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St. Louis mural on eminent domain spawns lawsuit

A social activist had a two-story-high mural painted on the outside of a duplex in St. Louis to oppose the city’s use of eminent domain.

Kinder expected to endorse Hulshof for governor

The lieutenant governor is scheduled to appear with the congressman on Monday in Cape Girardeau for the announcement.

Torah thefts stump police, Jewish community

A Torah scroll valued at about $30,000 reported stolen from a St. Louis-area synagogue is one of a handful of Torah scrolls stolen in the past year in the United States. The motive may be a hate crime or the profit from selling sacred documents on the black market.

High school students try out pharmacy jobs

The Career Explorers Program sponsored by Walgreens and the St. Louis College of Pharmacy lets high school students work as pharmacists for four weeks each summer to learn the basics of the trade — and fill fake prescriptions for their favorite celebrities.

Alexander Doniphan, 19th century Mo. lawmaker, honored

The man who helped buy much of the northwest corner of the state and who refused an order to kill Mormon founder Joseph Smith has been added to the Hall of Famous Missourians.

Missouri campaign contribution limits repealed

Gov. Matt Blunt said Friday that he has signed legislation repealing the limits on campaign contributions. The change in the rules goes into effect Aug. 28, in plenty of time to affect the November elections.

Archbishop Burke's farewell Mass set for Aug. 17

The leader of the Archdiocese of St. Louis was named last month as the first American to lead the Vatican supreme court.

Blunt says no to lawmaker keys to Capital dome

The governor vetoed a bill that would have given every lawmaker a key to the Capitol dome. He cited concerns by Capitol police and the Department of Public Security.

Tax incentives OK'd for nuclear weapons plant in KC

The Kansas City Star reports on its Web site that a development agency voted unanimously Friday to support replacing the current weapons plant at the Bannister Federal Complex with a 1.4-million-square-foot complex across from the former Richard-Gebaur Memorial Airport.

Man dies after run-in with train

Macon County deputies say Richard Scott of LaPlata was hit by a train that he ran toward while drinking with friends.

Suit against Blunt over e-mail access is dismissed

But the ruling tossing out the case was put on hold for 10 days to give the special investigators seeking access to e-mails from the governor’s office an opportunity to amend their lawsuit.

UPDATE: Anheuser-Busch reportedly near deal with InBev

The Wall Street Journal said InBev has raised its bid to $70 a share — an offer the Anheuser-Busch board is likely to accept this weekend. News of the deal hit hard in St. Louis.

Allstate to settle in disputed claims policy case

The case, which stemmed from an accident on Interstate 70, attracted national attention when the

10 state troopers complete immigration training

Ten state troopers have completed special immigration training, allowing them to start enforcing federal immigration laws in Missouri. Six of the officers will be used to speed up processing after traffic stops; the other four will be assigned to casinos.

InBev buyout of Anheuser-Busch could now come as early as this weekend

After weeks of public bickering, The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal are reporting that talks have turned friendly between the two companies. The Journal has reported that InBev has boosted its takeover offer by $5 a share to $70, a sweetened deal that Anheuser-Busch is likely to accept.

First 4-H dairy judging camp hosted by MU

Students visited three different dairy farms and participated in discussions to learn how to properly evaluate dairy cows.

First Bank Mortgage’s ex-president allegedly funneled away $35 million

U.S. Attorney Catherine Hanaway said Mark Turkcan began the fraud after losing millions of dollars on an investment for the bank in 1987.

High-stakes gambling initiative survives court challenge

An initiative to allow high-stakes gambling in Missouri overcame a court challenge Thursday from opponents who claimed its official ballot summary could mislead voters.

Man accused of being fake drug agent could face real prison time

On Thursday, a judge read a 23-count indictment against Bill Anthony Jakob, which could lead to 105 years in prison. His lawyer said Jakob perpetrated an elaborate scheme — risking his own life to arrest potential drug dealers — because he wanted to be a police officer.

Jailer charged with accessing law enforcement database

A Greene County jailer has been fired and charged with misdemeanor misuse of official information by a public servant.

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