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Republican firm ran 'stealth lobbying campaign' for Freddie Mac

Freddie Mac secretly paid the firm, DCI of Washington, $2 million to kill legislation that would have regulated and cut the mortagage finance giant and Fannie Mae three years before the government took them over. Two of the targeted senators were Kit Bond and Jim Talent from Missouri.

ANALYSIS: Most Mo. donors unaffected by cap repeal

The recent repeal of capping donations to political candidates has had little effect on most Missourians and mostly affects the wealthiest donors.

St. Louis rally draws largest Obama crowd in campaign so far

After the candidate spoke beneath the Arch to his largest gathering yet, he spoke to thousands more later in the day in Kansas City as the campaigns fight for a lead in the state's polls.

Hulshof, Nixon clash over taxes in gubernatorial debate

U.S. Rep. Kenny Hulshof accused Attorney General Jay Nixon of wanting to raise taxes while Nixon painted his opponent as a Washington politician partly responsible for the nation's economic troubles.

St. Louis man sentenced to 67 years in fatal shooting

Judge imposes maximum penalty for 27-year-old Thurman Shelton, convicted last month of involuntary manslaughter and first-degree assault for shooting his girlfriend, who was killed, and her friend, who survived.

Springfield crime lab expected to be complete next month

A new state crime lab under construction in Springfield is expected to be complete by mid-November.

Kansas City Star editorial endorses Obama for president

The editorial board of the Kansas City Star published a "Barack Obama for president" opinion page Saturday, calling the democratic candidate "the right person to lead the country forward."

Kansas mine cleanup may begin next month

The EPA has hired a Texas company to excavate 2.2 million cubic yards of surface mine waste in Kansas.

In Ozarks, Obama caricature creates a storm

Thanks to a prominent highway sign depicting a turban-wearing, cartoon caricature of "Barack Hussein Obama," a very public conversation on race, religion, politics and free speech has dominated West Plains.

Post-Dispatch endorses Nixon

The St. Louis Post Dispatch editorial board has announced its support of the Missouri attorney general who is the Democratic candidate for governor, citing a need for stronger reform than his opponent, U.S. Rep. Kenny Hulshof, has offered.

Cheney to raise money for two Mo. Republican candidates

Cheney is scheduled to appear at a private reception for 9th District congressional candidate Blaine Luetkemeyer at a club in the St. Louis area. Then, the vice president will fly to Cape Girardeau for a fundraiser for incumbent Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder.

Democratic lieutenant governor candidate's contributions questioned

Democratic lieutenant governor's candidate Sam Page scrambled to change his state finance report Friday after listing a check from a Canadian company, an apparent violation of a federal law banning foreign political donations.

Kansas City's WWI memorial might be the national memorial

Kansas City's liberty memorial might hold the distinction in addition to hosting the centennial in 2014 to 2018.

Former executive sentenced for backdating stock options

The former Engineered Support Systems CEO was sentenced to 15 months in prison and fined $4 million in St. Louis on Friday.

Missouri Botanical Garden adds 6 millionth plant

The garden added its 6 millionth plant specimen to that collection Friday. It's a member of the Philodendron family, collected by Thomas Croat during a trip to Equador last year.

Hulshof takes in $500,000 from political party committees

The Republican gubernatorial nominee denounced political party committees under Missouri’s old campaign finance laws but said that, with the repeal of campaign contribution limits, the committees aren’t the “sham” they once were.

Kansas City homicides could hit decade high

Killings in Kansas City are happening at an alarming rate, and police and residents say the slayings can be traced to years of economic depression and failed education. Two more suspected homicides were reported Thursday morning, bringing the yearly toll to 105, and officials say 2008 could wind up as the deadliest year in Kansas City since the 1990s. There were 21 homicides in August alone — a record for a single month.

Appeals court hears Missouri 'Choose Life' case

A case in the federal appeals court questions whether a "Choose Life" license plate falls under constitutional protection of private speech.

Lieutenant governor wants session to up utility aid

Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder said Thursday that higher projected energy costs for this winter demand quicker action.

EPA tightens health standard for airborne lead

EPA officials, who were under a federal court order to set a new health standard for lead by midnight Wednesday, said cutting the amount of toxic metal in gasoline would better protect health, especially children's health.