State News

Nearly 20 years later, questions nag in murder of Chillicothe woman

Fourteen years ago, Mark Woodworth was convicted at age 16 of shooting a husband and wife in their farmhouse bedroom. However, evidence in the case has often seemed tenuous to many, including Livingston County investigators and jurors at the trial.

Electric power industry buzzing over 'smart grid' technology

"Smart grid" technology promises to revolutionize the electric power industry by making utilities more intuitive, but critics and regulators worry about its cost benefit and questions of security and privacy.

5 people die in crash in eastern Missouri

The car apparently crossed the center line and collided with the another vehicle on Missouri Route OO just southeast of Farmington.

Tribe buys American Indian mound in St. Louis

The Oklahoma-based Osage Nation plans to develop the mound into an interpretive historical site and ban any further archeological digs on the site.

Missouri education officials discuss campus safety

Almost 300 teachers, school board members, social workers and campus police officers from across Missouri gathered at an annual school safety and security conference on Thursday.

Benefits of new GI Bill vary from state to state

The new GI Bill will go into effect on Aug. 1, and in some ways, it's the most generous version of the bill yet, but only in certain states. In other states, such as California, the bill's benefits will hardly be felt at all.

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.