State News

Missouri schools complain over supplies with Obama logo

A supply company is recalling school supplies with logos similar to President Barack Obama's campaign because of complaints from Missouri schools.

Kansas City-area man sentenced in murder-for-hire killing

A man who, in a muder-for-hire scheme killed a man and paralyzed the woman who hired him, was sentenced to life in prison.

Missouri to offer rebates for energy-efficient appliances

In early 2010, the Department of Natural Resources will begin offering rebates for purchases on certain Energy Star appliances as part of the federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.



Defense argues against using warrant in Stout's molestation case

Donny J. Stout, accused of molestation and sexual misconduct, had a hearing to determine whether a warrant should be used in the case against him as evidence. The defense argued on Thursday that the warrant was based on hearsay.

Missouri mulls ban on fake urine samples for drug tests

Missouri House member Jeff Roorda, D-Barnhart, has filed legislation to make forging urine and other body fluid samples a felony. There are various products that promise to help people pass drug and alcohol screenings.

Communications union wants roof replaced on state building

The Communications Workers of America Local 6355 planned to rally Friday to demand the leaky roof on a state office building be replaced because it has created a mold outbreak, which poses dangers to workers and clients.

St. Louis man convicted of robbery after rap defense fails

Mikal Muhammad, 27, of St. Louis was convicted Thursday of robbery, burglary, felonious restraint and armed criminal action after using the defense his developing career as a rapper gave him no reason to commit such crimes. His rap name is "Gube Thug."

Sedalia officers arrest 31 suspects in drug sweep

Thirty-one people were arrested after a seven-month investigation into drug sales by Sedalia police and the Missouri State Highway Patrol. The investigation began after complaints from Sedalia residents about drug buys on the streets.

Truman president earned $215K for reporting ways to save

Former Truman State University president wrote one report during her year as the university's consultant.

MoDOT: Landslide issue troublesome

Route 79 in northeast Missouri closed two weeks ago for the second time in 19 months after a shifting hillside caused the road to collapse. The Missouri Department of Transportation has outlined options to fix the problem.

Suspect in St. Louis officer's death to face death penalty

St. Louis County prosecutor Bob McCulloch said he will seek the death penalty against Todd Shepard, who is charged with first-degree murder and armed criminal action in the death of University City Sgt. Michael King on Halloween 2008.

Missouri proposes banning all drivers from texting

A state lawmaker filed a bill that would extend the current texting ban from drivers under 21 to everyone.

Kelly no longer ranking Democrat on the Budget Committee

Columbia's Rep. Chris Kelly will serve on the Budget and Judiciary committees but will no longer be the ranking Democrat on the former.

Missouri to receive $2 million for broadband mapping and planning

Gov. Nixon's office announced that Missouri will receive a $1.5 million grant to get information on Internet lines in the state. 

New Missouri policies could reverse trend in cattle rustling

Cattle theft has risen over the past two years, according to the president of the Missouri Cattleman's Association. New legislation and the reinstatement of a  livestock protection task force, however, has helped decrease theft in recent months.

Missouri lawmakers to try again on expanding autism coverage

Legislation similar to that brought before the General Assembly last year, aimed at making insurance companies cover an autism treatment, will come before the body in January.

Thousands line up to see Palin in Springfield

One thousand people endured a cold December morning in Springfield to see Sarah Palin and get an autographed copy of her memoir, "Going Rogue."

DNR to award $11 million for energy efficiency

Missouri Department of Natural Resources is accepting grant applications through Jan. 15.

Corrections department awards $3 million to Missouri nonprofits

The Missouri Department of Corrections says the contracts to 36 nonprofit groups will support efforts to help former inmates avoid re-offending and make the transition to the work force.

Forsee's letter opposing cap-and-trade legislation draws attention

University of Missouri System President Gary Forsee has ties to businesses that oppose the legislation and others that could benefit from it.