State News

Eighth person charged in fatal robbery attempt

Twenty-five-year-old Tommy L. Hawkins III, of Kansas City, was charged Tuesday with second-degree felony murder, first-degree robbery and armed criminal action. The charges stem from the robbery attempt at Jefferson City mobile home on Oct. 5 which resulted in one robber's death.

Former Kansas City CEO sentenced in child porn case

Ronald E. Elmquist, a 63-year-old millionaire and former Kansas City-area CEO, has been fined and sentenced to 30 months in prison for attempting to possess Internet child pornography.

State insurance department nears $11 million returned in complaint cases

The Missouri insurance department said it has helped return almost $11 million to consumers filing complaints about insurers through the first nine months of the year.

Central Missouri University to replace president

University of Central Missouri President Aaron Pololefsky has officially gained "lame duck" status until next summer, as the school's board of governers has declined to renew his contract, despite a show of faculty support for the president. The board did not give a reason for their decision.

Second annual Citizen Jane Film Festival begins Friday

The second annual Citizen Jane Film Festival begins Friday and ends Sunday. It features workshops, panel discussions and appearances by directors, production staff and other movie insiders.

Lawsuit targets state tax credits, development law

St. Louis residents Barbara Manzara and Keith Marquard filed a lawsuit Friday challenging a 2009 law that expanded the amount of annual tax credits that could be issued for developers who purchase large swaths of land.

Missouri unemployment rate remains steady in September

The unemployment rate in Missouri remained the same from August to September. At 9.5 percent it remains slightly less than the national average.

Missouri senator says there was a 'cover-up' concerning E. coli

Outside investigation might be necessary to look into an "organized cover-up" concerning the delayed release of E. coli results, says a Republic senator.

Missouri man charged with threatening president

The U.S. Attorney's office said Josh Randall McCallum sent a threatening letter to President Barack Obama in August.

Missouri aims to attract tourists interested in Civil War history

More than 1,100 battles were fought in the border state, trailing only Virginia and Tennessee. History buffs hope the upcoming 150th anniversary in 2011 will stire renewed interest in Missouri's battlefields.

Noel man charged with involuntary manslaughter after fatal car crash

Prosecutors charged Francisco Espinoza, 22, with involuntary manslaughter, after the vehicle he was driving went airborne and caught fire killing a 46-year-old passenger.

KC area attorney appointed to Missouri appeals court

Gov. Jay Nixon appointed Cynthia Martin to fill a vacancy in the court's Western District.

USS Missouri to be refurbished

The battleship is scheduled to be reopened in January. It was the ship on which Japanese leaders signed surrender papers on Sept. 2, 1945.

AT&T Missouri settles school Internet lawsuit for $1.4 million

The Justice Department accused the company of colluding with district officials to get federal contracts.

Flu shuts down 4 Jefferson County schools

The Jefferson County R-VII district has temporarily closed its schools because of the flu. It is not yet known if the flu is the H1N1 strain.

Reducing greenhouse gas emissions increases job fears in Rust Belt

In places where agriculture and manufacturing are the business engines, the government's effort to curb climate-changing pollution is viewed widely through an economic prism: Will it increase energy costs and drive businesses and jobs overseas to countries such as China that may not commit to similar controls on fossil energy?

Springfield man charged with murder after three found dead

Josh Reyes, 23, of Springfield was charged with the murder of his ex-girlfriend's new boyfriend, 25-year-old Zachary Bryan Porter of Elkland. Police also believe Reyes is connected to the deaths of the woman's parents, 51-year-old Jeffery L. Smith and 48-year-old Glenda Smith.

Record yields projected for state's crops

The federal Agricultural Statistics office is projecting record yields for the state's rice farmers and cotton producers.

Nixon declares this week Earth Science Week

Gov. Jay Nixon declared this week Earth Science Week to remind the public that earth sciences are important to health, safety and welfare.

Analysis: Missouri ethanol mandate automatically enforced by elementary economics

Missouri's law requiring gas stations to purchase fuel with 10 percent ethanol content, as long as it's cheaper than regular gasoline, has rarely been violated since it went into effect in January 2008. That's probably because it makes little economic sense to buy more expensive fuel, mandate or not.