State News

Old St. Francois County jail now open for guests

The inn, on the TransAmerica Trail bicycle route, has 14 bunk beds in three bedrooms, a bathroom, kitchen and laundry room.

Missouri Water Patrol reports decline in drownings for 2009

The patrol reported 23 drownings so far this year, compared with 42 at the same point in each of the past two years.

Man gets 3 years for vandalizing Cape Girardeau Islamic Center

Nicholas T. Proffit, 32, was sentenced on two counts of property damage under Missouri's hate crimes law.

Monsanto plans deeper staff cuts

Monsanto plans to cut staff by 8 percent, double than what it said it would cut in June.

Missouri home foreclosure filings decline in August

The rate decrease, released by RealtyTrac, puts the state far below the national average with a 31st-place ranking.

High E. coli level found in Lake of the Ozarks

Only one sample showed a high level of E. coli out of 50 samples that were taken this week.

Sprint Nextel lowers mobile-to-mobile pricing

Sprint  will offer  its "Any Mobile, Anytime" plans for $69.99 a month in an effort to attract and retain subscribers.  The plan allows for unlimited mobile-to-mobile calls, regardless of network.

Ameren to use St. Louis County landfill waste for power

The "Methane to Megawatts" project will create the largest methane-to-power plant in Missouri that could power 10,000 homes.

Missouri sheriff: No apology needed for military procession

Jefferson County Sheriff Glenn Boyer defended the procession, which was escorting a soldier's casket, after receiving a complaint from a woman who tried to drive around it.

UPDATE: Seed company Monsanto plans deeper staff cuts

The St. Louis-based company is looking to restructure operations and plans to reduce its staff by nearly 1,800 jobs.

Obama to Congress: The 'time for bickering is over'

President Obama called for renewed dedication to health care reform, denouncing those who spread "cynical and irresponsible" misinformation.

Hushovd takes third stage of Tour of Missouri

Britain's Mark Cavendish, of Columbia-HTC, had won the first two stages but finished fifth.

Missouri gets federal OK for truck-only lanes

The next step for the state is seeking $200 million in federal stimulus money to build 30 miles of truck-only lanes while finding funds for the rest of the project

Missouri keeps 'AAA' rating for $600 million in bonds

Missouri kept its top grade for its outstanding debts, and is recognized for the state's conservative approach to assuming new debts.

UMKC, Missouri State agree to expand pharmacy degrees

The University of Missouri-Kansas City and Missouri State University signed an agreement Tuesday for UMKC to offer a satellite doctoral program in pharmacy at MSU.

UPDATE:Missouri auto task force releases recommendations

The Missouri Automotive Jobs Task Force released a 27-page report with recommendations on how to improve Missouri's automotive industry.

Missouri lawmaker to resign and take county office

Missouri House member Dennis Wood of Kimberling City will resign his House seat and start as Stone County Presiding Commissioner on Thursday.

Missouri gets federal OK for truck-only I-70 lanes

Missouri is struggling to find funds for the multi-billion dollar project. The state plans to seek part of the funding from federal stimulus money.

Former Army officer to run for Congress from Missouri

Tommy Sowers, a former Army Special Forces officer, will face 13-year incumbent Rep. Jo Ann Emerson for the southeast Missouri congressional seat.

Missouri judge blocks firing of 3 administrative law judges

Cole County Circuit Judge Jon Beetem issued an injuction Wednesday that prohibits the firing of the three administrative law judges who were laid off because of budget cuts.