State News

Fire ants found in southeast Missouri

State entomologists confirmed that fire ants built mounds in the southeast town of Kennett. The colonies destroy crops, damage farms and hasten soil erosion.

I-70 work to halt for football traffic

MoDOT will stop construction and maintenance work on Interstate 70 from noon Thursday until 6 a.m. on Friday to help speed traffic.

Early voting initiative petition approved for circulation in Missouri

The petition would revise Chapter 115 of the Missouri statues and allow voters to vote early without having to provide a reason for doing so.

St. Louis hospital cancels three dates for free flu shots

Barnes-Jewish Hospital and St. Louis Children's Hospital gave more than 20,000 seasonal flu vaccines over three days this week.

Nixon appoints prosecutor for Dent County

Brandi L. Baird  replaces Jessica Sparks, who resigned earlier this year after the attorney general's office sought to removed her from office.

Missouri to sell $300 million in highway bonds in late October

Now that state officials have approved the final piece of financing for a voter-authorized $2 billion road plan, the state will sell $300 in bonds on Oct. 27 to 28.

Missouri regulators say they helped customers save on utility bills

Missouri utility regulators said they have helped customers save more than $383,000 over the past year and $700,000 over the past two years.

Attendance at state fair up 8 percent from last year

Fair officials say final figures show 337,851 people attended the 11-day fair this year, which is about 27,000 more than in 2008.

The North Face takes on The South Butt in legal battle

Jimmy Winkelmann has created a business named The South Butt, which The North Face claims infringes on its copyright. Winkelmann says it is intended to mock people who wear brand names.

Missouri awarded $28 million for energy projects

The U.S. Department of Energy made its second payment of $28 million in federal stimulus funds to the state. The money will be used for projects dealing with energy efficiency.

Moldovan pleads guilty in Kansas City human trafficking case

Pleading guilty to his role in a human trafficking scheme involving Giant Labor Solutions of Kansas City and foreign workers placed in positions throughout the region, Alexandru Frumusache shared details of the organization.

Kansas City men plead guilty to illegally copying movies

Robert Henderson of Grandview admitted in federal court on Wednesday that he illegally recorded several movies at a Lee's Summit theater, then offered them for sale. Stephen Garrett of Kansas City admitted that he made thousands of illegal copies of movies and music CDs on computers in his basement, then offered them for sale.

H1N1 vaccine now arriving in Missouri

The Department of Health and Senior Services said that as of Tuesday, about 17,000 doses of aerosol mist vaccine had arrived in the state.

Monsanto losses widen, better than projected

Because of increased competition with its agricultural chemical division, Monsanto Co. focuses on its seed business after its fourth quarter losses widen.

Anheuser-Busch InBev sells theme parks for $2.3B

Anheuser-Busch InBev will sell its 10 theme parks, including SeaWorlds and Busch Gardens, to a private firm – to help pay for InBev's takeover of Anheuser-Busch last year.

First H1N1 vaccinations available but most must wait

H1N1 vaccinations have been administered to a number of health care workers in Indiana, Illinois and Tennessee who have been working closely with patients with flu-like symptoms. Officials expect the H1N1 vaccine to be available for the public in mid-October, when at least 40 million doses of the vaccine will  have been produced.

Suspected robber dies after apparent accidental shooting near Jefferson City

Court records show that nine people were suspected of being involved in the robbery plot.

Natural resources chief: No risk from delayed E. coli report

Mark Templeton, director of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, told Senate investigators that delaying the release of high E. coli test results didn't endanger public health.

Commerce secretary: Clean energy key to Midwest economic recovery

U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke emphasized the importance of clean energy industries at a meeting of the Midwestern Governors Association.

New teleconferencing system to get workout with McCaskill forum

The virtual roundtable meeting on financial aid with UM System President Gary Forsee and other administrators will be the first high-profile use of the system since it was formally introduced last month.