State News

Authorities confirm Missouri deaths were murder-suicide

Willard Police Chief Tom McClain said Wednesday investigators determined that 54-year-old Edward Rollins shot his wife, 43-year-old Sherry Rollins, three times before shooting himself. Their bodies were found at their home Feb. 12.

Bonds reduced for 4 accused in staged Missouri kidnapping

Bond was reduced for four people accused of kidnapping a six-year-old boy in order to teach him a lesson about stranger danger earlier this month. Three defendants are charged with felony kidnapping, felonious restraint, and abuse or neglect of a child. The mother is charged with felony kidnapping and abuse or neglect of a child.

Former Missouri bank worker accused of embezzling $410,000

Katherine Nicholle Brown is accused of felony embezzlement.

St. Louis takes steps to bolster Section 8 program

The program is aimed at avoiding concentrations of poverty.

Tall office building planned at St. Louis hospital complex

The new building will be at the site of the Storz office building.

Farm, gun amendment language argued before Missouri Supreme Court

Plaintiffs argued the ballot language was misleading. The state's attorneys said courts shouldn't overturn election results based on semantics.

UM System Legislative Day emphasizes advocacy for higher education

Speakers encouraged attendees to advance the UM System's legislative priorities, which center on providing funding for the four system campuses. 

Missouri House budget panel wants more for K-12 education

A budget plan presented Wednesday would provide funding increases to public schools and community colleges, though it would scrap Nixon's recommendation to give a performance-based funding increase to public universities.

Missouri traffic stop yields 400 pounds of pot-laced bars

The Missouri State Highway Patrol says a California man was arrested Tuesday for possession of a controlled substance with plans to distribute it.


Prescription drug database bill endorsed by Missouri House

The House gave initial approval to the bill creating a prescription drug database to identify potential abuses by a vote of 105- 46.

Execution date set for Missouri inmate Andre Cole

Cole killed a man in 1998 out of anger over a child support payment.

Missouri man convicted of wife's death wins legal victory

The Missouri Court of Appeals ruled that newly discovered evidence could produce a different outcome at a new trial.

Court appearance set for man accused in infant son's meth death

Authorities say the 8-month-old child ingested methamphetamine and died of acute meth intoxication.

Missouri Senate panel considers change to deadly force law

Law enforcement organizations support the stricter rules, saying it's what they've been teaching for years, while opponents say the change doesn't go far enough.

Mississippi River bridge between southern Missouri, Illinois to close

An annual inspection of the bridge in April uncovered the need for repair of steel beams and joints. The bridge will shut down March 16 and is expected to reopen March 18, 2016.

European cruise giant Viking plans Mississippi River tours

The cruise line is expected to appeal to a younger demographic in the recently revitalized Mississippi River cruise business.

St. Louis leader says warm weather could lead to violence

James Clark, vice president of the nonprofit organization Better Family Life, addressed his concerns about violence in the upcoming warmer months to the Missouri Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights on Monday.

Man who planned Clarksville Skylift renovation faces marijuana charges

Authorities reportedly found 114 pounds of marijuana in the 74-year-old's basement.

New Pioneer Woman Statue chosen in Independence

A new statue will be paid for by donations and funds from the Truman-Heartland Foundation.

Missouri man charged in killings of 3 people, unborn child

Authorities have not revealed a motive for the killings or Brian D. William's possible connection to the victims.