Appointing special master in capital cases is rare in Missouri

The special master in the Reginald Clemons case will conduct hearings much like a trial, collecting evidence and creating a record for the Missouri Supreme Court to review, a communications counsel for the court said.

Apollo Alliance starts Missouri chapter to create clean energy

A coalition of labor and environmental groups aims to improve Missouri's energy efficiency through the creation of green jobs and increased funding for energy-efficiency projects in the state.

Columbia law enforcement tests license plate reader

The device, which the Columbia Police Department began testing on June 12, uses two cameras to scan license plates — one with a color image, the other infrared — and matches the characters on the plate with numbers listed in law enforcement databases.

UPDATE: Judge tentatively acquits woman in MySpace case

Lori Drew was convicted in a trial, but the judge says that if she is to be found guilty of illegally accessing computers, anyone who has ever violated the social networking site's terms of service would be guilty of a misdemeanor.

Nixon vetoes Missouri motorcycle helmet bill

The legislation would have allowed people 21 and older to ride without helmets on all roads except interstate highways.

UPDATE: Nixon vetoes motorcycle helmet bill

Gov. Jay Nixon on Thursday vetoed a bill that would have relaxed motorcycle helmet laws, citing concerns about safety and cost.

Missouri revenues down 6.9 percent in 2009 fiscal year

For the year, sales tax collections fell 5.8 percent; individual income tax collections dropped 2.9 percent; and corporate tax collections fell 13.9 percent.

Police seek record federal aid to avoid layoffs

The economic stimulus bill included $1 billion for aid to police departments, but there have been applications for more than $8.3 billion.

Missouri wants statue of Truman put in U.S. Capitol

Gov. Jay Nixon has requested that a statue of former President Harry Truman, who grew up in Independence, be placed in the U.S. Capitol.

Two public beaches at Lake of Ozarks are open

The two beaches were closed in June after tests found high concentrations of E-coli.

MU student learns shoebox can be extension of spirituality

An MU student left Wednesday for Panama to offer shoebox gifts to San Blas youth, who lack the supplies to go to school. The trip is offered through Samaritan's Purse, a non-denominational organization that emphasizes international relief and introducing the word of God.

First female Missouri education commissioner named

Chris Nicastro, superintendent of the Hazelwood School District superintendent, is to begin her duties Aug. 1.

Meltdown 101: Where are the renewable energy jobs?

With the growth of energy concerns in Washington — and the allocation of federal funds to alleviate them — job opportunities in the field are expected to open across the U.S.

Columbia residents seek solutions for rental housing energy demand

City officials and rental property owners are looking for ways to improve the energy efficiency of rental homes to alleviate  high utility bills and rental rates.

UPDATE: Johnson defense alleges inefectiveness of counsel

In the third and final day of a trial to determine whether convicted killer Ernest Johnson will get a new sentencing trial, the defense called witnesses who suggested that Johnson had received ineffective legal representation.

Show-Me Solar Team receives grant to aid house project

The $5,000 grant will assist in buying materials for the team's solar energy house for the Solar Decathlon in October. The team is composed of students from MU and Missouri University of Science and Technology.

U.S. jobless rate rises to 9.5 percent

The U.S. unemployment rate continued to climb in the month of June, reaching a 26-year high of 9.5 percent.  Economists are conflicted about how long it will be before that number starts to go down.

Missouri mom set to be sentenced in MySpace hoax

Missouri mother Lori Drew's case has been called the nation's first cyberbullying trial. Prosecutors say Drew sought to humiliate neighbor Megan Meier using the social networking site MySpace and sending flirtatious messages to the girl in his name. Meier later committed suicide.

UPDATE: Nixon signs veterans legislation

The legislation establishes a highway designation program to honor those killed in Iraq or Afghanistan since the Sept. 11 attacks as well as allows veterans' service organizations to bury unclaimed remains,  and to honor those who help wounded veterans.

Rhode Island town boasts longest-running July Fourth festival

The Rhode Island town of Bristol has the longest history in the nation of celebrating Independence Day — a history with as much controversy as proud symbolism.