State News

John Brown's legacy hasn't changed, but America has, some historians say

Americans observe the complexities of a controversial historical icon.

Missouri average on gains from clean energy push

Job growth in Missouri's "clean energy" sector has outperformed overall employment and the industry brought in $25 million in venture capital from 2006 through 2008, a national study states. Still, Missouri is average on a national scale.

Missouri Sen. Purgason pondering U.S. Senate bid in 2010

Southern Missouri state Sen. Chick Purgason said he believes there is mounting frustration with the federal debt and spending.

Missouri fishing records falling at fast pace

The two most recent record-size fish were a shorthead redhorse caught at Truman Lake and a smallmouth buffalo caught by a bowfisher at the Duck Creek Conservation Area.

15 Missouri weather disaster projects get grant money

The $9.6 million in Community Development Block Grants will be used for projects involving flood and tornado damage.

Earthquake monitors headed to Missouri

Missouri University of Science and Technology is overseeing a federal initiative that involves placing 40 seismic monitors around Missouri and Iowa.

Teen suspected of setting boy on fire

A Poplar Bluff teen was arrested on suspicion of lighting another boy on fire.  The injured boy was in good condition at a St. Louis-area hospital.

St. Louis' Gateway Arch to offer discounts this weekend

The National Park Service will offer $3 discounts on visits to the Arch and related destinations this weekend.

DNR tells Sedalia to fix sewers

The Missouri Department of Natural Resources wants the city of Sedalia to fix its problems with sewer overflow.  The town has seven years to do so.

Midwest storms cause flooding, spawn 2 tornadoes

A separate storm system that cut a wide swath across Kansas, Nebraska and Missouri knocked out power, damaged buildings and led to flash flooding. The National Weather Service said that two tornadoes that touched down in central and western Nebraska caused little damage.

K.C. suburb cancels fireworks show, blames economy

Blue Springs canceled its annual free fireworks show to save money, but residents will still be able to see free displays in neighboring communities.

Missouri's Churchill museum gains national clout

The U.S. House declared the Winston Churchill museum on Westminster College's campus in Fulton to be "America's National Churchill Museum." 

Missouri creates database of insurance complaints

The database, which is a compilation of more than 10,000 complaints since 2006, grades companies based on the number of complaints and allows users to search the list of customer troubles.

Charter students do better than public students in Missouri, study says

Missouri is one of only five states where higher learning gains for charter school students are significantly higher, according to the national study.

St. Louis animal shelter gets some grooming

St. Louis' city animal shelter will benefit from a major corporate gift of time, talent and funds aimed at sprucing up its building and grounds.

Missouri man sentenced for West Virginia bank heist

A Rogersville man refered to as the "plaid shirt robber" was sentenced to 20 years in prison for a West Virginia bank robbery.

Large blaze destroys condos at Lake of the Ozarks

The fire that destroyed eight vacation condominiums on the Lake of the Ozarks is believed to have been started by a lightning strike.

St. Louis' Lambert Airport opens two pet-rest areas

Lambert follows several other airports that have created pet-rest areas, Lambert spokesman Jeff Lea said.

Missouri man pleads guilty to killing homeless woman

He was charged with second-degree murder and armed criminal action in the woman's death, which occurred in 2007 at a Springfield homeless camp.

Couple pleads guilty in poisoned pet food case

Sally Qing Miller and her husband, Stephen, pleaded guilty to charges of selling pet food ingredients tainted with a potentially fatal chemical, melamine.