State News

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.

St. Louis civic leaders concerned about violence

Violent crime has increased in St. Louis in the past two days.  Rep. Jamilah Nasheed called a town hall meeting Thursday night so that politicians, police and members of the public could discuss the issue.

Recent killings in Kansas bring concern of trend

Kansas City, Kan., is now at 22 homicides in 2009, up from 14 this time last year. But police say violent crime has been steadily declining overall.

St. Louis man shot, drives through fence near Arch

On Friday morning St. Louis police discovered a man who'd driven through a fence near the Laclede's Landing area after being shot.

Police: 911 call led to suspect in Cole Camp shootings

Robert Blurton of Garnett, Kan., is charged with three counts of first-degree murder.

Missouri names first female commissioner of education

Chris Nicastro was selected as Missouri's first female education commissioner Thursday. She will start on Aug. 1.

Appointing special master in capital cases is rare in Missouri

The special master in the Reginald Clemons case will conduct hearings much like a trial, collecting evidence and creating a record for the Missouri Supreme Court to review, a communications counsel for the court said.