State News

Missouri RICO charges a first for human trafficking case

The Kansas City case is also the first time that the charge of fraud in foreign labor contracting has been used since it was added to the Trafficking Victims Protection Act in 2008.

Myanmar release of Missouri man could thaw relations

John Yettaw, who had been held in prison since his arrest in May, was flown to Bangkok on Sunday with Sen. Jim Webb of Virginia. The senator's visit could mean a change in how the U.S. deals with the Southeast Asian nation.

St. Louis schools continue to tackle lead paint issues

Over $400,000 has already been spent to remove lead paint in classrooms for children 6 and under. Bids for replacing windows, which is included in the project, were higher than expected.

UPDATE: Report: Enterprise took shortcut on safety

Thousands of Impalas purchased by Enterprise Rent-A-Car were incorrectly advertised as having side-curtain airbags on the company's Web site. Enterprise has offered to buy back all 745 cars sold with the oversight, including 15 in the Kansas City area.

Rolla public defender's death ruled a suicide

Assistant public defender John Paige Williams died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, according to Rolla police. Williams was 28 years old.

Three finalists picked for Missouri appeals court

Finalists for the Missouri Court of Appeals in Kansas City include Circuit Judge Jacqueline Cook, Circuit Judge Gary Witt and Cynthia Reams Martin, an attorney.

Hoskins to retire as Missouri conservation director

John Hoskins, director of the Missouri Department of Conservation, will step down on Jan. 15. He is retiring after seven years as chief.

Hoskins to retire as Missouri conservation director

John Hoskins plans to step down on Jan. 15.

UPDATE: Sierra Club questions I-70 truck lanes in Missouri

Truck-only lanes are not as safe as the state is making them sound, the conservation group said Monday.

Sierra Club questions I-70 truck lanes in Missouri

The conservation group says the state is overselling the safety benefits of truck-only lanes.

Northeast Missouri doctor faces forgery, distribution charges

Dr. Charles Sutherland is accused of writing unauthorized prescriptions.

Widow of Vietnam soldier gained family

After Janice Thomas lost her husband, Gary Byrd, in 1967, she continued to spend time with his parents, creating a family with them and her new husband and children.

Program helps Kansas students head to college

The Kauffman Scholars program provides financial support and college prep training for low-income students living in and around Kansas City.

A piece of Joplin's history goes up for sale

An antebellum Joplin home that once belonged to a 19th-century pillar of the southwest Missouri community is up for sale, its historical significance unaltered by the modernizing tweaks its many owners since have made.

20-year veteran Bill Mabrey gears up for senior athletics

Bill Mabrey is 75 years old, but that doesn't stop him from competing with and beating men twenty years his junior in various state and national seniors competitions, including softball and shuffleboard.

Boone County youth shows winning pig at Missouri State Fair

Tyler Martin, a Centralia High School student, won the 2009 Grand Champion Barrow title at the State Fair on Friday. The pig will be auctioned off at the Sale of the Champions. Last year's championship pig sold for $22,000.

Boonville woman charged in fatal accident

A Eureka construction worker was killed off of Highway 5 in Boonville on Friday morning after the vehicle ran off the right side of the road and struck him.

Chinese mystery snail found in sixth Missouri spot

A confirmed sixth infestation of the invasive snail threatens to upheave the ecological sanctity of Niangua River, considered one of Missouri's best fishing streams.

Federal government looking at cell phone laws

As more information continues to detail the dangers of texting and driving, U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood and a handful of federal legislators are looking  to introduce federal laws to impose harsher penalties for drivers who keep their eyes on their cell phones while behind the wheel.

Missouri dairy industry aided by USDA price supports

In July, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced that the government will increase the prices paid for dairy products through the Dairy Product Price Support Program. The dairy industry cycles with extreme highs and lows, taking its toll on Missouri's dairy farmers.