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Missouri trooper blames training in drowning death

Witnesses said previously that Piercy placed Brandon Ellingson in a poorly fitting life jacket while transporting him on the Lake of the Ozarks on suspicion of boating while intoxicated.

UPDATE: Justice department announces Ferguson police probe

The investigation will look for patterns of discrimination within the predominantly white department and focus on how officers use force, search and arrest suspects, and treat inmates at the city jail. 

Nixon cancels emergency order for Ferguson

Gov. Jay Nixon on Wednesday cited a return to some normalcy in the St. Louis County town, with school back in session, businesses reopening. His decision means the State Highway Patrol is no longer in charge in Ferguson.

Ex-Mamtek CEO pleads guilty to theft, fraud

Bruce Cole is set to be sentenced Nov. 3 after pleading guilty to two counts of securities fraud and one count of theft.

UPDATE: Records show Michael Brown didn't face charges at time of death

A lawyer for the county juvenile office, which opposes the media requests, said only that Michael Brown was never charged with a serious felony such as murder, robbery or burglary.

Ozark fire board won't extend same-sex benefits

Three of the five fire board members supported Mooneyham's request but said state law did not allow them to vote on the issue.

Report: Missouri used midazolam in executions

A Missouri execution protocol allows only for use of pentobarbital in executions, but the sedative midazolam also was part of the process in the last nine executions. The drug has raised concerns in botched executions in other states.

St. Charles City Council bans texting while driving

The measure extends beyond the state law that makes texting while driving illegal for motorists 21 and younger.

Some alumnae of St. Louis Catholic school upset over gay teachers' departure

The couple's departure has prompted some school alumnae to create a private Facebook group to voice their concerns. Some have declared they will no longer financially support the Catholic school.

Missouri workers' comp insurance costs could fall

The state insurance department says a new report by the National Council on Compensation Insurance indicates that insurers are likely to see a 3.7 percent drop in their "loss costs" for claims in 2015.

Long phone delays in Missouri's Medicaid call center

Records show that nearly half of the people trying to use the call center are encountering such long delays that they are hanging up.

UPDATE: Centene to bring new claims center to Ferguson

Centene's chairman and CEO Michael Neidorff said in a statement that the company chose Ferguson as a way to help it recover from the unrest caused by Brown's shooting on Aug. 9.

More storms roll through Midwest with hail, winds

The National Weather Service said a tornado was confirmed near Cedar Vale, Kansas, on Monday night.

Missouri seeks to get more local food into schools

To qualify for competitive grants of up to $200,000, applicants must purchase or process food from small farmers or produce food themselves.

No gray area: Beliefs shape views of Brown killing

With unconfirmed information still circulating about Brown's killing, a phenomena known as "confirmation bias" is running rampant in suburban Ferguson.

Tax breaks sought for proposed biotech office park in Kansas City

Backers say the tax break is needed to bring research firms, clinical trial facilities and similar biotech operations to the site. But critics question whether it would extend tax incentives too far.

KC-area manufacturers see shortage of skilled workers

As U.S. manufacturing continues its comeback from steep job losses during the recession, there are an estimated 600,000 manufacturing job openings nationwide. But employers in the Kansas City area say they can't find workers with the skills to fill them.


Entrepreneurs happy to be in St. Louis

Low cost of living and connections potential make the city attractive to startup companies.

Missouri ballot features teacher evaluation change

Constitutional Amendment 3 may be the most prominent item on November's ballot.

Bad weather shuts down concerts, delays flights in Northeast

Severe thunderstorms dampened Labor Day weekend celebrations in the Northeast, leading to the cancellation of the Made in America music festival in Philadelphia and the U.S. Open tennis tournament in Queens.