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State News

Special session still option for Gov. Blunt

Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder urged the governor to call a special session after the Nov. 4 election to help Missourians struggling to pay their utility bills.

Man gets 27 years in Webster Groves teacher killing

Derrick Luster was sentenced Wednesday, two days after pleading guilty to second-degree murder. He was originally charged with first-degree murder.

St. Louis pilot program aimed at financial literacy

The project will involve 19 financial institutions, local government and nonprofit organizations.

Petition calls for death penalty moratorium in Missouri

The group, called Moratorium Now!, plans to deliver the petition to Governor-elect Jay Nixon and legislative leaders. They propose to study Missouri's execution system, focusing on the cost of using the death penalty and ways to ensure it is used fairly.

Greene County sheriff refuses to jail pregnant defendant

A sheriff in southwest Missouri has given a pregnant defendant a jail pass, refusing to hold her for fear of a medical risk.

Hearing in southeast Missouri boy's death rescheduled

A plea hearing for the mother and stepfather of a 4-year-old southeast Missouri boy who died from an infection in 2005 is rescheduled to Dec. 1.

McCain still leads in Missouri as official results deadline passes

But the Missouri secretary of state waits to receive official election results from some of the state's most populous jurisdictions.

St. Louis bids farewell to local brewer ownership

St. Louis locals are being gripped by the Anheuser-Busch brewery takeover. The $52 billion Belgium-based InBev buyout of the firm closed Tuesday. 

UPDATE: Jury selection begins in Internet suicide case

The 49-year-old Missouri woman is being charged with Myspace taking part in an online hoax that allegedly caused the suicide of a teenage neighbor, Megan Meier.

Big trouble for small casinos, industry head says

Casino companies are all grappling with the rough economy, but smaller operators might be less likely to survive, the American Gaming Association's leader said Tuesday at a conference.

K.C. woman convicted of reduced charge in shooting death

A Kansas City woman who was briefly on the FBI's Ten Most Wanted list was found guilty of reduced charges in a fatal shooting.

Missouri businessman pleads guilty to evading up to $7M in taxes

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2 plead guilty to felonies in southeast Missouri boy's death

A report states that the mother and stepfather of a 4-year-old southeast Missouri boy who died from infection in 2005 will plead guilty to three felonies.

UPDATE: Safety chief says terrorists may wrongly target Missouri

Postings on jihadist Web sites show followers of a terrorist leader who served part of his life sentence in a Springfield prison are calling for "offensive action" on his behalf.

St. Louis area sergeant's story told in documentary

New online documentary tells the story of a St. Louis County Army sergeant and victim of rape who returns home and deals with her trauma.

Wrongly convicted St. Louis man sues

A St. Louis man who spent 23 years in prison for a rape he didn't commit has filed suit against St. Louis County and the officers who arrested him.

UPDATE: High school wrestler dies in practice

A sophomore wrestler for Hazelwood West High School collapsed while running in practice.

Actor Will Smith to make a stop in St. Louis

Smith is promoting his new movie, "Seven Pounds," and participating in a charitable event for a local food bank.

InBev takes over Anheuser-Busch for $52 billion

InBev closed its $52 billion takeover deal of Anheuser-Busch Cos. on Tuesday.  The new company will be named Anheuser-Busch InBev, and InBev promises to keep Anheuser-Busch's St. Louis base as the company's North American headquarters. InBev will now be the world's largest brewer.

Missouri Health Department study shows most Missouri smokers want to quit

A Missouri health department study shows that nearly two-thirds of smokers want to quit in the next six months, with nearly 80 percent believing that they can stop at some point.

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