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Man who poisoned dog to spend 30 days in jail

A Cape Girardeau man pleaded guilty to poisoning his neighbor's dog for barking at night.

Gun taken from St. Louis-area student

An eighth-grader at Westview Middle School outside St. Louis was found to have an unloaded gun in his possession at school Wednesday morning. Parents of students at the school were notified of the incident.

Missouri House advances economic development package

The legislation, which needs another vote before moving to the Senate, includes an expansion of a popular tax incentive program for employers who add well-paying jobs with health insurance benefits.

LaGrange man charged with killing wife, infant son

Christopher Piersee, 24, is charged with two counts of second-degree murder.

Jefferson City father charged with raping teen daughter

The man said he confused his 13-year-old daughter for his wife after drinking too much during the Super Bowl.

Wife of man who impregnated daughter due in court

Authorities say the wife of a Harrisonville man who fathered four children with his teenage daughter did little to stop the girl's sexual abuse.

Resolution would privatize KC animal shelter

If a city council resolution goes through, R. Wayne Steckelberg, 74, who has worked at the Kansas City shelter previously, will take over. Giving control to Steckelberg is expected to save the city $200,000 annually.

Faith-based Long Spoons Coalition digs for tax justice

A new faith-based lobbyist group called the Long Spoons Coalition has organized through Missouri Impact, an association that advocates for public policy based on religious and moral ideas. The coalition's first initiative is supporting a tax revision bill.

Debate over Missouri nuclear legislation heats up

A former federal nuclear regulator said Tuesday that reversing existing Missouri law would raise electric bills for business and residential customers and reduce the money available for creating jobs and spurring economic development.

Senator stalls Missouri development chief approval

Sen. Scott Rupp, R-Wentzville, filibustered the confirmation of Gov. Jay Nixon's economic development director on Wednesday citing concerns about her position on illegal immigration.

Missouri panel seeks maximum cut of stimulus money

Business and government leaders who are Gov. Jay Nixon's economic stimulus council met Wednesday to discuss Missouri's best options.

National Guard to honor 2 fallen soldiers

Staff Sgt. Brad Skelton and Sgt. Matthew Straughter will be honored for their military service on Friday at the Ike Skelton Training Site.

MoDOT chief pushes for tougher seat belt law

Missouri Transportation Director Pete Rahn said he thinks a stricter seat belt violation law could help save lives. In the past four years, 2,183 people died in Missouri traffic accidents while not wearing seat belts.

Amtrak KC-St. Louis reaches high on-time rate

Amtrak trains going from Kansas City to St. Louis reached a 96 percent on-time rate in January, its highest to date. The Missouri Department of Transportation attributes this to better dispatching and $400 million in track repairs.

Dozens return home after propane leak

About 70 Washington families were evacuated Tuesday after a five-mile leak in a propane pipeline. Emergency responders and repair crews waited for the line to flush itself out before allowing families to return home Wednesday morning.

Man gets year in paddlefish egg case

A former Shell Knob man has been sentenced to one year in prison for harvesting paddlefish eggs from illegal nets at Table Rock Lake and selling the caviar in Tennessee.

Memorial walkway planned for Kirkwood shooting victims

The St. Louis suburb is planning a memorial walkway with six benches to remember those slain in a City Hall shooting a year ago.

Missouri public safety groups stress need for better radio system

On Tuesday, representatives from different state law enforcement agencies urged members of the House Public Safety and Corrections Appropriations Committee to find money to fund the system.

UPDATE: Carnahan enters Senate race to succeed Bond

Missouri Secretary of State Robin Carnahan, a Democrat, became the first candidate from either party to officially enter the race after Republican Sen. Kit Bond announced he will not seek reelection in 2010.

UPDATE: Many in southern Missouri still lack power after storm

It could take 45 days to rebuild southern Missouri's electrical infrastructure, but the Missouri National Guard and other organizations are making wellness checks and transporting people to shelters.