State News

Audrain County trucker's sons also charged in slaying of Ohio man

Six people have now been charged in the death of James William Boyd McNeely, whom Chester Harvey Jr. is said to have picked up in his tractor-trailer in California.

Lifetime of Cape Girardeau man's art on display

Lou Varro, at 92, has displayed a rare combination of both talent and longevity as an artist, according to Erin Schloss, director at the Aartful Rose Gallery in Cape Girardeau. Varro is currently the featured artist at this art gallery.

Jefferson City man gets two months for $1 million theft from Shelter

Robert Riebold, 60, must also pay restitution. He was convicted of cashing checks made out to the company and its customers.

Battleship Missouri to leave dry dock this week

After undergoing work, the Mighty Mo returns to Pearl Harbor this week; the ship will celebrate the 66th anniversary of its launch at the end of the month.

Jefferson City to consider allowing tattoo parlors

Tattoo and body piercing establishments have been banned in the capital city since at least 1980. That could change.

Western Missouri man dies in weather-related crash

Snowy and icy conditions caused a car to go off the side of a road, killing its driver.

Missouri legislators propose new incentives to develop state's technology industry

Losing new businesses to other states, Missouri legislators explore means of attracting entrepreneurs to the state, and keeping them here.

US mine deaths hit record low

Mine deaths nationwide fell to 34 in 2009, but officials say they won't be satisfied until the death toll is zero.

Missouri group quilts donated fabric to warm the homeless

Quilters in Cape Girardeau use scrap cloth to create so-called ugly quilts that are donated to people in need.

Rep. Still submits ethics reform bill for Housing Development Commission

State Rep. Mary Still, D-Columbia, submitted an ethics reform bill, which addresses concept of "pay to play" in politics. She wants to take elected officials off the Housing Development Commission.

The South Butt makes donation challenge

The South Butt has challenged rival apparel maker, The North Face, to donate one item of clothing per child admitted on a selected day to the St. Louis Children's Hospital.

Gemstones offer both beauty and peace

Adrienne Walker Hoard makes wearable pieces of art — necklaces, bracelets and occasional set of earrings — with pure gemstones.

Missouri's first poet laureate found the job engaging, consuming

Walter Bargen has embraced his duties as Missouri's first poet laureate. Now, the search is on for a successor.

Gov. Nixon announces Lake of the Ozarks clean-up proposal

Missouri government's plans would focus on septic tanks in the areas around the Lake of the Ozarks and expand state and county officials' power to inspect them.

Missouri Department of Insurance recommends decreasing workers' comp rates

As workers' compensation claims continue to decrease in Missouri and nationally, the state Department of Insurance is again recommending that insurance companies lower their workers' comp policy rates for 2010.

Missouri officials plan shops, state facilities for historical prison

State government's plans for development of prison site include a mixture of private and public spaces.

Missouri governor prescribes four pillars for ethics reform

Gov. Jay Nixon held a phone conference Wednesday to outline the needs for ethics reform.

Missouri veterinarians providing vaccine for increasingly common dog influenza

With confirmed cases of canine influenza in states that border Missouri, veterinarians have begun providing a vaccine to combat the virus before it becomes a problem in animal populations here.

Missouri Highway commissioners award contract for new Mississippi River bridge

The bid accepted for the long-awaited project that will span the Mississippi River at St. Louis is still nearly $40 million more than transportation officials anticipated.

Missouri recovers $82million in Medicaid fraud in 2009

Attorney General Chris Koster's office reported Wednesday that its Medicaid fraud unit recovered $82 million this year. That's more than double the previous high of $34 million set in 2008.