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Fulton man sentenced for 2011 bank robbery

A central Missouri man who wished a pair of bank employees “a nice day” following a holdup has been sentenced to slightly more than 12 years in prison.

Kroger recalls spinach sold at Gerbes over Listeria risk

Kroger is recalling spinach sold at grocery stores in 15 states due to possible Listeria contamination. The recall includes Gerbes stores in Mid-Missouri.

High court upholds key part of Obama health law

The Supreme Court has upheld the individual insurance requirement at the heart of President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul.

2 services to honor fallen Missouri firefighters

Two weekend services will honor Missouri firefighters who died in the line of duty

Mo. lawmaker targets overtime at Fulton mental hospital

A central Missouri lawmaker says overtime demands on employees at Fulton State Hospital have grown unreasonable, and she believes the Legislature should intervene.

Mesa approves deal with Westminster College

The City Council in the Phoenix suburb of Mesa is going forward with a deal to bring a campus of Missouri-based Westminster College to the city.

Environmentalists oppose Callaway nuclear renewal

A Missouri environmental group is asking the federal government to more closely scrutinize Ameren Corp.'s request for a 20-year license renewal at the state's only nuclear power plant.

Storms could be life threatening

In an unusually early and strong warning, national weather forecasters cautioned Friday that conditions are ripe for violent tornadoes to rip through the nation from Texas to Minnesota this weekend.

Activists urge longer look at Callaway Nuclear Plant

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission is holding public meetings in Fulton on Ameren Missouri’s request to renew its license for the state’s only nuclear power plant for 20 years.

Ex-CEO of MTV International is Westminster trustee

The former chairman and CEO of MTV International will become a member of the Westminster College Board of Trustees

MoDOT meeting today for Callaway Co. bridge replacements

MoDOT will hold an open-house community briefing today from 4:30 - 6 p.m. to discuss plans to replace three bridges located in Callaway County. The bridges include:

Ameren Missouri seeks 14.6 percent rate hike

Customers of Ameren Missouri would see their average monthly electric bills rise about $14 under a rate increase proposal filed Friday.

Ameren files plan to resolve shoreline issue

Ameren Missouri has filed a shoreline management plan that the utility says will ensure that most of the 1,600 homes along the Lake of the Ozarks shoreline are not threatened with removal.

Chiefs trying to figure way to stop Rodgers

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The play has become a Green Bay Packers staple: Aaron Rodgers drops back, lofts a pass down the sideline and one of his talented receivers turns around at precisely the right time and hauls it in around the unsuspecting cornerback.

Pujols to the Angels

Pujols to the Angles

Mo. lottery director targeted by apparent scam

The organizers of an apparent lottery scam committed a major blunder.

Mo. hunter gets shot of white deer

A Missouri hunter recently found an albino deer while hunting near Lake of the Ozarks.

Pinkel Arrested for DWI/Suspended 1 Week Without Pay

MU head football coach issues apology

Missouri football coach Gary Pinkel will have a one year salary freeze and other bonuses.

Missouri high school football playoff scores for Nov. 12, 2011

Here are high school football playoff scores from around Missouri for Saturday, Nov. 12, 2011.

Judge in Mo. hears suit on school website filters

A federal judge is considering whether to bar a central Missouri school district from using Internet filtering software that prevents automatic access to some websites with information about gay, lesbian and transgender issues.

U-Haul employee helped nab Callaway Co. homicide suspects

A couple is awaiting extradition from Michigan to face murder charges in the death of a central Missouri man and his daughter.

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La. man decapitated disabled son, 7

A Louisiana man is accused of decapitating and dismembering his disabled 7-year-old son...

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Giffords' vote the most memorable of all

The total number of votes on the historic debt-limit bill was 430. One vote was more memorable than any of the others.

Applause, but no tears in Mission Control at end

It took awhile before there were any signs of emotion from the steely engineers of that famous room that takes care of the astronauts from start to wheels-stop.

Tilley launches Mo. lieutenant governor’s bid

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Missouri House Speaker Steven Tilley formally launched a campaign for lieutenant governor Thursday while reporting a hefty campaign account containing more than $1 million.

IAEA chief: Nuclear safety must be improved

The head of the International Atomic Energy Agency on Tuesday urged a worldwide safety review...

Private eye tells homeless man of inheritance

A homeless Utah man and delivered some good news: He's inherited a lot of money.

Fulton man indicted for distribution of heroin resulting in death of Fulton woman

A Fulton, Mo., man pleaded guilty in federal court today to distributing heroin, which resulted in the death of 28-year-old Summer Bond, also of Fulton.

Our Opinion: Striving for a practical compromise on Prop. B

If the energy, letters and money spent on Proposition B is any indication, animal welfare issues obviously spark passion and emotion.

Time's up: shutdown looms without agreement

A deadline looming, Congress' top Democrat accused Republicans on Friday of risking a government shutdown because they want to make it harder "for women to get cancer screenings."

Man accused of throwing meth lab at deputy

A southeast Missouri man is accused of throwing a shake-and-bake meth lab at a deputy, causing a fire that torched a trailer.

Nixon to name legislative redistricting panels

Gov. Jay Nixon is to appoint commissioners Friday to redraw Missouri's state House and Senate districts based on the 2010 census.

Mo. sheriff seeks victims of unsolicited texts

An eastern Missouri sheriff's office wants to hear from anyone who might have received unsolicited and sexually explicit text messages on a cell phone.

2 dogs put down after attack on Mo. postal worker

Worker attacked last week

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Winter storm blasts Missouri hard

Potentially the worst winter storm to hit Missouri in decades began its trek across the state Tuesday, dumping more than a foot of snow while delivering freezing rain, blustering winds and dangerously cold temperatures.

Interstate 70 closed across Missouri

The Missouri Department of Transportation has closed Interstate 70 across Missouri because of whiteout conditions.

Winter storm blasts Missouri hard

Potentially the worst winter storm to hit Missouri in decades began its trek across the state Tuesday, dumping more than a foot of snow while delivering freezing rain, blustering winds and dangerously cold temperatures.

Gov. proposes smaller state budget

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon proposed flat funding for public schools and cuts to colleges Wednesday while acknowledging during his annual State of the State speech that “times are tough” and even small job gains are cause for celebration.

Mo. gov. spares man whose execution was imminent

Missouri’s governor decided to spare a convicted murderer’s life Monday, a little more than a day before the man was scheduled to die by injection for a 1994 killing.

Our Opinion: Census figures bring political ramifications

Politics and demographics will reflect substantial changes as a result of the 2010 Census figures.

Mo. Supreme Court to consider utility merger

The Missouri Supreme Court has agreed to consider whether state utility regulators properly handled the 2008 acquisition of Aquila Inc.

Census: Mo. loses House district

Census: Mo. loses House district; 8 seats in Congress state’s lowest mark since 1850 count

Boone County jury convicts man of harassing judge

A Boone County jury has found a 56-year-old Hartsburg man guilty of charges related to harassing a Boone County judge.

Collision topples school bus in central Missouri

Authorities in central Missouri say three people were hurt when a pickup truck clipped a school bus on Interstate 70, flipping the bus on its side.

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No. 14 Nebraska hands No. 7 Mizzou 1st loss, 31-17

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska fans butchered the pronunciation of Roy Helu Jr.’s last name. No matter. They’ll be talking about him for a long time to come.

Bruce looking forward to number being retired

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Isaac Bruce put up some big numbers with the Greatest Show on Turf. The St. Louis Rams will honor him for that Sunday, retiring his No. 80 jersey in a pregame ceremony.

Chiefs' Weis one tough coordinator

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Kansas City Chiefs aren’t only playing through pain. They’re coaching through it, too.

MU won’t press charges over fans on field

COLUMBIA (AP) — The University of Missouri says it won’t seek trespassing charges against 30 fans who were arrested for rushing onto the football field after Saturday’s big win over Oklahoma.

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Maylee arrested in Cooper County

UPDATE: Joshua Maylee was arrested at 1:30 p.m. Thursday in Cooper County.

MU medical school hit with new sanctions

The largest physician residency program at the University of Missouri has been put on probation by a national accreditation group. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports Thursday that the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education put the university’s internal medicine department on one year of probation.