State News

Beach stayed open despite high bacteria levels

Missouri parks official Jim Yancey runs tests on beaches, and he missed water test results for a Lake of the Ozarks beach which had high bacterial levels. Yancey said he was on vacation, and the beach remained open with high bacteria levels.

UPDATE: Biden speaks in St. Louis, says more jobs are needed

Vice President Joe Biden spoke Thursday at a St. Louis County police and firefighter training center in the St. Louis suburb of Wellston about the nation's economic recovery plan.

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden visits St. Louis

Joe Biden addressed a few hundred people at the St. Louis County Police and Fire Training Center in Wellston. He said the nation's economic recovery will be successful only when more jobs are created.

U.S. Senate candidates both raise more than $1 million

This is the second straight quarter in which Republican Rep. Roy Blunt has raised more money than Democratic Secretary of State Robin Carnahan.

Missouri governor promotes health care professional education program

The Caring for Missouri program will provide for about 470 medical professional training spots in four-year Missouri schools and hundreds more spots in two-year schools.

UPDATE: Veteran jailed after arrested with gun at Illinois VA hospital

An army specialist was arrested after he threatened to shoot people at a hospital in southern Illinois.

World War II's Missouri heads toward major refurbishment

The USS Missouri, which was the site of Japan's surrender in World War II, was moved Wednesday to a dry dock to be refurbished.  The restoration will cost $18 million.

Biden to visit St. Louis Thursday

Vice President Joe Biden is scheduled to speak at the St. Louis County Police and Fire Training Center to discuss federal funds being used to create jobs and aid law enforcement. Tickets are available to the public from noon to 3 p.m. today at the training center.

Former DNR deputy director regrets E. coli delay

Former DNR Deputy Director Joe Bindbeutel said he regrets the delay in the release of the E. coli levels from the Lake of the Ozarks because it has become a distraction for the department. He told state Senate investigators there was no public risk and the department was working to fix the problem.

Eighth person charged in fatal robbery attempt

Twenty-five-year-old Tommy L. Hawkins III, of Kansas City, was charged Tuesday with second-degree felony murder, first-degree robbery and armed criminal action. The charges stem from the robbery attempt at Jefferson City mobile home on Oct. 5 which resulted in one robber's death.

Former Kansas City CEO sentenced in child porn case

Ronald E. Elmquist, a 63-year-old millionaire and former Kansas City-area CEO, has been fined and sentenced to 30 months in prison for attempting to possess Internet child pornography.

State insurance department nears $11 million returned in complaint cases

The Missouri insurance department said it has helped return almost $11 million to consumers filing complaints about insurers through the first nine months of the year.

Central Missouri University to replace president

University of Central Missouri President Aaron Pololefsky has officially gained "lame duck" status until next summer, as the school's board of governers has declined to renew his contract, despite a show of faculty support for the president. The board did not give a reason for their decision.

Second annual Citizen Jane Film Festival begins Friday

The second annual Citizen Jane Film Festival begins Friday and ends Sunday. It features workshops, panel discussions and appearances by directors, production staff and other movie insiders.

Lawsuit targets state tax credits, development law

St. Louis residents Barbara Manzara and Keith Marquard filed a lawsuit Friday challenging a 2009 law that expanded the amount of annual tax credits that could be issued for developers who purchase large swaths of land.

Missouri unemployment rate remains steady in September

The unemployment rate in Missouri remained the same from August to September. At 9.5 percent it remains slightly less than the national average.

Missouri senator says there was a 'cover-up' concerning E. coli

Outside investigation might be necessary to look into an "organized cover-up" concerning the delayed release of E. coli results, says a Republic senator.

Missouri man charged with threatening president

The U.S. Attorney's office said Josh Randall McCallum sent a threatening letter to President Barack Obama in August.

Missouri aims to attract tourists interested in Civil War history

More than 1,100 battles were fought in the border state, trailing only Virginia and Tennessee. History buffs hope the upcoming 150th anniversary in 2011 will stire renewed interest in Missouri's battlefields.

Noel man charged with involuntary manslaughter after fatal car crash

Prosecutors charged Francisco Espinoza, 22, with involuntary manslaughter, after the vehicle he was driving went airborne and caught fire killing a 46-year-old passenger.