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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.

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.