St. Louis reached a 96 percent on-time rate in January, its highest to date. The Missouri Department of Transportation attributes this to better dispatching and $400 million in track repairs.

Dozens return home after propane leak

About 70 Washington families were evacuated Tuesday after a five-mile leak in a propane pipeline. Emergency responders and repair crews waited for the line to flush itself out before allowing families to return home Wednesday morning.

Man gets year in paddlefish egg case

A former Shell Knob man has been sentenced to one year in prison for harvesting paddlefish eggs from illegal nets at Table Rock Lake and selling the caviar in Tennessee.

Memorial walkway planned for Kirkwood shooting victims

The St. Louis suburb is planning a memorial walkway with six benches to remember those slain in a City Hall shooting a year ago.

Missouri public safety groups stress need for better radio system

On Tuesday, representatives from different state law enforcement agencies urged members of the House Public Safety and Corrections Appropriations Committee to find money to fund the system.

UPDATE: Carnahan enters Senate race to succeed Bond

Missouri Secretary of State Robin Carnahan, a Democrat, became the first candidate from either party to officially enter the race after Republican Sen. Kit Bond announced he will not seek reelection in 2010.

UPDATE: Many in southern Missouri still lack power after storm

It could take 45 days to rebuild southern Missouri's electrical infrastructure, but the Missouri National Guard and other organizations are making wellness checks and transporting people to shelters.

UPDATE: Koster investigates Office Depot over school supply contracts

Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster announced the investigation Tuesday following similar probes in other states.

Almost 18 percent of homes sold at a loss in 2008

Americans lost more in home values in the fourth quarter of 2008 alone than in all of 2007, according to a national real estate survey released Tuesday.

Carnahan announces candidacy for U.S. Senate

Missouri Secretary of State Robin Carnahan, a Democrat, is the first member of either party to officially enter the Senate race after Republican Sen. Kit Bond announced last month that he will not seek re-election.

UPDATE: Former Gov. Blunt to work at Washington lobbying firm

Matt Blunt will split his time between Washington, D.C., and Missouri.

After ice storm, about 28,000 Missourians still without power

A state official says out-of-state crews may not arrive for a week, and rebuilding the electric grid could take more than a month.

Koster investigates Office Depot over school supply contracts

Following the lead of Florida and North Carolina, Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster is investigating Office Depot over allegations of overpricing government contracts for school supplies.

Former Missouri governor Blunt to work at Washington lobby firm

Matt Blunt, who left the governor's office in January, is now working as a senior policy adviser and business development consultant for Cassidy & Associates.

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