UPDATE: Missouri high court upholds execution procedures

The dispute over the legality of the procedures' adoption has halted Missouri executions since 2005. It is unclear when executions will resume. The state has more than a dozen pending requests for execution dates.

Stephens student theater to perform 'Moonlight and Valentino'

Stephens College student director Rachel Ellersieck enjoys working with the actors of "Moonlight and Valentino," a sentiment with which they seem to agree. The production opens this week.

Suspected gang members stay in state custody

Two more accused members of the Cut Throat gang appeared in federal court today and will remain in state custody serving sentences for prior convictions until trial.


UPDATE: Marijuana suspect surrenders

A suspect sought for growing marijuana plants turned himself in Tuesday morning.

Missouri senator proposes bill to lengthen prison stays

Sen. Kurt Schaefer has filed a bill that could require criminals to serve prison terms close to their actual sentence. More than two dozen states have already passed similar bills.

Smithton students to perform "We Are the Dream" on Saturday

Smithton Middle School students will take the stage  Saturday as they perform "We Are the Dream." The performance will combine acting, music and photographs.

Missouri House endorses four-day school week option

Districts that choose the four-day option could lengthen their school days by an hour and shorten their school year by 32 days.

Federal stimulus could expand rural broadband in Missouri

The stimulus includes $7.2 billion in competitive grants and loans for broadband expansion aimed at rural areas. About one-fifth of Missourians live where there is no high-speed Internet access.

Draft fire service agreement could save city $4.3 million

A new draft of a territorial fire service agreement— given preliminary approval by the city and the Boone County Fire Protection District — could save the city an estimated $4.3 million over the next five years.

Missouri Senate backs new tax powers for river ports

The legislation would allow for the creation of port improvement districts that could impose property and sales taxes.

Missouri House approves tax break for saw mills

The bill would classify saw and planing mmills as agricultural and horticultural land instead of commercial property. Supporters say the new zoning could drop the mills' tax rate from 32 percent to 12 percent.

Students provoke discussion with AIDS projects

Rock Bridge High School students use projects as a starting point for a community conversation about AIDS.

UM System president turns down bonus

UM System President Gary Forsee says he won't accept $100,000 in bonuses he is entitled to receive and said he would also forgo a performance award in 2010 and doesn't want a salary increase in 2009.

Man arrested on suspicion of choking woman

A man at the scene pulled the assailant off of the victim, only to see him grab a screwdriver and lunge for the woman, a news release from the Boone County Sheriff's Department said.

UPDATE: State sues over diversion of Missouri River water

A lawsuit filed against the Bureau of Reclamation and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers contends that environmental issues and the effect of diverting Missouri River water to North Dakota was not considered when the plan was approved.

Peanut product recalls

Wells' Dairy products is recalling some ice cream products, including Hy-Vee and Blue Bunny products, that are sold nationwide. The company has had no reports of illness. Other products are also on the recall list.

UPDATE: Senators introduce military drug abuse bill

Claire McCaskill, a Missouri Democrat, and Bob Corker, a Tennessee Republican, introduced legislation Tuesday calling for changes in the military's approach to substance abuse.

Missouri baseball drops fourth straight

The No. 15 Tigers lost to No. 8 Arizona State.

Hickman girls basketball ends season with loss to Troy

The Kewpies lose in the semifinal of the Class 5, District 9 tournament.

Nixon creates stimulus idea Web site

The Web site was launched to solicit ideas from citizens, local governments, businesses and non-profits about how to use Missouri's portion of the federal economic stimulus money.