State News

Tickets on sale Saturday for Sept. 5 Illinois-Missouri showdown

Tickets are available starting at 10 a.m. Central Daylight Time on Saturday at, by phone at 314-241-1888 or 800-745-3000 or at Ticketmaster outlets.

Recession helps MU's Wine School lure aspiring vintners

With the opening of MU's Wine School, more people across the state and nation are trying their hand at viticulture and winemaking.

UMSL offers course on climate change to public

Starting Aug. 27, experts on physics, biology and sustainability will make presentations on Thursday evenings regarding the politics and science of climate change.

Lee Enterprises posts third-quarter loss, ad sales plunge

Davenport, Iowa company Lee Enterprises Inc. posted losses of $24.5 million in this year's fiscal third quarter. The recession, combined with increased competition from the internet, cut ad sales by 24 percent.

Myanmar's Suu Kyi prepares for worst before Friday ruling

Widely expected to be convicted of violating the terms of her house arrest, the Nobel Peace Prize laureate has been gathering medicine and books to take to prison.

Longest serving Missouri judge to retire in September

Judge John Parish has been a judge for almost 36 years and has been on the Southern District for the Missouri Court of Appeals since 1990.

Attorney sues Joplin over taxes

Tom Burcham, a Farmington attorney, has sued a number of other Missouri towns, citing state law that limits cities to one, 1-cent sales tax for general purposes.

Missouri State University's grants top $20 million for 2008-2009 year

The grants came from city, county, state, federal and international agencies, businesses and non-profits and were directed at a broad range of projects.

Mississippi River ferry receives $1 million for upgrades

The ferry connecting southeast Missouri and western Kentucky will use the money to buy more powerful engines and a larger barge.

Health officials urge Missouri parents to develop asthma plan

The health officials suggest that parents talk with their family doctors about appropriate medication and with school staff about triggers.

Lawrence County Jail closed after inmates erupt

The Lawrence County Jail has been closed following an escape attempt and subsequent melee between inmates and prison guards on Saturday. The 35 inmates housed there have been transferred to other jails.

Missouri scientists seek new tools to fight malnutrition

A trio of internationally known organizations based in St. Louis have formed the Global Harvest Alliance, which aims to help the world's hungry and undernourished. They will also seek to improve enriched foods already used to treat malnourishment.

Missouri man who swam to Suu Kyi in Myanmar stands trial

John William Yettaw swam to the home of Nobel Peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, who has spent 14 of the past 20 years in detention for her nonviolent promotion of democracy.

Nixon's office under scrutiny regarding E. coli report

The Department of Natural Resources has come under fire for revelations that it withheld the report for a month. A Senate environmental committee has said it will investigate.

Missouri divorce case becomes part of home-schooling debate

As the divorce trial for Lisa Payne-Naeger and Jeff Naeger began Tuesday in St. Charles County, Payne-Naeger supporters rallied outside the courthouse expressing concern over whether the mother would be able to continue to home-school the couple's two teenagers.

State official sought E. coli study weeks before release, newspaper reports

Joe Bindbeutel, deputy director of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, asked for a copy of a report on high levels of E. coli in the Lake of the Ozarks weeks before the report was released to the public, according to the Springfield News-Leader.

Missouri wind energy capacity jumps 90 percent

With the addition of the Farmers City wind farm in northwest Missouri, the state's wind energy capacity increased from 146 megawatts to 306 megawatts, the largest jump in any state over the the second quarter of the year.

Missouri ranks 33rd in Kids Count well-being report

Missouri is ranked below the median in new data released on children's health and well-being.

Missouri students in Nigeria struggle to return home amid violence

A Columbia man is one of five Missouri students returning from Nigeria, where violence has broken out in several parts of the country.

Propane often overlooked as an alternative fuel

Although ethanol, biodiesel and hydrogen get more buzz, propane is the most commonly used alternative fuel in the U.S. — and its reach is expanding.