State News

Suu Kyi set to testify at Myanmar trial

Aung San Suu Kyi is widely expected to be found guilty on charges of harboring a Missouri man who swam across a lake to her residence. John Yettaw of Falcon has pleaded not guilty to charges against him.

ANALYSIS: Governor presses universities for more health education

Under the proposed plan, the University of Missouri System could get $24 million to help instruct an additional 209 medical doctors, pharmacists, dentists, optometrists, nurses and other health care professionals.

Missouri National Guard soldier killed in Iraq

Sgt. Paul Faris Brooks, 34, was from Joplin and was serving his second tour of duty. Two other soldiers were also killed in the attack.

Some Missouri teachers putting retirement plans on hold

Older teachers are weighing factors such as their spouse's employment situation, retirement savings and the overall economy before making their decision.

Gov. Jay Nixon orders flags at half-staff for Memorial Day

The flags will fly at half-staff to commemorate Memorial Day and the death of Lt. Roslyn L. Schulte of Ladue, who was killed while on duty near Kabul, Afghanistan.

St. Louis Metro to restore some bus cuts

St. Louis Metro officials plan to restore some of the transit cuts made earlier this year with $12 million in federal stimulus funds.

Former exec for Kansas-based fuel distributor claims fraud

After Crescent Oil Co. Inc. and its subsidiaries filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in February, Phillip Near, former president and majority shareholder, filed a lawsuit claiming the company's failure was caused by its buyout by Titan Global Holdings Inc., a Texas-based company.

Man who killed Missouri trooper gets death sentence

One of Lance Shockley's attorneys said he believed the judge made an appropriate ruling in the case. However, an appeal is planned.

State to pay $500,000 to settle e-mail lawsuit filed against former Gov. Blunt

The money will come from the state's legal expense fund, which to date has spent more than $1.3 million on attorneys for defending Blunt and four former staff members, Attorney General Chris Koster said.

Marijuana advocates look to Missouri for decriminalization

After a failed attempt at decriminalization of marijuana in Joplin, pot advocates look toward Springfield, Cape Girardeau and Blue Springs for future reprieves of the law. While Columbia isn't a target city, some exceptions for marijuana use have been legalized.

Forsee eliminates 22 UM System positions

University of Missouri President Gary Forsee announced Thursday that 22 positions in the system would be eliminated, and these jobs range from lower-level administration to executive vice president.

Northwest Missouri State gets new president

John Jasinski, a vice president at Northwood University in Midland, Mich., has been named as Northwest Missouri State's new president. He will be formally introduced on Friday in Maryville.

Missouri tapping stimulus money to pay tax refunds

The state acknowledge that it was delaying refunds so it could meet other cash flow demands.

Missouri man in spotlight at Suu Kyi trial in Myannmar

Suu Kyi's supporters think some sort of trickery by the junta is behind John Yettaw's visit. His family insists he was just an admirer who wanted to interview the opposition leader.

Missouri's stimulus money man: Paul Wilson

Paul Wilson is Gov. Jay Nixon's top budget adviser and commands $4.4 billion worth of federal stimulus money in the Transform Missouri Project, and his background covers much more than just politics.

St. Louis Public Schools reports student with swine flu

The St. Louis Public School District has confirmed its first case of a student with swine flu. Missouri has had 24 confirmed cases of swine flu, including a man in St. Louis County who died Tuesday.

Gasoline prices rise as holiday approaches

While Missouri had the second-lowest price recorded around the nation, it was a bit misleading. The figure was posted in the early hours of Thursday morning before stations increased their prices by a dime or so in anticipation of Memorial Day holiday travel.

Backers say governor pledged to repeal Missouri helmet law

Nixon received about 1,000 e-mails and letters about the legislation, which would allow motorcycle riders 21 years and older to ride without a helmet when they're traveling on any Missouri highway, except for interstate highways.


554 Missouri bridges to be replaced in $487M project

Missouri's bridges are in the fourth-worst condition in the country, and this $147 million project would replace 554 bridges in the state by 2013.

Missouri tapping stimulus money to pay tax refunds

The state is using $250 million of federal stimulus money to expedite payment of individual income tax refunds for hundreds of thousands of Missourians. The Department of Revenue said it hopes to have refund checks sent out by June 5 for those who filed their returns before April 15.