State News

Rural air subsidy costs increase

As the cost of subsidies for rural communities receiving money from the Essential Air Service program increases, Congress moves to increase the budget by almost 30 percent in order to not cut or reduce the program.

UPDATE: Route of Tour of Missouri announced

The route will travel from St. Louis to Kansas City, a reversal from past years, and the race will include seven teams who raced in this year's Tour de France.

UPDATE: Missouri housing agency approves new ethics rules

The new ethics rules for the Missouri Housing Development Commission will apply to all commissioners and staff of the commission as well as to any developers who work with the commission.

Burglar gives cops best lead: his name

A man suspected of forcing his way into a home and threatening a group inside spelled out his name during the incident, leading to his arrest.

Route for Tour of Missouri bike race announced

There will be four point-to-point road races across the state, an individual time trial in Sedalia and circuit races in St. Louis and Kansas City.

USDA raises prices to aid struggling dairy farms

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and his department are trying to help the struggling dairy market by raising the price paid for milk and cheddar cheese. The department estimates the maneuver will boost overall dairy farm revenue by $243 million.

Missouri housing agency considers new ethics rules

After a state audit raised concerns about conficts of interest, the Missouri Housing Development Commission is considering additional rules to prevent inappropriate ties between developers and commissioners.

Gay activists: Marriage secondary to basic rights

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender activists discussed their fight to secure basic rights and protection against discrimination and bullying as they met this week in Missouri, a state where sexual orientation is not a protected class.

Mild season in Tornado Alley frustrates scientists

A relatively low number of tornadoes this year has meant fewer injuries and less damage in Tornado Alley, but for Vortex2 researchers studying tornadoes, the relative calm has been frustrating.

St. Louis priest arrested in connection with sex case

James Patrick Grady, 57-year-old pastor of St. Raphael The Archangel, was one of three men arrested as part of a sting operation in which undercover police officers put up an Internet ad featuring young girls.

Tickets on sale Saturday for Sept. 5 Illinois-Missouri showdown

Tickets are available starting at 10 a.m. Central Daylight Time on Saturday at, by phone at 314-241-1888 or 800-745-3000 or at Ticketmaster outlets.

Recession helps MU's Wine School lure aspiring vintners

With the opening of MU's Wine School, more people across the state and nation are trying their hand at viticulture and winemaking.

UMSL offers course on climate change to public

Starting Aug. 27, experts on physics, biology and sustainability will make presentations on Thursday evenings regarding the politics and science of climate change.

Lee Enterprises posts third-quarter loss, ad sales plunge

Davenport, Iowa company Lee Enterprises Inc. posted losses of $24.5 million in this year's fiscal third quarter. The recession, combined with increased competition from the internet, cut ad sales by 24 percent.

Myanmar's Suu Kyi prepares for worst before Friday ruling

Widely expected to be convicted of violating the terms of her house arrest, the Nobel Peace Prize laureate has been gathering medicine and books to take to prison.

Longest serving Missouri judge to retire in September

Judge John Parish has been a judge for almost 36 years and has been on the Southern District for the Missouri Court of Appeals since 1990.

Attorney sues Joplin over taxes

Tom Burcham, a Farmington attorney, has sued a number of other Missouri towns, citing state law that limits cities to one, 1-cent sales tax for general purposes.

Missouri State University's grants top $20 million for 2008-2009 year

The grants came from city, county, state, federal and international agencies, businesses and non-profits and were directed at a broad range of projects.

Mississippi River ferry receives $1 million for upgrades

The ferry connecting southeast Missouri and western Kentucky will use the money to buy more powerful engines and a larger barge.

Health officials urge Missouri parents to develop asthma plan

The health officials suggest that parents talk with their family doctors about appropriate medication and with school staff about triggers.