State News

Oil could drive down ethanol profits, but industry is shielded

Oil prices may have dipped below $50 a barrel for the first time since April 2009, but ethanol plants across the nation continue to operate at a brisk pace to satisfy a domestic and export demand that hasn't weakened.

Cargill closing 118-employee Springfield plant

The plant will close March 11, and operations will transfer to the company's facilities at Nebraska City, Nebraska, and Waco, Texas.

Union Station in St. Louis to have Ferris wheel, coaster

St. Louis Development Corp. estimates that the entertainment attractions will produce about 350 jobs and could draw 1 million visitors annually.

Health officials link California apple packer to listeria deaths

The illnesses and deaths from consuming caramel apples were reported in Arizona, California, Minnesota, Missouri, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, Texas, Utah, Washington and Wisconsin.

Saved bald eagle returns to wild as rescuer faces new trial

Photographer's case has become a rallying point for people pushing for a change in law to shield wildlife good Samaritans.

Missouri leaders sought Ferguson chief's resignation

Records show that some of Missouri's top leaders tried unsuccessfully to pressure Ferguson Police Chief Tom Jackson to resign.

Newly unveiled statue is symbol of Missouri Navy SEAL's mission in life

Stephen Otten directed the principles he learned in military life to artistic endeavors. A recent result is his version of Michelangelo's David. 

Missouri writer turns 4 weeks into 50,000 words

Amanda Davies, an event coordinator in St. Joseph, based the book, a work of historical fiction set during the American Revolution, on an ancestor. A genealogy buff, she used her distant kin, with changed names, as characters.

INTERACTIVE GRAPHIC: Legislative lobbying on rise in Missouri

Between October 2012 and September 2014, Missouri legislators received $1,813,768.74 in gifts from organizations with interests in the General Assembly’s activities. The 98th Missouri General Assembly opened Wednesday.


Settlement offered for red-light camera tickets in Missouri

American Traffic Solutions denied the allegations but agreed to pay the partial refunds to resolve all pending claims on behalf of the 27 communities

Missouri secretary of state aims to cut business fees

Jason Kander said the legislation would slash dozens of filing expenses to make state business fees the lowest in the U.S.

Big, confusing St. Louis intersection due for change

City streets director Todd Waelterman says motorists, pedestrians and cyclists all complain about the intersection of Skinker and Clayton Roads, at the southwest edge of Forest Park.

First-responders training on life-like child mannequins

The high-tech mannequins allow emergency responders to practice their skills on a regular basis so they don't get rusty.

Patrol: Boating, traffic fatalities down in 2014 in Missouri

Drowning deaths also were on the decline. Twenty-nine people drowned in the state's rivers and lakes last year, compared with 38 in 2013.

Representatives share legislative goals at start of 98th Missouri General Assembly

The strike of noon Wednesday marked the start of the 98th Missouri General Assembly. Both legislative bodies this session are controlled by Republicans, with the GOP holding a 118-45 majority in the House and a 25-9 majority in the Senate. 

Governor's Prayer Breakfast kicks off 2015 Missouri General Assembly's opening day

During his remarks, Gov. Nixon joked that the new legislators who would be sworn in Wednesday should "enjoy the last few hours of normalcy."

Monsanto earnings fall 34 percent on lower corn seed sales

The company said lower corn plantings in the U.S. will likely reduce second quarter results by 5 percent to 10 percent compared with the prior year.

Giant Solo cup structure in Springfield to be demolished

With the Solo Cup company gone, the big white cup no longer suits the building's entrance.


Missouri lawyer's trial in double homicide delayed

The Lee's Summit lawyer is accused of shooting her father and his girlfriend in 2010 at their Lake of the Ozarks home.

Business owner sentenced for $3 million fraud

Authorities say the owner of a Fenton payroll services company withdrew money from clients' banks accounts to pay their federal, state and local taxes, but he didn't pay them.