State News

McCaskill receives mixed reactions at health care forum

Sen. Claire McCaskill heard from a mixed audience during the health care forum in Hannibal on Monday. While the audience was mostly polite, there were several people who weren't shy about voicing their opinions.

Analysis: Mississippians riled at possible change in university's name

Sixteen percent of the students at the Mississippi University for Women aren't. Thus in a bid to increase enrollment and acknowledge male students, school leaders are proposing a name change that seems certain to foster controversy among the institution's passionate alumni.

Missouri regulators to discuss future energy plans

Utility companies have already let Missouri utility regulators know their concerns about possible carbon limits; and now environmentalists, the Department of Natural Resources and consumer advocates are getting the chance to make their own case.


St. Louis County cops crack down on DUIs

As part of the "You Drink and Drive. You Lose" campaign, St. Louis County police plan to step up enforcement of drunk driving offenses through Sept. 7.

Midwest home sales show 8.5 percent increase in July

One reason for the rise in home sales could be due to first-time home buyer credits, real estate agents say. The country will have to wait until after the credits expire in November to see if the trend continues.

Senate and DNR battle during Missouri E. coli probe

Sen. Brad Lager said Senate staff weren't allowed to interview Department of Natural Resources employees Thursday, but DNR Director Mark Templeton said the agency and Senate investigators had agreed to allow the DNR's lawyers to be present during interviews.

Kroger recalls 'Super Kids' bread

The Kroger Co. grocery chain says its Super Kids Enriched White Sandwich Bread could pose a threat to people with milk allergies. Customers who bought the bread should return it for a refund or replacement, the store says.

Bankers: Midwest, Plains economy in bad shape

A monthly survey of rural bankers suggests that real estate, retail sales and hiring are still below levels needed for growth in 11 Midwest and Plains states, including Missouri.

Health, education officials urge flu preparations

The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education sent letters to local school districts urging them to prepare for a possible resurgence of the H1N1 flu.

Veterans start over as colleges ignore experience

Nearly half a million veterans are expected on college campuses this year as part of the new GI Bill. The surge is leading to a call for schools to re-examine their policies of declining to grant college credit for military training and service.

St. Louis researcher accused of falsifying study resigns

Washingtion University researcher has been the subject of federal inquiries related to a study he performed before coming to the university.

Bat survey finds rare, endangered species

Census finds two species rarely seen in Missouri in the last two decades.

E. coli below federal limits at Lake of the Ozarks

Recent tests show samples from several coves below the standard for public swimming beaches.

Missouri won't receive stimulus money for jobless benefits

Federal officials in the U.S. Department of Labor rejected Missouri's request for $133 million to boost unemployment benefits. The rejection was due to the request's wording.

UPDATE: Nixon gives details of $60M cut from Missouri budget

State broadening efforts against agricultural thefts

Blunt, Carnahan campaigning at Missouri State Fair

Republican Rep. Roy Blunt and Democratic Secretary of State Robin Carnahan both sought to appeal to rural voters at the Missouri State Fair's annual ham breakfast. They are seeking to succeed Republican U.S. Sen. Kit Bond.

Governor cuts another $60 million from Missouri budget

Many of the cuts affect state workers, with about 200 positions to be eliminated or left unfilled.

Missouri man says no regrets about Myanmar jailing

John Yettaw returned to the U.S. Wednesday after his imprisonment in a Myanmar jail. Yettaw was arrested in early May after swimming to the lakeside house of democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi.

UPDATE: Former Missouri Gov. Hearnes honored at Capitol service

Former Gov. Warren Hearnes was remembered Wednesday for his work with the mentally ill and children. About 300 mourners arrived for Hearnes' memorial service at the Capitol in Jefferson City.