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Missouri lottery sales flat for the first time in more than 20 years

Casinos are also experiencing declining business, likely due to overall reduced entertainment spending as people deal with current economic uncertainties.

ANALYSIS: Votes denied for hundreds of Missourians

In the November election, fewer than 27 percent of people who cast provisional ballots had their votes counted — that figure is down from 53 percent in the 2006 election. Voting officials said that often, these provisional provisional ballots often had the wrong addresses or were turned after the Oct. 8 deadline.

State DNR director says he'll resign when Nixon takes office

Doyle Childers, director of the DNR, said that he would resign when Jay Nixon becomes governor. He and Nixon have clashed on several issues, including the Katy Trail railroad bridge near Boonville.

Missouri sheriff wants to teach kids how to avoid abduction

A lack of funding didn't stop a Morgan County Sheriff from implementing a program called radKIDS.  The national program teaches children to fight back against people trying to hurt them, such as abductors, sexual predators, or bullies.

Minnesota man charged in Missouri child solicitation case

A Minnesota man was arrested by Maryland Heights police for allegedly approaching a boy and offering to pay him for sex.

UPDATE: KC suburb disputes 'fastest-dying town' designation

Upset by Forbes magazine's recent designation as one of "America's Fastest-Dying Towns," the Kansas City suburb says that it is very much alive and well.

Hunting camp gives veterans place to cope

Camp Hope, inspired by the memory of one soldier killed by a bomb in Iraq, saw its third group of veterans last month.

Former aide says K.C. mayor's wife played major role in 'weird administration'

The former spokesman said Kansas City Mayor Mark Funkhouser's wife ran meetings in the mayor's absence and participated in personnel decisions.


Negro Leagues Museum names new director

A former assistant to the Kansas City city manager was selected — a move that caused at least two board members to quit in protest

Hundreds trade St. Louis police guns for cash

Officers say they paid $10,000 for the weapons in the first two hours.

New Branson airport to be served by AirTran

It will be the first national network carrier for the airport when it opens in May.

Teach For America corps members try to close education gap

Teach For America recruits recent college graduates and working professionals to teach in low-income, inner-city schools. In Missouri, several MU graduates are working to improve education in St. Louis.

Immigrant smuggling ring broken up

Authorities say the ring drove undocumented immigrants to nearly two dozen states, including Missouri.

Letters containing suspicious powder top 30

Thirty governors have now received letters containing suspicious powder in letters postmarked in Texas.  So far, the powder has tested harmless.

St. Louisan uses circus training to unify children

Jessica Hentoff is the executive and artistic director of a circus school run out of the City Museum in St. Louis. She brings together children who normally wouldn't cross paths and unifies them through circus training and performances.

Nixon says he will end patronage for Revenue Department fee offices

In the past, some governors have used fee offices as a reward to political supporters.

Man arrested after wife's remains found encased in concrete

The Highway Patrol said Horst Gunter Sabla shot his wife to death. Her remains were found encased in concrete by hunters.

KC Southern reduces earnings forecast

The railroad operator expects fourth-quarter revenues to be down 5 percent from a year earlier and annual growth to slow to less than 10 percent.

I-64 closure to start early

The closure was originally scheduled for Sunday, but rain in the forecast has motivated Transportation Department officials to move up the closure.

Former county collector sent to prison for tax evasion

Former Crawford County collector Danny Wayne Gladden was sentenced Friday to more than two years in prison for federal tax evasion.