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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.

Man pleads guilty to taking fish eggs from Table Rock Lake

A former Shell Knob man said he harvested the eggs at his home and sold the resulting caviar in Tennessee. Prosecutors say he sold about 387 pounds of caviar for at total of $35,820.

UPDATE: Ladue woman's killer at risk in prison, expert says

An expert defense witness said during a sentencing hearing that Jerry Buck Inman would likely be killed if he were allowed to mix with other inmates because of his sex-related convictions.

St. Louis Co. man pleads guilty in armored car theft

Eugene Ford faces sentencing in November for helping plan the theft of an armored car in Farmington in 2006.

Thieves targeting catalytic converters

Thieves in the St. Louis area have been breaking into vehicles to steal the devices, which contain expensive metals such as platinum.

Officer finds Cape Girardeau man hanging in holding room

Lawrence Adolphe Thompson III was involved in a single-car accident and was being held on pending charges of driving while intoxicated when an officer discovered his body hanging in the holding room.

Kansas City World War I Museum displays replica of German U-boat

The model will boost an area of the museum that had previously been lacking.

St. Louis boxer arrested on traffic violations, cleared in altercation charge

Middleweight boxer Cory Spinks was cleared of allegations he had an altercation with a woman after surveillance video showed he was shopping at the time.

Former Branson mayor Lou Schaefer dies

Schaefer served from 1995 to 2007 and oversaw major development for the town

Mo. senator to try overriding student curator veto

Gov. Matt Blunt denied voting privileges to the student member of the University of Missouri System Board of Curators despite the legislation passing in the House and Senate.

UPDATE: Graham to challenge Blunt’s veto of student curator bill

Sen. Chuck Graham is sponsoring a measure that would give the student member of the UM System Board of Curators a vote.

UPDATE: Lawmaker charged with sexual assault quits House

Scott Muschany resigned Tuesday from the Missouri House just hours after pleading not guilty to felony charges of deviate sexual assault.

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