State News

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.

UPDATE: Forsee: Missouri may consider 3-year degree

Because of the struggling economy, University of Missouri System President Gary Forsee said the university system must now consider offering three-year undergraduate degrees. Missouri's public higher education institutions will probably face state funding cuts amounting to $50 million in the coming fiscal year, according to Gov. Jay Nixon.

Missouri health department: H1N1 vaccine available to all

With increasing vaccines supplies, the H1N1 vaccine is available to anyone who wants it after being previously limited to children, pregnant woman and other high-risk people.

Forsee: Higher ed cuts require 'paradigm shift'

MU President Gary Forsee says the state will need to consider taking radical steps, such as offering 3-year degrees, to cut spending by the levels required by Gov. Jay Nixon.

Change of venue motion filed in Olten murder case

Fifteen-year-old Alyssa Bustamante's attorney said the murder trial should be moved because of a perceived bias against Bustamante by Cole County residents.

Four Missouri men sentenced to prison in dogfighting case

Four Missouri men pleaded guilty to conspiracy to violate federal animal fighting laws after being arrested in the largest coordinated multistate dogfighting raids in U.S. history in July.

Gov. Nixon promoting bill aimed at drunken drivers

Gov. Jay Nixon will make several stops in eastern Missouri on Wednesday to promote drunken drivers legislation. This action stems from a St. Louis Post-Dispatch report that highlighted problems with tracking drunken drivers.

Thousands in Missouri, Illinois without power from storm

The hardest hit areas in Missouri are St. Louis city and county, Wentzville, Franklin and St. Charles.

3 killed when freight train hits car in Missouri

Three killed in automobile after being struck by a freight train in Trenton, Mo.

UPDATE: Bustamante pleads not guilty in Elizabeth Olten slaying

The judge scheduled a Feb. 16 hearing for an update on Bustamante's case.

Embattled former House speaker to leave politics

After being charged with second-degree assault on Tuesday, Rod Jetton has decided to close his political consulting firm.

Missouri state departments ask for status quo on budgets

State programs testified before the Senate Appropriations Committee on Monday to plead their case to retain funding. Missouri faces a budget shortfall of nearly $1 billion.