State News

Medical students crossing the line on the Internet

More than half of the 78 medical school deans who responded to a survey said they were aware of their students posting unprofessional content — such as photos of drug paraphernalia and cadavers — on the Internet.

Missouri state workers union, state officials begin contract negotiations

The union representing the state workers is seeking an annual salary increase of 6 percent for the next three years.

Small plane crash east of Columbia airport leaves one dead

The plane crashed about five miles east of Columbia Regional Airport, killing the only person on board.

Missouri Democrat to White House: Keep focus on Afghanistan

U.S. Rep. Ike Skelton, who chairs the House Armed Services Committee, wrote a letter to President Obama urging him to quickly provide direction and resources for the war in Afghanistan.

Former Blunt aide receives letter clearing his name

Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster signed a letter defending Scott Eckersley's reputation and concluding that Eckersley had offered advice about Missouri's open-records law.

1890s brick schoolhouse, now a home, up for auction

Built in 1898, the two-story Keene schoolhouse sits at 4713 Brown Station Road. The all-brick structure is the last of its kind in the state. A registered historical landmark, the building sports a Boone County Historical Society plaque near the front door. And if your pockets are deep enough, you could live there.
    After a series of expensive renovations, current owners Daniel and Mary Lee are looking to sell. They’ve put the house up for private auction. Bidding will begin at noon Sept. 28.

Thunderstorms threaten parts of Boone County

US House moves to extend unemployment benefits

Although the economy is showing signs of recovery, the staggering number of unemployed Americans has prompted a Washington representative to draft a bill extending unemployment benefits in certain states.

Under the radar, Michael Jackson's Ferris wheel rolls across Midwest

A St. Louis-area company's Ferris wheel is drawing extra attention, but it's not because it's a particularly wild and crazy ride, or even that it's secondhand. It's because, in this case, the first owner's hand was clad in a sequined white glove.

Republicans question no-bid contract from Nixon

Gov. Jay Nixon gave a Washington-based law firm a contract that was not competitively bid to help Missouri with an application to receive stimulus funds for rural Internet access. Initially  worth $50,000, the contract was later expanded to $100,000.

Soybean rust found in three southeast Missouri counties

The rust was discovered on fields in New Madrid, Pemiscot and Dunklin counties. Producers may not be affected since the rust happened late in the growing season.

Coffee maker accident could cost St. Louis college nearly $200,000

The July accident led to 10,000 gallons of water spilling down four floors. It damaged ceiling, walls, computer and files.

Missouri S&T receives $3 million alumni gift

The alumni gift from retired Texas energy company executive Wayne Laufer is being used to establish an endowed chair in energy research.

State to hold Falls Prevention Awareness Day for elderly

Falls Prevention Awareness Day is on Tuesday. The death rate for people 65 and older from slip and fall injuries is nearly a third higher in Missouri than the national average.

Classic full-throttle love

In nearly 30 years of restoring cars, Brett Schreiber has never let others discourage his passion for automobiles. Now he hopes to turn his hobby into a full-time business.

St. Louis-area schools plant gardens

Schools across the St. Louis area are planting gardens to encourage healthful habits at an early an age and provide an educational  experience as well.

Courthouse raises its Route 66 profile with drive-in display

The display at the Jasper County Courthouse in Carthage resembles the town's historic Boots Drive-In. Local leaders hope it make the courthouse an even bigger stop for tourists driving the old Mother Road.

Columbia council's budget amendments focus on social services

Columbia City Council members are pushing for a smaller reduction in social services spending for fiscal 2010 after agency representatives argued the recession is the wrong time to cut financial support.

St. Louis-area woman works 60 years in Missouri public schools

A woman who has worked in the Affton school district since she was in high school says she has no plans to retire.

Missouri governor creates partnership for disaster help

The partnership would include 16 state agencies, two federal agencies and 16 private, religious and charitable organizations  that would work together if Missouri is hit with a natural disaster or terrorist attack.