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UPDATE: Sen. Kit Bond announces retirement

Sen. Kit Bond announced Thursday that he won't seek re-election in 2010, saying he does not "aspire to become Missouri's oldest senator."

Defense wants conviction dismissed in Web hoax

GOP sources: Sen. Kit Bond to announce retirement

Bond, a native of Mexico, Mo., has been a big player in state politics for decades, serving as state auditor and governor before winning election to the U.S. Senate.

Rescuers save dog from icy Hannibal pond

Forget recovery search resumes Wednesday

The recovery search for 20-year-old John Paul Forget of Chesterfield resumed Wednesday on the Missouri River. An officer with the State Water Patrol performed a surface and sonar search for the man who has been missing since Dec. 16.

General Assembly opens with call for higher education reform, emphasis on economic development

The 95th Missouri General Assembly began Wednesday with a proposal that could endanger the continuing authority of the UM System Board of Curators by bringing all state universities under one board.

Gov.-elect Nixon fires 150 workers

Gov.-elect Jay Nixon issued pink slips to about 150 state employees Wednesday, ending their jobs the moment he takes office next week. The termination letters were sent primarily to employees in Cabinet-level, senior staff or policy-making positions, said Nixon spokesman Oren Shur.

D. Kent King, Missouri education commissioner, dies

D. Kent King, a longtime school superintendent who was Missouri's education commissioner for the past eight years, died Wednesday. He was 65. King died at his home in Rolla after deciding to forgo further treatment for a cancerous brain tumor diagnosed in October 2006, said Jim Morris, a spokesman for the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

Legal tab at $1.5 million in Blunt e-mail lawsuits

The legal spat over Gov. Matt Blunt's e-mails and a fired staff attorney has cost Missouri taxpayers about $1.5 million. Records provided to The Associated Press under the Sunshine Law show the state has spent more than $900,000 to defend Blunt and several past and present administration officials against a lawsuit by former legal counsel Scott Eckersley.

New women's health program begins in Missouri

Jobs on top of agenda as Missouri lawmakers start 2009

Missouri legislators convened their 2009 session Wednesday with an emphasis on job creation in a struggling economy that has created financial concerns not only for individuals but for the state itself.

Moving trends: Heading for Mid-Atlantic

Americans continue to head west — and to the Mid-Atlantic states — while many are leaving the Great Lakes region behind, according to a study released Wednesday.

Nixon picks lawmaker to lead Missouri Health Department

Incoming Gov. Jay Nixon on Wednesday picked an outgoing state House member to lead the Department of Health and Senior Services. Margaret Donnelly, 54, of Richmond Heights, was picked to join Nixon's Cabinet on Wednesday, just before lawmakers were sworn in and Donnelly officially left the state legislature.

Study: Missouri among states that don't give overseas voters enough time

A  study by  the Pew  Center on the States said 16 states and the District of Columbia didn't allow military members enough time to vote, mainly because  the system relied on snail mail.

Gap in Missouri revenue narrowed in December

The late Thanksgiving and two extra working days helped.

Nixon to move into Missouri Governor's Mansion

He doesn't have to live there, and he already has a house in Jefferson City.  But the governor elect plans to spend inauguration night in the Governor's Mansion and then move in.

Incoming attorney general hires prosecutor, former Blunt aide

Lafayette County Prosecutor Page Bellamy was appointed to head the public safety division. Former aide Doug Ommen will lead the consumer protection division.

'Bipartisanship' is the word for state legislature

Democratic floor leader Rep. Paul LeVota says Missouri voters have sent the General Assembly a clear message for the 2009 legislative session, which begins Wednesday: "Work together; cooperation is key."

Luetkemeyer joins newcomers in Congress

Blaine Luetkemeyer, a conservative Republican businessman from Miller County, joined 53 new U.S. House members and nine new senators who were sworn in Tuesday in the 111th Congress. He is the state's only new addition.

941 Missouri traffic fatalities is a 25-year low

The total is the lowest since 1983, when 921 people were killed in traffic accidents.