State News

St. Louis group wants to resurrect the mustache

Channeling their inner Tom Selleck, public relations firm says if they can bring back the mustache then they can sell anything

State lawmaker resigns from House

Ed Wildberger, D-St. Joseph, is the fifth state lawmaker to resign this year. A special election will be held Feb. 2 to fill his seat.

Missouri Southern president no-confidence vote set for Monday

A faculty group have formed their opinion of the president based on 23 complants against Bruce Speck describing what it calls failures of leadership and management.

Airplane crash kills two Cape Girardeau men

Two men have died after a single-engine airplane crashed near the small town of Blodgett.

Former senator Daschle to talk health care in Columbia

Former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle was scheduled to speak Friday morning at a Missouri health care summit. Also scheduled to speak is former surgeon general for the Bush administration, Richard Carmona.

Rare comics found in basement to be auctioned

The collection of more than 3,000 comics are likely to sell for more than the house they were found in.

St. Louis police looking into cops' second jobs

The St. Louis police department is investigating whether some officers are working their off-duty security jobs while they're on duty.

Teen charged in death of homeless Kansas City man

Isaiah N. Betts was charged with involuntary manslaughter in the death of Dwayne E. Smith, who was left unconscious in a street after surveillance cameras captured a male, being accompanied by another male, strike him in the head. Smith was later run over by a car.

Empire Electric seeking 19.6 percent rate increase

Empire District Electric Company's request would mean a monthly increase of $19.21 for a residential customer. The request was filed because the company is looking to recoup money invested in building coal-fired generating units.

Gov. Jay Nixon announces $204 million in new budget cuts

Gov. Jay Nixon announced budget cuts which will cause almost 700 full- and part-time jobs to be eliminated in state departments.

University of Central Missouri president's ouster raises questions

The university's Board of Governors voted not to renew President Aaron Podolefsky's contract and didn't provide any explanation.

Federal report: Missouri has high math, reading standards

Missouri has the second highest standards in reading for fourth- and eighth-graders. The National Center for Education Statistics compared the standards states used in 2005 and 2007 to judge students' math and reading profiency.

St. Louis Globe-Democrat revived as online newspaper

Publisher Dan Rositano announced Thursday that the St. Louis Globe-Democrat would be brought back as a Web-only publication. The print version folded in 1986.

Attorney General Koster appeals Arrow Rock hog farm ruling

Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster is appealing a court ruling that blocked a proposed hog farm from operating two miles from the historic mid-Missouri village.

Missouri air quality programs receive $2.3 million

The state Department of Natural Resources provided four Missouri agencies a total of $2.3 million to monitor air pollution levels.

Arraignment Thursday for KC man accused of photographing sedated girls

Federal prosecutors allege that James Phillips Edwards, 60, laced ice cream and soda with a sedative to make underage girls lose consciousness, then took pictures of them.

2 charged in Cape Girardeau deaths of mother, son, unborn child

Ryan Patterson faces multiple charges including three counts of murder, because Jamie Orman was pregnant when killed.

Missing Independence teen found in St. Joseph

The teen was found in St. Joseph with an ex-boyfriend.

Springfield man dies in boating accident

John Smith, 79, was declared dead at the scene and another man, 76-year-old Albert Warner, was hospitalized.

Cuts to Medicaid top Nixon's withholdings

Gov. Jay Nixon announced a $32 million cut in Medicaid expenditures as a part of $204 million in budget cuts on Wednesday. Other decreases in funding include MU's telemedicine program and the MU School of Medicine's Institute of Mental Health.