State News

First lady to take Gov. Nixon's place on Cuba trip

State Auditor Tom Schweich's death prompted the the governor to change his schedule. First lady Georganne Nixon will meet with the Cuban ministries of trade, agriculture, tourism and foreign affairs.

Tom Schweich left behind promise of political career that had barely begun

In his final days, the Missouri auditor described having knots in his stomach over what he thought was an anti-Semitic whisper campaign by a GOP consultant who now runs the state party.

Nixon appoints senior adviser as temporary Missouri auditor

The governor says he asked senior advisor John Watson to serve in that role to ensure work in the auditor's office continues.

Teen certified as adult for trial in St. Louis hammer death

A 17-year-old defendant has been charged with first-degree murder and armed criminal action in the November death of 32-year-old Zemir Begic.

Boys & Girls Club plans facility in Ferguson

The Ferguson club will provide recreational and educational needs for boys and girls ages 6 to 18.

Parkway students get a spark for business success

Spark! has a new business incubator this year in the Chesterfield Mall, a space where students use problem solving, critical thinking and personal responsibility to develop the mindset of an entrepreneur.

More young Missouri women pursuing nontraditional careers

At Missouri State Technical College in Linn, female students are enrolling and succeeding in traditionally male-dominated classes such as automotive repair and welding.


Police: 7 fatally shot, gunman dead in southeastern Missouri

Sgt. Jeff Kinder says the 36-year-old suspect was found dead in Shannon County early Friday from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.


UPDATE: Police call death of Missouri Auditor Tom Schweich an 'apparent suicide'

Schweich's death stunned many of Missouri's top elected officials, who described him as a brilliant and devoted public servant. He died just minutes after making a phone call to The Associated Press to invite a reporter to his home for a news conference.

Missouri politicians react to death of state auditor Tom Schweich

Schweich, 54, died Thursday. In January, Schweich announced plans to run for governor in 2016.

Missouri lawmaker wants to cut funds for Common Core testing

Cutting the money will ensure Missouri's partnership with the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium ends.

Nixon will have to appoint new auditor to serve Schweich's term

State law says the governor appoints a new auditor when a vacancy occurs to fill the office for the rest of the term until a new auditor is elected.

Missouri science museum to expand after receiving large anonymous donation

The expansion will include a lower-level bone preparation room where visitors can see fossils being readied for display, an observation deck and a gift shop with fossils for sale.

Changes for storm sirens unveiled in southwest Missouri

A change in the sever storm siren sounds this year, which is voluntary for any municipality, might provide southwest Missouri residents with a more clear idea of what kind of danger they are in when storms pass over.

St. Louis schools are teaching chess to help students

Several programs give students the chance to pit their chess skills against the skills of others after school, but a few schools are considering moving chess into the regular school day.

Former U.S. Rep. Todd Akin: I'm not running in 2016

Akin's 2012 Senate bid was undermined when he remarked in a TV interview that women's bodies have ways of avoiding pregnancy from what he called "legitimate rape." Akin released a one-sentence statement Thursday announcing, "I will not be running for the U.S. Senate in 2016."

UMKC seeks to raise $6.75 million from faculty, staff by June 2016

The UMKC Foundation says it wants to raise $6.75 million from faculty and staff by the end of June 2016.

United Airlines flight diverted to Wichita lands safely

The Bombardier Q-400 aircraft was operated by Republic Airlines and was headed to the Kansas City International Airport in Missouri.

Police: Body found in Kansas City well identified

Police say Janina Vasquez's body was discovered in a 25-foot well near the Missouri River on Feb. 19.

Car stolen from dealership has been in 6 chases since theft

Police in Wentzville say a man entered Century Dodge Chrysler on Feb. 14 and asked to test drive a 2009 Pontiac G8. He spotted the keys to the car and stole the vehicle.