State News

Independence police catch one suspect in building fire

Independence police say they have apprehended one of two burglary suspects believed to have holed up in a medical building that burned overnight. Police do not know the fate of the second suspect, who might still be inside the burned-out structure.

Cole County Judge upholds wording for Missouri abortion initiative

Cole County Judge Patricia Joyce agreed with the wording for an iniative aimed at passing a constitutional amendment that would bar public funds for abortion services and types of stem cell research. Secretary of State Robin Carnahan, who drafts the wording for ballot iniatives, came under fire from both supporters and opponents of the bill for not using their word suggestions in the ballot summary.

Missouri House endorses bill that would cut state income taxes

The proposed bill lowers income tax rates for middle-income earners and raises some deductions. Sponsor Rep. Scott Lipke, R-Jackson, said though the bill could reduce state revenue by $180 to $360 million, it will stimulate the economy and increase spending.

AmerenUE utility bill losing time in current legislative session

St. Louis-based AmerenUE has considered building another reactor in mid-Missouri, but talks in the Missouri legislature regarding the issue have stalled. The bill would repeal a current law prohibiting a utility from charging customers before they received power from the reactor. Supporters say it's unlikely the three weeks left in the legislative session would allow enough time for the bill to pass.

Clemson student's killer asks judge for death sentence

Jerry Buck Inman, who confessed to the rape and murder of Clemson University student Tiffany Souers, argued he is too violent for rehabilitation.

UPDATE: Missouri House advances school prayer measure

A bill that would reinforce student rights to pray in schools and require the Bill of Rights to be displayed in each classroom received initial approval Monday by the Missouri House.

Missouri court sets execution date for convicted killer

Gov. Jay Nixon will review the case of one of three men involved in killing a man in Callaway County more than a decade ago.

Koster files lawsuits against mortgage scams

Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster is urging consumers to be wary of any mailings they receive regarding mortgage refinancing, foreclosure relief or loan consolidation.

Missouri petition backers use poll to combat ballot summary

The Missouri Roundtable for Life, an anti-abortion group, wants a judge to rewrite the ballot summary originally written by the secretary of state's office.

Obama to spend 100th day of presidency in St. Louis area

Even though Obama did not get Missouri's electoral votes in November, the White House said the president plans to hold a town hall meeting in the St. Louis area on his 100th day in office April 29.

Missouri couple gets 30 months in prison for embezzlement

The longtime president of a western Missouri water district and his wife have been sentenced to 30 months in federal prison for embezzling more than $390,000. In October, the couple pleaded guilty to mail fraud.

5 registered sex offenders jailed after roundup

Federal and local police worked together to uncover 65 crimes and make five arrests over the course of three days.

Missouri House advances school prayer measure

The state constitution already guarantees citizens the right to worship as they like.

UPDATE: St. Louis archbishop-elect Carlson aims for pastoral role

Archbishop-elect Robert Carlson will oversee more than half a million Catholics after Pope Benedict XVI named him to fill the post vacated in June by Archbishop Raymond Burke.

House OKs bill to keep vehicle sales fees under $200

New legislation passed Tuesday by the Missouri House allows vehicle dealers to charge customers less than $200 for paperwork processing.

Nixon's small-business loan plan gets Missouri board's OK

A new program is expected to give $2 million to small businesses that have five or fewer employees.

UPDATE: Convicted killer's lawyer seeks stay of execution

Convicted of killing a Missouri man 15 years ago, Dennis Skillicorn is set for execution May 20 unless his lawyer can secure a stay.

$15 million settlement announced in Missouri insurance case

Three insurance companies have agreed to pay $15 million to settle a long-standing lawsuit over long-term care policies in Missouri. American Heritage Life Insurance Co. and Mutual of Omaha Insurance will pay $11 million, while Wakely and Associates will pay $4 million.

Pope names new St. Louis archbishop

Sixty-four-year-old Bishop Robert J. Carlson of Saginaw, Mich., has been named as the new archbishop of the city.

Missouri's finances might not meet earlier predictions

State Budget Director Linda Luebbering addressed Missouri lawmakers Monday, saying revenue estimates made earlier in the year might not meet expectations.