State News

Move toward electronic sharing of medical records progresses slowly

The federal government is pushing an open national network for the sharing of electronic medical records but plans to leave the specifics up to private sector innovators.

St. Louis gets a sports hall of fame

The St. Louis Sports Hall of Fame will honor the achievements of St. Louis teams and athletes past and present. The hall will open in November at the Scottrade Center, home of the St. Louis Blues.

Missouri gets $1.7 million to help 911 pinpoint callers' locations

Missouri trails much of the country when it comes to identifying the locations of 911 callers, especially when they're using cell phones or Internet-based services. A $1.7 million grantwill help the state change that by upgrading 19 call centers around the state.

Patrol weeded out 7,000 southeast Missouri pot plants this summer

State troopers have found thousands of suspected marijuana plants in southeast Missouri this summer, and 10 people are facing marijuana-related felony charges in the area.

St. Joseph murder case stalls over destroyed evidence

Evidence in the second-degree murder trial of Dallas Cox was mistakenly destroyed when old cases were purged from the system. Cox was scheduled to go on trial Tuesday charged with beating 26-year-old Stephen Akin to death last October.

Judge denies Kansas man's bid to overturn death penalty

U.S. District Judge Fernando Gaitan Jr. denied 57-year-old Wesley Ira Purkey's bid to overturn the death sentence he received for the 1998 murder of Jennifer Long. Purkey claimed he had an ineffective trial lawyer and prosecutors were guilty of misconduct.

Missouri ranks near bottom in child care aid

For families of three who need child care aid, most states set the threshold somewhere north of $30,000 a year. Missouri's income limit to qualify for such assistance is just $22,620 a year.

St. Louis FBI tops nation in number of predators arrested

The St. Louis FBI office has outdone all 55 of its peers when it comes to arresting child predator suspects, catching 107 such offenders in the past two years.

Conservationists sue EPA over prairie dog poison

The lawsuit says the chemicals threaten other species like the endangered black-footed ferret.

Former governor's chief of staff to run against Carnahan

Ed Martin, a former chief of staff to former Gov. Matt Blunt, announced Wednesday that he is running for Congress.

St. Louis leads the country in child predator arrests

The St. Louis FBI office leads the country in child predator arrests.

Phillips nominated as U.S. attorney for Western Disctrict of Missouri

With the appointment of the acting U.S. attorney for Missouri's Western District to a magistrate judge position, President Barack Obama nominates Beth Phillips to replace him.

Slain Jefferson City couple had been trying to reconcile

A man is charged with murdering a couple that had been mending their marriage; he had previously dated the female victim.

YouZeum attendance lower than anticipated

The new Columbia children's museum, which projected it would attract 60,000 visitors a year, has an annual attendance of about 18,000.

MU athletics department sells old phones without erasing data

A man who bought 25 old cell phones from the MU athletics department is trying to sell them for $3,000 after discovering the department didn't delete text messages, e-mails and contact numbers from the phones, one of which belonged to Gary Pinkel.

Funding proposal for Missouri Internet coverage raises questions

Broadband projects in Missouri are poised to receive $225 million in federal funds, but residents question the cost-effectiveness of running miles of new cables.

Missouri overpaying officials to move prisoners

The Department of Corrections is being audited by the state for overpaying county officials for moving prisoners.

Hearing in St. Louis focuses on preventing school dropout

The Missouri House Task Force on Dropout Prevention is working to improve dropout rates in the state.

Ellis Library receives new videoconferencing technology

The new TelePresence center in Ellis Library will allow for easy videoconferencing, thus saving time money on travel.

First red-light camera case dismissed in Columbia

The first challenge to a red-light camera ticket resulted in the dismissal of the ticket in Columbia Municipal Court on Monday.