State News

Bavarian castle for sale in Ste. Genevieve County

The St. Mary property was initially listed for $3.2 million and included nearly 700 acres but has since been reduced to a smaller parcel for sale at $1.5 million. Or you can buy the castle, a 20-acre stocked lake and 100 acres for $850,000.

UPDATE: Missouri executes John Middleton

John Middleton, 54, died from an injection of pentobarbital, the sixth execution in Missouri this year. Only Florida and Texas, with seven each, have performed more executions.

Missouri man won't face 3rd trial in 1990 slaying

Platte County Circuit Clerk Sandra Dowd confirmed the decision Tuesday by former Clay County prosecutor Don Norris to dismiss the murder charge and four other felony charges against Mark Woodworth.

Nixon takes a pass, so 2 bills become laws

Gov. Jay Nixon on Monday declined to veto a Senate bill making it more difficult for people fired for misconduct to collect unemployment benefits.

Veterans crisis center comes to St. Louis

The American Legion opens a "crisis command center" at the Saint Louis University law school downtown starting at noon Tuesday.

Missouri man gets 14 years in sex trafficking case

Stephen Ardrey, 30, of Springfield, was sentenced to 14 years in prison for taking a developmentally delayed teenage girl from Massachusetts to a motel in Rhode Island, where he sold her to a man for $40 and two packs of cigarettes for use of sex.

Nixon endorses plan for Common Core alternative

The Democratic governor on Monday signed legislation that tasks groups of parents and educators with writing new standards to replace Common Core.

Missouri governor vetoes teacher gun legislation

The veto by the Democratic governor sets up a potential showdown with the Republican-led legislature, which could override Nixon if it gets a two-thirds vote of both chambers during a September session.

Missouri Gov. Nixon approves cannabis extract law

Patients wanting to use marijuana oil containing the chemical cannabidiol will be required to register with the state health department and also have a neurologist vouch that the patient's epilepsy hasn't responded to at least three other treatments.

Attorneys for condemned Missouri man claim innocence

An affidavit signed by a witness who came forward in February suggests that two other men were the real killer.

Nixon vetoes electronic cigarette measure

Gov. Jay Nixon called the Senate bill a "thinly disguised and cynical attempt" to exempt e-cigarettes from the state's 17 cent-per-pack cigarette tax as well as further public health restrictions.

New Joplin High School on schedule to open

Joplin school superintendent C.J. Huff said construction to replace the high school destroyed by a fatal tornado is on the fast track to meet the deadline of Aug. 25, which is when school starts.

John Ashcroft's son enters politics for first time

John Ashcroft's 41-year-old son, Jay, is seeking the Republican nomination for a state Senate seat representing St. Louis County in a three-way race on Aug. 5.

Missouri Gov. Nixon faces decision on 7 bills

Monday is the deadline for Gov. Jay Nixon to take action on bills that were passed by the legislature earlier this year. He can veto them, sign them or allow them to take effect without his signature.

Recent shootings heap new attention on Ozarks

The April shootings that killed three people at Jewish facilities in Overland Park revived negative images of the Ozarks as a place of refuge for extremists. Ozark residents are aware of the existence of these groups, but they also believe it's unfair to judge the whole area.

Records show Kansas City effort to land convention

The newspaper's review of more than 5,000 pages of convention-related documents revealed the city also pledged $7.3 million in free rent, electricity, insurance, engineering, housing and office space.

Herbicide-resistant weeds trouble Midwestern farms

Weed experts say half the nation's farmland is dealing with some form of herbicide-resistant weeds, including in Missouri and Illinois, where farmers have encountered half a dozen different species immune to glyphosate.

Hoarding, squalor a challenge for first-responders

The Springfield Fire Department is leading a task force with various social-service agencies to address the problem of hoarding and squalor in homes, which can be a fire and safety hazard for residents, firefighters and others..


St. Louis school board perseveres despite state takeover

The elected board's continued existence stems from an unusual provision in state law that directs its members to audit and monitor the state-appointed board — but provides the elected board no resources, financial or otherwise, to do so.

St. Louis official resigns amid nepotism inquiry

Missouri law states that any public office holder employing a relative within four degrees should forfeit office.