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Mental evaluation may be months away for man accused of killing 8

Defense attorneys representing a man charged with killing eight people in Illinois and Missouri over the summer say an evaluation of his mental fitness might not be ready for two months.

State corrections officer pleads not guilty to rape charges

The charges filed Wednesday include multiple counts of rape, sodomy and burglary over an eight-year period ending Oct. 8.

Palin draws big crowd in Cape Girardeau

Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin received a rousing welcome Thursday in southeast Missouri, telling an overflow crowd that John McCain will fix the economy, lead America to victory in wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and move toward energy independence.

Local sex offenders concerned about new Halloween law

Many sex offenders were concerned about Halloween-related activities with their own children or grandchildren. Others were nervous about getting in trouble for the actions of other people in their household, like giving candy to trick-or-treaters.

Twinkie-maker can seek creditor approval of plan

Interstate Bakeries Corp. can begin seeking creditor approval of a plan that would allow the company to exit more than four years of bankruptcy, a judge said Thursday.

Missouri House candidates Robb, Kelly debate higher education

Republican Rep. Ed Robb and former legislator Chris Kelly agree that higher education needs to be better funded but disagree on who would be the more effective legislator.

Analysis finds disparities in county voter rolls

Fourteen of the state's 114 counties had more registered voters than voting-age adults. Such a scenario raises the question of whether some people could vote twice in different places.

Ozark police cleared in Taser use incident

The police struck the teenager nine times with a Taser after he refused to follow their orders to stay down.

Report: Cost of state universities goes up 6.4 percent

For the current academic year, the average list price of tuition and fees at four-year public universities rose $394, or 6.4 percent, to $6,585 for in-state students, according to the annual "Trends in College Pricing" report from the College Board.

Oakland Junior High School students hold political convention

More than 400 parents, teachers, candidates and community members attended the event on Wednesday morning.

State lowering tax on workers' compensation benefits

Missouri is lowering a tax on employers for workers' compensation benefits from 1 percent to 0.5 percent starting next year.

Libertarian says party needs to get beyond 'making a stink'

Andy Finkenstadt says that if he is elected governor, he would follow the letter and spirit of the law.

Missouri gas prices dip below $2 a gallon

In Missouri, the average price is $2.31, down from $3.39 a month ago. But several stations in the Kansas City area dropped below $2 per gallon on Tuesday.

Luetkemeyer's loans to campaign surpass $1 million

Republican Blaine Luetkemeyer loaned on Saturday $200,000 more to his campaign for 9th District representative in Congress, according to campaign finance records.

UPDATE: Brokovich asks residents of Cameron to unite in brain tumor investigation

Brockovich, a Kansas native, became famous after a 2000 movie about her efforts in a 1996 water pollution case. She told area residents Tuesday that she was prompted to start her investigation after receiving several e-mails from people about brain tumor problems.

Obama, McCain focus on get-out-the-vote campaigns for Mo. voters

The sales pitch has been made. Now it's time to close the deal for thousands of presidential campaign volunteers who have been contacting Missourians on behalf of Democrat Barack Obama and Republican John McCain.

Erin Brockovich talks to Cameron crowd about probing cause for tumors

Brockovich said she received a string of e-mails from patients, not only from the Cameron area but also from people living in other states who had prior local ties.

Voter turnout could affect wait time at polling places

Three out of four Missourians registered to vote will cast a ballot Nov. 4, according to an estimate from the secretary of state's office, which has some groups worried about how busy polling places could be on Election Day.

Candidates offer views on Missouri infrastructure funding

One of the issues facing candidates is how to improve funding for Missouri's highway system.

Democratic Missouri governor candidate Nixon raises $16 million

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jay Nixon has raised roughly twice as much during his three-year campaign as Republican rival Kenny Hulshof, according to reports filed Monday with the Missouri Ethics Commission.

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