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State will collect Mercury-containing items in February

Almost 90 locations around the state will accept people's mercury-containing items.

Missourians without power told not to rough it

A second Branson Walmart closed by ice-sagged roof

The Mountain Grove Walmart will likely reopen Friday if an inspector declares it safe.

Attorney says Blunt e-mail report back on track

Investigators looking into former Gov. Matt Blunt's e-mail practices are protected by the state's legal expense fund, according to the attorney general's office. The investigators now are expected to file a report on their findings.

Ice-sagged roof deemed safe, Branson Walmart reopens

A Walmart Supercenter in Branson has reopened after a structural evaluation found the snow-laden roof to be safe.

Winter weather puts pressure on Walmart

A Walmart Supercenter in Branson is closed because of its sagging roof.

Missouri man pleads guilty in Oklahoma sex crime case

The man was sentenced to more than 11 years in prison for attempting to have sex with a child.

Consultants propose closing 29 St. Louis schools

Consultants hired by the St. Louis public school district recommended closing nearly a third of the district's schools and said other facilities need extensive renovations.

St. Louis-China trade effort gets federal boost

The U.S. Department of Commerce will release $1.7 million to support an effort to improve trade between St. Louis and China.

State economic development chief confirmation delayed

One senator wants the nominee's former client list released to avoid conflicts of interest.

House bills on cell phone usage aimed at Missouri drivers

Different bills restricting hand-held phone usage while driving have been pre-filed following two fatal traffic accidents in the St. Louis area involving text messaging.

Missouri House speaker to launch $250 million Capitol rehab

The new House Speaker Ron Richard plans to pitch the idea to set up a charitable trust this spring to former House speakers and past Senate leaders.

UPDATE: Effort to restore southeast Missouri power could take days

Utility providers are scrambling to return power to southeast Missouri after this week's ice and snow storms. Providers said it could be a week or longer before electricity returns to the hardest-hit areas.

Missouri Senate votes against pay increases for state legislators, judges

 The Missouri Senate rejected a recommendation to increase the salaries of state legislators, state officials and judges by a 32-1 vote. The current economy and recent lay-offs across the state influenced the state Senate's decision.

Homeless in Missouri expected to increase

Homeless counts are expected to increase this year, however the surveys across the state are expected to be difficult because of the recent strings of harsh weather.

Cooper County man dies of hypothermia

Hypothermia victim Greg Gerling was found Wednesday morning in the woods without shoes or a coat.

UPDATE: Missouri lawmakers vote down raises for state officials

The Senate voted 32-1 on Thursday to reject pay raises that had been recommended by a citizens' commission. The House turned down the pay raises earlier this week 129-31. Both votes easily exceeded the two-thirds majority required by the Missouri Constitution to reject the salary plan of the commission.

UPDATE: Father charged with murder, incest gets attorney

A public defender will represent the accused, who is being held in the Cass County jail. The charges against the father include second-degree murder and two counts of incest. His court date has not been set.

Koster alerts Missourians to telephone credit card scam

The caller claims to be from a company called Card Services and asks people to enter their credit card numbers to see if they qualify for a better rate.

Power in rural southeast Missouri won't be fully restored until next week

Tuesday's ice storm that hit southeast Missouri knocked out power and heat for thousands of customers. AmerenUE expects power to be fully restored by the middle of next week. The company has brought in trailers for those who need a warm place to stay.

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