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Nader to appear on Missouri ballot in November

The secretary of state's office said Thursday that Ralph Nader supporters submitted more than the required numbed of signatures to get him and vice presidential candidate Matt Gonzalez on the ballot.

Ethics Commission not finished with Koster

Several complaints about Chris Koster's fundraising have yet to be handled by the state Ethics Commission. These were filed by a Lee's Summit resident in June.

Woman faces charges after police find daughter hidden in hole

The woman, who is embroiled in a custody battle, is accused of lying to a Cole County grand jury called to investigate the abduction of the 11-year-old girl from her father's Jefferson City home.

St. Louis mental health facility called unsafe

But state officials disagree with the Justice Department's assessment of the Northwest Habilitation Center.

UPDATE: Medical records sought of girl in MySpace bullying case

The lawyer of the woman accused of having a role in the hoax that allegedly led 13-year-old Megan Meier to hang herself says the records may show that it was a medication switch that caused her to kill herself.

Execution of Skillicorn delayed

The Missouri Supreme Court delayed the Aug. 27 execution of Dennis Skillicorn by at least 30 days.

Officials disagree on smoke alarm requirements for nursing homes

The officials who are drafting fire rules for the state's long-term care facilities probably won't require smoke detectors in every room.

Hydrogen Road Tour refuels in Rolla

A fleet of hydrogen-powered vehicles stopped in Missouri to promote the alternative fuel at one of the nation’s few fueling stations to power the cars.

Nuke weapons plant in KC to be rebid

A second attempt will be made to find a developer for the $500 million weapons plant after the first round of proposals were considered too expensive. It's considered a second chance to keep the plant and its 2,1oo jobs in Kansas City.

Medical records sought of girl in MySpace bullying case

The lawyer of the woman accused of having a role in the hoax that allegedly led 13-year-old Megan Meier to hang herself says the records may show that it was a medication switch that caused her to kill herself.

Councilwoman wants pregnant pet fees in Springfield

Two new laws require St. Joseph pet owners to obtain a breeder's permit for $20 or a litter permit for $100 when their pets reproduce.

Want a bit of the governor's house? It's on eBay

Roof tiles from the Missouri governor's mansion are on sale for a limited time on eBay.

Race newspaper suspends publication so it can expand

RiseUp, based in Kansas City, says it will halt publishing for two months so it can prepare to nearly double its circulation to 7 million.

Mississippi undergoes emergency dredging

The dredging, which took place north of Winfield, was needed because of the recent flooding.

Archaeologists dig at Becky Thatcher house

The two-week dig is part of a $1.3 million upgrade of the home of Laura Hawkins, who was the model for the character in "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer."

Don't bring your pig to St. Charles

The City Council has voted down a bill allowing families to keep one potbellied pig as a pet.

St. Louis to give employees water bottles

UPDATE: Sex offender admits killing student from Mo.

A convicted sex offender told how he strangled a 20-year-old Clemson University student from Missouri, leaving her body in her off-campus apartment with her bikini top still wrapped around her neck.

Mo. obesity rate rises for third straight year

A report issued Tuesday says that Missouri's obesity rate is rising and without increased government funding and community involvement, there's a fat chance that trend will change anytime soon. A study by Trust for America's Health lists Missouri as the 13th most obese state in the nation, with 27.4 percent of its adult population obese and 63.3 percent either obese or overweight.

Mo. inmate’s death is ruled homicide

The Missouri Department of Corrections says the death of an inmate has been ruled a homicide. A 33-year-old inmate, Mike Simmons, died April 30 at the Eastern Reception Diagnostic Correctional Center in Bonne Terre.

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