State News

Wheelchair dancing provides life lessons to Kansas City group

The wheelchair-bound glide gracefully across the floor to waltzes and sambas at a Kansas City dance studio.

Analysis: Missouri finally produces Medicaid report

The Department of Social Services released a state mandated report on the number of employed Medicaid recipients three days after the Associated Press asked why no report had ever been made.

15-year-old suspect charged in death of St. Martins girl

Police have released few details about the 15-year-old suspect who was charged with first-degree murder in the death of a 9-year-old St. Martins girl. Authorities say a judge will decide whether the suspect will be tried as a juvenile or an adult.

Search continues for missing Missouri 9-year-old girl

Elizabeth Olten has been missing since Wednesday night. About 70 people are searching the woods west of Jefferson City, while another 70 are investigating leads, according to Cole County Sheriff Greg White.

McCaskill roundtable addresses higher education financial aid reform

Sen. Claire McCaskill heard input from financial aid counselors, parents and students from around Missouri on Friday during a teleconference hosted on the MU campus.

MU medical school faces probation review

The MU School of Medicine will host members of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education on Tuesday. The meeting will determine if the school's physician residency program should be released from probation it was put on in April for a lack of support staff.

Kansas City art museum gets major American Indian donation

Morton and Estelle Sosland of Kansas City are donating 34 Northwest Coast art objects for the new American Indian galleries at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. The galleries are scheduled to open Nov. 11.

DNR official fired over E. coli at beach

Jim Yancey was fired after a beach at the Lake of the Ozarks was left open after two tests in May showed high bacteria. Yancey oversaw bacteria testing at state beaches for the Missouri Department of Natural Resources. He worked nearly 25 years at the agency.

One person dies in fire at Macon

Fire was too heavy for firefighters to enter the house.

Missouri drivers urged to use caution during deer mating season

The state Department of Conservation is urging drivers to be alert for deer darting in front of vehicles unexpectedly during deer mating season, which is October through December.

Missouri health director suspends flu vaccine law

Health director Margaret Donnelly suspended a law requring mercury-free vaccines for children younger than 3 and pregnant women because of a shortage of swine flu vaccines that don't contain a mercury-based preservative.

Lawsuit claiming Springfield woman's monkey is service animal rejected

Debby Rose of Springfield had sued the Springfield-Greene County Health Department, CoxHealth hospital and a Springfield Walmart because she wasn't allowed to take the monkey into the businesses. The judge ruled that the monkey was not a service animal.

Missouri agritourism becomes big business

The agritourism industry has seen an increase in popularity in the last decade. The recent popularity has been attributed to a growing desire among consumers for local products instead of products sold in supermarkets.

El Nino could make for moderate winter in Columbia

The weather in Columbia is expected to be mild this winter. El Nino is expected to affect weather in Columbia.

UPDATE: More than 300 people searching for missing girl in St. Martins

Nine-year-old Elizabeth Olten did not arrive home after she started walking from a friend's house Wednesday night. Dozens of people were searching a rural, wooded area near where she was last seen.

Settlement reached in St. Louis leafleting lawsuit

The city agreed to pay $80,000 to a ministry that was threatened with arrest for leafleting during a gay pride festival.

Southwest Airlines adds nine new flights from St. Louis

Southwest said Wednesday its new flights are expected to begin by May 2010 and will go on sale in December.

Missouri drops plans for test for integrated math

The state's decision not to create a test for Integrated Math II and III is expected to convince many districts to drop the system. Some Columbia schools use integrated math curriculum.

Prosecutors: KC man drugged girls with ice cream

Federal prosecutors are accusing a south Kansas City man of using sedative-laced ice cream to drug at least eight young girls and pose them for pornographic pictures.

Kroger Hazelnut Spread recalled over undeclared peanuts

The recall covers Kroger Hazelnut Spread in plastic, 13-ounce jars with a March 2011 sell-by date. Some cases of the recalled spread were distributed in Missouri.