State News

Springfield utility shutoffs rise 40 percent

City Utilities initiated stricter policies after a state audit, contributing to 9,198 utility shutoffs from March 2008 to April 2009.

Eastern Missouri town under boil order after E. coli test

Residents of Washington, Mo., should boil water vigorously for at least three minutes before drinking it or brushing their teeth and should throw out ice in their freezers, said Jim Briggs, city administrator.

Moon rocks still aid Washington University scientists in research

Washington University scientists continue to analyze rocks from the Apollo 11 mission in 1969 in hopes of finding clues that lend insight into how life began on Earth.

Missouri House creates autism insurance committee

The committee, which will draft regulations for insurance coverage of autism, was formed after autism legislation failed to come up for a House vote during the 2009 session.

Kansas City to add 2 red-light cameras

Public Works Department officials said they expect to activate the two new cameras by July 31 but have no additional plans to expand the program.

Missouri retirement system puts bonuses on hold

Fifty-seven of the Missouri retirement system's staffers had been expecting to receive bonuses on June 29, but state budget cuts have led to $162,258 in payments being put on hold.

Long-term sustainability of massive Midwest aquifer threatened

The use of chemicals could contaminate the High Plains Aquifer. About 2 million people depend on it as a source of drinking water.

Missouri woman suspect in $27M grain fraud

Federal prosecutors say Cathy M. Gieseker operated a $27 million Ponzi scheme as an owner of a Missouri trucking company and grain elevator. Gieseker is the company's only employee.

Congressman Carnahan to lead health care forum in St. Louis

The meeting is to include a panel of budget, health care and legal experts.

Research Reactor Center at MU to host mock emergency drill

The staging is meant to satisfy the federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission's requirement for practice drills every two years.

Carnahan to discuss investor threats and tips

The Missouri Secretary of State is to speak Monday afternoon at her downtown St. Louis satellite office.

ANALYSIS: Fish and energy needs clash in the Midwest

In a federal effort to protect trout fish, the hydropower capacity of several dams could be reduced. Some electric companies argue that if federal efforts prove successful and hydropower from dams is reduced, potentially less carbon-friendly power plants might be relied upon as an alternative for customers.

6-year-old Nixa boy saves family from fire

Had it not been for Tyler Egan's quick thinking, he and his family might have been in grave danger during a fire that consumed their house on Wednesday. Tyler applied fire safety lessons recently learned in school to swiftly lead his family away from harm.

Nixon joins four other governors on Middle East trip

Nixon said he is there to show support for the troops, to better understand the National Guard's role in the region and to make a pitch for securing better equipment for the Guard.

Missouri retirement system puts bonuses on hold

The Missouri retirement system is putting $162,258 in staff bonuses on hold because of state budget cuts stemming from the economic downturn. Gov. Jay Nixon's administration declared the move "an appropriate first step."

Missouri church camp cleans after swine flu confirmed

Swine flu and strep throat cases prompted officials to send hundreds of campers home a day early last week.

Missouri timber industry is struggling

The Missouri Department of Conservation says May storms damaged 204 million board feet of timber on 113,000 acres.

Cronkite to be buried in Missouri after NYC funeral

A private funeral service for the former CBS anchorman is scheduled for 2 p.m. Thursday at St. Bartholomew's Church on Park Avenue. But, his final resting place will be beside his wife in a family plot in Kansas City.

Ex-Blunt aide says he's owed exoneration letter

Former Blunt aide Scott Eckersley settled the lawsuit against Blunt's administration in May for $500,000, but has not spent the money because he has been holding out for an official state apology.

Humane group: shelters full, resources thin

The St. Louis-based humane group says its shelters are packed with great, adoptable dogs, cats and kittens. It's urging the public to adopt some this weekend, and has discounted adoption fees.