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Luetkemeyer joins newcomers in Congress

Blaine Luetkemeyer, a conservative Republican businessman from Miller County, joined 53 new U.S. House members and nine new senators who were sworn in Tuesday in the 111th Congress. He is the state's only new addition.

941 Missouri traffic fatalities is a 25-year low

The total is the lowest since 1983, when 921 people were killed in traffic accidents.

Nixon names economic development director

Linda Martinez, 54, a St. Louis lawyer, has worked for 26 years advising businesses about tax credits, tax-exempt financing and other economic development tools.

Human remains found in central Missouri

Law officers are investigating the discovery of human remains on farmland in central Missouri, north of Lake of the Ozarks.

Missouri unemployment benefit call line closing two days a week

Missourians seeking to extend jobless benefits will have to start doing that on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. An unemployment benefits hot line run by the Missouri Department of Labor and Industrial Relations will no longer be available on Tuesday and Thursday except for first-time applicants.

Text message led to ATV crash that killed toddler

The father of a 2-year-old who died in a weekend ATV crash said he looked down to check a text message while the boy somehow pushed the throttle, prompting the dad to fall off the vehicle before the toddler sustained fatal injuries.

Police: Pot found in Missouri prison visitor's shoe

Police say a St. Louis woman is jailed after suspected marijuana was found in her shoe while she was visiting an inmate at a state prison in south-central Missouri.

Missouri jobless benefits fund going broke, again

The unemployment fund could be insolvent by the end of the year. But the state can borrow from the federal government.

MoDOT to begin Safe and Sound bridge campaign

The Missouri Department of Transportation is poised to begin its largest building campaign in state history to repair 802 of Missouri's worst-rated bridges.

Holden, others offer advice for Nixon

Former Gov. Bob Holden, as well as Republican legislators, say communication and compromise will be key to Jay Nixon's success as governor.

ANALYSIS: Nixon proposing new economic focus

Jay Nixon wants to launch his Show Me Jobs initiative. Problem is, it would tap the same source of funds as Matt Blunt's DREAM program for downtown revitalization. Can both programs survive?

UPDATE: Majority of KC-area nursing homes score below average

A new federal database rating facilities on health inspections, staffing levels and quality of care.

Net installation finished at Bagnell Dam to protect fish

AmerenUE put in the 900-foot-wide net to keep the fish out of the turbines.

Airline passenger arrested in St. Louis for bomb threat

He was arrested, authorities said, after he made a threat to a flight attendant who asked him to close  his laptop computer before takeoff.

Former UM System Curator Mary L. James dies at 59

She died Friday at Kansas City Hospice House in Kansas City of pancreatic cancer. She had been appointed to the Board of Curators by Gov. Mel Carnahan in 1999 and served as president in 2005. Mrs. James was active in many organizations.

Blunt names two to judicial screening panels

Like Matt Blunt, both are opponents of the state's "nonpartisan" method of appointing some judges.

Residents powering homes face insurance problems

They can't get the insurance they're now required to have by the state.

Sikeston man charged with murder

Prosecutors say Maurice J. Robinson was charged for causing the death of 45-year-old Linnie Andrews by striking him on the head with a pistol and stomping his head.

Neosho man given 3 life sentences in shooting of officers

Adam Bridgewater, 22, was convicted of shooting two Neosho police officers and firing at a state trooper who pursued him after he fled a traffic stop.

Animal shelters fill up in down times

The Sikeston Area Humane Society director said financial pressures are causing more people to give up their pets.

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