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Fort Leonard Wood soldier charged with murder

The man was accused of killing another soldier's wife.

Donation by Munchkin actor prompts police inquiry

Mickey Carroll, 89, one of the last surviving Munchkins from the 1939 classic film "The Wizard of Oz," has lived for years in the village of Bel-Nor, a St. Louis suburb. His caretaker now says a former suburban St. Louis police chief took advantage of him.

Copper thefts may cost city $1 million

Kansas City is having a hard time coming up with funding to repair damaged street lights, meaning some streets will remain dark as they await repairs.

Study: Missouri among states most prepared for election

Despite fears of voting calamities, a review of national Election Day readiness by a nonpartisan research center rates Missouri as one of the six most prepared states. Concerns do remain over the possibilities of long lines and voter fraud.

McCaskill endorses fellow Democrat Baker for congressional seat

Sen. Claire McCaskill praises Judy Baker for her courage and independence. Meanwhile, Baker's Republican opponent for the 9th Congressional District seat, Blaine Luetkemeyer, hosts Vice President Cheney at a Monday fundraiser.

Missouri involved in lawsuit to block beef deal

A deal that would combine two of the largest beef processing plants in the country is being called dangerous to consumers and ranchers alike.

Republican firm ran 'stealth lobbying campaign' for Freddie Mac

Freddie Mac secretly paid the firm, DCI of Washington, $2 million to kill legislation that would have regulated and cut the mortagage finance giant and Fannie Mae three years before the government took them over. Two of the targeted senators were Kit Bond and Jim Talent from Missouri.

ANALYSIS: Most Mo. donors unaffected by cap repeal

The recent repeal of capping donations to political candidates has had little effect on most Missourians and mostly affects the wealthiest donors.

St. Louis rally draws largest Obama crowd in campaign so far

After the candidate spoke beneath the Arch to his largest gathering yet, he spoke to thousands more later in the day in Kansas City as the campaigns fight for a lead in the state's polls.

Hulshof, Nixon clash over taxes in gubernatorial debate

U.S. Rep. Kenny Hulshof accused Attorney General Jay Nixon of wanting to raise taxes while Nixon painted his opponent as a Washington politician partly responsible for the nation's economic troubles.

St. Louis man sentenced to 67 years in fatal shooting

Judge imposes maximum penalty for 27-year-old Thurman Shelton, convicted last month of involuntary manslaughter and first-degree assault for shooting his girlfriend, who was killed, and her friend, who survived.

Springfield crime lab expected to be complete next month

A new state crime lab under construction in Springfield is expected to be complete by mid-November.

Kansas City Star editorial endorses Obama for president

The editorial board of the Kansas City Star published a "Barack Obama for president" opinion page Saturday, calling the democratic candidate "the right person to lead the country forward."

Kansas mine cleanup may begin next month

The EPA has hired a Texas company to excavate 2.2 million cubic yards of surface mine waste in Kansas.

In Ozarks, Obama caricature creates a storm

Thanks to a prominent highway sign depicting a turban-wearing, cartoon caricature of "Barack Hussein Obama," a very public conversation on race, religion, politics and free speech has dominated West Plains.

Post-Dispatch endorses Nixon

The St. Louis Post Dispatch editorial board has announced its support of the Missouri attorney general who is the Democratic candidate for governor, citing a need for stronger reform than his opponent, U.S. Rep. Kenny Hulshof, has offered.

Cheney to raise money for two Mo. Republican candidates

Cheney is scheduled to appear at a private reception for 9th District congressional candidate Blaine Luetkemeyer at a club in the St. Louis area. Then, the vice president will fly to Cape Girardeau for a fundraiser for incumbent Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder.

Democratic lieutenant governor candidate's contributions questioned

Democratic lieutenant governor's candidate Sam Page scrambled to change his state finance report Friday after listing a check from a Canadian company, an apparent violation of a federal law banning foreign political donations.

Kansas City's WWI memorial might be the national memorial

Kansas City's liberty memorial might hold the distinction in addition to hosting the centennial in 2014 to 2018.

Former executive sentenced for backdating stock options

The former Engineered Support Systems CEO was sentenced to 15 months in prison and fined $4 million in St. Louis on Friday.