The month of July was the sixth-hottest month on record for the state of Missouri, dating back to 1895 -- and it was the hottest month overall in the Show-Me State since the 1980 heat wave.
Pat Guinan is both the state's official climatologist and a climatology professor at the University of Missouri -- Columbia. He says there have been numerous days this month where much of the state experienced triple-digit temperatures.
Missouri is getting more money to put people who have lost their jobs to natural disasters back to work helping with the cleanup.
The Disaster Recovery Jobs Program was created last month with funding from the federal Workforce Investment Act. The state used an initial allocation of nearly $6 million to hire 400 people for recovery work from the May 22 tornado in Joplin.
Gov. Jay Nixon said Thursday that Missouri now has an additional $13.9 million for the program.
The Department of Conservation says the season for bullfrogs and green frogs runs from sunset Thursday through Oct. 31.
Missourians can capture frogs using a hand net, gig, and throw line. They also can snag, snare, grab or use a pole and line if they have a fishing permit. People who have a hunting permit can use a .22 caliber rifle, pellet gun or bow.
Missouri could soon learn whether it will have to repay the federal government for accidentally inflating the state's food stamp rolls.
State officials acknowledged in December 2009 that a computer programming error led Missouri to over-report the number of food stamp participants to the federal government for six straight years. During that time, Missouri received more than $14 million in federal bonuses because of its high participation rates.