State News

It's 'Missouri Day'

Missouri Day, observed on the third Wednesday in October, is a day meant to unite people from across the country who have ties to Missouri.

Missouri's pregnant women may have to wait for H1N1 vaccine

Under Missouri law, pregnant women and children under 3 aren't supposed to receive vaccines with the mercury-based preservative thimerosal.

Wet weather delaying Missouri harvest

The National Agriculture Statistics Service reported Monday that 93 percent of Missouri's corn crop has matured, about 14 days behind normal.

Missouri School of Journalism honors media leaders, Slate

Faculty of the Missouri School of Journalism select the medalists who are scheduled to lecture Tuesday before receiving their awards.


Dinosaurs to be unearthed at St. Louis attractions

"Dinosaurs Unearthed" will open Nov. 7 at the St. Louis Science and "DinoQuest" will open May 1 at the Missouri Botanical Garden.

Renewable energy requirement met for Columbia

With the completion of a project in Jefferson City that will turn landfill gas into electricity, Columbia Water and Light has met its requirement to generate or purchase at least 5 percent of its energy output from renewable sources.

Missouri prison policy limits media's ability to interview inmates

Department of Corrections Director George Lombardi said it was costing too much to provide security while media personnel conducted interviews.

Missouri Development Finance Board approves bonds for Express Scripts expansion

The company is deciding where to build a new drug distribution center.

MoDOT worker walks to encourage work zone safety

Jim Feeney, a Missouri Department of Transportation crew leader, is walking 87.2 miles on the Katy Trail to raise money for a memorial honoring transportation workers killed at work.

Ribbon-cutting Monday to highlight energy from Jefferson City landfill

Gas from the landfill is being piped to a facility where it is used to create energy purchased by Columbia Water and LIght.

Bass Pro lays off half-dozen workers at headquarters

The workers laid off worked on designing new stores in Bass Pro Shop's design and development office. Bass Pro Shops Manager Larry Whiteley said the company isn't currently building stores because of the economy.

Excelsior Springs dog kennel destroyed by fire

Excelsior Springs fire officials are trying to determine what caused the fire that destroyed the Tails B Waggin kennel and an adjoining thrift store, Meet the Need. All 16 dogs in the kennel were rescued.

Families left without home after suburban St. Louis apartment fire

The fire happened Sunday morning at the River Crest Apartments in Shrewsbury, outside St. Louis, after a blanket was too close to a space heater, leading the evacuation of about 50 people. No one was injured.

Colleges offering video game courses and degrees

This year, 254 of the nation's colleges and universities in 37 states have such programs, up 27 percent over the year before. According to the Entertainment Software Association, which monitors the game industry, video-game design is the fastest-growing industry in this country.

Analysis: Money flows to four Missouri congressional races

Campaign finance reports show a strong challenge to three incumbent Missouri U.S. House members in the 2010 race. Early fundraising shows several aspiring politicians raising large amounts of money.

One in seven park employees in Missouri getting laid off

More than 100 jobs in the Division of State Parks and Historic Sites will be eliminated because of  "challenging economic times," said Bill Bryan, the deputy director of the Department of Natural Resources. The cuts are expected to save $3.7 million this fiscal year.

Missouri prison population reaches record high

Officials can't say whether the increase is coming from more crimes being committed, more criminals simply being convicted, or courts clearing out backlogs of cases.

Illinois woman guilty in husband's death out of prison

An Illinois woman who was convicted of slaying her husband in 1979, but cleared in the slayings of her husband's parents, was freed last week.

AmerenUE warns of scam on customers

People posing as AmerenUE representatives have been calling customers and asking for their credit card or checking account numbers. AmerenUE says customers who gave out their financial information in response to the scam should cancel their credit card, alert their bank and call the police.

More charges expected in fatal Missouri group home fire

The trial date for the Missouri couple who owned a group home that caught fire in November 2006 has been postponed. An attorney requested that the trial be pushed back after learning that further charges will be filed, though that has not been confirmed by the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Western District of Missouri.