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UPDATE: Jury selection begins in Internet suicide case

The 49-year-old Missouri woman is being charged with Myspace taking part in an online hoax that allegedly caused the suicide of a teenage neighbor, Megan Meier.

Big trouble for small casinos, industry head says

Casino companies are all grappling with the rough economy, but smaller operators might be less likely to survive, the American Gaming Association's leader said Tuesday at a conference.

K.C. woman convicted of reduced charge in shooting death

A Kansas City woman who was briefly on the FBI's Ten Most Wanted list was found guilty of reduced charges in a fatal shooting.

Missouri businessman pleads guilty to evading up to $7M in taxes


2 plead guilty to felonies in southeast Missouri boy's death

A report states that the mother and stepfather of a 4-year-old southeast Missouri boy who died from infection in 2005 will plead guilty to three felonies.

UPDATE: Safety chief says terrorists may wrongly target Missouri

Postings on jihadist Web sites show followers of a terrorist leader who served part of his life sentence in a Springfield prison are calling for "offensive action" on his behalf.

St. Louis area sergeant's story told in documentary

New online documentary tells the story of a St. Louis County Army sergeant and victim of rape who returns home and deals with her trauma.

Wrongly convicted St. Louis man sues

A St. Louis man who spent 23 years in prison for a rape he didn't commit has filed suit against St. Louis County and the officers who arrested him.

UPDATE: High school wrestler dies in practice

A sophomore wrestler for Hazelwood West High School collapsed while running in practice.

Actor Will Smith to make a stop in St. Louis

Smith is promoting his new movie, "Seven Pounds," and participating in a charitable event for a local food bank.

InBev takes over Anheuser-Busch for $52 billion

InBev closed its $52 billion takeover deal of Anheuser-Busch Cos. on Tuesday.  The new company will be named Anheuser-Busch InBev, and InBev promises to keep Anheuser-Busch's St. Louis base as the company's North American headquarters. InBev will now be the world's largest brewer.

Missouri Health Department study shows most Missouri smokers want to quit

A Missouri health department study shows that nearly two-thirds of smokers want to quit in the next six months, with nearly 80 percent believing that they can stop at some point.

67-year-old Missouri man pleads guilty to killing daughter's boyfriend

An eastern Mo. man was sentenced to 25 years in prison after pleading guilty to second-degree murder and armed criminal action. The 67-year-old man was accused of shooting to death his daughter's boyfriend in December 2005.

Missouri Gov.-elect Nixon makes first cabinet appointment

Kelvin Simmons will become the Commissioner of Administration, a post in which he will coordinate the seven divisions of the Office of Administration.

Suicide case: Cyberspace law or human drama?

The case, which is supposed to be about a violation of the terms of service of MySpace, has already inspired an episode of "Law & Order."

Former Sprint contractor pleads guilty in K.C. court

The plea to concealment of a felony comes with a maximum fine of $250,000 and the possibility of three years in prison.

Plant closing leaves Pike County school district's future uncertain

The Clopton Pike County R-3 school district is bracing itself for a tax revenue loss when Holcim Inc. shuts down its cement plant north of Clarksville early next year.

Hunters discover 600-pound container, authorities believe it contains human remains

The container was found in Laclede County over the weekend, and an autopsy will be conducted.

Veterans groups seek help for injured eastern Missouri soldier

Glenn Barker, who suffered a brain injury while serving in Iraq and whose son was killed earlier this year in a vehicular accident, is unable to return to his home because of flood damage from burst pipes. The "Heroes to Hometown" program is trying to raise $63,000 to help Barker get a roof over his head.

Showdown looming in Congress on auto industry rescue

Sen. Kit Bond, R-Mo., is one of two Republicans senators to have publicly supported the Democrat-backed automaker bailout. The Detroit Three are seeking $25 billion from the financial industry bailout for emergency loans.