State News

Gov. Nixon details possible changes to state DWI laws

Gov. Jay Nixon addressed crowds in Hannibal, St. Louis County and Cape Giradeau about new legislation that could change how Missouri handles drunken driving cases.

Missouri lawmakers paid Jetton $400,000 for advice

State legislators paid thousands of dollars for political and campaign advice from former state House speaker now charged with assault.

UPDATE: Forsee: Missouri may consider 3-year degree

Because of the struggling economy, University of Missouri System President Gary Forsee said the university system must now consider offering three-year undergraduate degrees. Missouri's public higher education institutions will probably face state funding cuts amounting to $50 million in the coming fiscal year, according to Gov. Jay Nixon.

Missouri health department: H1N1 vaccine available to all

With increasing vaccines supplies, the H1N1 vaccine is available to anyone who wants it after being previously limited to children, pregnant woman and other high-risk people.

Forsee: Higher ed cuts require 'paradigm shift'

MU President Gary Forsee says the state will need to consider taking radical steps, such as offering 3-year degrees, to cut spending by the levels required by Gov. Jay Nixon.

Change of venue motion filed in Olten murder case

Fifteen-year-old Alyssa Bustamante's attorney said the murder trial should be moved because of a perceived bias against Bustamante by Cole County residents.

Four Missouri men sentenced to prison in dogfighting case

Four Missouri men pleaded guilty to conspiracy to violate federal animal fighting laws after being arrested in the largest coordinated multistate dogfighting raids in U.S. history in July.

Gov. Nixon promoting bill aimed at drunken drivers

Gov. Jay Nixon will make several stops in eastern Missouri on Wednesday to promote drunken drivers legislation. This action stems from a St. Louis Post-Dispatch report that highlighted problems with tracking drunken drivers.

Thousands in Missouri, Illinois without power from storm

The hardest hit areas in Missouri are St. Louis city and county, Wentzville, Franklin and St. Charles.

3 killed when freight train hits car in Missouri

Three killed in automobile after being struck by a freight train in Trenton, Mo.

UPDATE: Bustamante pleads not guilty in Elizabeth Olten slaying

The judge scheduled a Feb. 16 hearing for an update on Bustamante's case.

Embattled former House speaker to leave politics

After being charged with second-degree assault on Tuesday, Rod Jetton has decided to close his political consulting firm.

Missouri state departments ask for status quo on budgets

State programs testified before the Senate Appropriations Committee on Monday to plead their case to retain funding. Missouri faces a budget shortfall of nearly $1 billion.

Ex-Missouri House speaker to close consulting business

Former Missouri House speaker Rod Jetton, who is charged with second-degree assault, plans to close his political consulting business. He was released Tuesday on bond.

Jefferson City man pleads not guilty in double killing

David Russell Hosier pleaded not guilty to a double murder that occurred in September.

UPDATE: Ex-Missouri House speaker facing assault charge is released on bond

Rod Jetton was released on $2,500 bond Tuesday after he was charged with felony second-degree assault, according to the Cole County Sheriff's Department.

Hearing scheduled for Elizabeth Olten murder suspect

Alyssa Bustamante is charged with first-degree murder in the killing of 9-year-old Elizabeth Olten on Oct. 21.

Missouri Republicans fight health care reform

Republican Cynthia Davis is sponsoring a bill in the Missouri House of Representatives to effectively block change made to Missouri's health care options from federal legislation.

Bustamante pleads not guilty in Elizabeth Olten slaying

An attorney for Alyssa Bustamante entered a not guilty plea on her behalf Tuesday to first-degree murder and armed criminal action in the Oct. 21 killing of 9-year-old Elizabeth Olten.

Big storm targets Midwest with snow, wind

Parts of Iowa, Nebraska, Wisconsin and Minnesota have had blizzard warnings issued. In Columbia, less than an inch of snow and sleet accumulation is expected.