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UPDATE: Repeal of Missouri casino loss limits in effect

The secretary of state's office said Friday the ballot initiative repealing the loss limits took effect the day of the election. That came as a surprise to the Missouri Gaming Commission — and to casinos.

Anheuser-Busch settles shareholder suits over sale

The settlement is subject to approval, but it comes ahead of Wednesday's vote by shareholders on the $52 billion sale to InBev.

Sprint Nextel lost subscribers, money in 3rd Q

The nation's third-largest wireless provider told analysts it would try harder to win new customers, but it had "yet to turn the corner."

Eastern Missouri man sentenced for selling prescription drugs

Burl Washington was convicted of illegally distributing prescription drugs, which led to the death of a Farmington man.

Former Shriners Hospital exec sentenced for fraud

Robert Brodzin had pleaded guilty in August to mail fraud for stealing $828,000 from the hospital in suburban St. Louis.

Three Missouri sex offenders face Halloween-related charges

The men failed to comply with provisions signed in June restricting sex offender contact with children on Halloween.

Two Cape Girardeau men accused of hate crime

The men are accused of attacking a man because of his sexual orientation.

Former Gore aide to head Nixon's transition

Former Vice President Al Gore's chief of staff, Charles Burson, will lead the team in charge of transitioning to Governor-elect Jay Nixon's administration.

KC mayor fighting volunteer ordinance

Mayor Funkhouser has been holding meetings in his home since his wife was prevented from volunteering in his office.

Prescription benefits company threatened with data leak

Express Scripts received an anonymous letter in October demanding money and threatening to release the personal information of 75 people.

E-MAIL: Gary Forsee on Express Scripts announcement

University of Missouri System President Gary Forsee sent the following e-mail on Thursday regarding the Express Scripts announcement about the possibility that data files were accessed without authorization.

Beer sales up, but Anheuser-Busch sees 3Q profit drop

Anheuser-Busch's third-quarter profit dropped almost 6 percent, but its sale to InBev is still expected to be completed by year's end.

Missouri pension board toughens ethics policy

After top executives with the Missouri Public School and Education Employee Retirement Systems were found accepting free gas and staying at luxury hotels on    taxpayers dollars, the PSRS/PEERS board added rigid policies on accepting gifts.

Missouri's new legislative crew casts first votes

Republicans and Democrats chose their leaders for the 2009 session  on Thursday.

St. Louis sees fifth emergency worker gunned down this year

Leonard Riggins, a 52-year-old St. Louis firefighter, was shot and killed after stopping to help at a crash scene in St. Louis County on Wednesday. He's the fifth emergency worker killed in the St. Louis area this year.

Missouri state officials meet amid spirit of bipartisanship

Just two days after the November election and after months of campaign stump speeches and rhetoric, a theme of bipartisan cooperation emerged in Jefferson City.

Lawmaker returns to state Capitol after bribery scheme

Democrat John Bowman was introduced Thursday as the chief of staff for Senator-elect Robin Wright-Jones, of St. Louis.

Carnahan to push for early voting

Secretary of State Robin Carnahan said she will ask the legislature next year to adopt early voting. Nationwide, an estimated one-third of voters cast ballots before Tuesday, which proponents said led to reduced lines and quicker vote counts.

Statewide voter turnout records set in Missouri

Sixty-nine percent of registered Missouri voters turned out on Election Day, despite earlier projections from the Missouri secretary of state's office that projected a voter turnout of as high as 76 percent.

Blunt attorney wants e-mail lawsuit dismissed

The governor's attorney says that the case, which is seeking access to Blunt's office's e-mail records, should be dismissed because of lack of evidence.

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