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Internet worm Conficker could change tactics

On April Fools' Day, the Internet worm Conficker that has affected many PCs is expected to change tactics to acquire more "botnets," Conficker-infected machines, experts said.

Missouri Senate committee OKs rewritten bill on AmerenUE plant plan

Missouri's Senate Commerce Committee has passed the rewritten version of a bill that originally faced criticism from consumer advocates as being "a utility wish list."

Missouri Senate stalls on tax credit bill

Missouri senators decided to set aside discussion on an economic development bill that would cap tax credit programs and expand job-based tax incentives. After nine hours of debate, lawmakers decided to stall dealing with the bill until next week.

Coalition: Clean energy will create jobs

Members of the United States Climate Action Partnership say Missouri has strong opportunities for clean energy.

Missouri teen shot was driving grandfather's SUV

The boy was shot Monday after opening fire on highway patrol troopers Steve Burrows and John Terrell after leading troopers on a chase on Interstate 35 near Perry, Okla.

Missouri man charged with injuring 8-month-old

The man was reported to have been caring for his girlfriend's child when the baby suffered injuries consistent with severe blunt force trauma.

Baby sitter bound over for trial in infant's death

An autopsy showed that the child suffered hemorrahages, a skull fracture and other injuries.

Inmate indicted in attack at prison medical center

The 29-year-old was charged with stabbing another inmate with a seven-inch sharpened metal rod.

House Minority leader denies accusations of bribes

According to the AP, Democratic House leader Paul LeVota is under investigation by the FBI.

Missouri Democrats contend sex discrimination in House

Missouri House Democrat women have voiced their disapproval of the way they are treated by their male colleagues, citing the apparent lack of inclusion of their bills in the legislation calendar.

Sources: FBI questions Missouri lawmakers

The FBI is questioning Missouri lawmakers about questionable campaign contributions, according to two lawmakers who spoke on condition of anonymity. They said they specifically were asked about House Minority Leader Paul LeVota, a Democrat from Independence.

Polar bear dies at St. Louis Zoo

The St. Louis Zoo announced Monday they had to euthanize Hope, a 23-year-old polar bear, because of cancer.

Missouri Supreme Court upholds Baumruk ruling

Kenneth Baumruk was convicted of killing his wife and wounding four others during a 1992 shooting spree inside a courthouse. The Missouri Supreme Court upheld his first-degree murder conviction and death sentence.

Missouri mom accused of giving alcohol to teens

Two women are accused of providing alcohol to minors after girls at a birthday party said they had been drinking heavily.

Raw milk debate rekindling in Missouri legislature

A House bill would, if passed, clarify the state's position on raw milk, allowing the continued purchase of raw milk from unlicensed producers. The bill originally was conceived following a series of violation notices sent to Missouri farmers from the State Milk Board.

St. Louis-area man faces charges in shooting, hostage situation

A St. Louis-area man faces charges of assault, unlawful use of a weapon and felonious restraint after allegedly holding four people hostage and shooting one of them.

Cemetery worker falls into grave, rescued

The suburban St. Louis man suffered a back injury in the fall and couldn't get out of the grave on his own, authorities said.

Man in custody in fatal Pike County fire

The Missouri man was close to crossing the border into Mexico when he was captured by border patrol agents for fleeing the area of a fire suspected to be arson.

Downtown St. Louis population rises

The population of downtown St. Louis increased 6 percent in 2008, a change city leaders credit to a revival of the area.

'Green' houses a hard sell in Kansas City

There are no buyers for a group of environmentally-friendly homes in central Kansas City selling for between $138,000 and $145,000 apiece, despite the fact that the homes received an award last month for being both energy efficient and affordable.