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Missouri sheriff resigns after inmate allegations

Court documents show Schuyler County Sheriff Josh Dole took inmates to bars in Knox and Sullivan counties and released two inmates to work at his home.

White House: Obama to visit Kansas City next week

Additional details of the visit, including the location of his speech, were not immediately available. It also isn't known if the public will be able to attend.

Mississippi River reopens after barge accident

Fifteen barges became dislodged about 4:30 a.m. Tuesday from a tow operated by Marquette Transportation Company of Paducah, Ky.

Phillips, Basye seek GOP nod in 47th House District race

Both of the first-time candidates, Elizabeth "Betsy" Phillips and Chuck Basye, hope to take on the incumbent, Rep. John Wright.

VA chief pledges end to whistleblower retaliation

Sloan Gibson vowed to crack down on whistleblower retaliation one day after a private government watchdog released a critical report on the agency's treatment of whistleblowers.

UPDATE: Supreme Court allows Arizona execution despite drug secrecy

Some of the most active death penalty states — including Texas, Florida and Missouri — have been the subject of similar lawsuits from virtually every death row inmate facing imminent execution over the past several months, but courts have rarely stepped in.

UPDATE: Body found in Mississippi River in St. Louis identified

Firefighters who were doing water training pulled the body out of the river in downtown St. Louis on Saturday near the Eads Bridge.

Man accused of Kansas City area highway shootings claims innocence

Mohammed Whitaker, 28, is charged with 20 felony counts stemming from 10 shooting incidents in March and April.

Illinois postpones river bridge closure until 2015

The Illinois Department of Transportation has delayed until next summer its planned closure of the Martin Luther King Jr. Bridge linking St. Louis to Illinois' East St. Louis.

Missouri delays vote on KC schools accreditation

Parents and students in the Kansas City School District will have to wait until the final few days before classes begin to learn whether the urban school system will remain unaccredited.

Springfield votes to allow urban beekeeping

The council approved one bill that allows two hives on city lots of at least 5,000 square feet, and one more hive for every additional 5,000 square feet.

Billboard company sues Columbia over permit denial

Lamar Advertising Co. contends in the lawsuit filed last month that the denial of the permits was "arbitrary, capricious and prohibited" and not allowed by the settlement agreement.

Racing cycles and cars block interstate traffic in northwest Missouri

More than 40 motorcycles and racing cars held up traffic while performing stunts on Interstate 435 in northwest Missouri.

Dismembered body case to be tried in Clay County

Joseph Arbeiter is charged with first-degree murder, first-degree rape and several other crimes in the death of 35-year-old Marshall resident Mandy Black.

Report: Retaliation by supervisors common at VA

Medical professionals from coast to coast have pointed out problems at the VA, only to suffer retaliation from supervisors and other high-ranking officials, according to a report Monday by a private government watchdog.

Payday lenders collecting utility bills might end

The issue has been debated in Missouri for years and came up again at a recent meeting of payday lenders, utilities and consumer groups organized by the Missouri Public Service Commission.

Jamestown Mall in St. Louis County closes

The St. Louis County Planning Commission is expected to approve a "blighted area" declaration for the 1.2-million-square-foot parcel on Monday.

As rivers retreat, roads, ferries back in business

In Missouri, that state's transportation department says Missouri 79 in Louisiana, located northwest of St. Louis, was reopened to traffic Thursday morning, though that highway remains closed just south of Clarksville.

Missouri gun measure wording will not be changed

The justices on Friday unanimously ruled that they are bound by a state law forbidding courts from adding issues to a ballot within six weeks of an election.

Ballot measures draw millions of dollars for campaign committees

Committees for and against Amendment 1, the "Right to Farm" amendment, and Amendment 7 for a transportation sales tax have seen the most contributions.