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Authorities keeping tight lid on Cole Camp investigation

The bodies of three family members were found dead June 9 at their home in Cole Camp. Authorities say details about the case are being witheld to protect the investigation.

Analysis: Missouri banks weathering financial crisis better than industry

In the last three months of 2008, Missouri banks made an average of $540 more per $100,000 in assets than the five largest national banks.

UPDATE: FBI investigating Missouri housing deals

Pete Ramsel, executive director of the Missouri Housing Development Comission, said that the housing commission — which uses tax credits and tax-free bonds to help finance the construction of affordable houses and apartments — operates in accordance with the law and is "absolutely above-board."

FBI investigating Missouri housing deals

The FBI interviewed the director of Missouri's housing agency as part of an investigation related to low-income housing.

Missourians urged to prepare for heat, humidity

A heat advisory has been issued through Friday, and citizens have been urged to drink plenty of fluids and try to stay in air-conditioned buildings.

GOP House leaders urge Nixon to avoid vetoes

Gov. Jay Nixon's budget director said there will be budget vetoes, but Republican leaders urged Nixon not to veto capital improvement projects.

UPDATE: GOP House leaders urge governor to avoid vetoes

Nixon's administration already has said he will make line-item vetoes to a budget bill that would spend $381 million of stimulus funds over the next two years, largely on capital improvement projects.

Former worker says AmerenUE dropped shutdown inquiry at plant

The former employee said the agency failed to adequately investigate a 2003 incident that led to an unplanned shutdown.

Midwest a front-runner for $8 billion in railway construction funds

High-speed rail plans in the Midwest are considered front-runners to get $8 billion in stimulus money, with a possible future route upgrade from St.Louis to Kansas City. 

Amtrak makes marked improvement in Missouri

The passenger train service managed to imporve it's on-time arrivals between St. Louis and Kansas City drastically thanks to additional track and new fines for railroad companies for trains routinely being late.

Lawsuit accuses TSA of unreasonable airport detention in St. Louis

The American Civil LIberties Union filed the suit on behalf of a political activist who was detained for not answering the security officials' questions about $4,700 he was carrying. The suit claims that the activist didn't have to reveal the source of the money.

Citizens weigh in on proposed plans for Missouri national park

The National Park Service is considering four development proposals that will determine what new restrictions, if any, will be enforced in the Ozark National Scenic Riverways national park.

State retirement system pays performance bonuses despite losses

The fund performed above the average of the market, which allows the system to award bonuses. The bonuses were about $460,000 total.

Attorney general refers 373 possible sex offenders to Highway Patrol

The Missouri State Highway Patrol will be looking into whether the offenders are violating parole by using the social networking site MySpace.

UPDATE: Missouri approves revised deal for Chiefs training camp

The deal requires the team to hold its summer camp in Missouri for at least 10 years, or else pay the state penalties.

Missouri environmental hazard information now online

The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services has launched its Environmental Health Tracking Network Portal.

Consumers cry foul over levels of propane in tanks

Two propane gas companies sued by consumers who are complaining that the company cut back on the amount of propane in canisters while still charging the same price. The cost has since dropped, but the cutback on fuel in the tanks continues.

Missouri Humane Society urges heat safety for pets

Heat indexes could exceed 100 degrees this week, so the Humane Society is offering tips to keep pets safe.

Woman leads suspect in robbery attempt to sheriff's department

After a Michigan man attempted to rob an Illinois woman at gunpoint, she called 911 and led the unsuspecting man to the sheriff's department, the authorities said.

Missouri senator praises sex offender registry ruling

The state Supreme Court's ruling requires all sex offenders register for their crimes, including those committed before the registry's creation in 1995.