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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.


Police say O'Fallon gunman had sexual assault record

Gary Sheets, who police say killed his ex-girlfriend Friday, spent two years in prison for sexually assualting a different girlfriend, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported today.

Body discovered in burned building in southern Missouri

Authorities in southern Missouri are searching for witnesses to a fire at a detached garage where a body was found inside.

KC charter arts high school lacks sponsor

The future of the Kansas City School of the Arts charter is uncertain because a sponsor has not signed on.

E-mails show Blunt's chief of staff opposed court nominee

Then-chief of staff Ed Martin was seemingly at odds with his boss when he tried to encourage conservative groups to block the nomination of Judge Patricia Breckenridge. Such a use of state e-mails was not unique.

Key players in the Missouri e-mail controversy

A summary of the major figures in this story.

Blunt's aide raised e-mail concerns before firing

The e-mails released show Scott Eckersley went from being praised by his bosses to banished from the office in a matter of weeks — just as he was raising red flags about their handling of e-mails.

Chronology of Blunt e-mail controversy

Here is a timeline of events surrounding Scott Eckersley's firing. Ecklersley, a former legal cousel for Missouri Gov. Matt Blunt's office, had raised concerns about the office's handling of e-mails.

Former charter school board president headed to prison

The former president of Allen Village Charter School in Kansas City was ordered to pay restitution for embezzling money from the school.

Man charged in the death of a woman in Danville area campground

O'Fallon man arrested after being charged in a 78-year-old woman's death.