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St. Charles says no to pot-bellied pigs

The St. Charles City Council on Tuesday rejected a request from a family to change an ordinance to allow families one pig, as long as the animal was registered and immunized.

Sandbags coming down in Hannibal

After the second-highest flood in Hannibal this summer forced the city to put thousand of sandbags on the levee, they are now paying to have them removed.

Carbon monoxide deaths remind boaters to take precaution

Federal and state agencies are urging boaters to be mindful of the dangers of carbon monoxide after four people died of carbon monoxide poisoning on a houseboat Sunday.

Missouri sex offenders sue over Halloween restrictions

A Missouri law that requires sex offenders to stay in their house on Halloween night and not give candy to trick-or-treaters has prompted four Missouri offenders to sue the state.

Attorneys argue intent in "Precious Doe" trial

Prosecutors and defense attorneys disagreed Wednesday over whether the man accused of killing a 3-year-old girl, long known as "Precious Doe, ''knew the girl would die after he kicked her in the head.

Biden to make stops throughout Missouri this week

The stop in the state capitol is one of four spots in Missouri where the Democratic vice presidential candidate will campaign this week.

Montee criticizes Graves for not reporting planes

State Auditor Susan Montee said U.S. Rep. Sam Graves, who is running for reelection, should have declared his two airplanes on his taxes. The Atchison County assessor told Graves the planes were not taxable.

Eli Lilly announces $62 million settlement in drug-marketing case

Lilly agreed to pay 32 states and Washington, D.C., to resolve an investigation into the company's marketing practices.

Study: Birds may help keep West Nile from humans

The findings of researchers at Washington University in St. Louis suggest a wider variety of bird species indicates a lower likelihood that people will contract West Nile virus.

Baker unveils jobs plan; Luetkemeyer stresses drilling

Rep. Judy Baker, D-Columbia, discussed her plan to create manufacturing jobs in the U.S., and Republican candidate Blaine Luetkemeyer spoke in support of drilling for oil to reverse inflation. The two are candidates for Missouri's 9th Congressional District.

St. Louis homeless center adds job-training to its menu

More than a soup kitchen, the St. Patrick Center in St. Louis has opened a small business training center to help homeless persons address health and housing issues and, eventually, to learn job skills.

Missouri lawsuit challenges execution procedures

The Missouri Department of Corrections created the procedures in 2006 after a federal judge ruled that the state's method of carrying out the death penalty was unconstitutional.

'Precious Doe's' mother testifies at husband's trial

Michelle Johnson, 33, of Muskogee, Okla., took the stand on the second day of testimony in the first-degree murder trial of Harrell Johnson, 29, also of Muskogee. Michelle Johnson, who married Harrell a year after her daughter's death, previously pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the death of 3-year-old Erica Green.

Nixon's education plan spurs doubt about funding

The elementary and secondary education plan includes reducing the state's high school drop out rate, recruiting new teachers and improving school safety.

Twinkie maker files updated reorganization plan

The maker of Hostess Twinkies and Wonder Bread seeks a judge's approval of its $600 million plan to exit bankruptcy.

Cabbie gets 8 years for swindling $640,000 from customer

Ringling Dan Cohn, 57, was indicted in 2007 on charges of embezzling money from Griffith Coombs, 57.

Missouri county named one of safest in U.S.

Ralls County, near Hannibal, was No. 2 on The Progressive Farmer's list of the Top 5 safest rural counties in the U.S.

Arraignment date set in Hannibal killing

Nathan Stice, 21, and David Ater, 22, are accused of killing 45-year-old Rodney Wood in early August.

Highway Patrol, federal officials set up immigration task forces

The Missouri Gateway Taskforce will employ 18 troopers to staff offices in Kansas City, Springfield and St. Louis.

Blunt interviewing three Missouri Supreme Court finalists

The governor has about two more weeks to choose a Supreme Court appointee.

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