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Missouri man sentenced to life in fatal beating

A man who beat a Lebanon teenager to death over text messages was sentenced to life in prison Tuesday after pleading guilty to second-degree murder and other charges stemming from the June 2007 attack.

Danforth Foundation pulls Arch donation, for now

John Danforth has advised the Interior secretary not to count on his family foundation’s offer of $50 million — at least for now — to fund construction of any cultural attraction that may be built on the Gateway Arch grounds.

S. Illinois farmer to change plea in fraud case

A southern Illinois farmer accused of bankruptcy fraud in a case that has ties to a double homicide is due in court for a change-of-plea hearing.

Gas prices low at busy travel time

AAA Auto Club reports that Missouri’s $1.58 average price for a gallon of regular unleaded is the lowest in the nation. Among neighboring states, Kansas on Tuesday was at $1.70, Iowa at $1.78, Illinois at $1.88 and Arkansas at $1.73.

Blunt pardons 2 turkeys before Thanksgiving

More votes were tallied to name the birds than were cast in the recent election.

UM Curators on opposite sides of business lawsuit

Curators Cheryl Walker and Don Walsworth have been allies on the Board of Curators since their appointments in 2003. The lawsuit was filed in St. Louis on Monday but doesn't name Walsworth.

Missouri governor picks 2 new associate circuit judges

MySpace suicide trial goes to jury

Lori Drew’s defense lawyer reminds the jury that they're dealing with an Internet case, not a homicide. Drew could be sentenced to up to 20 years in prison.

Missouri, Arkansas governors to sign water agreement

Arkansas and Missouri officials agreed Monday to meet annually to study ways to protect watersheds and aquifers that cross state lines, a pact both states said would help keep water fights out of the courtroom.

Sheriff asks public to help identify woman's body found in concrete

A hunting party found the body encased in concrete and stuffed in a toolbox on Nov. 15.

ANALYSIS: Panel could recommend pay raises for elected officials

The Missouri Citizens' Commission on Compensation for Elected Officials is forging ahead with public hearings that could result in recommended pay raises for Missouri's elected officials and judges, even though the 22-member salary commission is meeting with just 10 members because Gov. Matt Blunt has not made appointments.

Fort Leonard Wood sees rise in sex misconduct cases

Twelve years after a military sex scandal that led to changes in Army training, Fort Leonard Wood has seen a stream of cases in which drill sergeants have been accused of sexual misconduct with women trainees. Since February 2007, at least 14 drill sergeants or other trainers have faced courts-martial for improper relationships with soldiers undergoing basic training, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Former teacher again violates probation to contact former student

Jan Kauffman, a former Teacher of the Year award recipient, admitted to contacting former student Tyson Wilson.

7-year-old killed in St. Louis house fire

A 7-year-old boy who died in a house fire Saturday evening was playing with a fireplace lighter or matches in the basement, fire investigators said.

Missouri inspector has bridges on the brain

A quality control inspector from Sedalia inspects the beams, diaphragms and cross frames made at DeLong's Inc. and used to construct bridges.

State: Cameron water OK

Cameron residents are concerned about drinking water being linked to brain tumors, even though the Department of Natural Resources says it's safe.

Possible plans discussed for toxins in Kirksville groundwater

Officials from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers meet with Kirksville area residents to discuss possible scenarios for dealing with traces of trichloroethene found in groundwater near the former Kirksville Air Force Base.

St. Charles Co. sex crimes suspect stabbed

A boy stabbed a man with a pocket knife in St. Charles.

Airports seek to ease checkpoint process

Family and medically exempt liquid lanes could speed up the process for all travelers.

Six indicted in mortgage fraud scheme

The Springfield men were named for defrauding home mortgage lenders and soliciting people to buy homes under false pretenses.