State News

Pujols to catch ceremonial first pitch from Obama

The eight-time All Star will be joined by Cardinals Hall of Famers Stan Musial, Bob Gibson and Lou Brock, among others.

Nebraska man says daughter was killed in Missouri crash

The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating the northwest Missouri crash.

'Public Enemies' picks up plot after Kansas City massacre

Despite the 1933 Kansas City massacre that set off some of the action seen in "Public Enemies," the city gets no face time in the film starring Johnny Depp and Christian Bale.

450 pit bulls seized in raids face tough odds

Animal welfare groups say the stigma attached to pit bulls, coupled with the large number of dogs seized this week in multistate dogfighting raids, will hurt the dogs' chances of finding loving homes.

Southeast Missouri man spreads fruits of his labor

Robert Harris, a school bus driver, helped create the Cape Girardeau Community Garden Project six years ago, and he continues to exercise his "calling" by tending the gardens during the summer.

Rocket launch planned at Bonne Terre

The launch is a test by the General Aviation Space Group as it prepares to create a private rocket that will put a satellite into Earth's orbit.

Pilot dies in aerial acrobatic practice in northwest Missouri

The highway patrol said the accident happened Friday afternoon near U.S. 136 and State Route O near Tarkio.

Cottleville supports medical marijuana use

Cottleville Mayor Don Yarber said Friday that the Board of Aldermen unanimously passed a resolution Thursday urging Missouri legislators to legalize access to medical marijuana for Missourians who have a doctor's approval.

New Missouri law expands foreclosure protections

The law requires new owners of foreclosed properties to give renters at least 10 days notice to move out.

MU, other universities seek balance when views collide

MU is one university taking part in the Ford Foundation initiative, which aims to promote dialogue on college campuses.

Last witness testifies in Suu Kyi trial in Myanmar

Suu Kyi is charged with violating the terms of her house arrest by harboring an uninvited Missouri man who swam secretly to her lakeside home and stayed for two days. She faces a possible five-year prison term.

Missouri approves 12 road projects using stimulus money

Missouri has funded a dozen highway projects with $72 million in federal stimulus money.

Jefferson City man found guilty of murder

Stephen L. Cook, 49, was found guilty of first-degree murder, armed criminal action and unlawful possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

Missouri court blocks firing of workers' compensation judges

A Missouri judge blocked the firing of three administrative judges who had been dismissed because of budget cuts.

Law enforcement round up 175 in southwest Missouri

As part of the annual nationwide Operation FALCON to track down fugitives wanted for violent crimes, law enforcement agencies arrested 175 fugitives and cleared 407 warrants in southwest Missouri.

Tour of Missouri threatened by potential budget cut

A $1.5 million budget cut on Gov. Jay Nixon's desk could spell doom — permanently, organizers worry — for September's third annual Tour of Missouri bicycle race.

UPDATE: DNA samples soon required after some arrests in Missouri

Gov. Jay Nixon signed legislation Thursday requiring DNA be taken from people age 17 and older who are arrested on suspicion of violent felonies, sex offenses or burglary. The DNA samples will be discarded if charges aren't filed, dropped or if the suspect is acquitted at trial.

UPDATE: Gov. appoints Columbian to Missouri appeals court

On Thursday, Karen King Mitchell, 50, of Columbia was appointed to the Missouri Court of Appeals Western District. She is a longtime aide of Gov. Jay Nixon.

Checks remain outstanding in Blunt firing settlement

The checks were written to Scott Eckersley in a settlement after Eckersley claimed he was fired from Gov. Matt Blunt's office because he raised concerns about e-mail deletions.

Environmental group says riverfront communities are at risk

The National Wildlife Federation says the combination of global warming and improper flood plain management will hurt communities that develop those areas.