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Attorney: Charges against boy's fake kidnappers too harsh

The attorney for suspect in staged kidnapping case says its more bad judgment than criminal behavior.

3 Missouri school districts considering 4-day week

The districts say shorter work weeks could help save them money and retain teaching staff.

St. Louis ranks high on best places for singles

The online real estate database Zillow ranked the top 10 cities with more than 250,000 residents.

Missouri inmate put to death for killing neighbor in 1990

Walter Timothy Storey died by lethal injection early Wednesday for killing a female neighbor in St. Charles.

Bosnian immigrants plead not guilty in terror financing case

A St. Louis Bosnian couple were in front of judge Wednesday for allegedly providing money and military weapons to groups the U.S. deems terrorist organizations. They are joined by two other defendants from Illinois and New York.


Missouri takes a step toward becoming 'right-to-work' state

Still, Gov. Jay Nixon said he has not seen a right-to-work bill that he would not veto. The Missouri House of Representatives failed to get the 109 votes needed to override a gubernatorial veto.

Ferguson mayor says he tried in vain to get Guard to town

Ferguson Mayor James Knowles III was the lead witness as a Missouri legislative committee began hearing testimony on why the National Guard was not quickly deployed in Ferguson when grand jurors opted not to charge officer Darren Wilson for fatally shooting 18-year-old Michael Brown.

Head of Missouri State Highway Patrol to step down in May

Gov. Jay Nixon will nominate Maj. Bret Johnson, who runs the Missouri State Highway Patrol's field operations bureau, to take over as superintendent of the Highway Patrol.

Ferguson schools name new superintendent

Joseph Davis of Plymouth, North Carolina, replaces Art McCoy, who resigned last spring after he was suspended.

4 people indicted in scheme to steal and sell cooking oil

The indictment announced Tuesday says the conspirators stole more than $5.6 million in cooking oil from restaurants in five states.

2 plead not guilty in staged kidnapping of Missouri boy

Police say the boy's mother, grandmother and aunt planned the ruse to scare him because they believed he was too nice to people.

Dairy Farmers of America moving headquarters from Missouri to Kansas

The new building will be 100,000 square feet with an open floor plan to house the cooperative's 325 employees.

Crystal City cave owner found guilty in zoning flap

Twenty people were arrested on alcohol and drug charges, and two partygoers were treated for drug overdoses after the "raves in the cave."

Missouri Senate endorses monitoring Medicaid eligibility

The Senate gave initial approval Tuesday to a bill that includes an exemption for foster children in state custody who may be temporarily living outside Missouri.

Gateway Arch museum closing, free admission ending

The National Park Service says the museum will be replaced by new exhibits and visitor experiences. The project is expected to be completed by spring 2017.

UPDATE: Judge won't release Illinois woman accused in terrorism case

U.S. Magistrate Judge Jeffrey Cole ruled Tuesday that the 34-year-old mother must remain in custody. That means she won't be able to travel on her own to St. Louis, where the case is being handled, but will instead be escorted by U.S. marshals.

Hearings starting on governor's tactics for Ferguson unrest

A Missouri legislative committee is beginning hearings Wednesday aimed at determining why Gov. Jay Nixon didn't use the National Guard to prevent the civil unrest that followed a grand jury's decision in the Michael Brown case.

Missouri House revives effort to limit jobless benefits

The bill, which won initial approval Tuesday in the House, would link the weeks of benefits that unemployed workers can receive to the statewide unemployment rate and could limit the time available to as few as 13 weeks.

McCulloch lawyers: Grand juror shouldn't be allowed to speak

A grand jury ruled in November that Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson would face no criminal charges for fatally shooting 18-year-old Michael Brown on Aug. 9. The shooting, and the grand jury decision, led to protests and rioting.

Video of looting at Ferguson shoe store released

Police on Tuesday released surveillance video of November looting at Prime Sole shoe store on West Florissant Avenue in Ferguson.