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State News

Family facing tough holiday gets unexpected gift

An anonymous donation from a Denver family will give a southeast Missouri man awaiting a transplant the opportunity to buy Christmas presents for his wife and six children.

Economy has more families giving up pets

The Humane Society of Missouri says 5 percent to 8 percent more animals were given away this year because families can no longer afford to care for them, or have been forced to relocate to a place where pets are not allowed.

St. Louis dog found in Independence, going home

A St. Louis dog missing since October will be going home with its owners later this week after being picked up 240 miles away in suburban Kansas City.

December has been nasty, but January is expected to be warmer

December is turning out to be cold and nasty, but look for a welcome warming of winter weather in January.

Ex-trainer pleads not guilty to secretly videotaping female athletes

A former fitness trainer in Springfield pleads not guilty to secretly videotaping female athletes after convincing them to weigh themselves naked.

Control of Kansas City schools debated

A state representative and others say community leaders could do a better job of handling the district's operations.

Man bails from car, leaves baby behind

The Missouri State Highway Patrol is searching for a man who failed to stop for a trooper then bailed out of the car, leaving a baby in the back seat.

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.

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