State News

Gov. Nixon calls for changing DWI laws by spring

The governor responded Monday to a St. Louis Post-Dispatch story assailing the judicial process for DWI offenders.

In past year, slew of sewage spilled into Missouri water

Hundreds of millions of gallons of raw sewage have spilled into Missouri waterways in the past year, Department of Natural Resources data show.

Analysis: Mo. ethanol mandate is self-enforcing

The state lacks the necessary personnel to check ethanol levels at Missouri gas stations. The law requires gas stations to sell fuel containing a 10 percent blend of ethanol whenever its cost is less than or equal to regular gasoline.

Southwest Missouri man charged in slaying of ex's new boyfriend

A southwest Missouri man charged after ex-girlfriend's parents and new boyfriend found dead.

Missouri borrows $150 million from budget reserve fund

This is the ninth time the state has tapped into the funds in the past 10 years. The funds must be paid back by May 15.

Resident claims self-defense in Jefferson City robbery death

A resident of the mobile home 19-year-old Lamar Gardner and others were trying to rob said he shot Gardner to defend the two other adults and two children living there. It was previously thought Gardner was accidentally shot by another robber.

Five taken to hospital after Scottrade Center escalator accident

Collapse of escalator injures 13 people after a St. Louis Blues game.

State borrows $150 million from budget reserve fund

The announcement brings the total to $350 million that has been borrowed for cash flow purposes since the state's budget began in July. About $170 million is left in Missouri's reserve fund.

Sen. Bond receives March of Dimes award

Sen. Kit Bond received the Lifetime Achievement Award in Public Affairs from the March of Dimes for his legislative work on behalf of mothers and babies.

Suspect charged in death of Warrensburg woman

Thirty-year-old John Marcos Ramirez was charged with second-degree murder in the Sept. 17 death of 91-year-old Maxine Ballew. Ballew's body was found inside her burning home after dying of strangulation.

UPDATE: Red imported fire ant found in southeast Missouri

A colony was discovered late last month, making the first confirmed report of the ants in Missouri. The ants cause an estimated $6 billion in damage each year in the U.S.

Missouri senator urges changes to Career Ladder program

A legislator wants to restructure funding for the Career Ladder, a program that gives teachers extra pay for extra work, such as tutoring.

Former St. Louis cops indicted

The two St. Louis officers appeared Friday in federal court. Prosecutors say the suspects stole merchandise during a traffic arrest.

Low summer demand may increase electric bills

To offset losses from decreased customer demand due to a mild summer, AmerenUE has asked the state Public Service Commission for a temporary 1.7 percent increase.

UPDATE: Monsanto a focus of U.S. antitrust investigation

The St. Louis-based seed company said the Department of Justice is investigating the way the company sells and licenses its patented genes. Two of Monsanto's competitors say they are cooperating with the department's inquiry.

Monsanto a focus of U.S. antitrust investigation

The Justice Department was already investigating consolidation in the seed industry.

Laclede County farmer dies in lightning strike

Lightning struck and killed a southwest Missouri farmer checking on his cattle Thursday, as storms pelted the Midwest and threatened a harvest already delayed by earlier rains.

Three more charged in fatal Jefferson City robbery

Six people now face charges in the Monday morning home invasion in which Lamar Gardner, of Kansas City, was fatally shot — apparently accidentally by one of his fellow robbers.

Fire ants found in southeast Missouri

State entomologists confirmed that fire ants built mounds in the southeast town of Kennett. The colonies destroy crops, damage farms and hasten soil erosion.

I-70 work to halt for football traffic

MoDOT will stop construction and maintenance work on Interstate 70 from noon Thursday until 6 a.m. on Friday to help speed traffic.