State News

Birth surge in southeast Missouri expected nine months after ice storm

The increase in births in some southeast Missouri hospitals has some officials attributing the rise to ice storms.

Missouri leads nationwide in consolidating computer services, report shows

A report says that while many states have centralized their computer systems, Missouri has gone further than most by also centralizing the personnel who maintain and manage those computers.

Investigators for Humane Society of Missouri to be honored

Tom Rickey and Kyle Held will be honored for their efforts in rescuing hundreds of dogs in the July 8 multistate crackdown.

Tests show soil recontamination near eastern Missouri lead smelter

EPA tests have shown that a lead smelter in Herculaneum has contaminated soil on properties in the city.

Report: Missouri public defender system in 'crisis'

A George Mason University study showed that Missouri's public defender system is underfunded and overwhelmed with cases. Missouri ranks 49 out of 50 states in per-capita spending on indigent defense.

Nuclear Regulatory Commission urges AmerenUE, other nuclear plants to switch to broadband Internet

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission sent a memo to AmerenUE and other nuclear plants  encouraging them to replace their dial-up Internet connections with broadband. AmerenUE spokesman Tim Fox said the current system works well.

Red-light cameras bring green to St. Louis

After being operational for almost two and a half years, red light cameras have yielded St. Louis almost $10 million in fines with a net gain of $6.8 million.

Online auction planned for K.C. suspect in abortion doctor's killing

Abortion-rights opponents are planning to auction anti-abortion items on eBay and other Web sites to raise money to obtain a lawyer for Scott Roeder of Kansas City, who is charged with first-degree murder for killing Wichita, Kan., abortion doctor George Tiller.

Prosecutor drops flag desecration charges, cites Supreme Court ruling

The Cape Girardeau County prosecutor said he discovered a Supreme Court ruling that invalidates existing state flag desecration laws.

State representative apologizes for DWI arrest

State Rep. Tim Meadows, D-Imperial, issued a statement apologizing for Saturday's arrest for suspicion of drunken driving in Imperial.

Charter school operator under fire from the Post-Dispatch

Dennis Bakke, CEO of the national charter school operator Imagine Schools, told employees to select school board members who would "go along with Imagine" and obtain undated letters of resignation from school board members in a September 2008 e-mail obtained by the St. Louis newspaper.

UPDATE: Ford workers in Missouri, Michigan reject changes

Ford Motor Co. and United Auto Workers are having difficulty convincing some workers to accept contract changes. Opponents say Ford does not need further labor concessions.

Warrant served on slain Missouri 9-year-old's neighbor

Authorities seek a first-degree murder charge against a 15-year-old neighbor of the deceased Elizabeth Olten.

Missouri autoworkers reject Ford contract changes

Ninety-two percent of autoworkers at the Ford assembly plant in Kansas City voted against a change to their contract. Among the changes suggested were a cap on entry-level wages, different work rules and a no-strike provision.

Wheelchair dancing provides life lessons to Kansas City group

The wheelchair-bound glide gracefully across the floor to waltzes and sambas at a Kansas City dance studio.

Analysis: Missouri finally produces Medicaid report

The Department of Social Services released a state mandated report on the number of employed Medicaid recipients three days after the Associated Press asked why no report had ever been made.

15-year-old suspect charged in death of St. Martins girl

Police have released few details about the 15-year-old suspect who was charged with first-degree murder in the death of a 9-year-old St. Martins girl. Authorities say a judge will decide whether the suspect will be tried as a juvenile or an adult.

Search continues for missing Missouri 9-year-old girl

Elizabeth Olten has been missing since Wednesday night. About 70 people are searching the woods west of Jefferson City, while another 70 are investigating leads, according to Cole County Sheriff Greg White.

McCaskill roundtable addresses higher education financial aid reform

Sen. Claire McCaskill heard input from financial aid counselors, parents and students from around Missouri on Friday during a teleconference hosted on the MU campus.

MU medical school faces probation review

The MU School of Medicine will host members of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education on Tuesday. The meeting will determine if the school's physician residency program should be released from probation it was put on in April for a lack of support staff.