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On an overcast Saturday morning, the weekend after Halloween a group of some 30 people gathered at one of St. Louis’s oldest cemeteries. Bellefontaine Cemetery is the final resting place of historical Missourians like William Clark and William S. Borroughs, but on this day the tour group was there to learn about how Bellefontaine is keeping up to date with green burials.

The group was led by Dan Fuller, the volunteer coordinator and guide for the cemetery. "A contemporary burial produces this kind of a carbon footprint," he said, lifting his hand high to show the environmental impact of a typical modern burial. "An outer container, a metal coffin, an embalmed body, 6-foot deep with a headstone," all add to that footprint, he explained.

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Missouri corrections officials are seeking bids from funeral homes in an effort to reduce the state's cost of burying inmates who die behind bars and have nobody to claim their bodies.

Bid documents request the cheapest wood boxes and least expensive grave liners as the Department of Corrections tries to spend less than the $62,000 it spent to bury unclaimed prisoners in 2015.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports burial arrangements for unclaimed inmates now are left up to local prison officials who work with a local funeral home. The state wants to formalize that process.

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Missouri lawmakers have sent Gov. Jay Nixon a bill designed to clear up potential confusion about the state law restricting protests at funerals.

Ike Skelton

Funeral services have been announced for former Missouri congressman Ike Skelton.

The funeral is set for 2 p.m. Monday on the campus of Wentworth Military Academy in Lexington. A burial service with military rites is scheduled for later that day at a Lexington cemetery.

Skelton died this past Monday of complications from pneumonia at a hospital in Virginia. He was 81.

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Columbia came together on Saturday to remember a fallen soldier. A radical protest group had said it would be in town for the funeral, but it was overshadowed. The event was much more than a response to a protest. 

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The Patriot Guard placed flags around First Baptist Church on Broadway in downtown Columbia in preparation for the funeral of Spc. Sterling Wyatt. 

Wyatt died July 11 while on duty in Afghanistan. Groups of supporters lined the streets of Columbia Thursday  during a procession from Columbia Regional Airport to Wyatt's home.