State News

Attorney fired over Blunt e-mails to make run for Congress

Scott Eckersley is running as a Democrat for the same seat currently held by former Gov. Matt Blunt's father, Roy Blunt.

January trial date set for Jared Mohler

He is one of six men accused of molesting young family members more than two decades ago.

KU chancellor urges Nebraska to stay in Big 12

Kansas chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little has reached out to her counterpart at Nebraska, urging him to keep the Cornhuskers in the Big 12 Conference.

ANALYSIS: Missouri balks at taxes, but OKs higher fees

Some of the increases would be to fees for the Parents as Teachers program, pesticide registration and animal shelters.

Missouri retirement system to drop employee bonuses

A plan calls for payroll raises to replace most of the bonuses. The financial incentives came under fire after nearly $300,000 in bonuses were paid out last year despite a $1.8 billion loss in its portfolio in 2008. The bonuses were the result of the system beating a preset benchmark that considers five years of investment returns.

Bosnian students in St. Louis make documentary on country's war

Two graduates were among the thousands of Bosnian refugees who came to St. Louis after the war. While many Bosnian children are enrolled at Bayless and other area schools, the class of 2010 may be the last with memories of the war and of living in Bosnia. The duo, along with four Bosnian classmates, made a 20-minute documentary of some of their parents' memories of the war.

Police investigate double homicide in eastern Missouri

A consumer fraud investigator for the Missouri attorney general's office and another man have died during an apparent robbery attempt in the town of Black Jack.

Eastern Missouri handler found guilty in dogs' deaths

Mary Wild, a 25-year-old from Arnold, left eight dogs in a hot van overnight; all but one of the dogs died. Sentencing is set for July 1. 

Two Missouri men face St. Louis trial in murder-for-hire

Prosecutors allege the men were part of a 1992 plot to kill Danny Coleman in order for his wife to collect the insurance money.

Space-starved UMKC library adds retrieval robots

Eventually, 80 percent of UMKC's collection will be housed either in bins placed on four-story steel shelving structures or in larger carts. The Kansas City Star reported that robotic cranes will be used to fetch materials from such storage starting this summer.

9-year-old Missouri boy dies after rope swing accident

Authorities said the boy became entangled in a rope swing while playing with his siblings at his home southeast of Sedalia. He was pronounced dead at a Kansas City hospital Saturday morning.

Holcim CEO: Missouri plant environmentally sound

An event to celebrate the August opening of the plant in Ste. Genevieve County took place Friday at the sprawling complex that sits amid rolling woods along the Mississippi River about 50 miles south of St. Louis.

Army Secretary McHugh attending Missouri events

Army Secretary John McHugh was at Whiteman Air Force Base Friday to dedicate a new, $34 million hangar and maintenance facility for Army National Guard helicopters.

Cape Girardeau becoming meth destination

Cape Girardeau is becoming a top destination for meth manufacturers because it does not have an anti-methamphetamine law requiring a prescription to buy a key ingredient.

Southeast Missouri man dies in fire

The Southeast Missourian reports that firefighters were called at 3:48 a.m. Friday to a home near Sedgewickville.

Scout leader finds woman tied up in Forest Park

A Boy Scout leader and his family found a woman tied up Friday in a creek bed not from from Muny theater.

St. Louis Zoo to expand; will include new homes for bears, sea lions, elephants

The total cost of the upgrade at the free zoo is about $120 million.

Regulators approve rules for renewable energy

Voters in 2008 approved a ballot measure that forces investor-owned utilities to use renewable energy sources for at least 2 percent of their electricity by 2011.

Missouri chancellor won't commit to Big 12

Both Missouri and Nebraska have indicated interest in moving to the Big 10.

MoDOT: Flashing yellow arrows safer for drivers

Drivers pause at the yellow arrows, rather than speeding through a green light.