State News

Missouri hotel association provides environmental certifications

The Missouri Hotel & Lodging Association has already started a green certification program to lessen environmental impact across the state. Nine hotels have already made the association's list.

Dig to find missing Missouri man called off

The dig in Nodaway County began Tuesday after the patrol received a tip regarding the 2001 disappearance of Skidmore resident Branson Perry.

Missouri man sentenced in funeral procession death

Jon E. Mihm of Blue Springs was sentenced on Wednesday to three years in prison for hitting and killing Steven Keith, who was escorting a funeral procession on his motorcycle.

Nixon to discuss tax cut for businesses in Missouri stops

The governor will speak on Thursday in Kirksville, Hannibal and St. Louis County about the plan, which is aimed at helping small businesses make ends meet during the economic downturn.

Missouri included in Kroger recall of store-brand chicken wings

Ohio-based Kroger Co. is recalling bags of chicken wings because of improper labeling.  The wings might contain allergens about which consumers should be aware, company representatives said.

Overnight storm leaves damage in Kansas and Missouri

A pre-dawn storm on Thursday took down powerlines and tipped over rail cars as it passed through Kansas and Missouri.

Family: Former Kansas City Rep. Karen McCarthy has Alzheimer's

Former Rep. Karen McCarthy has been diagnosed with advanced Alzheimer's disease and bipolar disorder.  She has been living in a nursing home for about a month, a family statement said.

Former mid-Missouri man sentenced to 7 years in wife's death

Investigators said Michael Yarnell admitted to shoving his 28-year-old wife off the deck of their house and then taking her body to the Lake of the Ozarks.

Missouri's casino revenue dips slightly in May

Statewide, casinos see drop in revenues, but Atlantic City and Las Vegas report much higher losses.

MoDOT creates civil rights division

The External Civil Rights division, in addition to overseeing and expanding affirmative action, equal opportunity and nondiscrimination programs, hopes to develop pre-apprentice and on-the-job training programs.

HUD to give $3.7B to 11 states, including Missouri, hit by disasters

The largest portion of the HUD funds will go to Texas, which was buffeted by hurricanes Ike, Gustav and Dolly last year. The other states promised money are Iowa, Louisiana, Indiana, Illinois, Missouri, Wisconsin, Tennessee, Arkansas, Florida and California.

Neal E. Boyd to tour, release album

Neal E. Boyd, who won the American competition last year, will be the special guest of Britain's winner Paul Potts on a 10-city tour that begins July 6 in Dallas.

Wind may be diminishing, study says

The study shows falling wind speeds across the United States and attributed the change to global warming, but the measurements have been deemed inconclusive by the authors and other experts.

89 percent of Missouri school buses pass inspections

Of the 12,333 buses inspected across the state, 9 percent had a defect that posed no immediate danger and 2 percent couldn't be used until after repairs.

Suspect arrested in Churchill memorial vandalism

Late last month, vandals defaced the memorial at Westminster College, where Winston Churchill delivered his famous "Iron Curtain" speech in 1946.

Bowling Green officers' actions probed after mayor's driving questioned

Mayor David Koester was only given a verbal warning on suspicion of speeding after an officer pulled him over and discovered that the mayor appeared to have slurred speech and an open beer bottle in his car.

Signature counts in Kansas City mayor recall vote vary

After the Kansas City Board of Election Commissioners reported last month there were not enough valid signatures to recall Mayor Mark Funkhouser, two other authorities have reported different numbers. The recall petitioners' spokesman said his group will likely seek a recount.

State senators sponsor resolution to recognize animal health businesses

Legislators in Kansas and Missouri have sponsored a resolution as part of an ongoing effort to designate a swath of land as the Kansas City Animal Health Corridor.

'Fair tax' advocates to host Saturday rally in Boone County

The Midwest Fair Tax rally is to take place at the Boone County Fairgrounds and is expected to include appearances by legislators, radio personalities and Joe the Plumber.  Its organizers are looking at Missouri as a battleground state for their platform.

St. Joseph hospital faces PETA complaint over cats

St. Joseph's Heartland Regional Medical Center is facing a federal complaint from animal rights activists because of intubation training involving live cats.