State News

Springfield man dies in boating accident

John Smith, 79, was declared dead at the scene and another man, 76-year-old Albert Warner, was hospitalized.

Cuts to Medicaid top Nixon's withholdings

Gov. Jay Nixon announced a $32 million cut in Medicaid expenditures as a part of $204 million in budget cuts on Wednesday. Other decreases in funding include MU's telemedicine program and the MU School of Medicine's Institute of Mental Health.

Missouri Department of Natural Resources announces reorganization

The state's environmental agency merged two divisions and made some changes within management in an effort to improve operations, a department spokesman said.

Nuclear regulators seek fine after inspecting Missouri fuel processing facility

The facility, which processed nuclear fuel for power plants until 2001, is in the process of being decommissioned.

Hearing in Olten case open to public

Cole County Circuit Judge Jon Bettem said that the hearing deciding whether or not to try the 15-year-old suspect in the Elizabeth Olten killing as an adult will be open to the public. The hearing will be held on Nov. 18.

Suspect in slaying of mid-Missouri girl stays in custody for now

A 15-year-old suspect in the killing of a 9-year-old mid-Missouri girl waived a detention hearing today and will remain in custody while a judge decides whether or not the suspect should be tried as an adult.

Students stumble upon champion oak lurking in MU-St. Louis cemetery

While they were learning to measure trees on campus, University of Missouri-St. Louis students and faculty stumbled upon the state's largest recorded shingle oak. The 114-foot-tall, 81-foot-wide tree grows in a cemetery on the school's south campus.

Missouri governor to announce more budget cuts

The state has already cut $430 million from its budget, but the governor says additional cuts are needed to keep the state budget in balance.

Missouri man sentenced in meth conspiracy case

Vincent Gallegos, 29, of Raytown was sentenced to 40 years in prison and to pay almost $12,000 in restitution to pay for the funeral of the man that he killed.

American Airlines will close Kansas City maintenance base

American Airlines will close Kansas City's maintenance base along with other smaller maintenance stations next September because of the continued decrease in air travel.

Funeral set for slain 9-year-old Missouri girl

Funeral services for Elizabeth Olten, the 9-year-old Missouri girl found dead last week, will take place Wednesday in Jefferson City

UPDATE: Hearing set for teen accused of killing Missouri girl

 A closed hearing will be held Wednesday to determine whether the 15-year-old suspect in the slaying of 9-year-old Elizabeth Olten should continue to be detained.

Missouri has 28 percent of its requested H1N1 vaccine

A spokesman for the Department of Health and Senior Services said he doesn't fear a shortage. He hopes enough vaccine will be made available by early December.

Court orders new trial in Kansas City-area double killing

The convictions in the stabbing case were overturned because an additional, unrelated charge could have prejudiced the jury.

Energy industry, legislators fear effects of cap-and-trade

Witnesses who testified before the Joint Committee on Missouri's Energy Future on Monday in Jefferson City warned Missouri legislators about increased job losses and higher consumer rates should a controversial bill in Washington, D.C., be approved.

Red-light camera enforcement differs statewide

Methods for issuing citations through red-light cameras and cities' relationships with the companies who produce and install them differ in Missouri, but many of the parties involved agree that cameras are an asset for the communities they serve.

Missouri smelter downplays EPA concerns about lead

The EPA revealed tests that show the Doe Run Co. had contaminated 129 residential properties within a mile of the lead smelter.

Beer brewers balance low calories versus taste

Anheuser-Busch InBev and MillerCoors are both fighting to have the most popular low-calorie beer, but are trying to keep their beverage from tasting too watered-down in the eyes of consumers.

Kansas church youth leader charged with soliciting child

The youth group leader, who served more than eight years after being convicted of eight counts of indecent liberties with a child in the late 1980s, is being held on $150,000 bond.

Cole County authorities serve warrant on slain girl's neighbor

The Cole County Sheriff's Department said the warrant was related to a traffic stop.