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One week later, improvement seen in flooded Winfield

Except in a few spots, the Mississippi is no longer overtopping the remnants of the levee as the water flows slowly back to its original river bed.

UPDATED AT 5 P.M.: Obama speaks on religious faith, societal change in St. Louis

Barack Obama’s main message was the government’s duty to address what he said are “moral problems” — such as war, poverty, joblessness, homelessness, violent streets and crumbling schools.

Obama says media response to Iraq remarks overblown

Talking to reporters as he was flying to Missouri from Montana, he said, "I am absolutely committed to ending the war."

Mentally disabled women reportedly forced into prostitution to pay cousin's debt

The 18-year-old woman's sister rescued her Sunday, and two people were arrested and charged Wednesday, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.

Missouri State Fair to offer recycling to fairgoers

After chowing down funnel cakes and cold drinks at the Missouri State Fair in August, people for the first time will be able to recycle some of their trash during the 11-day event.

Missing Osage Beach man found in Lake of the Ozarks

Twenty-two-year-old Bradley Burns was last seen around 2 a.m. Wednesday fishing with two friends.

Liberty Memorial flame to stay lit

A successful Save the Flame campaign will keep officials at the National World War I Museum from turning out the light atop the 217-foot tower.

A.M.E. Church delegates gather in St. Louis

More than 40,000 delegates, church leaders and visitors from around the world will meet for a convention of the African Methodist Episcopal Church, the oldest predominantly black denomination in North America.

Call from homicide suspect set up his arrest

As the manhunt for the ex-con suspected of bludgeoning eight people to death in Missuri and Illinois wound down, a disheveled Nicholas T. Sheley walked calmly into a Subway sandwich shop, asked to use the phone and called his lawyer — all but ensuring his capture.

Ex-special ed teacher convicted of sexual misconduct

The former suburban St. Louis teacher faces between two and 10 years in prison after being convicted of sexual misconduct with students.

Constitution Party to appear on Missouri ballots in November

The secretary of state's office said Thursday that the party has gathered enough petition signatures to qualify a slate of 18 candidates for the general election.

High court moves Blunt defamation suit back to Jackson County

The state Supreme Court ruled pretrial proceedings in a defamation lawsuit against Gov. Matt Blunt should be in Jackson County.

H&R Block gave ousted CEO compensation valued at $5.2 million in '07

It was a 70 percent increase over 2006.

2 men charged in fire that burned northwest Missouri newspaper building

Police said the fire at the DeKalb County Record-Herald started when two men set off an explosion on the front porch of the building at about 1 a.m. Thursday, according to KMBC-TV in Kansas City.

Tuition breaks help combat veterans at MU

Last week, Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder signed into law the Missouri Returning Heroes’ Act. The law, sponsored by Sen. Maida Coleman, D-St. Louis, will require public universities to charge combat veterans just $50 per credit hour for undergraduate coursework.

Anheuser-Busch pushes for lawsuits to be heard in Delaware, not Missouri

Attorneys for Anheuser-Busch argued Wednesday that two shareholder lawsuits in St. Louis should be suspended while a Delaware judge considers nearly a dozen similar lawsuits related to the possible takeover by rival brewer InBev.

Judge denies request to block spending for research board

A judge has denied a request from critics of stem cell research to block spending from a state life-sciences research fund.

Police knew homicide suspect well

But nothing in Nicholas T. Sheley's history suggested he was capable of the violence of which he is now suspected: killing eight people in Missouri and Illinois.

Monsanto buys Guatamala seed company

Monsanto announced Wednesday it completed the purchase of Marmot SA, which operates Semillas Cristiani Burkard, a private, Guatamala-based seed company with operations in 12 countries.

Blunt cuts funding for refurbishing courthouse

Gov. Matt Blunt has cut Missouri’s $500,000 contribution to help refurbish the courthouse where Harry Truman got his political start.