State News

Parents seek to block daughter's deployment

The parents of a soldier who trained at Ft. Leonard Wood claim in a lawsuit that they were mislead by an Army recruiter, and are trying to block her deployment to Afghanistan.

Missouri State Fair adds science, rural life exhibits

The goal of the new Rural Lifestyles Showcase at the Missouri State Fair is to teach classes on cooking and floriculture.

Judge rejects city's challenge to red-light cameras

U.S. Magistrate Judge Thomas Mummert III on Thursday sided with the city of Arnold, which had argued that its red-light cameras didn't break the law.

State looking at lead waste cleanup efforts

Nanci Gonder, a spokeswoman for Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster, said an investigation will look at Doe Run's use of treated sewage to spur plant growth on the tailings.

Ameren to seek 18 percent rate hike in Missouri

About half of the new revenue would be used to make reliability improvements such as putting wires underground and trimming trees, along with covering increasing generation and delivery costs and other expenses.

Curators approve appropriations request to state

The UM System Board of Curators met Friday and unanimously approved capital and operations funding requests to the state. The money would help the UM System address increasing student enrollment as well as fund building rehabilitation and construction.

Federal Reserve chairman to appear in Kansas City forum

On Sunday, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke will appear on a PBS "Newshour"-sponsored town hall forum being held in Kansas City.

Callaway man saves toddler from oncoming car

Witnesses to the accident have set up a fund to cover the medical expenses of the man, who is expecting a third child with his wife in several weeks.

Couple to face trial for selling baby

Missouri auditor faults Liberty schools on finances

Missouri Auditor Susan Montee cited poor spending tactics by the administration in the Liberty School District.

Names needed for offspring of rescued critters

Two newborn critters, a miniature horse and a miniature donkey, are in need of names, and the Humane Society of Missouri wants the public to help.

Power outage knocks out Missouri computer center

A power outage temporarily shut down Missouri's data center causing the state's Web site to go offline.

EPA to remind Missouri remodelers about lead dust

The Environmental Protection Agency would like to remind remodelers about a federal rule protecting children from lead dust exposure. The EPA is sending out postcards with guidelines to help contractors remember.

Meetings held for businesses planning new St. Louis bridge bids

A $640 million project to build a new bridge across the Mississippi in St. Louis is scheduled to go out to bed in the fall.  Meetings will be held Aug. 5 and Aug. 6 for businesses looking to bid for work on the project.

Closed landfill in Hannibal will not be energy source

The city of Hannibal is still searching for alternative energy sources after it was determined the amount of methane gas in an old landfill would not be sufficient to generate electricity.

Missouri conservationists ask for help in combating wildflower

Spotted knapweed, a plant not native to the Missouri area, is taking over many pastures and wildlife habitats.  The Missouri Department of Conservation is asking for help in eradicating the wildflower.

Federal mandate gives pay raise to Missouri's minimum wage workers

With the federal minimum wage rising to $7.25 an hour on Friday, Missouri's minimum wage workers will receive a pay increase. The state minimum wage could go above federal guidelines in January, based on the national Consumer Price Index.

UPDATE: Missouri GOP's Purgason announces U.S. Senate bid

State Sen. Chuck Purgason announced Thursday that he is running for the U.S. Senate seat currently held by Sen. Kit Bond.

Missouri judge blocks certification of union election

At issue is the potential union representation of about 13,000 workers who help people living in their own homes perform daily activities such as bathing, dressing, cooking and cleaning.

UPDATE: Missouri keeps tabs on environmental hazards

The Missouri Department of Health is collecting and sharing data on the connection bewteen environmental hazards and chronic disease, in the hopes that the information will be used in making health care decisions and tracking health care statistics.