State News

Drury reaches out to black high schoolers

University hopes to offer college experience to students who might not otherwise get the opportunity.

Large Missouri family raises special-needs children

In addition to their two biological children, Arthur and Juanita Lonjers of St. Joseph have adopted and care for seven special-needs children. While raising the children takes much time and effort, the Lonjers have found their lifestyle fulfilling.

WWII fathers sought — and sometimes found

Public military records and national archives have helped unite some families.

Riding the bus twice a lifesaver for Missouri man

James Jones has had two medical emergencies in as many years while riding the Liberty Express Metro bus in Kansas City. Both rides, however, proved to be lifesavers.

'Snake Lady' shares love of reptiles for 25 years

A Sedalia woman, better known to some as the "Snake Lady," gives volunteer snake presentations to school groups and said snakes have been a part of her life for 25 years.

Missouri boosting payments to sheltered workshops

Thousands of disabled Missourians are employed in sheltered workshops across the state, where they're paid below minimum wage to perform basic tasks. The state's reimbursement rate to these workshops rose by $5 and is scheduled to rise again next summer.

Former Bush official Schweich running for Missouri auditor

Republican Tom Schweich, a former state department official for President George W. Bush, has joined Republican state House member Allen Icet in challenging Democratic Auditor Susan Montee.

ANALYSIS: Energy savings fee could cost on Missouri bills

A bill awaiting Gov. Jay Nixon's signature would allow utility companies to recoup expenses on energy-efficiency promotions by charging a fee on customer bills.

Police say Missouri woman likely abducted

Deborah Marsch of Union has not been seen since she left her home early Friday morning.

Missouri native picked to be NASA astronaut

Mike Hopkins of Richland had applied to be an astronaut three times before, but on his fourth try, NASA accepted Hopkins, along with eight other candidates, from a nationwide applicant pool of 3,500 for its latest class of astronauts.

Mid-Missouri sees increase in treatment for AIDS/HIV

Rain-Central Missouri, a case management organization, has enrolled 58 new clients in the last year.

Walt Disney World monorail crash kills employee

The transit system, which shuttles thousands of visitors around the sprawling resort each day, was shut down while authorities investigated the wreck.

Springfield council looks at same sex law

The Springfield City Council is considering the removal of a local ordinance that makes it illegal to entice a member of the same gender to engage in sexual activity in a public place.

Springfield mayor asks residents to ease city's financial woes

Because of budget cuts, the mayor of Springfield is asking residents to help the city by adopting a park, manning City Hall phones or donating to the history museum, among other activities.

Budget battles keep states from tackling reforms

Unlike their colleagues in Washington, where policy work isn't hindered by the need to pay as you go, state lawmakers generally can't leave for home without settling on a spending plan.

Controversial Missouri-manufactured fireworks pulled from shelves

The fireworks, called "Run Hadji Run," included packaging that showed a bomber jet flying over a group of Arab men on camels.

Tribal casinos boost Oklahoma revenue nearly 30 percent

Three of the seven tribes that operate northeast Oklahoma casinos contributed to the increase.

Mother in Missouri MySpace case says it was properly dismissed

Lori Drew, a St. Louis-area mother convicted of cyberbullying in November, had her case tentatively thrown out Thursday. Drew created a fictitious teen boy on MySpace and flirted with — before dumping — a 13-year-old girl who ended up committing suicide.

Missouri insurance department helps return nearly $6 million to customers

In the first half of 2009, the state's insurance department has assisted in returning nearly $6 million dollars to customers from insurance companies.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Missouri approved for tax credits

The youth mentoring program received $85,000 in tax credits from the Missouri Department of Economic Development on June 30.