State News

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.

Banks in 11 Midwest and Plains states report improvements

Some Midwest and Plains banks appear to be gaining confidence , according to the Rural Mainstreet Index, which reported its highest numbers since September on Thursday.

3 plead guilty in Kansas City-area mortgage scam

The three men were among nine defendants to plead guilty in the scheme involving homes in Raymore and Lee's Summit.

UPDATE: Missouri executes Dennis Skillicorn

He received an injection shortly before 12:30 a.m. Wednesday and died 11 minutes later. Before he died, he apologized to the family of his victim, Richard Drummond.

More executions possible in Missouri, U.S., expert says

In the wake of the execution of Dennis Skillicorn, Missouri could be putting many of its 50 death row inmates to death.

UPDATE: Police look for Minnesota mother, son who fled chemo

Police look for mother and son who fled chemo

A Minnesota mother told a judge that she wanted to treat her 13-year-old son's cancer with natural healing methods advocated by the Missouri-based American Indian religious group known at the Nemenhah Band.

Missouri man burned during suspected meth explosion

What is thought to be a meth-related explosion in a St. Charles County garage has left one man with life-threatening injuries, officials say.

Missouri considers a Jack Buck highway

A bill passed in the Missouri legislature last week would allow for a section of Interstate 64 east of St. Louis to be renamed for renowned sportscaster Jack Buck, who died in 2002.

St. Louis election board calls in feds to investigate fraud

St. Louis Elections Board Director Scott Leiendecker says suspected voter fraud was not great enough to have changed the results of elections. But, he said, "The board believes one dishonest vote cancels the vote of an honest voter."

Missouri unemployment rate drops slightly in April

The state unemployment rate decreased six-tenths of a point from March to 8.1. percent, but Missouri still reported less than the usual seasonal gains expected in April.

Ex-fire chief from St. Louis area gets probation for theft

David Jettson was also sentenced to six months of house arrest for stealing more than $30,000 from the Metro North Fire Protection District. A district civil suit claimed he had taken more than $200,000.

St. Louis County man with swine flu dies

The man died Tuesday morning at an undisclosed St. Louis area hospital. His death brings the global total from the flu outbreak to 80. The majority of those deaths have been in Mexico. 

Missouri at front of grassroots tax movement

The co-director of Fair Tax for Missouri says his organization has more than 20,000 members in the state, including more than 300 in Columbia

Construction worker dies at Taum Sauk reservoir

The female laborer was working on a concrete placement when the accident happened Tuesday morning. She was taken to a St. Louis hospital.

Feds say Missouri could be ineligible for jobless funds

The U.S. Department of Labor says that Missouri would be ineligible for federal stimulus money because of wording used in legislation passed by the General Assembly last week.

UPDATE: Family of St. Louis County man who died of swine flu given medication

Relatives of a 44-year-0ld man who died Tuesday after contracting swine flu also have been given medication for the virus. Officials are trying to determine why the man's case was so aggressive.