State News

UPDATE: K.C. area soldier wounded in Fort Hood attack

Army Reserve Spc. Keara Bono, 21, was on the phone with her husband when she was shot in the back of the shoulder during the attack. She has been released from the hospital and is doing well, according to family members.

Kansas City area soldier wounded in Fort Hood attack

Army Reserve Spc. Keara Bono was shot during the attack but has been released from the hopital.

Poll: One-third can find, get H1N1 flu vaccine

Even those at extra risk are having trouble getting the vaccine. In fact, half of those who tried couldn't find information about where to get the vaccine, according to the Harvard School of Public Health poll.

Old Missouri 'Blue Books' available online

"Blue Books" from 1889 to 1972 are available online; the goal is to have every book available eventually. Blue Books are printed every two years and list government officials, election results and other facts and figures about the state.

Gateway Arch waives fee on Veterans Day

To recognize Veterans Day, the National Park Service will waive the $3 fee and have park rangers portray a frontier soldier and military surveyor at the museum under the Gateway Arch.

Missouri transportation officials prepare for winter

The Missouri Department of Transportation has prepared its equipment for clearing snow and ice from the roads during winter and has stocked up on salt.

State conservation official named technology chief

Doug Young was picked to become Missouri's new chief information officer starting Nov. 18. He will be in charge of the state's budget for computers and technology and deciding what new technological developments should be used.

Missouri Conservation Department picks new director

The Missouri Conservation Commission has picked Bob Ziehmer to head the Department of Conservation starting Jan. 15. Ziehmer will replace John Hoskins, who said in August he planned to retire.

Ameren Corp. cuts 300 jobs

Ameren Corp. is cutting about 3 perecent of the company's total work force because of the current economic conditions, including rising costs and decreasing use of energy by large industrial customers. Most cuts will be effective by the end of the year.

Education leaders discuss future of schools

Four state senators and top state educators met for a hearing at the University of Central Missouri. Educators gave testimony that Missouri needs more educational funding. The Missouri Educated Citizenry 2020 Committee will use the information to plan legislation designed to improve education.

Lawmaker seeks inquiry of Pinnacle CEO's actions

A gambling company's CEO asked a county councilman to cast a zoning vote against another company's planned casino in north St. Louis County. The councilman now wants an investigation into the company's actions.

KU football player diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma

University of Kansas defensive end D.J. Marshall has been diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma. In a statement released through the university Thursday, the redshirt freshman vowed to defeat the disease and play football again.

I-64 stretch in St. Louis area to open Dec. 7

Major sections of Interstate 64 in the St. Louis area shut down for a two-year project will be completed a month early and $11 million under budget.

Facts about Fort Hood

Fort Hood, the largest active duty armored post in the U.S., houses nearly 52,000 soldiers. It is located outside Killeen, Texas.

Democrats voice support for health care bill

President Barack Obama and House Democats looked to secure votes Thursday to pass a bill that includes a health care overhaul initiative. The bill would expand coverage to millions of uninsured people that would be put into effect in 2013 if voted in. Obama plans on visiting the House on Friday to convince undecided Democrats to vote to pass the bill.

Lake of the Ozarks pollution similar to earlier problems elsewhere

Leaking on-site septic tanks contributed to pollution at Table Rock Lake in the late 1990s, but authorities in that area now enforce stricter regulations.

Where your legislators stand in the health care debate

Look at a breakdown of some of the key issues and where Missouri senators and representatives stand on pieces of health care reform.

The muck stops here: Bureaucracy may be at the root of septic tank problem

Bureaucratic complexities make it unclear which state department is responsible for the state of on-site and residential septic systems.

Panel considers problem of DWI prosecution and recidivism

Gov. Nixon called for stronger and more consistent enforcement of DWI procedures across the state.  A panel of judges, prosecutors and law enforcement personnel met to discuss options.

Police investigate missing woman, burned out car

A missing woman's car was found completely burned out. No human remains were found in the car. The situation is under investigation.