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Former Bush campaign adviser named Missouri GOP director

Lloyd Smith was named the director of the Missouri GOP after a long career of managing Missouri Republicans and their campaigns.

St. Louis woman who threw acid found guilty

Mallory Rush threw acid during a 2006 fight that disfigured victims who were hit with the 'Liquird Fire,' according to a St. Louis jury. Rush faces a sentence of up to life in prison after being found guilty on three counts of first-degree assault and three counts of armed criminal action.

McCaskill defends federal stimulus plan

Sen. Claire McCaskill is saying the federal stimulus package will help Missouri's economy.

Sheriff: Missouri has 20 percent of known meth labs

Jefferson County's sheriff's department says that Missouri has more than 20 percent of all meth lab incidents in 2008. Jefferson County recorded about 200 incidents, making it the most meth labs in Missouri during the same period.

Springfield hit with repair costs from computer virus

The city of Springfield has been hit with about $12,000 in costs to deal with the effects of a virus that struck city government computers Feb. 2. It is also estimated that city employees have put in several hundred hours of overtime to deal with issue.

Panel to use same pool for three Missouri judge vacancies

The applicants for the state's Western District Court of Appeals will come from the same group.

UPDATE: Hair weave snares bullet in Kansas City shooting

A Kansas City woman survived a gunshot after a bullet hit her car's headrest and then got tangled in her hair weave.

Blunt declares his candidacy for Senate

U.S. Rep. Roy Blunt became the first Republican to declare his candidacy for the Senate seat being vacated by Kit Bond in 2010.

Gov. Nixon urges senators to pass economic development bill

The bill would provide tax credits to businesses that create new jobs under the Quality Jobs Act and double the cap on state tax credits.

UPDATE: Blunt declares 'the fight is in the Senate'

Blunt said voting for him would give Republicans the best chance to pick up another seat and more effectively challenge the Democratic majority there. He said he will not neglect urban areas like St. Louis, where he made his announcement, which have been less emphasized by previous Republican officials.

Scott County sheriff frees man previously charged with murder

Joshua Kezer, charged by Kenny Hulsolf with the murder of a 19-year-old college student 17 years ago, is freed thanks to the diligence of a small-town sheriff.

UPDATE: Roy Blunt announces Senate run for 2010

Blunt, a Republican, joins Secretary of State Robin Carnahan, a Democrat, as announced candidates for U.S. Senate seat. Republican Sen. Kit Bond said last month he will not seek reelection.

Sources: Roy Blunt to run for Senate in 2010

Blunt previously served as Missouri's secretary of state and also as House minority whip in the U.S. Congress. The only previously announced candidate for the U.S. Senate seat, currently held by Republican Kit Bond, is Secretary of State Robin Carnahan, a Democrat.

Lights finally back on in Southeast Missouri after ice storm

Southeast Missouri residents are said to all have power after a three-week-long outage following an ice storm in late January.

Senate votes to ban alcohol vaporizers

Other states that have banned the vaporizers say they are dangerous because users don't have time to feel the effects of the alcohol before it enters their bloodstream.

KC man, friend accused of raping children

Two girls, aged 16 and 10, were relatives of one of the suspects. The younger of the two acquired two sexually transmitted diseases. The two men are each being held at $250,000 bond.

Meeting will address Fort Leonard Wood meningitis cases

Officials have found no link between two fatal cases of bacterial meningitis this month, though soldiers are being instructed how to help avoid the illness. Thursday's community meeting is at 4 p.m. at the base's Nutter Field House. The Center of Disease Control and Prevention will host it.

2nd St. Louis elephant tests positive for herpes

Two zoo animals have contracted a type of herpes that targets young elephants.

UPDATE: Two more at Fort Leonard Wood become ill

At a Thursday meeting addressing previous meningitis cases at Fort Leonard Wood, officials announced two more people affiliated with the base have become ill. A nurse was diagnosed with viral meningitis, while the other man's illness is unconfirmed. The two fatal cases from earlier this month were from bacterial meningitis.

Nixon, Koster voice support for stronger Sunshine Law

Gov. Jay Nixon and Attorney General Chris Koster said Thursday that they support legislation that would stiffen penalties for Missouri government officials who violate the state's open government and meetings laws.

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