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UPDATE: Police look for Minnesota mother, son who fled chemo

Police look for mother and son who fled chemo

A Minnesota mother told a judge that she wanted to treat her 13-year-old son's cancer with natural healing methods advocated by the Missouri-based American Indian religious group known at the Nemenhah Band.

Missouri man burned during suspected meth explosion

What is thought to be a meth-related explosion in a St. Charles County garage has left one man with life-threatening injuries, officials say.

Missouri considers a Jack Buck highway

A bill passed in the Missouri legislature last week would allow for a section of Interstate 64 east of St. Louis to be renamed for renowned sportscaster Jack Buck, who died in 2002.

St. Louis election board calls in feds to investigate fraud

St. Louis Elections Board Director Scott Leiendecker says suspected voter fraud was not great enough to have changed the results of elections. But, he said, "The board believes one dishonest vote cancels the vote of an honest voter."

Missouri unemployment rate drops slightly in April

The state unemployment rate decreased six-tenths of a point from March to 8.1. percent, but Missouri still reported less than the usual seasonal gains expected in April.

Ex-fire chief from St. Louis area gets probation for theft

David Jettson was also sentenced to six months of house arrest for stealing more than $30,000 from the Metro North Fire Protection District. A district civil suit claimed he had taken more than $200,000.

St. Louis County man with swine flu dies

The man died Tuesday morning at an undisclosed St. Louis area hospital. His death brings the global total from the flu outbreak to 80. The majority of those deaths have been in Mexico. 

Missouri at front of grassroots tax movement

The co-director of Fair Tax for Missouri says his organization has more than 20,000 members in the state, including more than 300 in Columbia

Construction worker dies at Taum Sauk reservoir

The female laborer was working on a concrete placement when the accident happened Tuesday morning. She was taken to a St. Louis hospital.

Feds say Missouri could be ineligible for jobless funds

The U.S. Department of Labor says that Missouri would be ineligible for federal stimulus money because of wording used in legislation passed by the General Assembly last week.

UPDATE: Family of St. Louis County man who died of swine flu given medication

Relatives of a 44-year-0ld man who died Tuesday after contracting swine flu also have been given medication for the virus. Officials are trying to determine why the man's case was so aggressive.

UPDATE: Feds say Missouri may be ineligible for jobless funds

That's because the new Missouri legislation would only temporarily expand jobless benefits until the federal money ran out. The federal government wants those changes to be permanent.

'Fair tax' gains traction in Missouri legislature

Replacing income tax with sales tax didn't pass this year, but advocates say it's an idea whose time is coming. The fair tax, also known as a consumption tax, is a simple concept: Instead of paying taxes based on how much money you earn, you pay taxes based on how much you spend.

Missouri pharmacist indicted on charges of drug dilution, forging prescriptions

A former pharmacist at Family Pharmacy in Nixa has been indicted on charges of diluting a cough suppressant and forging prescriptions for a painkiller.

Lawyer: Myanmar possibly rushing Suu Kyi's trial

The opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi was scheduled to be freed May 27 after spending more than 13 of the past 19 years under house arrest. She has been charged with violating the terms of her house arrest by allowing a Missouri man to stay at her home without official permission.

Missouri high court hears school funding challenge

The state Supreme Court heard arguments on Monday about whether Missouri has shortchanged its schools because of a flawed local property tax system.

Former southwest Missouri county official defends spending wards' money

More than $7,000 was sent to state and federal agencies from a former Jasper County public administrator's account without authorization, and at least $80,000 was spent in five other cases, most to state health care agencies.

Missouri politicians: Cape Girardeau courthouse not OK homeless shelter site

U.S. Sens. Claire McCaskill and Kit Bond and U.S. Rep. Jo Ann Emerson oppose using the old federal building for ashelter proposed by the New Life Evangelistic Center.

Columbia legislators weigh in on consumption tax

Dubbed the "fair tax" by one legislator, the consumption tax has garnered criticism from another legislator as being "not sound."