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Homelessness in Missouri keeps growing

Cole County reports total of 124 in latest count

Missouri’s homeless population rose 67 percent between 2007 and 2012, and now stands at 1,582, according to a study by the Governor’s Committee to End Homelessness.

Missouri awarded $2 million for higher ed

A national nonprofit group is pumping $2 million into Missouri higher education programs. Gov. Jay Nixon on Monday announced USA Funds plans to give grants to help colleges speed students to finishing their degrees and moving into careers.

Tension marks Common Core rewrite

Task forces off to shaky start in crafting school benchmarks

An effort to rewrite Missouri’s educational standards got off to a tense and sometimes confrontational start Monday as parents and educators opposed to the Common Core guidelines clashed with those reluctant to ditch them.

Some Ferguson residents using body cameras

A California-based group has distributed and trained some Ferguson residents on how to use body cameras to record police.

Proposed wind farm near wildlife refuge will move

A company that had planned to build the largest wind farm in Missouri near several wildlife areas has decided to look elsewhere because modifications needed to protect the area’s animals made it financially unworkable.

A Missouri drill sergeant charged with sexually assaulting eight female soldiers pleaded guilty Monday to three charges at the outset of his court-martial.

A Missouri drill sergeant charged with sexually assaulting eight female soldiers pleaded guilty Monday to three charges at the outset of his court-martial.

Students can use online service to report bullies

Belton middle school students used to drop complaints about bullies into slotted-lid boxes bolted to hallway walls.

Tension marks Missouri education goals rewrite

Educators and parents chosen to rewrite learning benchmarks for Missouri children are divided on how to move forward.

PSC poised to reject Noranda complaint

As early as Wednesday, Missouri’s Public Service Commission officially could reject Noranda Aluminum’s complaint that Ameren Missouri has earned more money than the PSC allowed when setting the utility’s rates almost two years ago.

After holdup, suspect leads area police on car chase

A man suspected of burglarizing an Eldon convenience store and leading Eldon police on a high-speed chase early Sunday morning was caught more than two hours later after assistance from three other law enforcement agencies.

Judge: Man in 9/11 airport hoax should be freed

A Pennsylvania man accused of creating a hoax that closed down a busy terminal at Kansas City International Airport on the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks might go free without ever standing trial, after a federal judge recommended the court allow the mentally ill man to be released.

Missouri Senate getting historic renovation

Missouri officials are undertaking a $750,000 renovation of the Senate even as Gov. Jay Nixon is blocking hundreds of millions of dollars of spending for other programs and facilities because of concerns about the state's finances.

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Journal aims to stoke interest in Midwest history

When T.V. Golden set out to bring a modern irrigation system to parched northwestern Nebraska in the late 19th century, some of the more established settlers objected, fearing that acknowledging the problem would stanch the flow of immigrants who had turned the area into a "young Ireland."

MU professor says complaints led to tenure denial

MU assistant professor Dylan Kesler claims endowed professor Joshua Millspaugh and associate professor Francisco Aguilar have improperly paid their spouses at least $130,000 from large pools of federal grant money since 2010 while the women curtailed their job duties as research assistants and lab managers to remain home with newborns.

Missouri authorities warn about ‘grandma scam’

Susan is 66, lives in Clayton, has a doctorate in American studies and has taught at St. Louis Community College. She's no dummy. Yet she fell for one of the hoariest of scams this month.

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E-cigarette law may present legal questions

The debate over electronic cigarette sales and regulations in Missouri comes down to a simple question. Are e-cigarettes tobacco?

MU offers voluntary buyout offer for some faculty

The University of Missouri's flagship campus in Columbia is offering a buyout option for some of its tenured faculty members.

State hosts hearing on Riverview Gardens district

State education officials are headed to north St. Louis County to discuss steps the unaccredited Riverview Gardens school district is taking to improve.

Columbia pastor, artist, poet collaborate on book

Early one morning in June 2013, Tim Carson, senior minister at Columbia's Broadway Christian Church, stopped mid-shower and was overcome by an image. To him, it was a striking revelation.

Rep. Randy Pike, of rural western Missouri, dies

Republican Randy Pike, of Butler, was first elected to the House in 2012 and was running for a second term. His campaign treasurer Barney Fisher said Pike died Saturday at a hospital after swallowing a drink into his lungs. He was 60.