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UPDATE: Teen pleads not guilty in Missouri stabbing deaths

Seventeen-year-old Garrett Matthew Mason pleaded not guilty Tuesday to charges of the murder of two young women. He remains in custody at the Vernon County jail on a $2 million bond.

Mom charged with suffocating her baby in 2008

Police suspect the Pine Lawn resident also tried to suffocate another of her children, born in January

Missouri Supreme Court upholds child enticement law

A Maryland Heights man convicted under a 2006 law challenged its inclusion of an emergency clause.

Missouri man gets probation, in part for killing dog

As part of his five-year sentence, Danny Contello of Doe Run may not have any new pets.

Kansas City Mayor Mark Funkhouser faces possible recall election

Election officials are verifying the signatures collected by Funkhouser's opponents, who are trying to force a recall election.

2 drown in boating accidents in Missouri

Both accidents happened on the Meramec River.

For spellers at national bee, dorky's the new cool

Although a few participants at the 2009 Scripps National Spelling Bee chose to study at the hotel, the rest were in their element at the spelling bee's annual barbecue and picnic in McLean, Va.

French museum honors Missouri man for service in WWII

Lloyd David Lewis was wounded as a 23-year-old Army private during an attack near the town of Grosbliederstroff. The town's museum honored him with a special ceremony earlier this spring.

Economy takes bite out of mobile dental program

The number of places served by the mobile units would be reduced to 16, from 42, when the state elimates its funding of the program as of Sept. 30.

Global milk glut squeezes dairy farmers, consumers

After the global recession, U.S. farmers were left with too much milk and too many cows. Many are still paying more to maintain a herd than they are paid by processors for their raw milk.

Missouri Supreme Court librarian retires after 35 years

Tyronne Allen, who has been answering questions about the law for more than 35 years, is retiring to travel and spend more time volunteering with his wife.

Suu Kyi set to testify at Myanmar trial

Aung San Suu Kyi is widely expected to be found guilty on charges of harboring a Missouri man who swam across a lake to her residence. John Yettaw of Falcon has pleaded not guilty to charges against him.

ANALYSIS: Governor presses universities for more health education

Under the proposed plan, the University of Missouri System could get $24 million to help instruct an additional 209 medical doctors, pharmacists, dentists, optometrists, nurses and other health care professionals.

Missouri National Guard soldier killed in Iraq

Sgt. Paul Faris Brooks, 34, was from Joplin and was serving his second tour of duty. Two other soldiers were also killed in the attack.

Some Missouri teachers putting retirement plans on hold

Older teachers are weighing factors such as their spouse's employment situation, retirement savings and the overall economy before making their decision.

Gov. Jay Nixon orders flags at half-staff for Memorial Day

The flags will fly at half-staff to commemorate Memorial Day and the death of Lt. Roslyn L. Schulte of Ladue, who was killed while on duty near Kabul, Afghanistan.

St. Louis Metro to restore some bus cuts

St. Louis Metro officials plan to restore some of the transit cuts made earlier this year with $12 million in federal stimulus funds.

Former exec for Kansas-based fuel distributor claims fraud

After Crescent Oil Co. Inc. and its subsidiaries filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in February, Phillip Near, former president and majority shareholder, filed a lawsuit claiming the company's failure was caused by its buyout by Titan Global Holdings Inc., a Texas-based company.

Man who killed Missouri trooper gets death sentence

One of Lance Shockley's attorneys said he believed the judge made an appropriate ruling in the case. However, an appeal is planned.

State to pay $500,000 to settle e-mail lawsuit filed against former Gov. Blunt

The money will come from the state's legal expense fund, which to date has spent more than $1.3 million on attorneys for defending Blunt and four former staff members, Attorney General Chris Koster said.