State News

26 defendants indicted in Kansas City drug-smuggling case

Twenty-six defendants were indicted in one of the largest cocaine trafficking rings in the Kansas City area, according to federal prosecutors.

St. Louis' Ballpark Village held up again in final approval

St. Louis' proposed Ballpark Village development seeks final approval, but faces more delays. St. Louis Cardinals president Bill DeWitt III hoped the board would decide the issue at the July meeting.

Air Guard ends 86-year operation in St. Louis

Charles Lindbergh's historic unit in St. Louis, the 131st Fighter Wing, flies away to western Missouri.

72 dogs seized in puppy mill raid

Seventy-two dogs seized from a puppy mill in Mansfield had tumors, eye and skin problems, officials from the Humane Society of Missouri said.

Webster Groves podiatrist indicted on charges of health care fraud

Dr. David Quang Pham was arrested Friday on federal charges alleging he submitted bills to Medicare and Medicaid from 2002 to 2008 for care not provided.

St. Louis man charged in insurance scheme

The St. Louis caretaker was indicted on charges of mail fraud, unauthorized credit card use and theft of government money. He pleaded not guilty.

Lover's Leap could be barricaded by owners

Lover's Leap, a 200-foot-tall bluff overlooking the Lake of the Ozarks, will be closed to visitors if they don't start picking up their trash, owners say.

Consumption tax more nuanced than some people might think

While federal legislation remains in committee, Missouri has moved into the forefront of efforts to enact a consumption tax. A national group promoting a federal consumption tax will hold a rally from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Boone County Fairgrounds that's attracting national attention.

Nixon signs bill expanding jobless benefits

Gov. Jay Nixon signed a measure to use federal money to give Missourians up to 20 additional weeks of jobless benefits.

Mortar shells force city hall evacuation

The shells were found by a Bonne Terre resident while he was cleaning a house.

Stimulus has $50 million for fish food to aid aquaculture

The U.S. plans to spend $50 million on fish food to help the aquaulture industry. Missouri's share is $500,000.

More than $100 million to be cut from Missouri's budget

The new budget will take effect July 1. Linda Luebbering, Gov. Jay Nixon's budget director, said the cuts are needed because of sagging revenue.

Sprint Nextel to sell parts of Midwest network

Sprint is selling these parts because of a lawsuit made by Sprint affiliate iPCS. iPCS said Sprint's purchase of Nextel Communications Inc. was a violation of an exclusity agreement between the companies.

DWI offenders scrambling to reinstate licenses

A law that takes effect July 1 will require drivers with two or more DWI convictions to install an ignition device to prevent repeat offenders.

Jefferson City man has had several brushes with history

Bill Stine has lived in many places and met many people during his life, including Charlton Heston and Burl Ives. His journey has since taken him full circle, and he now lives in Jefferson City, where he was born.

Former Bush staffer says no to Missouri Senate run

A former state department official for President George W. Bush said Thursday he will not seek the seat soon to be vacated by longtime Missouri Sen. Kit Bond.

Report gives Missouri average marks for higher ed

Although Missouri ranks in the middle for most educational categories, it is near the bottom nationally in providing funding for public colleges and universities.

Missouri lawmakers sponsor flag protection amendment

Two Missouri representatives sponsored a constitutional amendment to protect the U.S. flag. The proposal coincides with Sunday's observance of Flag Day.

Pallid sturgeon population gets boost in Missouri

Crews from several conservation departments released about 550 pallid sturgeon into the Missouri River on Wednesday. The fish have been on the endangered species list since 1990.

Auto insurer banned from new policies in Missouri

The Missouri Department of Insurance barred a Chicago-based auto insurer because of numerous consumer complaints.