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Cape Girardeau laments loss of river cruises

Boat companies cite the poor economy and factors such as rising costs and dwindling numbers of tourists. Companies have called off cruises in the central U.S. this year.

Officials worry meth production on rise

Law enforcement officials are targeting those who buy pseudoephedrine and ephedrine, which are key ingredients in the production of methamphetamine.

Salmonella in Missouri, Kansas linked to peanut butter

Consumers are urged to avoid foods containing peanut butter, but the national recall does not include peanut butter in jars.

ANALYSIS: Missouri bipartisanship showing first cracks

There have been numerous noteworthy indications of a new spirit of cooperation among Republicans and Democrats.

Kansas City struggles with bond payments

Unless the city restores credit protection on $36 million of city-backed bonds by April or pays them off with interest in five years, Wall Street's struggles will certainly damage a city budget already needing layoffs, tax hikes and salary freezes to stay balanced.

Nixon visits busy state unemployment centers

Gov. Jay Nixon thanked employees of Employment Security for working overtime. Since July, some employees have volunteered to work overtime to process unemployment claims.

UPDATE: Jackie Joyner-Kersee's foundation cancels gala

A newspaper reported that the foundation had paid nearly a half million dollars to the Olympian's husband's foundation. He said the money was used properely.

St. Louis man charged with shooting at police

He was also wanted for questioning in two homicides and another shooting.

Ex-cab driver from Kansas City sentenced in second slaying

Lawrence E. Jensen, who was sentenced Friday, is already serving 25 years for strangling a woman in 1993 who couldn't pay her cab fare.

Affidavit: Missing Kansas City woman was pursuing divorce

A Kansas City woman missing for two weeks was divorcing her husband, according to information released Friday.

Attorney named chairman of Missouri GOP

A Cassville attorney will be the next Missouri Republican Party chairman.

Hy-Vee recalls bakery goods containing peanut butter

Hy-Vee Inc. is recalling bakery products that could be contaminated with salmonella, but employees at the Columbia store said they were unaware of the measure.

Missouri home-cleaner turns away from chemical cleansers

For people who do more cleaning and have more exposure to non-natural cleaning agents — such as stay-at-home moms or domestic employees — there is a 54 percent increase in the risk of being diagnosed with various cancers, in addition to the potential for allergic reactions to the chemicals in certain cleansers.

GED prep enrollment soars as unemployment rises

Interest in GED programs at Ozarks Technical Community College in Springfield is surging to record levels, with nearly half of the students in the prep classes identifying themselves as unemployed. Thousands of jobs have been lost in the area as the national economy has suffered.

Schulte named interim commissioner of education in Missouri

The State Board of Education approved the appointment of Bert Schulte, former assistant superintendent for Columbia Public Schools, as the state’s top education official on Thursday.

Missouri highway backers looking to grasp federal money

In Missouri, some lawmakers are backing a bill that would allow the Missouri Department of Transportation to award single contracts for bidders to handle both the design and construction of roads or bridges.

Anheuser-Busch InBev to open New York office

A New York office will take on some of the management of its global operations now handled by AB InBev's headquarters in Leuven, Belgium.

Missouri House approves new rules for chamber

Missouri House members have approved the rules that will govern the chamber for the next two years. This year's rules give the minority Democrats more authority in picking committees in which their members will sit.

Missouri judge rejects lawsuit over stem cell research

For the second time, a Missouri trial judge ruled against critics of embryonic stem cell research who want to block state funds from going to life science grants.

2 Missouri girls die in fire in trailer

Two girls, ages 3 and 5, are dead after a mid-Missouri trailer fire. Firefighters from three different departments responded to the blaze around 8 a.m. Thursday. It happened in a mobile home park north of Jefferson City.

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