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MoDOT touts decline in state highway deaths

The state is on pace to have fewer than 1,000 highway deaths for the second year in a  row.

Kansas City-area church members dress like Jesus

Just in time for Christmas, hundreds of people in the Kansas City area have committed to dress like Jesus in the days leading to the holiday, in what they say is an answer to a widening secularization of the season.

Corps sues Ameren over Taum Sauk disaster

Three years after the breach of the Taum Sauk reservoir, debris from the disaster continues to damage Clearwater Lake and its natural resources, according to a lawsuit filed by the Army Corps of Engineers against AmerenUE.

Program pays farmers who help prairie chickens

A new state-federal program will pay certain Missouri farmland owners to set aside land as habitat for prairie chickens, which once roamed the state’s prairies in large numbers.

Family fights to make a life without mother in Kansas City

Leslie Mora, a 20-year-old Kansas City woman, has been in charge of raising her two half-siblings, Jesus and Marbhely Gonzalez, ages 13 and 14 respectively, since July, when their mother returned to her native Mexico because she feared arrest by U.S. immigration officers.

Officer sues estate of man who wounded him

A southwest Missouri police officer wounded during a shootout after a highway crash has sued the gunman’s estate for unspecified damages.

Snowman snow globes pose fire hazard

About 7,000 snow globes in the shape of snowmen have been recalled. There have been reports of the globes causing fires as sunlight passes through and ignites surrounding objects.

UPDATE: Nixon outlines economic plan for Missouri

Gov.-elect Jay Nixon released details of his Show Me JOBS economic plan Monday.

Nixon outlines plan to create new jobs in Missouri

The governor-elect says the bipartisan effort aims at new jobs through small business development and incentives for working training and retraining.

Subzero wind chills blow across Missouri

 

The National Weather Service says the state will warm up by the weekend.

Hunter, 83, dies in fall from cliff

An 83-year-old man is dead after falling from a bluff while hunting at the Lake of the Ozarks.

Build-A-Bear to donate 20,000 stuffed animals to toy drive

Donations to the Marine Corps Reserve's toy drive are down this year.

Missouri affirmative action ballot proposal draws challenges

The secretary of state's office cleared the proposed 2010 ballot measure for circulation earlier this month. An identical proposal for the 2008 ballot never qualified.

Financial meltdown slowing wind-power boom

Companies that bankrolled the boom, including AIG, Lehman Brothers and Wachovia Corp., are facing financial problems that dry up their contributions to wind projects.

Some megafarms slipping past Missouri laws

Large companies are working with several smaller farms instead of building megafarms, The Kansas City Star reported today.

ANALYSIS: Nixon not using e-mail archive system

Gov.-elect Jay Nixon and his transition team have not been using the e-mail archive system that Gov. Matt Blunt began using after an open records controversy began over deleted e-mails.

St. Louis police spent $1,987 each on top badges

The badges were a nearly $10,000 line item in a unanimous vote on Wednesday by the Board of Police Commissioners. The department bought the ornate badges for the chief, two assistant chiefs and two lieutenant colonels.

Bill would bar businesses from restricting firearms in employees' personal cars

Sen. Delbert Scott, R-Lowry City, introduced S.B.3, which also says businesses would no longer be responsible for security measures to protect customers.

Faltering economy might aggravate consumer problems

Consumer protection officials anticipate a greater number of complaints with customers watching every dollar.

Lt. Gov. Kinder's role alongside Nixon remains unclear

As the lone Republican in Missouri's executive branch and as president of the Missouri Senate, Kinder has offered to play a role in bridging the gap between a Democratically-controlled administration and a Republican-controlled legislature.

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