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State News

Truman birthplace gets second shot at park status

Park status would both honor the only U.S. president from Missouri and provide economic aid to the area.

Legally blind man shoots out-of-sight photos

Using only his peripheral vision, Bob White snaps photos of rural plants, buildings, wildlife and people.

One dead in racing wreck on I-70

The driver of a red BMW was arrested after police said he caused an accident that left a man dead while racing.

Man pleads guilty in bar fight death

Kyle William Musser of Gower pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter. He had originally been charged with second-degree murder in the death of Kurt Brinton, 33.

No charges coming in Moberly Taser death

A police officer had fired a stun gun twice at a suspected drunken driver, who became unresponsive soon after. The incident happened during a traffice stop in August.

ANALYSIS: Bond's announcement creates 2nd GOP scramble

But this time around, there's a big difference.

Nixon selects three more top advisers

They'll lead the Agriculture and Labor departments and the state's National Guard units.

Ferguson's appeal rejected

A Cole County judge rejected the argument that his Lincoln Count jury was chosen improperly. Ryan Ferguson was convicted in 2oo5 of killing of Columbia sports editor Kent Heitholt.

Butterball to lay off 75 workers in Carthage

The cuts will take effect March 1 by combining two deboning shifts. The high price of corn — its incease blamed on its use for fuel — was cited.

Nixon names DNR director

He is Mark Templeton, an associate dean and chief operating officer of Yale Law School.

ANALYSIS: Blunt cites budget cuts as greatest success

Blunt says his efforts to balance Missouri's budget were a major accomplishment, while some consider it his greatest failure.

Independence teen gets probation in murder-for-hire plot

It's the same sentence given to a classmate that he introduced to two would-be hit men his friend hired to kill his parents.

East Missouri man accused of operating 4-county marijuana ring

The indictment also charges that two men — 69 and 83 — were used as "mules" to bring the marijuana up from Texas.

Arnold tables discussion on red-light cameras

Despite a push by a group called "Don't Tread on Me" to get the cameras out or put the issue to a vote, the City Council decided to delay action until June.

Former Teacher of the Year in trouble for contacting former student

Jan Kauffman, who won the 1994 Teacher of the Year honor, violated her probation for a second time by contacting Tyson Wilson, a former student who is in prison for drug and assault convictions.

Woman accused of trying to kill husband with Visine

Police say a southwest Missouri woman poured half a bottle of eyedrops in her husband's tea. The husband told investigators he's been having stomach problems for the past two months.

Bond wants to expand early childhood education

The Missouri senator said Friday he'll reintroduce a bill to seek $500 million over three years to provide better education opportunities for the young children of 2.7 million families.

Westboro Baptist founder's daughter sues St. Joseph

The suit is over the city's ordinance banning protests at soldiers' funerals. Westboro Baptist preaches that U.S. troop deaths are punishment for the nation's tolerance of homosexuality.

Man gets 7 years in death of highway worker

The O'Fallon man was sentenced for involuntary manslaughter for a drunk-driving accident in a construction zone that killed an engineering student who was working with a highway crew.

Missouri congresswoman not interested in Senate seat

Rep. Jo Ann Emerson, R-8th District, says she prefers to stay in the House.

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