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Police use tobacco spit to nab burglary suspect

Randy Lee Shoopman Jr., who police linked to an Oklahoma burglary from tobacco spit left at the scene,  is also suspected of commiting crimes in Missouri.

13-car pileup on I-70 kills one N.C. man

Authorities identify the victim of a 13-vehicle pileup on Interstate 70 in eastern Missouri as a 50-year-old man from North Carolina.

Shareholder challenges CenturyTel takeover of Embarq

Embarq Corp. is facing a lawsuit from a shareholder seeking to halt its acquisition by telecommunications company CenturyTel.

Exeter closes Police Department

Exeter, a small town in southwestern Missouri, has again closed its Police Department as revenue has dwindled and people aren't paying their speeding tickets.

Vehicles carjacked in St. Louis crash in Illinois

Two carjackings in St. Louis end with both vehicles crashing on the Illinois side of the region. Police say two of the suspects, ages 18 and 20, were involved in both crimes. No charges have been filed.

UPDATE: Missouri governor’s office settles e-mail deletion lawsuit

The governor’s office will provide free copies of e-mails to investigators to settle a lawsuit that accused Gov. Matt Blunt and other officials of “knowingly and purposely” violating the state’s open-records law by denying access to the documents.

Missouri governor’s office settles e-mail deletion lawsuit

The governor’s office will provide free copies of e-mails to investigators to settle a lawsuit that accused Gov. Matt Blunt and other officials of “knowingly and purposely” violating the state’s open-records law by denying access to the documents.

UPDATE: St. Louis lawmakers want reserve fund tapped

Two St. Louis lawmakers want to tap into a state reserve fund to help cover a budget shortfall that Gov.-elect Jay Nixon has pegged at more than $300 million.

Lawsuit centers on alternative energy insurance

A legal center in St. Louis has filed a lawsuit against a Missouri commission, saying it believes a new insurance rule will discourage people from trying to produce their own solar or wind power. The Great Rivers Environmental Law Center filed the lawsuit Monday against the Missouri Public Service Commission in Cole County Circuit Court.

Missouri continues to grapple with interstate highway needs

Missouri legislators and highway planners continue struggling to come up with the strategies and money to repair Interstates 70 and 44, but no immediate solution is in the works.

New bills could generate more green for Missouri taxpayers

Some state lawmakers are proposing a tax break for those who buy hybrid vehicles.

MoDOT touts decline in state highway deaths

The state is on pace to have fewer than 1,000 highway deaths for the second year in a  row.

Kansas City-area church members dress like Jesus

Just in time for Christmas, hundreds of people in the Kansas City area have committed to dress like Jesus in the days leading to the holiday, in what they say is an answer to a widening secularization of the season.

Corps sues Ameren over Taum Sauk disaster

Three years after the breach of the Taum Sauk reservoir, debris from the disaster continues to damage Clearwater Lake and its natural resources, according to a lawsuit filed by the Army Corps of Engineers against AmerenUE.

Program pays farmers who help prairie chickens

A new state-federal program will pay certain Missouri farmland owners to set aside land as habitat for prairie chickens, which once roamed the state’s prairies in large numbers.

Family fights to make a life without mother in Kansas City

Leslie Mora, a 20-year-old Kansas City woman, has been in charge of raising her two half-siblings, Jesus and Marbhely Gonzalez, ages 13 and 14 respectively, since July, when their mother returned to her native Mexico because she feared arrest by U.S. immigration officers.

Officer sues estate of man who wounded him

A southwest Missouri police officer wounded during a shootout after a highway crash has sued the gunman’s estate for unspecified damages.

Snowman snow globes pose fire hazard

About 7,000 snow globes in the shape of snowmen have been recalled. There have been reports of the globes causing fires as sunlight passes through and ignites surrounding objects.

UPDATE: Nixon outlines economic plan for Missouri

Gov.-elect Jay Nixon released details of his Show Me JOBS economic plan Monday.

Nixon outlines plan to create new jobs in Missouri

The governor-elect says the bipartisan effort aims at new jobs through small business development and incentives for working training and retraining.

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