State News

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.

Missouri Department of Natural Resources announces reorganization

The state's environmental agency merged two divisions and made some changes within management in an effort to improve operations, a department spokesman said.

Nuclear regulators seek fine after inspecting Missouri fuel processing facility

The facility, which processed nuclear fuel for power plants until 2001, is in the process of being decommissioned.

Hearing in Olten case open to public

Cole County Circuit Judge Jon Bettem said that the hearing deciding whether or not to try the 15-year-old suspect in the Elizabeth Olten killing as an adult will be open to the public. The hearing will be held on Nov. 18.

Suspect in slaying of mid-Missouri girl stays in custody for now

A 15-year-old suspect in the killing of a 9-year-old mid-Missouri girl waived a detention hearing today and will remain in custody while a judge decides whether or not the suspect should be tried as an adult.

Students stumble upon champion oak lurking in MU-St. Louis cemetery

While they were learning to measure trees on campus, University of Missouri-St. Louis students and faculty stumbled upon the state's largest recorded shingle oak. The 114-foot-tall, 81-foot-wide tree grows in a cemetery on the school's south campus.

Missouri governor to announce more budget cuts

The state has already cut $430 million from its budget, but the governor says additional cuts are needed to keep the state budget in balance.

Missouri man sentenced in meth conspiracy case

Vincent Gallegos, 29, of Raytown was sentenced to 40 years in prison and to pay almost $12,000 in restitution to pay for the funeral of the man that he killed.

American Airlines will close Kansas City maintenance base

American Airlines will close Kansas City's maintenance base along with other smaller maintenance stations next September because of the continued decrease in air travel.