State News

Charges brought in prison drug smuggling case

A former corrections officer and two others are charged with attempting to smuggle drugs into the state prison in Moberly.

Three Missouri residents in custody after car chase

The car crossed state lines before being found in a Missouri field.

Anti-death penalty speakers to tour Missouri

Opponents of Missouri's death penalty are planning an eight-stop Road Trip for Justice which will begin Sunday and finish Feb. 21 in St. Louis.

Missouri could get $4.4 billion from stimulus package

Missouri's possible $4 billion cut of the federal stimulus package would go to more than two dozen areas, including homeless prevention, drinking water and transportation improvements.

Bess Truman's papers contain private life, president's finances

Former first lady Bess Truman's papers offer insight into Truman family dynamic.

Missouri Senate bill would require inspection of pre-need funeral sellers

The new bill that would require financial examination of pre-need funeral companies every five years among other restrictions is moving quickly through the Missouri Senate.

MoDOT plans $1 billion worth of stimulus projects

The Missouri Department of Transportation plans for nearly $1 billion in projects using stimulus money that could possibly create 14,000 jobs in Missouri.

UPDATE: Welty case goes to jury

A jury is deliberating the case of Owen Welty, 15, who is charged with second-degree murder in the 2006 death of 64-year-old Don McCollough.

UPDATE: 15-year-old acquitted in neighbor's murder

A St. Louis County jury found Owen Welty not guilty of second-degree murder and armed criminal action Thursday in the 2006 shooting death of his 64-year-old neighbor. Welty was one of the youngest people ever charged with murder in Missouri.

Tax credits facing backlash in Missouri Senate

Some Missouri senators hope to fix what they see as a broken tax incentive policy.

Wording of Missouri stem cell ballot summary prompts two lawsuits

Opposing lawsuits seek to change the language of a ballot summary for a proposed constitutional amendment barring the use of public funds for abortion and human cloning.

Gov. Nixon releases $5 million for new MU autism center

Gov. Nixon honored former Gov. Matt Blunt's pledge by releasing $5 million for the construction of a new autism center at MU.

Senate panel backs tax credit for Missouri homebuyers

Under the plan, which the House has already approved, Missouri homebuyers would be eligible for a $1,000 tax credit. But the bill might decrease the size of tax breaks for money spent redeveloping  historic buildings.

Bill would let military ballots arrive late

The legislation would allow absentee ballots from military members serving overseas to arrive seven days after an election and still be counted.

Exercisers lower colon cancer risk, study shows

After analyzing past studies, researchers at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis and Harvard University found that people who exercised more were 24 percent less likely to develop the disease than people who exercised less.

Man charged in death of wife files motions

Michael Shane Yarnell, who is charged with second-degree murder, two counts of voluntary manslaughter and one count of involuntary manslaughter in the death of his wife, Michelle "Angie" Yarnell, waived formal arraignment and filed for a change of venue.

Pranksters seize Taco Bell drive-through frequency

Police are still looking for the suspects, who used the signal to shout vulgarities to customers.

Anheuser-Busch Foundation pledges $2.5 million to UMSL

The University of Missouri-St. Louis said the gift is the largest in the university's 42-year history.

St. Louis Zoo elephant treated for herpes

Tests Monday and Wednesday showed Jade, a 23-month-old Asian elephant at the St. Louis Zoo, had herpesviral DNA, which can be fatal. The zoo said they began treating her immediately with anti-viral medication.

Senate endorses higher sentence for child rape

A bill that provides prosecutors the option of seeking life without parole for those who rape or sodomize a child will go to vote once more in the Senate before moving to the House.