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Missouri towns wait for rivers to crest

Mississippi River towns north of St. Louis are bracing for crests next week that should come very close to records set in the Great Flood of 1993.

Hulshof, Steelman and Nixon spar in first gubernatorial debate

Rep. Kenny Hulshof defended his fiscal conservative credentials while rival Treasurer Sarah Steelman asserted he lacks the courage to be governor. Attorney General Jay Nixon clashed with Hulshof over higher education.

Water patrol reports drowning in Gasconade River

The Missouri State Water Patrol says a 52-year-old Lebanon man has drowned in the Gasconade River, the state’s second rope-swing drowning in less than a week.

Couple sentenced for embezzling $66,000 from mentally disabled man and woman

The U.S. attorney said Donald and Mary Hicks stole the disabled pair's money and allowed them to live in deplorable conditions. They even were forced to get their food from trash containers.

Gun goes off twice in woman's handbag at KC Health Dept.

The gun went off the first time when the woman set her handbag down.

Mo. tomatoes added to the 'safe to eat list'

Missouri Department of Agriculture Director Katie Smith gave the thumbs up to Missouri-grown tomatoes by placing them on the FDA’s “safe to eat list."

Missouri communities prepare for river flooding

The Missouri River was expected to crest in northwest Missouri this weekend, but more concern was focused on the Mississippi River, where more significant flooding was expected the middle of next week.

Mo. universities agree to give scholarships for college-savings plan

The $500 scholarships should be available for the 2008-2009 school year, State Treasure Sarah Steelman said.

Nonprofit group to pay state $450,000 for continued solicitation

A judge has ordered the Police Protection fund to pay Missouri for requesting money from residents after being asked to stop.

Anheuser-Busch at last receives buyout offer

The unsolicited $46 billion offer from the Belgian brewer comes after weeks of speculation. The St. Louis-based brewer said its board would evaluate the proposal carefully.

Missouri, Kansas not to receive Medicare program

A federal Medicare pilot program aimed at encouraging physicians to use computerized patient records will not be coming to Kansas or Missouri.

KC Star, Post-Dispatch and AP want to join e-mail lawsuit against Blunt

The three media outlets had originally requested e-mails from the governor’s office last year. Revelations stemming from those requests that Blunt’s office had not maintained e-mails triggered Jay Nixon to appoint investigators to determine whether state laws had been violated.

Money gap remains in estimates for Mo.’s transportation needs

More than $31 billion will be needed over the next 20 years.

State gets $3 million from debtors’ stimulus checks

The state of Missouri received $3 million by catching stimulus checks headed to those who owe back taxes.

Rising Mississippi causes some towns to prepare for flooding

The river is already a few feet above flood stage and gaining in the Missouri towns of Canton, La Grange, Hannibal, Louisiana, Clarksville, Winfield and St. Louis.

Blunt signs bill targeting meth, granting nurses new powers

Under the new law pharmacists will use electronic logs to track purchases of cold medications with pseudoephedrine, which can be used to make meth. The law also allows some nurses to prescribe controlled substances.

Obama defends economic policy

McCain says Obama plans to raise taxes. But Obama says his plan would cut taxes for 95 percent of American workers, while increasing taxes on corporations and the wealthy.

Major flooding possible on Mississippi River

The National Weather Service forecasts moderate flooding in St. Louis and near 1993-level flooding in some river towns.

Southeast Mo. residents consider buyouts after flooding

Residents of Dutchtown met with officials to learn about government buyouts after their town flooded in March.

AG says dogs for diabetics don't work

The attorney general’s office says Heaven Scent Paws, a Cole County company claiming to train dogs to help diabetics, is ripping off consumers.

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