State News

St. Louis project gets $2.7 million in stimulus funds

The city's South Grand business district will receive the money for construction, which is to improve safety and make the area more friendly to pedestrians and cyclists.

UPDATE: Two Missouri lawmakers plead guilty, will resign

In his plea, Sen. Jeff Smith, D-St. Louis, said he told Rep. Steve Brown, then an aide to Smith, and his campaign treasurer to mislead investigators. Smith and Brown both announced they would resign from office. Sentencing for both men is set for Nov. 10.

Two Missouri lawmakers plead guilty, will resign

Missouri state Sen. Jeff Smith of St. Louis pleaded guilty to two federal counts of obstruction of justice tied to his failed 2004 congressional campaign. Rep. Steve Brown of Clayton also pleaded guilty to one count of conspiring to obstruct justice and has said that he, too, will resign.

Excerpts from letter from former Sen. Jeff Smith

Smith's letter of resignation included an apology to his constituents and reminded them of the work he did while in office. He also stated that he won't run for office again.

UPDATE: Missouri state Senator Jeff Smith to resign amid federal charges

Smith denied connection to a group that, during the 2004 congressional campaign, distributed materials critical of his primary opponent, Russ Carnahan.

Guilty plea related to Smith campaign expected

Rep. Steve Brown's attorney confirmed that Rep. Brown will plead guilty to conspiracy and faces possible prison time.

State Fair crowd up about 12 percent

Despite the poor economic climate, attendance at the annual Missouri State Fair rose this year.

Ex-official sentenced in Lake of the Ozarks sewage discharge case

Richard Sturgeon, Lake Ozark's former public works director, was fined $5,000 and sentenced to three years' probation.

USGS: Ozark aquifer could eventually dry up in spots

Water levels in some parts of the aquifer, which is pumped in parts of Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma and Arkansas, have declined 400 to 500 feet since 1960.

Man awarded $13.8 million in fatal 2008 pileup

A ruling in an I-64 car accident awarded nearly $14 million to one victim who can no longer walk or talk.

Missouri-born ambassador 'optimistic' on arrival in Haiti

Missouri native Kenneth Merten, the U.S. ambassador to Haiti, brings a message of hope to the poverty-stricken nation.

McCaskill attends three health care forums Monday

Sen. Claire McCaskill is hosting forums seeking input on health care reform. She has forums scheduled today in Hannibal, Moberly and Kansas City.

ANALYSIS: Missouri bans wrong plastic from rivers

The state meant to ban Styrofoam coolers. But in substituting a more generic name, the instead banned ordinary plastic kitchen containers.

McCaskill receives mixed reactions at health care forum

Sen. Claire McCaskill heard from a mixed audience during the health care forum in Hannibal on Monday. While the audience was mostly polite, there were several people who weren't shy about voicing their opinions.

Analysis: Mississippians riled at possible change in university's name

Sixteen percent of the students at the Mississippi University for Women aren't. Thus in a bid to increase enrollment and acknowledge male students, school leaders are proposing a name change that seems certain to foster controversy among the institution's passionate alumni.

Missouri regulators to discuss future energy plans

Utility companies have already let Missouri utility regulators know their concerns about possible carbon limits; and now environmentalists, the Department of Natural Resources and consumer advocates are getting the chance to make their own case.


St. Louis County cops crack down on DUIs

As part of the "You Drink and Drive. You Lose" campaign, St. Louis County police plan to step up enforcement of drunk driving offenses through Sept. 7.

Midwest home sales show 8.5 percent increase in July

One reason for the rise in home sales could be due to first-time home buyer credits, real estate agents say. The country will have to wait until after the credits expire in November to see if the trend continues.

Senate and DNR battle during Missouri E. coli probe

Sen. Brad Lager said Senate staff weren't allowed to interview Department of Natural Resources employees Thursday, but DNR Director Mark Templeton said the agency and Senate investigators had agreed to allow the DNR's lawyers to be present during interviews.

Kroger recalls 'Super Kids' bread

The Kroger Co. grocery chain says its Super Kids Enriched White Sandwich Bread could pose a threat to people with milk allergies. Customers who bought the bread should return it for a refund or replacement, the store says.