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Lawrence, Kan., hospital switching from bottled to boxed water

In an effort to be more environmentally friendly, Lawrence Memorial Hospital says it will be the first hospital in the nation to sell water in paper cartons instead of plastic bottles.

Series of explosions rock St. Charles chemical plant

One person remains hospitalized with burns after the explosion and fire Sunday night at the SantoLubes LLC plant. The cause of the explosion is under investigation.

St. Louis-based Express Scripts to buy WellPoint subsidiaries for $4.68 billion

About 25 million NetRx customers could benefit from more aggressive pricing. Express Scripts is currently the third-largest pharmacy benefits manager, and this deal could push it past No. 2 CVS Caremark.

St. Louis woman pleads guilty in sex slave case

A St. Louis woman will be sentenced in July after pleading guilty to a sex trafficking charge. The charge was for forcing a captive woman to work as a prostitute.

Former Missouri doctor gets 15 years for trying to hire former patient to kill ex

Esther Wadley attempted to hire Paul Bell, one of her former patients, to kill her ex-husband, Joshua Millager. Bell instead contacted the FBI and helped the Missouri State Highway Patrol gather evidence against Wadley.

State proposes tours of old Missouri State Penitentiary

The Missouri State Penitentiary Redevelopment Commission is seeking to develop a two-hour hard hat tour by May that would show the inside of the Missouri State Penitentiary.

UPDATE: Ohio joins Missouri in study of truck-only I-70 lanes

Ohio joins Missouri in studying whether a commercial trucks-only lane would increase safety and decrese traffic congestion.

Kansas prairie burns lower air quality in Missouri

A Kansas official said the smoke that passed through the region has filtered all the way through Missouri to Tennessee and Kentucky.

UPDATE: Arrest made in 1979 Missouri slaying case

Recently paroled Max Allen Ellison Jr. was arrested Friday on first-degree murder and robbery charges.

Pettis County family sues driver in ATV accident

The driver of the truck wasn't charged in the accident.

Second body found in Missouri state park ruled homicide

The body of a woman found in Cuivre River State Park in Troy was the second found this week. The other body was found 10 miles away Wednesday.

Missouri House prepares for debate on 'fair tax' resolution

A joint resolution to abolish the state's income tax could reach the House floor as early as next week. The proposal would be put on the 2010 ballot for voter approval if it passes in the House and Senate.

Hy-Vee recalls store brand pistachios

California-based Setton Pistachio is recalling nuts because of a possible salmonella contamination. Hy-Vee says there have been no reported illnesses related to the recall.

McCaskill talks grants, stimulus in 'Kitchen Table Talk'

About 200 attend McCaskill's workshop Wednesday to learn grant-writing strategies and hear the senator's thoughts on stimulus projects and other Missouri issues.

Concealed carry on campus: What others are saying

Here's what others are saying about concealed carry on campus in Missouri and other states.

UPDATE: Stolen plane suspect to have psychiatric evaluation

The man accused of stealing a plane in Canada and eventually arrested in Missouri will not go to trial until he has the evaluation.

Baby sitter pleads not guilty to infant's death

The woman arrested for the death of a 9-month-old will go to court in June.

Missouri farming couple has their own 'bale out'

Feeling neglected by the federal government, The Carlocks use their resources to make a point.

St. Louis lawmaker faces drunken driving charge

Missouri House member Michael Corcoran faces charges of driving while intoxicated and for weaving and failing to signal while turning. Corcoran was stopped Friday by the Highway Patrol in St. Louis County. His attorney told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that he plans to fight the charges.

Psychiatric evaluation ordered for man accused of stealing plane

A U.S. magistrate judge ordered a psychiatric evaluation for Adam Dylan Leon, 31, who is accused of stealing a plane in Canada and flying seven hours before landing in Missouri.