State News

International perspectives on Columbia's heat wave

People who live in Columbia and hail from other countries weighed in Tuesday on the heat wave.

It was so hot that...

Residents dealt with Tuesday's extreme heat in a number of ways, including with sweet tea and a dip in a creek.

Show dogs die after being placed in van

Sheriff Glenn Boyer says the 24-year-old custodian of the dogs had returned home from a show in Iowa and planned to put the dogs in kennels in the garage.

Auditor to release report on Missouri housing commission

Missouri State Auditor Susan Montee will release an audit of the Missouri Housing Development Commission on Wednesday. The report comes on the heels of plans for ethics reform and an FBI investigation at the agency. 

MoDOT to reduce truck emissions

Using a $726,000 grant, the Missouri Department of Transportation will upgrade 17 dump trucks' engines, replace five trucks and equip other vehicles with emission-control devices or idle-reduction technology.

UPDATE: Missouri executions likely on hold amid federal review

A federal stay for the execution of Reginald Clemons could put scheduled executions for Missouri inmates on hold, according to the incoming chief justice of the state Supreme Court.

New parole hearings sought for 3 serving life in Missouri

A Missouri trial judge on Tuesday ordered new hearing for three women sentenced to life in prison and denied parole, citing a 2007 law that makes domestic violence victims convicted of killing a spouse or domestic partner eligible for parole.

Missouri treasurer seeks housing agency ethics overhaul

Missouri State Treasurer Clint Zweifel seeks to improve effectiveness at the state housing development agency with a new ethics policy targeting financial relationships between agency officials and developers, possibly including campaign contributions.

Appeals court upholds KC smoking ban

An appeals court ruled Tuesday that Kansas City's smoking ban does not violate state law and that local smoking laws can be more restrictive than state law.

Missouri Lottery reunion lets millionaires meet up

Millionaires at the Missouri Lottery's reunion for large-money winners tend not to be much different than they were before hitting the jackpot.

Incoming Chief Justice Price open to changes in Missouri judicial panels

Supreme Court Judge William Ray Price Jr. said he's receptive to a constitutional amendment that would place another citizen on the seven-member panel that nominates appellate judges.

Missouri utilities express concern over federal climate bill

The Missouri Public Utility Alliance presented a study at a forum Monday indicating the average electric rate in Missouri would increase under federal legislation for a cap-and-trade program that allows pollution permits to be bought and sold.

Police looking for pickup in connection with Cole Camp slaying

Three family members' bodies were found in their home on June 9, each with a single fatal gunshot wound. Now Cole Camp police are asking the public for information about a pickup truck or men seen outside the victims' home on June 7.

Faulty pump prompts inspection at Callaway nuclear plant

An auxiliary feedwater pump did not start automatically during a routine test last month prompting a special inspection, which could help nuclear plants with the same parts avoid similar problems.

Search continues for missing Missouri woman

A search is underway for Leeann Hopson, a Cape Girardeau woman whose home appeared disturbed Sunday.

Sen. Kit Bond and U.S. Army Corps debate river restoration plan

In 2007 the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers stopped its Missouri projects aimed at restoring habitat for the endangered pallid sturgeon because of the state's objections. Now, Sen. Kit Bond has once again raised environmental concerns about the strategy to be used when the project continues.

Ex-wife identifies 1 of 4 found dead in Kansas City, Kan.

Arnetta Warren identified one of the victims as her ex-husband James Warren. The identities of the three other victims found at James Warren's house, including a 3-year-old girl, are unknown.

Missouri executions likely on hold again amid federal review

A federal stay for the execution of Reginald Clemons could apply to all Missouri inmates facing execution, according to the incoming chief justice of the state Supreme Court, so it is unlikely the Supreme Court will schedule any additional executions for now.

Two swine flu cases confirmed at Missouri summer camp

Camp Sabra in Morgan County has quarantined about 50 people and will be closed for a week after confirmation of what has been declared the largest outbreak in the state since the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services began tracking cases of swine flu in April.

Nixon, Quinn pledge high-speed rail cooperation

Gov. Jay Nixon and Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn made a pledge at the St. Louis Amtrak station on Monday to work together to bring high-speed rail to the Midwest. The governors are looking to improve the pace of the St. Louis-Chicago rail connection.