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Man sentenced to 15 years for burglarizing churches, setting fire to one

A St. Louis man is sentenced to 15 years in prison for burglarizing several churches and setting fire to one. The sentence was handed down Monday for 40-year-old Frank Allen Zdanowski. He had earlier pleaded guilty to 23 charges.

Report fails to identify firms with workers on Medicaid

Missouri's social services agency was supposed to produce a list of employers who had a significant number of employees on Medicaid, but the agency said it couldn't name names.

Mo. fugitive caught in Tenn. on traffic charge

Israel Schwartz disappeared nine years ago when he was supposed to show up for sentencing for child abuse.

Teen gets probation for throwing feces at pregnant teacher

Kyle Medley, 18, pleaded guilty to misdemeanor assault and misdemeanor property damage in the attack that took place in an O'Fallon drugstore.

Review finds problems in Mo. school safety efforts

The audit calls for the state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education to take a greater role in making sure school districts are adhering to state safety laws.

Legislative candidates ride coattails of big names

With the spotlight following the major players seeking the most important offices, candidates for Legislature try to use that buzz to win the support of voters who like a party’s governor or presidential candidate but haven’t heard of the person who wants to represent them in the Legislature.

Springfield News-Leader to lay off 5

The job cuts are part of corporate owner Gannett's plan to eliminate 1,000 jobs nationwide.

Execution doctor: 'Nothing will go wrong'

Dr. Alan Doerhoff, the surgeon banned from presiding over the state's executions after admitting he transposed numbers, talks about his work — including the execution of Timothy McVeigh — and the foolproof way to execute a person.

UPDATE: Recount sought in attorney general race

Margaret Donnelly, who lost to Chris Koster in the Democratic primary by fewer than 800 votes, will ask for a recount when the election results are certified.

Missouri unemployment rate hits decade high

Recount sought in attorney general race

Margaret Donnelly, who lost the Democratic primary by fewer than 800 votes to Chris Koster, plans to ask for a recount after the election results are certified.

Comeback comes hard for horseracing

Racing boosters have a long way to go if they hope to reintroduce parimutuel betting and revive the state's long-dormant horse racing industry.

Survey: Half of Mo.'s youths gamble by age 20

The survey also found that nearly 40 percent between 14 and 25  gamble for something of value.

Mo. game park begins moving out animals

Wesa-A-Geh-Ya in Warren County is shutting down in the wake of a tiger attack earlier this month that cost an employee part  of his leg.

Eminent domain group challenges ballot decision

The group, which circulated petitions to restrict eminent domain, is arguing that the secretary of state wrongly invalidated thousands of signatures on those petitions.

Lawsuits challenge casino ballot measure

The two lawsuits contend the measure violates the Missouri Constitution's prohibition against petitions dealing with more than one subject.

Authorities release name of ATV wreck victim

She is 5-year-old Griffin Calvert of Hillsboro.

UPDATE: Carnahan announces Wachovia agreement

The company will buy back $8.5 billion in auction-rate securities nationwide, ending the "nightmare" for thousands of investors who had money tied up in the securities, Robin Carnahan said.

Blunt urged to commute Skillicorn's death sentence

Dennis Skillicorn is set to die Aug. 27 for the 1994 murder of Richard Drummond — the first execution in Missouri in nearly three years.

Soil tests show arsenic, lead near closed plant

The tests into the long-closed Rockwool Industries fiber insulation plant in Cameron are part of an investigation into a high number of brain tumors among area residents.