State News

Missouri retirement system puts bonuses on hold

The Missouri retirement system is putting $162,258 in staff bonuses on hold because of state budget cuts stemming from the economic downturn. Gov. Jay Nixon's administration declared the move "an appropriate first step."

Missouri church camp cleans after swine flu confirmed

Swine flu and strep throat cases prompted officials to send hundreds of campers home a day early last week.

Missouri timber industry is struggling

The Missouri Department of Conservation says May storms damaged 204 million board feet of timber on 113,000 acres.

Cronkite to be buried in Missouri after NYC funeral

A private funeral service for the former CBS anchorman is scheduled for 2 p.m. Thursday at St. Bartholomew's Church on Park Avenue. But, his final resting place will be beside his wife in a family plot in Kansas City.

Ex-Blunt aide says he's owed exoneration letter

Former Blunt aide Scott Eckersley settled the lawsuit against Blunt's administration in May for $500,000, but has not spent the money because he has been holding out for an official state apology.

Humane group: shelters full, resources thin

The St. Louis-based humane group says its shelters are packed with great, adoptable dogs, cats and kittens. It's urging the public to adopt some this weekend, and has discounted adoption fees.

EPA plan for Missouri lead waste worries residents

The Environmental Protection Agency's plans to spread tons of lead-laced soil over old mining grounds in Leadwood have angered some citizens, since Leadwood already has elevated levels of lead found in many yards. The EPA says it would grow grass over the mining spots of land and prevent lead from washing into the streams after it rains. 

Missouri clean-water group files complaint against DNR

The Missouri Clean Water Campaign has filed a complaint against the Missouri Department of Natural Resources for withholding public documents.

Missouri highway signs to become fluorescent

The Missouri Department of Transportation plans to replace existing road signs with flourescent ones over the next decade.

Nixon says nearly $2M saved by his administration

After initiating a review of state contracts this past January, Gov. Jay Nixon's administration said it has saved roughly $2 million through renegotiations in contracts and travel reimbursement reductions.

Transit funds for Metrolink improvements

Missouri will receive $41.7 million in Federal Recovery Act money for improvements to the St. Louis transit system.

Cardinals to begin second half of season in first place

The Cardinals are set to enter the second half of the season against the Diamondbacks on Friday.

White House sending $25 M to re-train auto workers

The federal plan to help cities recover from auto plant closures will incorporate training programs for their former workers to learn the skills of high-growth industries, such as health care.

UPDATE: Missouri attorney general to review E. coli complaint

Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster plans to review a clean-water group's complaint that the Missouri Department of Natural Resources withheld public documents.

Noise complaint leads to 2 bodies in car

Loud-noise complaints led police to a car with two dead men inside.

St. Louis Fire Department seeks grants to replace aging firehouses

The St. Louis Fire Department is focusing on disaster preparedness and has applied for a federal grant to buld three new firehouses.

Missouri car dealer offers gun store vouchers with new truck

A Missouri truck dealer is offering vouchers for AK47 assault rifles with the purchase of a pickup truck in August.

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.