State News

Missouri lawmakers extend 50-cent new tire fee

Fee covers cleanup of illegal tire dumps.

Missouri pastor charged in sex sting appears in court

Authorities say the pastor was trying to arrange a meeting with a teenage girl.

Missouri House plows forward with tractor parade bill

Legislation designed to clear the way for farm tractor parades is moving to the governor.

Prosecutors request maximum 3-year sentence for Missouri mother

U.S. Attorney Mark Krause wants Lori Drew to receive the maximum 3-year prison sentence following the suicide of a teenage neighbor. He says the harm caused by the hoax Drew set up suggests a more serious sentence than probation and a fine, which is what probation officials recommended. Jurors found Drew guilty in November of accessing computers without authorization, but did not convict her on more serious charges.

Lawsuit filed in bus crash that killed gospel star

Missouri Supreme Court says car dealership owes taxes

The Supreme Court upheld a ruling from last year that found a Missouri car dealership owed $82,000 in back taxes and interest for not paying Missouri's corporate income tax on vehicles sold to residents of other states.

Kansas cemetery offering eco-friendly burials

A cemetery in Lawrence, Kan., is jumping on the "green burial" trend. The first plot has been sold in a city-owned cemetery that offers a chance to be buried without being embalmed, in a biodegradable casket, with no concrete grave liner or a traditional cut or polished headstone.

Ceiling caves in during PTA fundraiser in Springfield

No one was injured when a 50-foot portion of ceiling collapsed during a fundraiser at a Springfield elementary school late Tuesday afternoon.

Missouri man flees police, shoots self

The central Missouri man allegedly made threats to an Osage County Courthouse official before leading authorities on a high-speed chase and shooting himself.

Cap on tipped worker wages stalls in Missouri Senate

Voters approved a 2006 ballot measure to adjust the state's minimum wage annually for inflation but senators debated the legislation Tuesday to stop automatic increases in the mandated minimum pay for tipped workers.

Search continues for missing Arcadia 3-year-old

Despite finding 3-year-old Joshua Childers's tennis shoe, rescue workers were still unable to locate the boy who went missing Monday.

4 more swine flu cases confirmed in Missouri

Missouri now has a total of six confirmed cases of swine flu, none of them in Boone County.

UPDATE: Search for Missouri boy turns more desperate

The 3-year-old from Arcadia has been missing since Monday morning.

UPDATE: Missouri lawmakers require fire-safe cigarettes

Legislation requiring that cigarettes be self-extinguishing is headed to Gov. Jay Nixon.

UPDATE: Missouri lawmakers OK protections for child witnesses

The bill would require court officials and attorneys to use words children can understand. Judges can make other accommodations, too, such as holding testimony during school hours and letting the child hold a toy or blanket while testifying.

Missouri House passes 10-day eviction notice legislation

Legislation passed by the Missouri House would require new owners of foreclosed properties to give current tenants 10 business days' warning before evicting them.

Missouri House OKs bill meant to ease road-contracting process

The bill would allow design and construction contracts to be rolled into one contract, possibly saving the state money.

Critics question self-inspections for flu in pigs

The effectiveness of the hog industry's process of self-monitoring for disease is the subject of debate among health experts and farmers.

MU medical school faces probation

The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education recently notified MU's School of Medicine that the school was put on probation for undisclosed reasons. The council has sixty days to write a letter outlining the problem.

UPDATE: Missouri police, volunteers continue search for missing boy

A boy from Arcadia is still missing more than 24 hours after he was reported lost. Hundreds of police and volunteers are still searching for the boy, reportedly wearing a dark blue and green T-shirt and a pull-up diaper before he went missing.