State News

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.

Former Missouri Gov. Hearnes seriously ill

The 86-year-old former governor is said to be weak and fading from natural causes related to his age. His wife and three daughters have gathered by his side at his home in Charleston.

UPDATE: Revenue up 4 percent at Missouri casinos in July

The Gaming Commission Executive Director said the repeal of the state's $500 loss limit, Missouri's central location and a preference of gamblers to gamble close to home contribute to the increase.

Missouri home foreclosure filings increase 2 percent in July

According to a report by RealtyTrac, Missouri had 3,175 foreclosure filings in July — one for every 834 housing units in the state. These filings include default notices, aution-sale notices and bank repossessions.

Missouri treasurer seeks to return assets during fair

State treasury officials will attempt to return $500 million in unclaimed property by answering questions, filing claims and helping search for property at the Missouri State Fair, which opens Thursday.

Attorney General Koster: Some dog breeders ducking inspection

Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster said that a crackdown on dog breeding facilities  identified more than 170 kennels that might be violating the law. Most of the breeders have agreed to apply for licenses, but at least 24 could face criminal charges.

ANALYSIS: Missouri fee offices spark political debate

Actions by Gov. Jay Nixon and state lawmakers to reshape the process of selections to driver's license offices as political rewards have been criticized by Republicans because of past partisan campaign contributions.

UPDATE: Missouri regulators suspend utility comment card program

Thousands of cards have been returned, and about two-thirds of Missouri Gas Energy customers haven't even received them yet. Utility customers can still comment on proposed rate increases during public hearings, on a hot line and on the commission's Web site.

Crowd urges Rep. Skelton to discuss health care

Neither the 17-term Democratic congressman nor his staff were present at the Wednesday evening event, organized by the group Americans for Prosperity and others unhappy that Skelton hasn't held public meetings about health care.

Mixed results from Missouri students on academic tests

Roughly two-thirds of Missouri's public schools failed to meet tougher progress standards established under federal law. State officials, however, were pleased by the mixed results.

Missouri seeks $142 million from stimulus for Internet access

Gov. Nixon says the expanded high-speed Internet access to rural areas would improve doctor/patient relationships, open educational doors and expand small business markets.

Civil rights lawyer, NAACP leader dies in St. Louis

Margaret Bush Wilson was the former chairwoman of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and the second black woman to pass the Missouri Bar.

Missouri regulators suspend postcard comment program

Overwhelming number of responses  lead to scaling back to public hearings and Web site postings.

Missouri high school football player dies

The cause of death for 16-year-old  player is unknown. He had no known medical conditions.