State News

Former Libertarian candidate for lieutenant governor joins GOP

Mike Ferguson announced the move Wednesday on his Web site and endorsed Republican Rep. Roy Blunt in his campaign for the U.S. Senate.

Prosecutor clarifies details on alleged threats to St. Louis business

An Ohio man accused of threatening a St. Louis business was not provoked by the employee who answered his phone call, a prosecutor said.

Government to seek swine flu vaccine volunteers in St. Louis

Scientists plan to begin testing the first swine flu vaccines on healthy adults at eight medical centers around the country.

Maryland lawmakers plan fall hearings on juvenile justice

A report shows that the state's Department of Juvenile Services is not rehabilitation some of the most violent youths. An advocacy group, the Maryland Juvenile Justice Coalition, said Wednesday the agency should ask developers of Missouri's widely recognized juvenile justice system for help in programming and staff training and retention.

Pit bulls from Missouri dog-fighting raids to be assessed

Teams are to decide if any of the 400 dogs seized in Missouri and Illinois is adoptable.

Missouri insurers: summer is peak burglary season

Insurance companies in Missouri would like to remind residents that summer is the high season for burglaries. The Missouri Insurance Information Service has advice on things you can do for prevention.

Eastern Missouri town puts gravesites online

Pacific's two city-owned cemeteries, City Cemetery and Resurrection Hill Cemetery, are now searchable on the Web site, and in future, two private cemeteries could be added to the site.

St. Joseph police suspect one man for five robberies

Police in St. Joseph think that one person could responsible for five separate bank robberies in the area.  In the two most recent robberies, the suspect displayed a gun.

Sedalia woman charged with murder in drug death

Deborah J. Hayes was arrested Tuesday on a charge of second-degree murder. Prosecutors said Hayes gave OxyContin pills to Randy Arndt, who died from a drug overdose in his home.

Greenleaf LLC in southwest Missouri agrees to federal fine

Greenleaf LLC in Neosho will pay $100,000 in penalties to settle allegations by the Missouri Department of Agriculture that the pesticide dealer violated the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act.

Paddleboat restaurant will reopen in St. Charles

The Robert E. Lee riverboat, now a floating restaurant, will be reopened on the Missouri River in St. Charles. The St. Charles City Council voted unanimously on Tuesday night to approve a financial deal for the restaurant.

Southeast Missouri men accused of stealing dogs

Three suspects in their 20s have been arrested in Scott County and charged with two felony counts each of stealing animals. So far, four bulldog puppies have been returned to their owners.

Missouri to count ballots on proposed care workers' union

Votes will be counted today in a statewide election on whether the new Missouri Home Care Union should be created. The union would provide representation for workers who help people with daily activities such as bathing, dressing and cooking.

St. Louis creates 13 'full-service' schools

The schools will make a variety of service providers available through the school, creating community hubs for families and individuals.

Public safety department considering cuts to water patrol

After Gov. Jay Nixon's call for a $60 million cut in state government spending, the Missouri Department of Public safety is considering making cuts to the Missouri State Water Patrol.

Missouri higher education agency: campus buildings on brink of crisis

Missouri Department of Higher Education employees have noted that campuses need an infusion of money to meet their building needs, and Gov. Jay Nixon has encouraged lawmakers to consider a state bonding proposal.

AmerenUE offers incentives to businesses that save power

Offering rebates to customers that lower their electricity use during periods of peak usage could improve air quality and save AmerenUE money, officials said.

Blunt building GOP support in Missouri Senate race

Rep. Roy Blunt has emerged as the Republican leader of the Missouri Senate race and is now focusing on building support across the state.

Ohio man arrested on suspicion of terrorism

Charles Papenfus was arrested June 27 on suspicion of threatening a firm selling extended car warranties after receiving a mailing regarding a factory warranty on his son's car.

Governor Nixon appoints pair to Board of Mediation

Gov. Jay Nixon announced two new appointments to the state Board of Mediation.  Peggy Cochran and Emily Martin were announced as the new members of the board on Monday.