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UPDATE: Search for drowning victim near Rocheport to continue Thursday

Recovery operations for 20-year-old John P. Forget of Chesterfield ended Wednesday evening with no results. The search will resume Thursday morning, weather permitting.

Falling interest rates hurt Missouri's investment portfolio

Managers of Missouri's portfolio are making more of an effort not to lose money after declining interests have hurt state's investments that depend on interest rates to return a profit.

Link in popular Missouri hiking trail to be rebuilt

Part of the Taum Sauk section of the Ozark Trail was wiped out in a reservoir collapse in December 2005 that also injured a family of five and did serious damage to much of the state park outside of Lesterville, which volunteers are scheduled to rebuild soon.

Missouri student loan agency delays payments to state

The Missouri Higher Education Loan Authority will pay the state $350 million over six years to finance improvements at public colleges and universities.

Dairy group to pay $12M in trading investigation

Under an agreement with the Commodity Futures Trading Commission announced Tuesday, Dairy Farmers of America and two of its former officers will pay $12 million and will not engage in speculative trading for two years.

Missouri to discuss repealing outdated margarine law

A Springfield representative plans to bring up the issue when the 2009 legislative session starts in January.

Wintry weather in Missouri leads to school closings, traffic accidents

Two days of wintry weather in Missouri led to school closings and traffic accidents, including two fatalities.

Tour of Missouri gets continued state support

The Missouri Development Finance Board on Tuesday approved $500,000 to support media coverage of the 2009 race. The board contributed the same amount for this years' race.

UMKC announces new chancellor

UMKC's interim chancellor, Leo Morton, has been persuaded to take the permanent position.

Czech beer Budvar wins trademark legal battle

After a legal fight in Europe between Anheuser-Busch's trademark "Bud" beer name and Czech rival Budvar, the Luxembourg-based Court of First Instance on Tuesday ruled in favor of the Czech company and scrapped Anheuser-Busch's trademark.

Young Amish girl found after a night in freezing temperatures

A passer-by spotted 4-year-old Hannah Yoder on the side of southwest Missouri road Monday morning.

Blunt administration releases more e-mails

Gov. Matt Blunt’s administration released an additional 850 pages of e-mail documents Monday that revealed frustration with a former staff attorney and a coordinated effort to pre-emptively fight claims he was wrongly fired.

Police say man burglarized more than 30 homes

The Poplar Bluff-area man went on a spree over three or four months and stole more than $50,000 in property, police say.

Chuck Berry's St. Louis house added to historic list

The house in St. Louis where Berry lived for eight years in the 1950s has been added to the National Register of Historic Places.

Firefighter, woman arrested in 1992 killing

James Kornhardt, 49, and Kay Coleman, 55, are charged with conspiracy to commit murder for hire in the death of Dan Coleman in October 1992.

Missouri electors cast 11 votes for McCain

More than a month after the presidential election, Missouri's electors cast their votes for Republicans John McCain and Sarah Palin on Monday.

MU, Blue Springs plan new bioscience park

MU has signed an agreement with officials of the Kansas City suburb to develop the 500-acre, $70 million Missouri Innovation Park.

Missouri opens second full-service crime lab

The $6.2 million Springfield crime lab could reduce the number of backlogged cases at the central lab in Jefferson City

Missouri lottery sales flat for the first time in more than 20 years

Casinos are also experiencing declining business, likely due to overall reduced entertainment spending as people deal with current economic uncertainties.

ANALYSIS: Votes denied for hundreds of Missourians

In the November election, fewer than 27 percent of people who cast provisional ballots had their votes counted — that figure is down from 53 percent in the 2006 election. Voting officials said that often, these provisional provisional ballots often had the wrong addresses or were turned after the Oct. 8 deadline.

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