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Cierpiot elected by peers to Missouri House majority leader

Missouri House Republicans have elected Rep. Mike Cierpiot (SEEHR'-poy) of Lee's Summit as their new majority leader.

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Top Missouri senator Tom Dempsey to resign

Missouri Senate President Pro Tem Tom Dempsey said Friday that he is resigning from office to launch a new private-sector career and spend more time with his family.

Trooper seeks to block Koster's office from disciplinary hearing

Because of a conflict of interest, the attorney general’s office should not represent the Missouri Highway Patrol and Superintendent Bret Johnson in a disciplinary hearing against an officer accused of misconduct, the officer’s lawyer said in a July 2 legal filing released to the media Thursday.

Soybean crop hit hard by unusually heavy rains

Frequent and heavy rains this spring and summer have resulted in several challenges to plant, crop and animal agriculture in Missouri.

Endangered pallid sturgeon larvae found in Missouri River

Three fish larvae captured from the Missouri River last year have been confirmed as those of the endangered pallid sturgeon, the U.S. Geological Survey said Thursday.

Democrats consider distance from Jefferson, Jackson

Democratic parties in the three states that start the presidential nominating process are exploring ending their association with two former White House occupants: Thomas Jefferson and Andrew Jackson.

Coleman appointed to Missouri utility regulation panel

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon says he'll appoint former state Sen. Maida Coleman to a panel of utility regulators.

Probation in hit-and-run case angers relatives of victim

Relatives of a suburban St. Louis man killed by a hit-and-run vehicle are angry after the driver received probation.

Charges reduced against Missouri teen in grandparents' death

A southwest Missouri prosecutor has reduced the murder charge against an 18-year-old man accused of killing his grandparents.

Appeals court rules against online gambling firm's founder

A federal appeals court has rejected attempts by the founder of a former online betting site to avoid paying $36 million in delinquent taxes and penalties, dismissing claims that his plea deal in a related criminal case precluded the government from pursuing the debt.

Victim of fatal shooting at beach identified

Authorities have released the identity of a man fatally shot at an eastern Missouri beach.

Appeals court upholds convictions in Petro America case

A federal appeals court panel has upheld the convictions of five people for bilking mostly poor investors out of millions of dollars with promises that they could become wealthy beyond their wildest dreams by spending as little as $100.

Missouri man, 55, drowns in creek

Authorities say a 55-year-old southern Missouri man has drowned in a creek.

Sifton drops out of race for Missouri attorney general

Democratic state Sen. Scott Sifton said Thursday that he's dropping out of next year's race for Missouri attorney general and instead will seek re-election to the Senate.

Spokesman: Disturbance breaks out at Ferguson meeting

A city of Ferguson spokesman says a commotion involving dozens of people has broken out at a town hall meeting.

St. Louis area health system endures 20-hour computer outage

An executive with the St. Louis area's biggest hospital provider say the network is rebounding from a 20-hour computer outage that disrupted its operations system-wide.

Missouri lawmaker Hinson pleads guilty to DWI near Capitol

A state House member from eastern Missouri has pleaded guilty to driving while intoxicated in the capital city.

Canoeists set new record in paddling from Kansas to Missouri

Two Texas men have set a new record in a race by canoeing the Missouri River from Kansas City, Kansas, to St. Charles, Missouri, in 34 hours and 34 minutes.

State begins work to plan Capitol renovations

The state is beginning its project to renovate the exterior stonework on the Missouri Capitol — part of a $40 million effort to rehabilitate the building and eliminate some water-leak problems, especially on the building’s south side.

Blunt pleased with US Senate budget work

The federal government’s business year begins Oct. 1, and U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt said Wednesday that Congress is moving forward on passing a budget to run the government in the new year.