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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.

Judge ponders Halloween-related sex offender law

A new state law requires sex offenders to stay home on Halloween with their lights off and a sign posted saying they have no candy or treats.

Reports: Gas prices below $2 in southwest Mo.

Gas has fallen to as low as $1.97 - $1.99 in some southwest Missouri towns.

Poll: Obama, McCain about even in Missouri

A  poll of 800 likely Missouri voters showed Democrat Barack Obama and Republican John McCain are about even in the presidential race. In the gubernatorial race, Democrat Jay Nixon was ahead of Republican Kenny Hulshof.

Vandals target members of Congress in Missouri, Minnesota

Claire McCaskill and Russ Carnahan of Missouri had their homes and vehicles spray-painted with graffiti in the past week, days after six Minnesota politicians were also vandalized.

CenturyTel to acquire Embarq in $5.8 billion deal

The combined phone company would have 8 million lines in 33 states, mostly in rural areas where the majority of their customers are located.

Missouri receives millions in aid from government

Due to flooding and other natural disasters, Missouri was among 15 states awarded government grants to rebuild its infrastructure.

Palin to campaign in Cape Girardeau

Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin will be in the state again for a Thursday morning campaign in Cape Girardeau.

Governor's mansion preservation executive director to retire

After more than 30 years, Mary Pat Abele will be retiring from executive director of the Missouri governor's mansion preservation group.

ANALYSIS: Straight ticket no longer option in Mo.

Leader of national Episcopal Church visits Kansas City

Presiding Bishop Katherine Jefferts Schori visited the Kansas City area this past weekend and said a crucial part of preaching the gospel includes having church members ensure that the U.S. government make good its promises to provide financial help to Third World countries.

Fair elections, voter fraud top issues for Republican

Secretary of State candidate Hubbard's fight against a 2006 amendment on stem cell research sparked his interest in becoming secretary of state.

Law enforcement key for Constitution Party candidate

Denise Neely, who is running for secretary of state, is an organized candidate who wants to provide more information to the public, said Donna Ivanovich, Missouri Constitution Party chairwoman.

Efficiency needed in Missouri government, Libertarian says

Wes Upchurch, 21, is the Libertarian candidate for secretary of state.

Incumbent secretary of state has politics in her blood

Robin Carnahan belongs to the fifth generation of her family involved in politics. She's running for a second term as Missouri secretary of state.

Amendment 1 would make English official language for government meetings

Proponents of the Missouri constitutional amendment call it benign; opponents call it unwelcoming to immigrants.

Ballot measure would eliminate gamblers' loss limits

The proposition also would increase amount casinos pay to government.

Proposition B creates argument over home health care standards, union

Opponents of Proposition B say it's a misguided move toward creating a union.

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