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3 injured in blast at St. Louis home

A natural gas leak is the suspected cause of the explosion on Friday night.

Mechanic killed when vehicle falls off lift

The man was working at a car dealership in north St. Louis County.

Driver identified in wrong-way crash on I-44

A 73-year-old woman was identified as the driver of a van heading the wrong way on Interstate 44 until it collided head-on with a pickup truck, killing both drivers. The accident happened on Christmas Day.

3RD UPDATE: Mexico suspends purchases from 30 meat plants

The plants are in 14 states, including Missouri, and the suspension caused beef and pork futures to drop in trading in Chicago.

Cerulean warbler's breeding grounds protected in Ozarks

The warbler's numbers have plunged 70 percent in the past four decades, which is why wildlife watchers are applauding the acquisition of 80 acres of prime breeding ground.

UPDATE: Wrong-way crash on I-44 kills 2

The accident occurred Thursday afternoon about  50 miles southwest of St. Louis.

National WWI Museum in K.C. finds success

The museum at the Liberty Memorial has attracted rave reviews and more visitors than projected in its first two years. And thanks to a Kauffman Legacy Fund grant, finances are in better shape than expected. Now officials are working on a better business plan.

St. Louis lawmaker wants Guard leader scrutinized

The call came after Maj. Gen. King Sidwell, who has applied to Jay Nixon to be reappointed, was accused of discriminating against women and blacks.

Hannibal flood costs top $700,000

The city said it will need help covering the costs that FEMA won't cover.

Kirkwood to mark anniversary of shootings

The city is planning a Remembering Ceremony on Feb. 7 to honor the five city officials and police officers killed by Charles "Cookie" Thornton.

3-state Route 66 marathon to end in Joplin

The event, set for Oct. 3, will run from Miami, Okla., through southeast Kansas into Missouri.

2008 in Missouri politics: surprise, surprise, surprise

One unexpected event followed another -- right to the end of the year.

Missouri agribusiness unit returns from Afghanistan

The unit is a pilot program developed through a partnership of the National Guard Bureau, the University of Missouri and the Missouri Farm Bureau. The 47 soldiers arrived Wednesday in Springfield.

Springfield lawmaker vows to fight voucher attempt

Democrat Sara Lampe says she won't let her minority party status get in the way of seeking more money for various education initiatives, or working against a vouchers push.

Mildred Litton, mother of late representative, dies at 98

Mrs. Litton was the mother of Jerry Litton, a popular Democratic congressman from northwest Missouri who died in a plane crash in 1976 after he won his party's senatorial primary.

DURA brake cables plant to close in Hannibal

A brake cables plant in northeast Missouri is closing by the end of the year. A representative for DURA says the company plans to close a plant in Hannibal.

Blunt pardons 4 convicted of stealing offenses

Gov. Matt Blunt pardons four people convicted of stealing offenses.

Family facing tough holiday gets unexpected gift

An anonymous donation from a Denver family will give a southeast Missouri man awaiting a transplant the opportunity to buy Christmas presents for his wife and six children.

Economy has more families giving up pets

The Humane Society of Missouri says 5 percent to 8 percent more animals were given away this year because families can no longer afford to care for them, or have been forced to relocate to a place where pets are not allowed.

St. Louis dog found in Independence, going home

A St. Louis dog missing since October will be going home with its owners later this week after being picked up 240 miles away in suburban Kansas City.

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