State News

Health officials urge Missouri parents to develop asthma plan

The health officials suggest that parents talk with their family doctors about appropriate medication and with school staff about triggers.

Lawrence County Jail closed after inmates erupt

The Lawrence County Jail has been closed following an escape attempt and subsequent melee between inmates and prison guards on Saturday. The 35 inmates housed there have been transferred to other jails.

Missouri scientists seek new tools to fight malnutrition

A trio of internationally known organizations based in St. Louis have formed the Global Harvest Alliance, which aims to help the world's hungry and undernourished. They will also seek to improve enriched foods already used to treat malnourishment.

Missouri man who swam to Suu Kyi in Myanmar stands trial

John William Yettaw swam to the home of Nobel Peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, who has spent 14 of the past 20 years in detention for her nonviolent promotion of democracy.

Nixon's office under scrutiny regarding E. coli report

The Department of Natural Resources has come under fire for revelations that it withheld the report for a month. A Senate environmental committee has said it will investigate.

Missouri divorce case becomes part of home-schooling debate

As the divorce trial for Lisa Payne-Naeger and Jeff Naeger began Tuesday in St. Charles County, Payne-Naeger supporters rallied outside the courthouse expressing concern over whether the mother would be able to continue to home-school the couple's two teenagers.

State official sought E. coli study weeks before release, newspaper reports

Joe Bindbeutel, deputy director of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, asked for a copy of a report on high levels of E. coli in the Lake of the Ozarks weeks before the report was released to the public, according to the Springfield News-Leader.

Missouri wind energy capacity jumps 90 percent

With the addition of the Farmers City wind farm in northwest Missouri, the state's wind energy capacity increased from 146 megawatts to 306 megawatts, the largest jump in any state over the the second quarter of the year.

Missouri ranks 33rd in Kids Count well-being report

Missouri is ranked below the median in new data released on children's health and well-being.

Missouri students in Nigeria struggle to return home amid violence

A Columbia man is one of five Missouri students returning from Nigeria, where violence has broken out in several parts of the country.

Propane often overlooked as an alternative fuel

Although ethanol, biodiesel and hydrogen get more buzz, propane is the most commonly used alternative fuel in the U.S. — and its reach is expanding.

Owners of aging St. Louis casino fight for right to upgrade

The Las Vegas company managing the President Casino have asked state regulators for permission to rebuild the nearly 70-year-old St. Louis riverboat, a decision that could affect the development of new casinos in Missouri.

Columbia man to return from conflict-torn Nigeria on Monday

Grato Ndunguru, a Columbia resident, is exected to return to the U.S. on Monday after a trip to Nigeria, where violence has left hundreds dead.

Understanding conflict in Nigeria

A look at coverage of the situation in Nigeria from around the Internet.

Nixon unfreezes $16 million for Missouri veteran homes

After stalling construction projects at seven veteran homes over financial worries, Gov. Jay Nixon is once again allowing the renovations to continue.

Midwest governors form high-speed rail group

The Midwest Rail Steering Group will lobby for stimulus funds to upgrade rail routes in eight states.

Serial killers, cyber crimes on St. Louis conference agenda

Saint Louis University is hosting the largest death scene investigators' conference in North America this week to allow professionals to discuss the latest methods of interpreting crime scenes.

Aung San Suu Kyi verdict set for Friday in Myanmar

Nobel Peace Prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi can expect a verdict in her trial by the end of the week. Final arguments concluded the trial's proceedings on Tuesday.

Missouri insurance group says 20,000 vehicles stolen in 2008

The Missouri Insurance Information Service said more than 20,000 vehicle thefts were reported in the last year, about half of them in St. Louis and Kansas City. American cars are still the top picks for theft.

St. Louis scientists, doctors form alliance to fight malnutrition

Dr. Mark Manary, of St. Louis Children's Hospital and Washington University School of Medicine, is now working with scientists from the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center to use biotechnology to fortify crops.