State News

Analysis: Missouri mulls limiting medicine to curb meth

In an effort to fight the state's meth problem, Missouri lawmakers have filed a bill for next year's legislative session that would require many consumers to have a presciption for medecine that's currently over-the-counter.

Missouri teen fills room with gifts to be donated

After raising more than $7,000 worth of presents, 15-year-old Emma Clardy will donate the gifts to St. Jude Children's Research Center in Memphis, Tenn.

Senate GOP filibuster attempt on spending bill blocked

Republicans oppose the measure beause they say it spends too much money when the government is running high deficits.

UM curators talk college readiness, elect chairwoman

The Board of Curators for the University of Missouri System on Friday heard reports on the college preparedness of Missouri students and the effectiveness of UM campuses in preparing students for the workforce. They also elected Judith Haggard to be the board's chairwoman in 2010 and Warren Erdman to be the vice chairman.

UPDATE: National Bikers Roundup coming to Columbia

Columbia successfully lured a national motorcycle rally to Columbia in August. The rally is expected to have at least a $3 million economic impact on the area.

Owners of Starr Pines help families choose Christmas tree

The owners of Starr Pines, Wayne and Annie Harmon, help families chose their perfect tree year after year.

Missouri's two ski areas open Saturday

Ski areas in Wildwood, outside St. Louis, and in Weston, north of Kansas City, will be able to open because the cold temperatures are better for making snow.

Advocates making a plan for Springfield's homeless problem

Springfield's emergency management director met with the Council of Churches of the Ozarks on Thursday to discuss ways to open more shelters to help the increasing homeless population in the city.

Small plane makes emergency St. Louis landing

A small private plane with six people on board had to make a belly landing at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport because its landing gear was stuck in the up position.

Kansas City's free health clinic attracts 2,300 people

The National Association of Free Clinics said about 900 uninsured people attended the clinic in Kansas City on Wednesday and about 1,400 on Thursday.

Man accused in series of Caruthersville break-ins

A 25-year-old man is being held in Pemiscot County Jail after being accused of a series of burglaries at churches and businesses in Caruthersville.

UPDATE: Missouri to rebid 10 contracts for license offices

The offices' manager was paid by a company other than Alternative Opportunities Inc., the Springfield-based group contracted to operate them.

UPDATE: Kansas AG files revised complaint in slayings of four

Kansas' attorney general filed a revised capital murder complaint against James Kraig Kahler, a former Columbia, Mo., city official. Another murder was added to the charges against him after one of the people he shot died in the hospital.

Missouri drug courts offer second chance

According to one graduate of Missouri's drug courts, the program helped save her life and win back custody of her children. Some critics of drug courts, however, say they treat drug addiction as a crime, not a mental health issue.

Missouri pension fund not planning on suing credit rating agencies

State officials are not considering asking Missouri's attorney general to sue credit rating agencies to try to recover losses to state pension funds.

McCaskill: Small businesses feeling credit crunch

Senator Claire McCaskill suggested Tuesday that unused bailout funds could be used to create a subsidized federal direct loan program to help small businesses grow.

Roughly 1,000 sign up for free clinic in Kansas City

A two-day clinic attracted a crowd of uninsured people in Kansas City.  Similar clinics elsewhere have drawn hundreds more.

21-year-old man struck by freight train in Rolla

 A 21-year-old Edgar Springs man died after he was struck by a freight train in Rolla on Tuesday. Rolla police are investigating the incident.

Kahler due back in court Thursday for updated charges

James Kraig Kahler, the former director of Columbia Water and Light, is scheduled for a hearing in Osage County, Kan., on Thursday to update the complaint filed against him. The complaint was filed before the death of his estranged wife's grandmother.

Bond, McCaskill back debt reduction commission

Missouri's U.S. Senators are co-sponsors of a bill that would create a bipartisan commission to recommend ways of reducing the federal debt.