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State to pay $500,000 to settle e-mail lawsuit filed against former Gov. Blunt

The money will come from the state's legal expense fund, which to date has spent more than $1.3 million on attorneys for defending Blunt and four former staff members, Attorney General Chris Koster said.

Marijuana advocates look to Missouri for decriminalization

After a failed attempt at decriminalization of marijuana in Joplin, pot advocates look toward Springfield, Cape Girardeau and Blue Springs for future reprieves of the law. While Columbia isn't a target city, some exceptions for marijuana use have been legalized.

Forsee eliminates 22 UM System positions

University of Missouri President Gary Forsee announced Thursday that 22 positions in the system would be eliminated, and these jobs range from lower-level administration to executive vice president.

Northwest Missouri State gets new president

John Jasinski, a vice president at Northwood University in Midland, Mich., has been named as Northwest Missouri State's new president. He will be formally introduced on Friday in Maryville.

Missouri tapping stimulus money to pay tax refunds

The state acknowledge that it was delaying refunds so it could meet other cash flow demands.

Missouri man in spotlight at Suu Kyi trial in Myannmar

Suu Kyi's supporters think some sort of trickery by the junta is behind John Yettaw's visit. His family insists he was just an admirer who wanted to interview the opposition leader.

Missouri's stimulus money man: Paul Wilson

Paul Wilson is Gov. Jay Nixon's top budget adviser and commands $4.4 billion worth of federal stimulus money in the Transform Missouri Project, and his background covers much more than just politics.

St. Louis Public Schools reports student with swine flu

The St. Louis Public School District has confirmed its first case of a student with swine flu. Missouri has had 24 confirmed cases of swine flu, including a man in St. Louis County who died Tuesday.

Gasoline prices rise as holiday approaches

While Missouri had the second-lowest price recorded around the nation, it was a bit misleading. The figure was posted in the early hours of Thursday morning before stations increased their prices by a dime or so in anticipation of Memorial Day holiday travel.

Backers say governor pledged to repeal Missouri helmet law

Nixon received about 1,000 e-mails and letters about the legislation, which would allow motorcycle riders 21 years and older to ride without a helmet when they're traveling on any Missouri highway, except for interstate highways.


554 Missouri bridges to be replaced in $487M project

Missouri's bridges are in the fourth-worst condition in the country, and this $147 million project would replace 554 bridges in the state by 2013.

Missouri tapping stimulus money to pay tax refunds

The state is using $250 million of federal stimulus money to expedite payment of individual income tax refunds for hundreds of thousands of Missourians. The Department of Revenue said it hopes to have refund checks sent out by June 5 for those who filed their returns before April 15.

Banks in 11 Midwest and Plains states report improvements

Some Midwest and Plains banks appear to be gaining confidence , according to the Rural Mainstreet Index, which reported its highest numbers since September on Thursday.

3 plead guilty in Kansas City-area mortgage scam

The three men were among nine defendants to plead guilty in the scheme involving homes in Raymore and Lee's Summit.

UPDATE: Missouri executes Dennis Skillicorn

He received an injection shortly before 12:30 a.m. Wednesday and died 11 minutes later. Before he died, he apologized to the family of his victim, Richard Drummond.

More executions possible in Missouri, U.S., expert says

In the wake of the execution of Dennis Skillicorn, Missouri could be putting many of its 50 death row inmates to death.

UPDATE: Police look for Minnesota mother, son who fled chemo

Police look for mother and son who fled chemo

A Minnesota mother told a judge that she wanted to treat her 13-year-old son's cancer with natural healing methods advocated by the Missouri-based American Indian religious group known at the Nemenhah Band.

Missouri man burned during suspected meth explosion

What is thought to be a meth-related explosion in a St. Charles County garage has left one man with life-threatening injuries, officials say.

Missouri considers a Jack Buck highway

A bill passed in the Missouri legislature last week would allow for a section of Interstate 64 east of St. Louis to be renamed for renowned sportscaster Jack Buck, who died in 2002.