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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.

UPDATE: Koster investigates Office Depot over school supply contracts

Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster announced the investigation Tuesday following similar probes in other states.

Almost 18 percent of homes sold at a loss in 2008

Americans lost more in home values in the fourth quarter of 2008 alone than in all of 2007, according to a national real estate survey released Tuesday.

Carnahan announces candidacy for U.S. Senate

Missouri Secretary of State Robin Carnahan, a Democrat, is the first member of either party to officially enter the Senate race after Republican Sen. Kit Bond announced last month that he will not seek re-election.

UPDATE: Former Gov. Blunt to work at Washington lobbying firm

Matt Blunt will split his time between Washington, D.C., and Missouri.

After ice storm, about 28,000 Missourians still without power

A state official says out-of-state crews may not arrive for a week, and rebuilding the electric grid could take more than a month.

Koster investigates Office Depot over school supply contracts

Following the lead of Florida and North Carolina, Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster is investigating Office Depot over allegations of overpricing government contracts for school supplies.

Former Missouri governor Blunt to work at Washington lobby firm

Matt Blunt, who left the governor's office in January, is now working as a senior policy adviser and business development consultant for Cassidy & Associates.

30,000 Missourians still without power

The Missouri National Guard has been going door to door to check on residents of New Madrid County, who are among those who were hit the hardest by the storm.

51,000 still without power a week after ice storm

AmerenUE is continuing work on restoring power in parts of southeast Missouri. The outages have resulted in the closing of several college campuses, as well as the establishment of emergency pet shelters.

Senate bill would complete capital improvement projects, reduce tuition

A proposed Senate bill would channel the remaining $119 million of MOHELA funds toward only those capital improvement projects begun on or by Jan. 1, while the remaining money would be put into a tuition reduction fund.

Missouri seeks $260M from feds for jobless benefits

Projections provided Monday to the Missouri State Unemployment Council show it could take until 2015 to pay back the borrowed money.

UPDATE: Missouri seeks $260 million for jobless benefits

Missouri is seeking to borrow as much as $260 million from the federal government to bail out an unemployment benefits fund that is expected to go belly up next week.

Missouri governor selects associate judge for 43rd circuit

Nixon announced the appointment Monday. The circuit covers Caldwell, Clinton, Daviess, DeKalb and Livingston counties.

UPDATE: Homes still without power prove toughest to restore

At the height of last week's storm, when ice and snow paralyzed the region, 127,000 customers were without power. All but about 44,000 homes and businesses in storm-whipped southern Missouri have had power restored. The homes left will be the most difficult to restore power to, say utility officials.

Laptops become a question of ethics in Missouri Senate

After a prolonged debate Monday in the Senate, the chamber decided to continue its ban on laptops on the chamber floor.

Traffic tickets issued in Missouri and Boone County down in 2008

Traffic violations have decreased yearly since 2006. Many variables have contributed to the decline, including high summer gas prices and vacancies within the Columbia Police Department's traffic unit.

ANALYSIS: Nixon's proposed budget cuts may be overstated

For starters, the governor doesn't have control over about one-quarter the jobs he wants to eliminate. On the other hand, Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder may be overstating the size of the cuts he says the governor has already made.