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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.

Gunman in O'Fallon hospital standoff identified

Police have released the name of a man who fatally shot his ex-girlfriend at a medical center near St. Louis before he was killed by officers.

Duck hunter apparently drowns in northwest Missouri

James Adams, 23, of Overland Park, Kan., was crossing Belcher Branch Lake when his boat started taking on water.

Officials to take lead on regional transit plan

Officials in Jackson, Clay and Platte counties say they will take the lead on a regional mass transit plan in wake of Kansas City's failed light-rail proposal.

Washington University cuts back on bottled water

Washington University is phasing out almost all of its sales of bottled water because of its costs to society in energy and expense.

Two charged in restaurant slayings near St. Louis

Two Illinois brothers were charged Thursday in the shooting deaths of a waitress and cook at a Steak 'n Shake restaurant where the suspects had worked, authorities said.

Bush orders aid for storm areas

President George W. Bush has declared a major disaster in Missouri and ordered federal aid for areas recovering from severe storms, flooding and a tornado in September.

Ameristar Casinos to lay off Missouri employees

St. Charles and Kansas City casinos will lay off as much as 6 percent of their work force.

Missouri man gets 22 years for loan fraud

A northwest Missouri man draws a 22-year sentence in federal prison for a loan scheme that defrauded investors around the country, including a church in Las Vegas.

Missouri Sen. Kit Bond will back auto bailout plan

Sen. Kit Bond is one of two Republican senators to back the Democrats' $25 billion bailout plan for the auto industry, which is being pushed by General Motors, Ford, and Chrysler.

Small Missouri town marks replacement of collapsed Elks Lodge

Officials in the western Missouri town of Clinton have rescheduled a prayer breakfast to celebrate the reopening of an Elks Lodge that was the scene of a deadly collapse.

Partnership will aid Ameren’s outage response

AmerenUE has teamed up with St. Louis University and created Quantum Weather, a network of 100 weather stations, mounted on existing utility poles, that record close to real-time feedback about storms, which helps utility crews respond more effectively.

Teamsters back IBC reorganization plan

Members of the Teamsters union have overwhelmingly approved modifications to their contract with Interstate Bakeries Corp., clearing the way for the maker of Twinkies and Wonder Bread to come out of bankruptcy no later than February.

Joplin's St. John's Medical Center to cut jobs

The hospital will be cutting 160 jobs, 20 of which were cut last week.

Moberly man who died after Taser used ruled a homicide

The coroner will not say if the Taser shock was the direct cause of death