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State News

Hulshof suggests changing judicial selection process

The Republican candidate for governor said Missouri's selection process leaves too much room for political influence.

Trial for suspect in trooper shooting delayed again

Lance Shockley's trial was rescheduled for March 23, 2009, after he was appointed a new attorney.

St. Louis County works to process voter registration backlog

Election officials are working overtime to process new voter registrations by the state's deadline.

Disaster assistance funding approved for Missouri for floods, storms

The relief includes money for home repairs and temporary housing.

Former employee accuses Wal-Mart of age discrimination

In a lawsuit brought by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, a 67-year-old optician alleges that she was fired by the Wal-Mart in De Soto because she was too old and made too much money.

Elvis Is Alive Museum for sale again on eBay

The museum's owner set a minimum starting bid of $15,000 on the listing, which ends Friday.

Blunt asks St. Louis police department to be fully audited for scandal

State Auditor Susan Montee agreed last week to look into the towing records, but Gov. Blunt said Sunday he is seeking a full audit of police department finances.

Vandals mar Cape Girardeau baseball stadium

Images and expletives were splayed across the green tin wall, the large white stadium doors and several signs at Capaha Park baseball stadium sometime after Friday night.

Three charged with evidence tampering in tiger attack

The owners of Wesa-A-Geh-Ya animal park in Warren County, Kenneth and Sandra Smith, and a board member, Roy Elder, allegedly told officials at first that a pit bull, not a tiger, had attacked volunteer Jacob Barr.

Study finds higher underage drinking rate in St. Charles County

The group says about one in four St. Charles County students surveyed in sixth through 12th grades reported using alcohol in the past month.

Jury for Micronesian church shooting to be picked in July

Documents filed in Newton County Circuit Court show that a panel of jurors from Greene County is set to be selected on July 13, 2009, the Neosho Daily News reported Sunday. The jurors will likely be sequestered for a trial to start next summer, according to the Daily News.

St. Louis casino reopens after flooding

Flooding on the Mississippi River has forced the casino to temporarily close on Sept. 14.

Computer models estimate impact of climate change on Ozarks

Although three models all point to change in the forest, each predicts a different outcome.  One model says that the Ozarks could change from forest to grassland, while another says that the types of trees found in the forest would change.

Neosho man sentenced to 15 years for illegal firearm possession

Adam Bridgewater, 21, has been sentenced to 15 years in federal prison on a charge of illegally possessing firearms. The Neosho man also faces charges in two other Missouri counties.

Deputies discover two stolen monkeys during disturbance call

A pair of monkeys reported stolen almost a year ago from a Kansas City man were found late Thursday while deputies investigated the call at a residence in rural Agency.

16 charged in Drury alcohol poisoning

Authorities in southwest Missouri have charged 16 people who were at a party last weekend where an underaged Drury University student suffered alcohol poisoning.

State’s unemployment rate hits 6.6 percent

Missouri's  unemployment rate is now the highest it has been in 17 years.

Star story prompts probe into firefighter murder case

The inspector general’s office is looking into the actions of federal investigators involved in a case that sent five people to prison for life for the 1988 deaths of six Kansas City firefighters. The Kansas City Star reported in June that as many as 15 witnesses now say they were pressured to lie under oath in the trial.

Joplin man charged with contempt following scams

Concert and event promoter Derrick Gates is being charged with four contempt counts after failing to reimburse vendors he collected money from. The three events he had planned were never took place.

Former state representative dies of brain aneurysm

Rep. Sherman Parker was a member of the state House from 2003 to 2006.

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