State News

Contest encourages Missouri students not to litter

Students from kindergarten through eighth grade are asked to decorate large trash cans with creative message urging people not to litter.

Panel: 4 heard fake hostage alert in Jefferson City elevator

Police swarmed an office building near the Missouri Capitol on Nov. 10 after an employee reported that a voice from an elevator speaker warned of a hostage situation on the fifth floor. More than two dozen unauthorized calls were placed into the elevators, three of which falsely warned of a hostage situation.

Former Missouri House speaker Jetton to get new judge

His attorney says a change in judge would not delay Jetton's trial on one count of second-degree assault.

UPDATE: Former Missouri House speaker to get new judge

A new judge will be assigned to the case of former Missouri House Speaker Rod Jetton. He was charged with second-degree assault in November.

Missouri town's top officer faces child sex charges

The officer admitted to having sex with two boys, ages 12 and 14. He is charged with 16 counts of sodomy.

Woman charged in Missouri killing appears in court

A Mexico, Mo., resident facing murder charges appeared in court Wednesday. Investigators say she told her husband how to suffocate the victim and hide the body.

Physicians in short supply in rural Missouri areas

Eighty percent of Missouri's counties don't have enough physicians, according to the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services. An MU School of Medicine program has been part of the solution to that problem.

Ex-DNR official: Lake test results delayed to make plan

The former deputy director of the Department of Natural Resources told a Senate committee that he thought it would have been irresponsible to publicize last May's bacteria test results without explaining what they meant and presenting a plan for cleaning the Lake of the Ozarks.

Former CEO of United Management Inc. sentenced to 5 years in investment fraud plan

Craig F. Swoboda also was ordered to pay $2.4 million in restitution.

Former state Sen. Jeff Smith begins prison sentence

Smith pleaded guilty to charges of obstruction of justice in August.

Report: Missouri clinics face insurance payment delays

The state insurance department surveyed 69 hospitals and found more than $500 million in outstanding claims, more than a quarter of which had been unpaid for at least 90 days.

Missouri Gov. Nixon outlines business incentive plan

The "Missouri First" initiative would allow the Department of Economic Development to exceed normal tax credit caps for established Missouri businesses that chose to expand. Gov. Nixon said current tax incentives often make no distinction between longtime Missouri employers and out-of-state companies looking to relocate.

Battleship Missouri coming out of drydock

The former USS Missouri, now a museum known as the Battleship Missouri Memorial, has been undergoing maintenance and repairs since October.

NASA chooses 3 finalists for $650M space mission

One of the finalists is a team of researchers based at Washington University in St. Louis. Their proposed mission would send a lander to the Moon to collect samples.

2 suspects in Mohler family sex case appear in court

Jared Mohler of Columbia pleaded not guilty to charges of sexually abusing children. A March trial date was set for his father.

UPDATE: Missouri might have to cut more from budget

Revised figures released Monday predict tax revenues for fiscal year 2010 will be 6.4 percent less than the previous year, which means officials might have to cut an additional $200 million from the state budget.

City, college plan work on Range Line Street

The city of Columbia and Columbia College have drafted a collaborative plan for improving a section of Range Line Street along the college campus north of Rogers Street. The project, if approved, would cost a total of about $1.2 million.

Missouri revenue expected to fall 6.4 percent in 2010

Gov. Jay Nixon and legislative leaders released their joint estimates Monday.

Missouri considers parental choice for school districts

Lawmakers are looking into open enrollment policies for public schools, which would allow students to switch schools at will.

Kansas City students learn Chinese in elementary school

Children at Trailwoods Elementary are learning Chinese through a partnership with the Confucius Institute at the University of Kansas. The lessons are designed to teach content besides language; soon, the students will be covering math concepts during Chinese class.