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UPDATE: Father charged with murder, incest gets attorney

A public defender will represent the accused, who is being held in the Cass County jail. The charges against the father include second-degree murder and two counts of incest. His court date has not been set.

Koster alerts Missourians to telephone credit card scam

The caller claims to be from a company called Card Services and asks people to enter their credit card numbers to see if they qualify for a better rate.

Power in rural southeast Missouri won't be fully restored until next week

Tuesday's ice storm that hit southeast Missouri knocked out power and heat for thousands of customers. AmerenUE expects power to be fully restored by the middle of next week. The company has brought in trailers for those who need a warm place to stay.

Missouri lawmakers vote down raises for state officials

Lawmakers cited the economy as reason for voting against pay raises. A citizens' commission had suggested pay raises for judges, legislators and statewide elected officials. Both the House and Senate votes easily cleared the two-thirds requirement for rejecting the commission's salary plan.

Lebanon man will be tried after wife found dead in November

Sharon Sabla, 57, was found dead Nov. 15. A probable cause statement said her husband, Horst Gunter Sabla, admitted to shooting her and encasing her body. He will be tried for first-degree murder.

Father charged with murder, incest gets attorney

A public defender will represent the accused, who is being held in the Cass County jail. The charges against the father include second-degree murder and two counts of incest, among others. His court date has not been set.

UPDATE: 120,000 still without power in southern Missouri

The count of homes and businesses without electricity rose on Wednesday with the addition of 25,000 outages.

Nixon's proposed budget relies on stimulus package

The governor said 1,300 state jobs would have to be cut and 50 programs would have to be trimmed or eliminated to balance the budget.

Nixon repeats pledge to spare higher education from cuts

He also made suggestions for how the University of Missouri should spend its money.

UM System sues professor over patent

The University of Missouri System claims Galen Suppes, a chemical engineering professor, won't release the rights to more than 30 inventions and 11 potential patents it says were developed in his labs at MU.

Transportation high on list of potential federal stimulus expenditures

A state Senate committee charged with overseeing the receipt of federal stimulus funds discussed a wide range of issues Wednesday surrounding the $809.2 million in federal relief that Gov. Jay Nixon has included in his budget proposal for fiscal year 2010.

Funds for higher education capital improvement projects under review

More than 30 capital improvement projects funded by the 2007 sale of MOHELA's assets are being suspended or reviewed because of insufficient capital within the loan agency.

Missouri House weighs closing some police records

Those in favor of closing some records say doing so will protect the reputation of police officers who haven't done anything wrong, while others fear police departments could get away without being held accountable in more serious situations.

Former U.S. Rep. Hulshof joins Kansas City law firm

Former Missouri Representative Kenny Hulshof will joining the Kansas City-based law firm of Polsinelli Shugart PC on Sunday . He will specialize in public policy-related issues.

Justice urges support for public defenders in Missouri

In her State of the Judiciary address, Missouri Chief Justice Laura Denvir Stith urged lawmakers to increase spending for the state's public defender system, whch ranks last in the nation in terms of per capita funding.

Storm leaves thousands without power in southern Missouri

About 100,000 power outages were reported in the aftermath of a two-day winter storm, which also was blamed for six deaths.

Missouri incentives encourage 'green' homes

Missouri is beginning to offer tax deductions for residents who have their homes audited for energy efficiency.

Scientists, utilities study sinking Missouri River

The river bottom has fallen at an increasing rate over the last decade. A new study next month may help determine the primary causes and ways of fixing the problem. As of now, some bridges and levees could be in future danger.

Columbia, Boone County linemen help with storm recovery

Linemen from Columbia Water and Light traveled Wednesday to the city of Campbell in southeast Missouri to help repair lines damaged Tuesday morning during a winter storm that left the city's customers without power and under three inches of ice.

GOP iffy on Nixon's health care proposals in speech

Missouri Republican lawmakers didn't completely agree with Gov. Jay Nixon's health care proposals as outlined in his State of the State speech, while Nixon's plan for job creation drew a better reception.