State News

UPDATE: Health care forums draw big names, crowds to Missouri

Missouri senators have different styles on health care reform. While Sen. McCaskill encountered a rowdy crowd in Springfield, Sen. John McCain, Sen. Kit Bond and Sen. Mitch McConnell held a subdued discussion in Kansas City.

Missouri counties contest fee for deputy sheriff pay

A 2008 law that allows Missouri sheriffs to charge an extra $10 for subpoenas and other court documents is being called into question by lawyers from St. Charles and St. Louis counties.

3 men convicted for selling diplomatic IDs

Three men, including a man from of Kingsville, were convicted by a federal jury in Kansas City for selling fake diplomatic IDs .

Missouri's senators approach health care town halls differently

Missouri's two senators took different approaches to the debate over health care reform in two town halls.

Armed woman forces plane to abort landing in Fulton

The woman told investigators she was mad at the plane for flying too close to her house.

Sedalia high school bans T-shirt referencing evolution

The "Brass Evolutions" shirt, showing a monkey horn player evolving into a human, is as unacceptable as a "Brass Resurrections" shirt would be, school officials say.

St. Louis area struggles to host exchange students

Exchange student programs started trying to recruit families earlier this year, but some students are staying with "welcome families" for two to eight weeks until permanent ones are found.

New texting-while-driving law goes into effect

A new law banning text messaging for Missouri drivers age 21 and under took effect Friday. But law enforcement agencies question the enforceability of the new law because it is difficult to see if a driver is texting.

Missouri banks record net loss in second quarter

The state's commercial banks experienced a loss of $67 million for the period, while its savings and loans earned $11 million.

Missouri senators doubt DNR's cooperation in E. coli probe

The Department of Natural Resources withheld for about a month test results showing unsafe levels of E. coli in the lake.

Flags to fly half-staff in memory of Missouri soldier

Gov. Nixon ordered flags lowered after the death of Missouri soldier in Afghanistan.

UPDATE: St. Louis County voters will decide smoking ban

The proposal to ban indoor smoking will be on the Nov. 3 ballot.

Enrollments rise at Missouri community colleges

Preliminary figures show fall enrollment is up an average of 12.5 percent at the state's 12 public, two-year colleges.

Blind Missouri man learns part of baritone with keen ear

Ken Strong lends his deep voice, his love of music and his honed hearing to the Jefferson City barbershop chorus the Show-Me Showboaters.

St. Joseph tannery notified of water violations

The Missouri Department of Natural Resources says the plant's owner allowed contaminated storm water to flow into state waters and the Missouri River.

Decision on St. Louis County smoking ban imminent

County Executive Charlie Dooley is expected to make decision on the indoor smoking ban legislation Friday.

K.C. neighbor feud leads to shots fired, 16 arrested

When police arrived in the neighborhood Thursday evening, several people, including one with minor gunshot wounds, barricaded themselves in two homes.

Two charged in death of St. Joseph businessman

The charges against Michael Wayne Limley and Christopher William Lee Helton carry a maximum sentence of 10-30 years or life in prison

McCaskill tries to clear up confusion about health care reform proposals

Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill continued her tour of Missouri cities Wednesday night in Jefferson City. She spoke about "death panels," funding for increased coverage and what would be covered in the legislation.

Switch to fire-safe cigarettes delayed until 2011

A statewide measure passed in the spring will require cigarettes to be near self-extinguishing. The law will go into effect Jan. 1, 2011.