State News

Former Bush staffer says no to Missouri Senate run

A former state department official for President George W. Bush said Thursday he will not seek the seat soon to be vacated by longtime Missouri Sen. Kit Bond.

Report gives Missouri average marks for higher ed

Although Missouri ranks in the middle for most educational categories, it is near the bottom nationally in providing funding for public colleges and universities.

Missouri lawmakers sponsor flag protection amendment

Two Missouri representatives sponsored a constitutional amendment to protect the U.S. flag. The proposal coincides with Sunday's observance of Flag Day.

Pallid sturgeon population gets boost in Missouri

Crews from several conservation departments released about 550 pallid sturgeon into the Missouri River on Wednesday. The fish have been on the endangered species list since 1990.

Auto insurer banned from new policies in Missouri

The Missouri Department of Insurance barred a Chicago-based auto insurer because of numerous consumer complaints.

Missouri health officials preparing for fall swine flu

In preparation for the fall flu season, Missouri health officials are using summer to learn more about the swine flu virus.

Table Rock Lake park opening delayed

Last year's flood and this spring's wet weather have delayed the opening of Mill Creek Park on Table Rock Lake.

World Health Organization announces swine flu pandemic

For the first time in 41 years, WHO has declared a global flu epidemic. The organization is hoping the announcement will push drugmakers to ramp up production of a swine flu vaccine, and goverments will increase efforts to contain the virus.

Alleged gunman charged in museum shooting

James von Brunn, an 88-year-old white supremacist, has been charged with murder for killing a security guard at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum. Von Brunn was also charged for killing in the course of possessing a firearm at a federal facility, and hate crime charges are possible.

St. Louis, Baltimore and Detroit to get arts program funds

The Missouri city is one of three locations in the U.S. expected to receive the money over a two-year period.

3 family members found shot to death in Missouri

Three people found dead in their west-central Missouri home were shot to death.

Report gives Missouri average marks for higher education

Missouri ranks 43rd nationally for state funding per higher education student but has the sixth-highest rate of graduate degrees per 1,000 residents. 

State treasurer: Missouri sets record in returning unclaimed property

The Unclaimed Property Division of the Missouri State Treasurer's office has paid out more unclaimed property accounts this year than any other.  The new record surpasses that set in 2004.

Clarksville holds celebration to thank 2008 flood fighters

A party will take place in Clarksville later this month as a "thank you" to volunteers who helped sandbag the town during the 2008 flooding of the Mississippi River.

Missouri hotel association provides environmental certifications

The Missouri Hotel & Lodging Association has already started a green certification program to lessen environmental impact across the state. Nine hotels have already made the association's list.

Dig to find missing Missouri man called off

The dig in Nodaway County began Tuesday after the patrol received a tip regarding the 2001 disappearance of Skidmore resident Branson Perry.

Missouri man sentenced in funeral procession death

Jon E. Mihm of Blue Springs was sentenced on Wednesday to three years in prison for hitting and killing Steven Keith, who was escorting a funeral procession on his motorcycle.

Nixon to discuss tax cut for businesses in Missouri stops

The governor will speak on Thursday in Kirksville, Hannibal and St. Louis County about the plan, which is aimed at helping small businesses make ends meet during the economic downturn.

Missouri included in Kroger recall of store-brand chicken wings

Ohio-based Kroger Co. is recalling bags of chicken wings because of improper labeling.  The wings might contain allergens about which consumers should be aware, company representatives said.

Overnight storm leaves damage in Kansas and Missouri

A pre-dawn storm on Thursday took down powerlines and tipped over rail cars as it passed through Kansas and Missouri.