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Mo. awards $4 million in back pay

The award stems from a lawsuit in which a Cole County judge ruled probabtion and parole workers were entitled to the money. Lawmakers budgeted for the money during the last legislative session.

St. Louis airport to hold emergency drill

Lambert Airport in St. Louis said it will shut down a runway to hold an emergency drill exercise.

Bond pushes intelligence reform in Congress

The Republican senator’s resolution would adopt a key recommendation of the commission that investigated the Sept. 11 attacks, which called congressional intelligence oversight “dysfunctional.”

Franklin County woman sentenced in throat slashing and kidnapping

Shannon Torrez entered an Alford plea in May, not admitting guilt but conceding there was enough evidence to convict her. She was sentenced to 30 years in prison on Friday.

Blunt makes another effort to have e-mail lawsuit deleted

The governor and the state's top computer officer filed motions this week claiming the lawsuit fails to make clear, specific allegations and fails to support its assertions that Blunt violated the state's Sunshine Law by deleting e-mails.

Lieutenant governor candidates debate health care, Sunshine Law

Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder and Democratic challenger Sam Page accuse each other of not doing enough to promote access to government documents.

Incumbent Robin Carnahan discusses voting issues at secretary of state debate

Three secretary of state candidates disagreed on issues of absentee ballots, mail-in ballots and photo ID requirements at the polls during Friday's debate.

Twinkie maker gets more time to reorganize

A judge has given Interstate Bakeries, the Kansas City-based makers of Hostess Twinkies, an additional four months to work out a new plan to get out of bankruptcy.

Rain closes roads, causes flood warnings throughout Missouri

On Friday, the National Weather Service issued a flood warning for Boone County and parts of Callaway County. On some St. Louis roads, cars were partially submerged by high water.

Five journalists inducted into Missouri Press Association Hall of Fame

Quintet has lengthy history of involvement in Missouri journalism.

Washington University fined for mishandling radioactive material

Washington University medical center is being fined $3,250 for washing part of a radioactive cancer treatment down a sink instead of disposing of it properly.

Mo. officials to parents: Get kids outside

As part of a national effort, Missouri families are being encouraged to take children to the nearest state park so they can explore nature during "Take a Child Outside" week from Sept. 24 through 30.

Former Missouri woman will be tried in daughter’s death

The amended murder charge says Karen Davenport failed to provide adequate medical treatment for her daughter.

Paycheck timeline a hardship for some Missouri National Guard troops

Troops who respond to state emergencies are paid on the state payroll system, which can take a month to be processed.

Seven more counties in Missouri qualify for FEMA assistance

Twenty-seven counties are now eligible to receive aid after flooding this summer.

Kansas City man shot and found dead in taxi

Kansas City police said they’re investigating the death of a man found shot inside a taxi on a city street.

Graham announces plan to run for Democratic floor leader

Sen. Chuck Graham, D-Columbia, confirmed he plans to run for Democratic floor leader if he wins his re-election campaign. His opponent will likely be Sen. Victor Callahan, D-Jackson County.

Anti-terrorism efforts lessen Missouri’s vulnerability

But Mark James, who oversees homeland security and is director of the state Department of Public Safety, warns that potential terrorists are always looking for new ways to wreak havoc, and the state must always keep its guard up.

Clean energy initiative makes ballot

Voters will get a chance to decide whether investor-owned utilities must boost their use of renewable energy sources.

Hulshof vows to boost spending on higher ed

The Republican gubernatorial candidate also said he would bring more private money to colleges and universities.

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