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Air monitors near troubled landfill stolen

The Environmental Protection Agency announced the theft on Thursday. The monitors test for radiation, radon and other toxins.

Parents work to keep missing children in spotlight

For parents of missing children, the waiting, worrying and never knowing can take an immense emotional and physical toll. Often they channel their hope into planning events to keep their child's name in front of the public.

UPDATE: Settlement in St. Louis priest abuse civil suit

The settlement for an undisclosed amount of money in the suit against defrocked Catholic priest Joseph Ross also spared the archdiocese from possible public disclosure of further details on hundreds of abuse complaints against its employees over decades.

Branson magician sends big cats into retirement

All five cats were born in captivity and trained to be an important part of illusionist Kirby VanBurch's show on the Branson strip. Last week, they arrived at the National Tiger Sanctuary. They were the last cats left performing in Branson.

Educators push to keep incoming college students on track

In the time between graduation and fall classes, many students lose resources provided by schools, leaving some at risk of abandoning higher-eduction plans. Researches and educators call this "summer melt."

Analysis: Election timing affects Missouri issues

Five proposed constitutional amendments will go before voters this summer, instead of during the November elections, because of a decision by Gov. Jay Nixon.

Columbia woman accused of knowingly exposing others to HIV

The woman was arrested as part of a crackdown on prostitution in which the Columbia Police Department worked with the FBI.

Saint Louis University welcomes new president

Fred Pestello, the school's first secular president, joins the university after six years at Le Moyne College in upstate New York.

60 years later, woman's death remains a mystery

Bonnie Huffman of Delta, Missouri, was last seen on July 3, 1954. She was 20 at the time. Her car was found a day later, a cap pistol on the ground nearby. The mystery of her death has never been solved.

Man killed in robbery attempt near St. Louis casino

The victim was pronounced dead at a local hospital. Police are asking for help from anyone who has information about the shootings.

84-year-old man killed when mower overturns

An 84-year-old De Soto, Missouri, man is dead after his riding lawnmower overturned on a steep embankment.

3 people drown in Missouri waterways on holiday

Three people drowned in separate incidents around Missouri on Independence Day.

Murder suspect escapes during fireworks display

Jason McClurg was with nine other inmates outside the Shannon County jail on Friday night when he broke free.

Three found dead of gunshot wounds in southwest Missouri home

Vernon County Sheriff Jason Mosher says the bodies were found Friday inside a rural residence south of Nevada, and that preliminary evidence indicates they died from gunshot wounds.

ESSAY: Black bear population growing in Missouri

The main thing researchers want to know: How many bears live in Missouri, and what do they do? In 2012, research data and statistical analysis estimating numbers of females and surviving cubs indicated there were 272 male and female black bears in the state. This year, there are close to 400.

MU research shows that BPA changes turtles' sex organs

A study at Missouri has shown that BPA can alter a turtle's reproductive system after exposure in the egg.

Police officers join family at ill boy's send-off before weeklong dream trip

Benton's Keaton Fitzgerald had a dream come true when the non-profit Dream Factory provided him with a tour in a police car and his family a trip to Tennessee.

Missouri city opts not to pay for flood protection

Clarksville, a tiny community along the Mississippi River, has paid for sandbags to protect its business district and waterfront homes from river flooding for years. But this year, despite rising water levels, the city says it can't afford sandbag protection.

Corps closing lock and dam amid flooding

The Mississippi remains below flood stage from St. Louis to the south.

Midwest prepares for the worst amid flood threat

Cities along the Mississippi and Iowa rivers could experience severe flooding if water rises above an emergency spillway.

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