State News

Rolla public defender's death ruled a suicide

Assistant public defender John Paige Williams died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, according to Rolla police. Williams was 28 years old.

Three finalists picked for Missouri appeals court

Finalists for the Missouri Court of Appeals in Kansas City include Circuit Judge Jacqueline Cook, Circuit Judge Gary Witt and Cynthia Reams Martin, an attorney.

Hoskins to retire as Missouri conservation director

John Hoskins, director of the Missouri Department of Conservation, will step down on Jan. 15. He is retiring after seven years as chief.

Hoskins to retire as Missouri conservation director

John Hoskins plans to step down on Jan. 15.

UPDATE: Sierra Club questions I-70 truck lanes in Missouri

Truck-only lanes are not as safe as the state is making them sound, the conservation group said Monday.

Sierra Club questions I-70 truck lanes in Missouri

The conservation group says the state is overselling the safety benefits of truck-only lanes.

Northeast Missouri doctor faces forgery, distribution charges

Dr. Charles Sutherland is accused of writing unauthorized prescriptions.

Widow of Vietnam soldier gained family

After Janice Thomas lost her husband, Gary Byrd, in 1967, she continued to spend time with his parents, creating a family with them and her new husband and children.

Program helps Kansas students head to college

The Kauffman Scholars program provides financial support and college prep training for low-income students living in and around Kansas City.

A piece of Joplin's history goes up for sale

An antebellum Joplin home that once belonged to a 19th-century pillar of the southwest Missouri community is up for sale, its historical significance unaltered by the modernizing tweaks its many owners since have made.

20-year veteran Bill Mabrey gears up for senior athletics

Bill Mabrey is 75 years old, but that doesn't stop him from competing with and beating men twenty years his junior in various state and national seniors competitions, including softball and shuffleboard.

Boone County youth shows winning pig at Missouri State Fair

Tyler Martin, a Centralia High School student, won the 2009 Grand Champion Barrow title at the State Fair on Friday. The pig will be auctioned off at the Sale of the Champions. Last year's championship pig sold for $22,000.

Boonville woman charged in fatal accident

A Eureka construction worker was killed off of Highway 5 in Boonville on Friday morning after the vehicle ran off the right side of the road and struck him.

Chinese mystery snail found in sixth Missouri spot

A confirmed sixth infestation of the invasive snail threatens to upheave the ecological sanctity of Niangua River, considered one of Missouri's best fishing streams.

Federal government looking at cell phone laws

As more information continues to detail the dangers of texting and driving, U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood and a handful of federal legislators are looking  to introduce federal laws to impose harsher penalties for drivers who keep their eyes on their cell phones while behind the wheel.

Missouri dairy industry aided by USDA price supports

In July, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced that the government will increase the prices paid for dairy products through the Dairy Product Price Support Program. The dairy industry cycles with extreme highs and lows, taking its toll on Missouri's dairy farmers.

Former Missouri Gov. Hearnes seriously ill

Former Missouri Gov. Warren Hearnes is gravely ill at his home in Charleston. Hearnes' wife and three daughters have gathered by his side.  The 86-year-old politician is weak and fading from natural causes related to his age.

Missouri convict asks for new hearing in 1990 slaying

Mark Woodworth, who was convicted in connection to a 1990 murder, has filed an appeal for a new trial with the Missouri Court of Appeals in Kansas City.

Missouri bank robber headed to prison

The "Boonie Hat Bandit" was sentenced to six years in prison and ordered to more than $105,000 in restitution Thursday after admitting to robbing 12 banks.

Man admits he flew stolen plane from Canada to Missouri

The Canadian man admitted he stole a Cesna airplane from an Ontario flight school on April 6 and flew it for seven hours from Ontario to its final landing spot — a road near Ellsinore.