State News

State Fair crowd up about 12 percent

Despite the poor economic climate, attendance at the annual Missouri State Fair rose this year.

Ex-official sentenced in Lake of the Ozarks sewage discharge case

Richard Sturgeon, Lake Ozark's former public works director, was fined $5,000 and sentenced to three years' probation.

USGS: Ozark aquifer could eventually dry up in spots

Water levels in some parts of the aquifer, which is pumped in parts of Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma and Arkansas, have declined 400 to 500 feet since 1960.

Man awarded $13.8 million in fatal 2008 pileup

A ruling in an I-64 car accident awarded nearly $14 million to one victim who can no longer walk or talk.

Missouri-born ambassador 'optimistic' on arrival in Haiti

Missouri native Kenneth Merten, the U.S. ambassador to Haiti, brings a message of hope to the poverty-stricken nation.

McCaskill attends three health care forums Monday

Sen. Claire McCaskill is hosting forums seeking input on health care reform. She has forums scheduled today in Hannibal, Moberly and Kansas City.

ANALYSIS: Missouri bans wrong plastic from rivers

The state meant to ban Styrofoam coolers. But in substituting a more generic name, the instead banned ordinary plastic kitchen containers.

McCaskill receives mixed reactions at health care forum

Sen. Claire McCaskill heard from a mixed audience during the health care forum in Hannibal on Monday. While the audience was mostly polite, there were several people who weren't shy about voicing their opinions.

Analysis: Mississippians riled at possible change in university's name

Sixteen percent of the students at the Mississippi University for Women aren't. Thus in a bid to increase enrollment and acknowledge male students, school leaders are proposing a name change that seems certain to foster controversy among the institution's passionate alumni.

Missouri regulators to discuss future energy plans

Utility companies have already let Missouri utility regulators know their concerns about possible carbon limits; and now environmentalists, the Department of Natural Resources and consumer advocates are getting the chance to make their own case.


St. Louis County cops crack down on DUIs

As part of the "You Drink and Drive. You Lose" campaign, St. Louis County police plan to step up enforcement of drunk driving offenses through Sept. 7.

Midwest home sales show 8.5 percent increase in July

One reason for the rise in home sales could be due to first-time home buyer credits, real estate agents say. The country will have to wait until after the credits expire in November to see if the trend continues.

Senate and DNR battle during Missouri E. coli probe

Sen. Brad Lager said Senate staff weren't allowed to interview Department of Natural Resources employees Thursday, but DNR Director Mark Templeton said the agency and Senate investigators had agreed to allow the DNR's lawyers to be present during interviews.

Kroger recalls 'Super Kids' bread

The Kroger Co. grocery chain says its Super Kids Enriched White Sandwich Bread could pose a threat to people with milk allergies. Customers who bought the bread should return it for a refund or replacement, the store says.

Bankers: Midwest, Plains economy in bad shape

A monthly survey of rural bankers suggests that real estate, retail sales and hiring are still below levels needed for growth in 11 Midwest and Plains states, including Missouri.

Health, education officials urge flu preparations

The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education sent letters to local school districts urging them to prepare for a possible resurgence of the H1N1 flu.

Veterans start over as colleges ignore experience

Nearly half a million veterans are expected on college campuses this year as part of the new GI Bill. The surge is leading to a call for schools to re-examine their policies of declining to grant college credit for military training and service.

St. Louis researcher accused of falsifying study resigns

Washingtion University researcher has been the subject of federal inquiries related to a study he performed before coming to the university.

Bat survey finds rare, endangered species

Census finds two species rarely seen in Missouri in the last two decades.

E. coli below federal limits at Lake of the Ozarks

Recent tests show samples from several coves below the standard for public swimming beaches.