State News

USS Missouri to be refurbished

The battleship is scheduled to be reopened in January. It was the ship on which Japanese leaders signed surrender papers on Sept. 2, 1945.

AT&T Missouri settles school Internet lawsuit for $1.4 million

The Justice Department accused the company of colluding with district officials to get federal contracts.

Flu shuts down 4 Jefferson County schools

The Jefferson County R-VII district has temporarily closed its schools because of the flu. It is not yet known if the flu is the H1N1 strain.

Reducing greenhouse gas emissions increases job fears in Rust Belt

In places where agriculture and manufacturing are the business engines, the government's effort to curb climate-changing pollution is viewed widely through an economic prism: Will it increase energy costs and drive businesses and jobs overseas to countries such as China that may not commit to similar controls on fossil energy?

Springfield man charged with murder after three found dead

Josh Reyes, 23, of Springfield was charged with the murder of his ex-girlfriend's new boyfriend, 25-year-old Zachary Bryan Porter of Elkland. Police also believe Reyes is connected to the deaths of the woman's parents, 51-year-old Jeffery L. Smith and 48-year-old Glenda Smith.

Record yields projected for state's crops

The federal Agricultural Statistics office is projecting record yields for the state's rice farmers and cotton producers.

Nixon declares this week Earth Science Week

Gov. Jay Nixon declared this week Earth Science Week to remind the public that earth sciences are important to health, safety and welfare.

Analysis: Missouri ethanol mandate automatically enforced by elementary economics

Missouri's law requiring gas stations to purchase fuel with 10 percent ethanol content, as long as it's cheaper than regular gasoline, has rarely been violated since it went into effect in January 2008. That's probably because it makes little economic sense to buy more expensive fuel, mandate or not.

Police: St. Louis mom, child die in murder-suicide

A violent night in St. Louis ended with five people dead from four separate incidents. Two others were shot but are in stable condition.

Missouri reports 8,500 school jobs saved, created by stimulus

Data from the most thorough analysis of government spending is to be released this week, showing thousands of teachers' jobs created or saved. Preliminary information released by a handful of states showed teachers benefited the most from early spending.

Rabies cases spike in Missouri

State health officials issued a warning to residents to vaccinate pets against rabies, following a rise in confirmed cases.

Gov. Nixon calls for changing DWI laws by spring

The governor responded Monday to a St. Louis Post-Dispatch story assailing the judicial process for DWI offenders.

In past year, slew of sewage spilled into Missouri water

Hundreds of millions of gallons of raw sewage have spilled into Missouri waterways in the past year, Department of Natural Resources data show.

Analysis: Mo. ethanol mandate is self-enforcing

The state lacks the necessary personnel to check ethanol levels at Missouri gas stations. The law requires gas stations to sell fuel containing a 10 percent blend of ethanol whenever its cost is less than or equal to regular gasoline.

Southwest Missouri man charged in slaying of ex's new boyfriend

A southwest Missouri man charged after ex-girlfriend's parents and new boyfriend found dead.

Missouri borrows $150 million from budget reserve fund

This is the ninth time the state has tapped into the funds in the past 10 years. The funds must be paid back by May 15.

Resident claims self-defense in Jefferson City robbery death

A resident of the mobile home 19-year-old Lamar Gardner and others were trying to rob said he shot Gardner to defend the two other adults and two children living there. It was previously thought Gardner was accidentally shot by another robber.

Five taken to hospital after Scottrade Center escalator accident

Collapse of escalator injures 13 people after a St. Louis Blues game.

State borrows $150 million from budget reserve fund

The announcement brings the total to $350 million that has been borrowed for cash flow purposes since the state's budget began in July. About $170 million is left in Missouri's reserve fund.

Sen. Bond receives March of Dimes award

Sen. Kit Bond received the Lifetime Achievement Award in Public Affairs from the March of Dimes for his legislative work on behalf of mothers and babies.