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Report: Huge tank that exploded needed emergency repairs
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- A giant steam-filled tank weighing nearly 2,000 pounds (900 kilograms) that exploded at a St. Louis box plant, flew a quarter-mile into the air and smashed into a neighboring building, was being used despite needing emergency repairs, federal investigators said Thursday....

Missouri Senate committee advances utilities rate proposal
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Ameren Missouri customers wouldn't likely see a significant increase in their monthly electricity bills under a proposal allowing manufacturers that use a lot of electricity to negotiate lower rates, according to a Missouri Public Service Commission staff analysis presented to a Senate committee Thursday....

Police: Killings in St. Louis city, county may be connected
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Police are investigating whether a man who stole a pickup truck after killing a woman and critically wounding a man in St. Louis city is also responsible for a St. Louis County killing....

Flooding costs in Missouri estimated at $86 million
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- A preliminary assessment has found about $86 million of damage and costs from recent flooding and storms in Missouri....

St. Louis man admits pretending to be Purple Heart recipient
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- A St. Louis man could face up to a year in prison after admitting that he pretended to be a Purple Heart recipient to scam people out of $4,300....