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State News

Pranksters seize Taco Bell drive-through frequency

Police are still looking for the suspects, who used the signal to shout vulgarities to customers.

Anheuser-Busch Foundation pledges $2.5 million to UMSL

The University of Missouri-St. Louis said the gift is the largest in the university's 42-year history.

St. Louis Zoo elephant treated for herpes

Tests Monday and Wednesday showed Jade, a 23-month-old Asian elephant at the St. Louis Zoo, had herpesviral DNA, which can be fatal. The zoo said they began treating her immediately with anti-viral medication.

Senate endorses higher sentence for child rape

A bill that provides prosecutors the option of seeking life without parole for those who rape or sodomize a child will go to vote once more in the Senate before moving to the House.

Jury to deliberate youth murder case Thursday

Attorneys will make closing arguments, then the jury will get the case involving Owen Welty, one of the youngest people ever tried as an adult in Missouri.

Legislator challenges Missouri casino revenue numbers

Rep. Ray Salva said revenue numbers put out by the Missouri Gaming Commission were fabricated to show 10 percent growth, while gambling numbers in other states are falling.

Former St. Louis County officer admits to traffic stop sexual assault

Joe Ernest Phillips pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting a woman during a traffic stop in 2006. Phillips, who was an auxiliary police officer in Velda City at the time, will face sentencing April 30.

Storms hit southern Missouri; low-lying roads closed

The Missouri Department of Transportation said that some roads in Wright, Ozark, Howell, Douglas and Texas counties are closed.

St. Louis unemployment office to reopen

Because of the increasingly difficult economic situation, the state is reopening the St. Louis unemployment office to deal with an influx of claims for unemployment benefits. The office will open on Feb. 23.

Hundreds in southeast Missouri seek help after ice storm

Three resource centers have opened to help those suffering from a Jan. 27 ice storm.

House member thinks sexual orientation cost her committee seat

Rep. Jeanette Oxford, a lesbian, has served four years on the Special Standing Committee on Children and Families and had expected to be reappointed, but the House speaker chose someone else.  Oxford wants to know why.

UPDATE: Gas prices rising, despite steady crude oil costs

Missouri gas prices have increased 17 cents since last month because of refinery costs, not the cost of crude oil.

UPDATE: Kansas, Missouri governors plan for stimulus money

Nixon's first summit as Governor indicated that both he and Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius are looking at ways to to create jobs and rethink the region's financial future.

Missouri appeals panel affirms gambling measure

Critics have argued that Proposition A, which repealed gambling loss limits, was unfairly presented on last November's ballot.

Missouri lawmakers seek to increase Sunshine Law fines

Rep. Tim Jones, R-Eureka, proposed legislation that would increase penalities for violators of the Missouri Sunshine law, including a $3,000 increase in the fine to those who purposely violate the law.

Teen murder suspect faces trial as adult in Missouri

Opening statements began in the murder trial of Owen Welty, a 15-year-old boy accused of shooting his neighbor in Stoddard County in 2006. He was thirteen when he was charged with first-degree murder.

UPDATE: Martinez confirmed as Missouri economic development director

Despite some complaints, the Missouri Senate approved Linda Marinez, an attorney from St. Louis, as Nixon's economic development director.

Missouri House member apologizes for Civil War comment

Rep. Bryan Stevenson caused a stir in the Missouri House by referring to the Civil War as the "War of Northern Aggression."

Southwest Missouri village approves medical marijuana

Cliff Village's new ordinance allows for the possession of a few ounces of marijuana with a doctor's approval.

Martinez confirmed as Missouri economic development director

The Senate confirmed Linda Martinez as the governor's economic development director, over the objection of Sen. Scott Rupp, R-Wentzville, who said Martinez "appears to be pro-illegal immigration."

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