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Ashcroft's honorary degree protested at Truman State

The decision drew protests from nearly 300 opponents who signed a petition "voicing discontent" with the decision made by the school's Board of Governors. The school has close to 6,000 students.

Joshua Childers' condition upgraded

The 3-year-old boy who was found after being lost in the woods for 52 hours is now listed in good condition at Jefferson Regional Medical Center.

Missouri House OKs life prison sentences for child rape

The Missouri House approved legislation that would allow life prison sentences for people convicted of particularly vile child rapes. The measure will now go to the Senate.

House Republicans reject health care bill, accuse Nixon of bribery

House Bill 11 was two steps away from Gov. Jay Nixon's desk when it was voted down 85-75 in the House and sent back to committee for revision by House and Senate budget leaders.

Boost Mobile ready to build on success of inexpensive cell phone service

Sprint Nextel Corp.'s prepaid phone subsidary Boost Mobile has added 674,000 prepaid customers since it launched its $50 unlimited calling and texting offer in February.

Family, others thankful for toddler's survival in Missouri woods

A 3-year-old Missouri boy was found alive Wednesday after two days in Mark Twain National Forest. His rescuer recalled the events that led to finding him alive, and the boy's father expressed his thanks for the rescue as well as his pride that his son was able to survive.

Missing 3-year-old Missouri boy found alive

Joshua Childers — wearing only sneakers, a T-shirt and a diaper — was found in the Mark Twain National Forest, three miles from his home in southeast Missouri.

Nixon to tour Lee's Summit battery plant

Gov. Jay Nixon will visit the Kokam America plant outside Kansas City on Thursday. He is lobbying Missouri senators to pass a bill which he said will benefit companies like Kokam. That company is considering an expansion of their current plant and construction of another one in Missouri.

Petition to remove Kansas City mayor falls short

A recall effort needs a few thousand more signatures to bring the issue to a public vote.

New Hannibal trail section closed following mudslide

A mudslide damaged a two-month old trail, a surrounding fence and seating area.

Mental exam ordered for murder suspect in Bowling Green

Investigators suggested in court Wednesday that a man accused of stabbing a housemate should have a mental examination.

Missouri has nine confirmed cases of swine flu

The Department of Health and Senior Services confirmed three more cases Wednesday. Two of which previously had been listed as probable.

Odessa shooting was murder-suicide

A gas station surveillance video showed the sequence of events, but police do not know what prompted the shooting.

Missouri lawmakers push for more oversight of prearranged funeral services

The Missouri General Assembly approved legislation increasing the government's ability to oversee prearranged funeral services Wednesday. Gov. Jay Nixon is currently deciding weather he will sign it into law.

Missouri judges would decide when to name defendant

Legislators have approved a bill that allows Missouri judges to decide whether to disclose the names of victims of sexual and domestic assault.

Missouri lawmakers extend 50-cent new tire fee

Fee covers cleanup of illegal tire dumps.

Missouri pastor charged in sex sting appears in court

Authorities say the pastor was trying to arrange a meeting with a teenage girl.

Missouri House plows forward with tractor parade bill

Legislation designed to clear the way for farm tractor parades is moving to the governor.

Prosecutors request maximum 3-year sentence for Missouri mother

U.S. Attorney Mark Krause wants Lori Drew to receive the maximum 3-year prison sentence following the suicide of a teenage neighbor. He says the harm caused by the hoax Drew set up suggests a more serious sentence than probation and a fine, which is what probation officials recommended. Jurors found Drew guilty in November of accessing computers without authorization, but did not convict her on more serious charges.

Lawsuit filed in bus crash that killed gospel star