State News

Agency withheld Lake of the Ozarks report on E. coli

The Missouri Department of Natural Resources acknowledged it withheld a May report on E. coli levels in the Lake of the Ozarks. The department says it did so out of concern that releasing the report would hurt lake tourism and business.

St. Louis forum to explore climate, energy security

The forum, which will include guests such as former Republican Sen. John Warner of Virginia, will explore the link between climate change and America's nation and energy security.

Injunction upheld in southern Missouri school Bibles case

A federal appeals court on Thursday upheld a ruling against the distribution of Bibles in a southern Missouri school district, but South Iron district's legal representation said the ruling was a success because it did not overturn a new policy for distributing literature telling students where they can get Bibles.

Missouri man pushes for property tax repeal on 2012 ballot

Richard La Violette said that personal property taxes, which help fund public schools and local governments, are a nuisance and governments could find other ways to supplement their budgets if his tax cut passes.

Farm Aid to hold benefit concert in suburban St. Louis

Farm Aid, which was first organized to raise money for and draw attention to family farmers, will be held Oct. 4 at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in St. Louis County.

St. Louis to host large church gathering in 2010

The Church of God in Christ will hold its annual seven-day Holy Convocation in St. Louis in November 2010. St. Louis offers more room than the group's traditional gathering place, Memphis, Tenn., according to church leaders.

Tour of Missouri bicycle race draws fewer sponsors

Big sponsors of the September bicycle race have either declined to support this year's race or are reducing their commitment.

McCaskill leads hearing focusing on Alaska Native contracts

The Senate Subcommittee on Contracting oversight examined a program intended to assist Alaska Native corporations in competing for government contracts, but some critics say the protection goes too far.

KC Southern to help open Texas distribution center for Nissan

Railroad operator Kansas City Southern is to assist in opening a Nissan distribution center in Texas, enabling faster shipment of Nissan vehicles to several Southern states via one of the operator's rail lines.

Fees reduced for tram ride to top of Arch July 18-19

Adult tram rides to the top of the Arch will cost $3 less for a couple of days.

Missouri to get up to $5.7 million for energy rebates

Rebates totaling up to $5.7 million are expected to be offered to Missouri consumers who buy energy-efficient appliances.

Missouri university cancels aid trip to Honduras

Political unrest and a presidential coup in Honduras prompted a student group at Missouri University of Science and Technology to cancel a humanitarian trip to the country.

New networking technology planned for Boone County law enforcement agencies

A new in-car laptop system is expected to allow officers to instantly access city and county crime data in addition to the federal and state information they already receive.

Retrial begins for man charged in MU student's death

Taron Crawford of Kansas City, Kan., was convicted of second-degree murder and armed criminal action in 2004, but a judge later threw the conviction out.

Blunt, Carnahan raise $1 million in Senate bid

Republican Roy Blunt and Democrat Robin Carnahan each raised more than $1 million dollars during the three-month period ending June 30. More details regarding fundraising and expenditures were expected Wednesday.

MU hires new treasurer

The university chose John M. Miller from Florida Atlantic University.He served as treasurer and interim chief financial officer.

Clayton passes smoking ban

Clayton in St. Louis County has become the third city in the region to ban smoking indoors.

Kinder endorses Schweich in Missouri GOP auditor's race

Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder has endorsed Tom Schweich for the Missouri auditor position.

Northeast Missouri woman heads to trial in animal abuse case

Judy Pennington of rural Madison will be tried on six counts of felony animal abuse after rescuers removed dozens of animals from Pennington's farm in April 2008.

Kansas Navy recruiter admits role in sex sting

Shane Allan Sanders of Olathe faces 15 years to life in prison for trying to arrange a sexual encounter with what he thought was an 11-year-old girl.