State News

World Health Organization announces swine flu pandemic

For the first time in 41 years, WHO has declared a global flu epidemic. The organization is hoping the announcement will push drugmakers to ramp up production of a swine flu vaccine, and goverments will increase efforts to contain the virus.

Alleged gunman charged in museum shooting

James von Brunn, an 88-year-old white supremacist, has been charged with murder for killing a security guard at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum. Von Brunn was also charged for killing in the course of possessing a firearm at a federal facility, and hate crime charges are possible.

St. Louis, Baltimore and Detroit to get arts program funds

The Missouri city is one of three locations in the U.S. expected to receive the money over a two-year period.

3 family members found shot to death in Missouri

Three people found dead in their west-central Missouri home were shot to death.

Report gives Missouri average marks for higher education

Missouri ranks 43rd nationally for state funding per higher education student but has the sixth-highest rate of graduate degrees per 1,000 residents. 

State treasurer: Missouri sets record in returning unclaimed property

The Unclaimed Property Division of the Missouri State Treasurer's office has paid out more unclaimed property accounts this year than any other.  The new record surpasses that set in 2004.

Clarksville holds celebration to thank 2008 flood fighters

A party will take place in Clarksville later this month as a "thank you" to volunteers who helped sandbag the town during the 2008 flooding of the Mississippi River.

Missouri hotel association provides environmental certifications

The Missouri Hotel & Lodging Association has already started a green certification program to lessen environmental impact across the state. Nine hotels have already made the association's list.

Dig to find missing Missouri man called off

The dig in Nodaway County began Tuesday after the patrol received a tip regarding the 2001 disappearance of Skidmore resident Branson Perry.

Missouri man sentenced in funeral procession death

Jon E. Mihm of Blue Springs was sentenced on Wednesday to three years in prison for hitting and killing Steven Keith, who was escorting a funeral procession on his motorcycle.

Nixon to discuss tax cut for businesses in Missouri stops

The governor will speak on Thursday in Kirksville, Hannibal and St. Louis County about the plan, which is aimed at helping small businesses make ends meet during the economic downturn.

Missouri included in Kroger recall of store-brand chicken wings

Ohio-based Kroger Co. is recalling bags of chicken wings because of improper labeling.  The wings might contain allergens about which consumers should be aware, company representatives said.

Overnight storm leaves damage in Kansas and Missouri

A pre-dawn storm on Thursday took down powerlines and tipped over rail cars as it passed through Kansas and Missouri.

Family: Former Kansas City Rep. Karen McCarthy has Alzheimer's

Former Rep. Karen McCarthy has been diagnosed with advanced Alzheimer's disease and bipolar disorder.  She has been living in a nursing home for about a month, a family statement said.

Former mid-Missouri man sentenced to 7 years in wife's death

Investigators said Michael Yarnell admitted to shoving his 28-year-old wife off the deck of their house and then taking her body to the Lake of the Ozarks.

Missouri's casino revenue dips slightly in May

Statewide, casinos see drop in revenues, but Atlantic City and Las Vegas report much higher losses.

MoDOT creates civil rights division

The External Civil Rights division, in addition to overseeing and expanding affirmative action, equal opportunity and nondiscrimination programs, hopes to develop pre-apprentice and on-the-job training programs.

HUD to give $3.7B to 11 states, including Missouri, hit by disasters

The largest portion of the HUD funds will go to Texas, which was buffeted by hurricanes Ike, Gustav and Dolly last year. The other states promised money are Iowa, Louisiana, Indiana, Illinois, Missouri, Wisconsin, Tennessee, Arkansas, Florida and California.

Neal E. Boyd to tour, release album

Neal E. Boyd, who won the American competition last year, will be the special guest of Britain's winner Paul Potts on a 10-city tour that begins July 6 in Dallas.

Wind may be diminishing, study says

The study shows falling wind speeds across the United States and attributed the change to global warming, but the measurements have been deemed inconclusive by the authors and other experts.