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Missouri lawmakers look to divert new casino tax money

The use of the projected $130 million annually in new casino taxes figures to spark debate during the legislative session that starts Wednesday — partly because new tax dollars are expected to be scarce.

Missouri court rules against Kansas payday lender

An appeals court in St. Louis has ruled that a Kansas-based payday lender — which does business in Missouri as Quik Cash — can't prevent customers from filing class-action lawsuits over its lending practices.

Missouri woman works in Rwanda with Tutsi and Hutu orphans

Tanya Fredman moved 8,000 miles away from her St. Louis family to spend a year volunteering in Rwanda and the Middle East.

Grocer sues K.C.-based Dairy Farmers of America

Dairy Farmers of America is accused of buying large amounts of cheese to manipulate dairy prices.

3 die in Kansas City crash

One vehicle struck another shortly after midnight. At least one car caught fire.

Bill would make insurance companies cover infertility treatments

With Missouri men recording low sperm counts, one Missouri legislator is proposing a bill that would require health insurance companies to pay for infertility treatments.

Group says program benefits industrial farms

A federal conservation program originally designed to help small farmers is now disproportionately benefiting industrial livestock operations, according to a new report by a family farm advocacy group.

Jobless rate still growing and more expected in 2009

While first-time applications for jobless benefits dropped last week, economists mostly attributed that to the Christmas holiday and cautioned that a more accurate picture of new layoff filings won’t become clear until the holiday season is passed — around mid-January.

Blunt has a job waiting for him

The outgoing governor has been hired by an equity firm led by Mitt Romney's son Tagg.

'Robocall' legislation upcoming in Missouri House and Senate

Despite a continued push from Gov.-elect Jay Nixon during his time as attorney general, the Missouri legislature has yet to pass a bill that would place automated telephone calls on a statewide list blocking telemarketing calls.

Missouri immigration restrictions take effect in 2009

Missouri businesses are about to get a shove toward a federal database for screening newly hired employees for illegal immigrants. And cities will risk getting punished if they become havens for illegal immigrants. Those new laws take effect Thursday.

Group wants red-light cameras out of Missouri town

Ex-health care CEO tapped for Missouri Social Services

Gov.-elect Jay Nixon chooses a former health care executive to lead the Department of Social Services. Nixon said Tuesday that he will appoint Ronald Levy to direct the agency that oversees Missouri’s Medicaid, juvenile justice, foster care and public aid programs.

Sheriff says he won’t be involved in son’s sex case

Wyandotte County Sheriff Leroy Green Jr. says he’s deeply saddened that his 35-year-old son is charged with child sex crimes.

Kids find meth lab; 2 adults busted

A man and woman are facing drug charges after two children stumbled across a working methamphetamine lab in a wooded area near a Missouri apartment complex.

Police: Man stole truck to break into store

A Jennings man allegedly stole a tractor-trailer, then climbed on top of it to break into a convenience store from the roof.

Man injured in Bootheel home robbery dies

Prosecutors are considering upgrades to charges against four men in an assault during a home robbery that has now claimed the life of a southeast Missouri man.

Group sues over St. Peters floodplain development

A St. Louis-based conservation group is suing over a development in the floodplain in St. Peters. The Great Rivers Habitat Alliance has fought against the construction of the Premier 370 Business Park since it was proposed in 2000.

Fee to boost Missouri deputy sheriff pay challenged

The St. Louis County and St. Charles County executives are challenging a state law designed to boost pay for sheriff deputies. Lawmakers added a $10 fee that sheriffs can charge for serving subpoenas and other court documents. The money is deposited in a state fund to boost deputy salaries.

Missouri attorney general-elect picks judges for top office spots

Two colleagues from the state’s Western District Court of Appeals in Kansas City have been named to key posts in Chris Koster’s attorney general office. Joseph Dandurand was picked to be the deputy attorney general, and Ron Holliger will be the office’s general counsel.

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