State News

Advocates making a plan for Springfield's homeless problem

Springfield's emergency management director met with the Council of Churches of the Ozarks on Thursday to discuss ways to open more shelters to help the increasing homeless population in the city.

Small plane makes emergency St. Louis landing

A small private plane with six people on board had to make a belly landing at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport because its landing gear was stuck in the up position.

Kansas City's free health clinic attracts 2,300 people

The National Association of Free Clinics said about 900 uninsured people attended the clinic in Kansas City on Wednesday and about 1,400 on Thursday.

Man accused in series of Caruthersville break-ins

A 25-year-old man is being held in Pemiscot County Jail after being accused of a series of burglaries at churches and businesses in Caruthersville.

UPDATE: Missouri to rebid 10 contracts for license offices

The offices' manager was paid by a company other than Alternative Opportunities Inc., the Springfield-based group contracted to operate them.

UPDATE: Kansas AG files revised complaint in slayings of four

Kansas' attorney general filed a revised capital murder complaint against James Kraig Kahler, a former Columbia, Mo., city official. Another murder was added to the charges against him after one of the people he shot died in the hospital.

Missouri pension fund not planning on suing credit rating agencies

State officials are not considering asking Missouri's attorney general to sue credit rating agencies to try to recover losses to state pension funds.

Missouri drug courts offer second chance

According to one graduate of Missouri's drug courts, the program helped save her life and win back custody of her children. Some critics of drug courts, however, say they treat drug addiction as a crime, not a mental health issue.

McCaskill: Small businesses feeling credit crunch

Senator Claire McCaskill suggested Tuesday that unused bailout funds could be used to create a subsidized federal direct loan program to help small businesses grow.

Roughly 1,000 sign up for free clinic in Kansas City

A two-day clinic attracted a crowd of uninsured people in Kansas City.  Similar clinics elsewhere have drawn hundreds more.

21-year-old man struck by freight train in Rolla

 A 21-year-old Edgar Springs man died after he was struck by a freight train in Rolla on Tuesday. Rolla police are investigating the incident.

Kahler due back in court Thursday for updated charges

James Kraig Kahler, the former director of Columbia Water and Light, is scheduled for a hearing in Osage County, Kan., on Thursday to update the complaint filed against him. The complaint was filed before the death of his estranged wife's grandmother.

Bond, McCaskill back debt reduction commission

Missouri's U.S. Senators are co-sponsors of a bill that would create a bipartisan commission to recommend ways of reducing the federal debt.

Anti-abortion group sues Missouri officials over ballot initiatives

Missouri Roundtable for Life claims the ballot summaries drafted by the secretary of state would prejudice voters against its initiatives.

Missouri to rebid 10 driver's license office contracts

The group that lost its contracts proposed using a subcontractor to manage offices without notifying the state. Missouri does not allow subcontractors as office managers.

Missouri officers make 2,000 arrests for illegal deer poaching

Officials say the number of arrests is typical, but there was an increase in the number of arrests for spotlighting.

'Extremely dangerous' blizzards move into Midwest

"Extremely dangerous blizzard conditions" with wind gusts of up to 50 mph are expected in parts of Illinois, Wisconsin and Iowa. More than a foot of snow was expected in these areas.

Missouri governor promotes bill aimed at drunken drivers

Gov. Jay Nixon proposes eliminating loopholes that interfere with prosecutions and ensuring that all DWI offenses are recorded and tracked.

Gov. Nixon details possible changes to state DWI laws

Gov. Jay Nixon addressed crowds in Hannibal, St. Louis County and Cape Giradeau about new legislation that could change how Missouri handles drunken driving cases.

Missouri lawmakers paid Jetton $400,000 for advice

State legislators paid thousands of dollars for political and campaign advice from former state House speaker now charged with assault.