State News

35 years after Ozark Music Festival, witnesses and attendees reminisce

In 1974, Sedalia played host to the Ozark Music Festival, which was attended by about 160,000 concertgoers. While some remember the concert as a brief blight on the landscape, many recall a peaceful celebration by fun-loving individuals.

Lambert-St. Louis International Airport opens exhibit on tourist sites

The Lambert Airport in St. Louis is opening the "Windows on St. Louis" exhibit, an interactive display designed to help visitors learn about the city as a tourist destination.

Missouri libraries to get nearly $1M in Gates Foundation grants

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is offering dozens of Missouri libraries a total of about $956,000 in grant money. Other states also received grants.

Residents won't need insurance for some home power

The Missouri Public Service Commission is reversing their liability insurance requirement for homeowners generating their own power. However, if residents are negligent, they are still liable for damages.

Lightning strike suspected in missing man's plunge into Mississippi River

Jefferson County authorities and the Missouri Water Patrol are involved in the search.

Eagle Rock camp hit by swine flu

Seven cases of swine flu have been confirmed after 53 people became ill at the "Kids Across America" camp near Eagle Rock.  Officials think the virus has been contained.

Agency withheld Lake of the Ozarks report on E. coli

The Missouri Department of Natural Resources acknowledged it withheld a May report on E. coli levels in the Lake of the Ozarks. The department says it did so out of concern that releasing the report would hurt lake tourism and business.

St. Louis forum to explore climate, energy security

The forum, which will include guests such as former Republican Sen. John Warner of Virginia, will explore the link between climate change and America's nation and energy security.

Injunction upheld in southern Missouri school Bibles case

A federal appeals court on Thursday upheld a ruling against the distribution of Bibles in a southern Missouri school district, but South Iron district's legal representation said the ruling was a success because it did not overturn a new policy for distributing literature telling students where they can get Bibles.

Missouri man pushes for property tax repeal on 2012 ballot

Richard La Violette said that personal property taxes, which help fund public schools and local governments, are a nuisance and governments could find other ways to supplement their budgets if his tax cut passes.

Farm Aid to hold benefit concert in suburban St. Louis

Farm Aid, which was first organized to raise money for and draw attention to family farmers, will be held Oct. 4 at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in St. Louis County.

St. Louis to host large church gathering in 2010

The Church of God in Christ will hold its annual seven-day Holy Convocation in St. Louis in November 2010. St. Louis offers more room than the group's traditional gathering place, Memphis, Tenn., according to church leaders.

Tour of Missouri bicycle race draws fewer sponsors

Big sponsors of the September bicycle race have either declined to support this year's race or are reducing their commitment.

McCaskill leads hearing focusing on Alaska Native contracts

The Senate Subcommittee on Contracting oversight examined a program intended to assist Alaska Native corporations in competing for government contracts, but some critics say the protection goes too far.

KC Southern to help open Texas distribution center for Nissan

Railroad operator Kansas City Southern is to assist in opening a Nissan distribution center in Texas, enabling faster shipment of Nissan vehicles to several Southern states via one of the operator's rail lines.

Fees reduced for tram ride to top of Arch July 18-19

Adult tram rides to the top of the Arch will cost $3 less for a couple of days.

Missouri to get up to $5.7 million for energy rebates

Rebates totaling up to $5.7 million are expected to be offered to Missouri consumers who buy energy-efficient appliances.

Missouri university cancels aid trip to Honduras

Political unrest and a presidential coup in Honduras prompted a student group at Missouri University of Science and Technology to cancel a humanitarian trip to the country.

New networking technology planned for Boone County law enforcement agencies

A new in-car laptop system is expected to allow officers to instantly access city and county crime data in addition to the federal and state information they already receive.

Retrial begins for man charged in MU student's death

Taron Crawford of Kansas City, Kan., was convicted of second-degree murder and armed criminal action in 2004, but a judge later threw the conviction out.