State News

Missouri to count ballots on proposed care workers' union

Votes will be counted today in a statewide election on whether the new Missouri Home Care Union should be created. The union would provide representation for workers who help people with daily activities such as bathing, dressing and cooking.

St. Louis creates 13 'full-service' schools

The schools will make a variety of service providers available through the school, creating community hubs for families and individuals.

Public safety department considering cuts to water patrol

After Gov. Jay Nixon's call for a $60 million cut in state government spending, the Missouri Department of Public safety is considering making cuts to the Missouri State Water Patrol.

Missouri higher education agency: campus buildings on brink of crisis

Missouri Department of Higher Education employees have noted that campuses need an infusion of money to meet their building needs, and Gov. Jay Nixon has encouraged lawmakers to consider a state bonding proposal.

AmerenUE offers incentives to businesses that save power

Offering rebates to customers that lower their electricity use during periods of peak usage could improve air quality and save AmerenUE money, officials said.

Blunt building GOP support in Missouri Senate race

Rep. Roy Blunt has emerged as the Republican leader of the Missouri Senate race and is now focusing on building support across the state.

Ohio man arrested on suspicion of terrorism

Charles Papenfus was arrested June 27 on suspicion of threatening a firm selling extended car warranties after receiving a mailing regarding a factory warranty on his son's car.

Governor Nixon appoints pair to Board of Mediation

Gov. Jay Nixon announced two new appointments to the state Board of Mediation.  Peggy Cochran and Emily Martin were announced as the new members of the board on Monday.

Stimulus plan to give $220M for health training

Federal stimulus funds are to be disbursed throughout the country to promote a program to train workers in health care and other high-growth industries. Tuesday was the first day facilities could begin applying for the money.

Two former Kansas City workers sue city manager

The lawsuit against the city and the city manager says Jordan Griffin and Colleen Low, two city budget analysts, lost their jobs because of reverse discrimination and retaliation. They said they were let go while less experienced, minority employees were retained.

Former Blunt aide dismisses wrongful firing and defamation suit

Scott Eckersley, who received a $500,000 settlement from the state in June, finally dismissed his lawsuit after waiting in vain for a state apology letter.

Florissant officer fatally shoots burglary suspect

A 19-year-old burglary suspect who was shot by one of three Florissant officers after showing officers a weapon has died at a hospital during surgery. The officer who shot the suspect had 22 years of experience and is now on administrative leave.

Springfield utility shutoffs rise 40 percent

City Utilities initiated stricter policies after a state audit, contributing to 9,198 utility shutoffs from March 2008 to April 2009.

Eastern Missouri town under boil order after E. coli test

Residents of Washington, Mo., should boil water vigorously for at least three minutes before drinking it or brushing their teeth and should throw out ice in their freezers, said Jim Briggs, city administrator.

Moon rocks still aid Washington University scientists in research

Washington University scientists continue to analyze rocks from the Apollo 11 mission in 1969 in hopes of finding clues that lend insight into how life began on Earth.

Missouri House creates autism insurance committee

The committee, which will draft regulations for insurance coverage of autism, was formed after autism legislation failed to come up for a House vote during the 2009 session.

Kansas City to add 2 red-light cameras

Public Works Department officials said they expect to activate the two new cameras by July 31 but have no additional plans to expand the program.

Missouri retirement system puts bonuses on hold

Fifty-seven of the Missouri retirement system's staffers had been expecting to receive bonuses on June 29, but state budget cuts have led to $162,258 in payments being put on hold.

Long-term sustainability of massive Midwest aquifer threatened

The use of chemicals could contaminate the High Plains Aquifer. About 2 million people depend on it as a source of drinking water.

Missouri woman suspect in $27M grain fraud

Federal prosecutors say Cathy M. Gieseker operated a $27 million Ponzi scheme as an owner of a Missouri trucking company and grain elevator. Gieseker is the company's only employee.