State News

Task force meets in St. Louis about flooding

A task force has been assembled in St. Louis to better coordinate agencies that prepare for an respond to flooding.

Overnight Missouri jail stay for public planned as fundraiser

Spending the night at the Jefferson County "bed and breakfast" on July 31 is to cost $50 a person or $90 a couple, with the proceeds benefiting the county's jail maintenance fund.

Missouri unemployment rate climbs to 9.3 percent

The Missouri Department of Economic Development reported Tuesday that seasonally adjusted unemployment hit a nearly 26-year high in June. The state shed 7,400 non-farm jobs.

UPDATE: Nixon OKs frozen funds for Tour of Missouri

Gov. Jay Nixon on Tuesday released $1.5 million in previously blocked tourism funds for the Tour of Missouri bicycle race. Its potential cancellation had garnered strong criticism from organizers and supporters.

Missouri man wins $1 million in Lottery

A 47-year-old from Mexico, Mo., won the money from a scratch-off ticket. It was not the first time he has won playing Missouri Lottery games.

UPDATE: Informants helped agents infiltrate dogfights

Federal agents infiltrated dogfighting rings in several states, leading to the arrest of at least a dozen people and the rescue of about 500 dogs.

Diary of Kansas City mayor's wife reveals frustration

The release of sections of Gloria Squitiro's journal, in which she expresses frustration with City Council members and mayoral staff, won't delay an employment discrimination lawsuit against the mayor. The trial is scheduled to begin July 27.

Nixon allows state spending on Tour of Missouri

 Gov. Nixon decided the state would allow funding so the race could continue after freezing $1.5 million in state tourism funding last week. Tour organizers said the freeze had forced cancellation of the race.

Search continues for missing southeast Missouri man

Authorities are continuing to search in rough terrain for Robert Peters, who was last seen June 28 at Hidden Valley Campground in Wayne County.

Kansas City man urges FBI to reopen civil rights cold cases

Alvin Sykes is credited with being the force behind the Emmett Till Unsolved Civil Rights Crime Act that passed last year. The bill authorizes up to $135 million over 10 years for the investigations of civil rights era murders.

Protest by minority contractors planned

The African-American Business and Contractors Association says there is still an unacceptable lack of minority participation in construction projects.

Experts testify about clout at University of Illinois

College admissions experts are testifying before the commission investigating how politically connected students got into the University of Illinois over more qualified applicants.

Northwest Missouri wind project gets under way Monday

The state's biggest wind-energy project so far is set to begin a month ahead of schedule.

Missouri court plan critics propose ballot measure

A ballot initiative would change the way Missouri picks judges to a process more closely resembling how federal judges are picked.

Part of Interstate 64 to close Tuesday for Obama visit

Starting at 5 p.m. Tuesday, some of the interstate is to be closed, which may cause backups on Interstates 55 and 44, officials said.

R&B heritage preservation society formed in St. Louis

Reginald Dickson of the St. Louis Rhythm and Blues Preservation Society wants to provide a place for R&B performances, education and preservation work.

UPDATE: Nixon signs energy efficiency legislation

While the legislation allows electric companies to charge Missouri customers for energy-savings initiatives, it should cost consumers less money in the long run, according to utility officials and some consumer advocates.

Saint Louis University researcher gets grant to study arthritis treatment

Richard DiPaolo, an assistant professor at Saint Louis University, has received a $75,000 grant to study whether T cells can be used to treat arthritis.

Missouri Southern's summer enrollment rises

Officials from the university in Joplin have attributed the approximately 4 percent increase to the struggling economy.

Officials: May storms caused $12 million in Missouri timber damage

The statewide damage equals about one-third of Missouri's annual timber harvest and included damage on private land, in the Mark Twain National Forest and in conservation areas, officials said