State News

Court orders new trial in Kansas City-area double killing

The convictions in the stabbing case were overturned because an additional, unrelated charge could have prejudiced the jury.

Energy industry, legislators fear effects of cap-and-trade

Witnesses who testified before the Joint Committee on Missouri's Energy Future on Monday in Jefferson City warned Missouri legislators about increased job losses and higher consumer rates should a controversial bill in Washington, D.C., be approved.

Red-light camera enforcement differs statewide

Methods for issuing citations through red-light cameras and cities' relationships with the companies who produce and install them differ in Missouri, but many of the parties involved agree that cameras are an asset for the communities they serve.

Missouri smelter downplays EPA concerns about lead

The EPA revealed tests that show the Doe Run Co. had contaminated 129 residential properties within a mile of the lead smelter.

Beer brewers balance low calories versus taste

Anheuser-Busch InBev and MillerCoors are both fighting to have the most popular low-calorie beer, but are trying to keep their beverage from tasting too watered-down in the eyes of consumers.

Kansas church youth leader charged with soliciting child

The youth group leader, who served more than eight years after being convicted of eight counts of indecent liberties with a child in the late 1980s, is being held on $150,000 bond.

Cole County authorities serve warrant on slain girl's neighbor

The Cole County Sheriff's Department said the warrant was related to a traffic stop.

Birth surge in southeast Missouri expected nine months after ice storm

The increase in births in some southeast Missouri hospitals has some officials attributing the rise to ice storms.

Missouri leads nationwide in consolidating computer services, report shows

A report says that while many states have centralized their computer systems, Missouri has gone further than most by also centralizing the personnel who maintain and manage those computers.

Investigators for Humane Society of Missouri to be honored

Tom Rickey and Kyle Held will be honored for their efforts in rescuing hundreds of dogs in the July 8 multistate crackdown.

Tests show soil recontamination near eastern Missouri lead smelter

EPA tests have shown that a lead smelter in Herculaneum has contaminated soil on properties in the city.

Report: Missouri public defender system in 'crisis'

A George Mason University study showed that Missouri's public defender system is underfunded and overwhelmed with cases. Missouri ranks 49 out of 50 states in per-capita spending on indigent defense.

Nuclear Regulatory Commission urges AmerenUE, other nuclear plants to switch to broadband Internet

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission sent a memo to AmerenUE and other nuclear plants  encouraging them to replace their dial-up Internet connections with broadband. AmerenUE spokesman Tim Fox said the current system works well.

Red-light cameras bring green to St. Louis

After being operational for almost two and a half years, red light cameras have yielded St. Louis almost $10 million in fines with a net gain of $6.8 million.

Online auction planned for K.C. suspect in abortion doctor's killing

Abortion-rights opponents are planning to auction anti-abortion items on eBay and other Web sites to raise money to obtain a lawyer for Scott Roeder of Kansas City, who is charged with first-degree murder for killing Wichita, Kan., abortion doctor George Tiller.

Prosecutor drops flag desecration charges, cites Supreme Court ruling

The Cape Girardeau County prosecutor said he discovered a Supreme Court ruling that invalidates existing state flag desecration laws.

State representative apologizes for DWI arrest

State Rep. Tim Meadows, D-Imperial, issued a statement apologizing for Saturday's arrest for suspicion of drunken driving in Imperial.

Charter school operator under fire from the Post-Dispatch

Dennis Bakke, CEO of the national charter school operator Imagine Schools, told employees to select school board members who would "go along with Imagine" and obtain undated letters of resignation from school board members in a September 2008 e-mail obtained by the St. Louis newspaper.

UPDATE: Ford workers in Missouri, Michigan reject changes

Ford Motor Co. and United Auto Workers are having difficulty convincing some workers to accept contract changes. Opponents say Ford does not need further labor concessions.

Warrant served on slain Missouri 9-year-old's neighbor

Authorities seek a first-degree murder charge against a 15-year-old neighbor of the deceased Elizabeth Olten.