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Bowling Green officers' actions probed after mayor's driving questioned

Mayor David Koester was only given a verbal warning on suspicion of speeding after an officer pulled him over and discovered that the mayor appeared to have slurred speech and an open beer bottle in his car.

Signature counts in Kansas City mayor recall vote vary

After the Kansas City Board of Election Commissioners reported last month there were not enough valid signatures to recall Mayor Mark Funkhouser, two other authorities have reported different numbers. The recall petitioners' spokesman said his group will likely seek a recount.

State senators sponsor resolution to recognize animal health businesses

Legislators in Kansas and Missouri have sponsored a resolution as part of an ongoing effort to designate a swath of land as the Kansas City Animal Health Corridor.

'Fair tax' advocates to host Saturday rally in Boone County

The Midwest Fair Tax rally is to take place at the Boone County Fairgrounds and is expected to include appearances by legislators, radio personalities and Joe the Plumber.  Its organizers are looking at Missouri as a battleground state for their platform.

St. Joseph hospital faces PETA complaint over cats

St. Joseph's Heartland Regional Medical Center is facing a federal complaint from animal rights activists because of intubation training involving live cats.

Kansas City Zoo plans new polar bear exhibit

Park officials approved a multimillion-dollar contract on Tuesday to build a polar bear exhibit at the Kansas City Zoo.

Missouri House committee to discuss militia report Wednesday

Missouri's House Committee on State Intelligence Oversight is expected to meet Wednesday to examine a document published earlier this year on the activities of militia members.

UPDATE: Deaths of 3 in central Missouri home deemed homicides

Three deaths in a home in Cole Camp have been classified as homicides.

Pastor sentenced to 4 years on sex charges is freed in 120 days

Allen Kauffman, who had also served as the leader of the village of Collins, had been imprisoned for trying to solicit sex from a young girl, who turned out to be a detective.

UPDATE: Farmers call for end to livestock ID system

Missouri farmers and others throughout the Midwest criticize the USDA's controversial National Animal Identification System, calling it a "costly mistake" and "unnecessary."

Three bodies found in Cole Camp home

Three bodies were found in a central Missouri home under circumstances police are calling "suspicious."

Spring storm hits Kansas, Missouri

A tornado touched down near Greensburg, Kansas, but no damage was reported. However, some storms in southern Kansas and southwest Missouri produced heavy winds and rain and baseball-size hail.

UPDATE: Farmers protest livestock ID system in Jefferson City

The agriculture department's town hall meeting brought hundreds of farmers objecting to a National Animal Identification System that registers animals and farms.

UPDATE: St. Louis police officer charged in wreck that killed 4

Christine Miller was arrested Tuesday in connection with an accident that killed four people from India. Miller is facing an additional charge tied to a fifth victim who was badly injured.

Former Gov. Matt Blunt collides with scooter

Blunt was ticketed in the accident after failing to give the scooter driver the right of way.

Suburban St. Louis house fire kills elderly woman

An 81-year-old woman died in a house fire in the St. Louis suburb of St. George.

Southeast Missouri man suspected of fatally shooting wife, then self

The couple were in the process of getting a divorce, authorities said.

Preliminary hearing set in 1992 killing

The bones of Betty Ann Howery were found in a septic tank in October in northeast Missouri. Her widower, Douglas Howery Sr., is charged with first-degree murder.

Missouri receives $1 million to treat people with brain injuries

The state has qualified for the grant each year since the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services program began in 1997, and it plans to use the money on projects aimed to help underserved groups such as minorities and those living in rural areas.

Americans with Disabilities Act amendments to be discussed in Kansas City

Disability law advocates will discuss new standards for public recreational equipment and accomodating wounded veterans returning to school.