State News

National Guard to honor 2 fallen soldiers

Staff Sgt. Brad Skelton and Sgt. Matthew Straughter will be honored for their military service on Friday at the Ike Skelton Training Site.

MoDOT chief pushes for tougher seat belt law

Missouri Transportation Director Pete Rahn said he thinks a stricter seat belt violation law could help save lives. In the past four years, 2,183 people died in Missouri traffic accidents while not wearing seat belts.

Amtrak KC-St. Louis reaches high on-time rate

Amtrak trains going from Kansas City to St. Louis reached a 96 percent on-time rate in January, its highest to date. The Missouri Department of Transportation attributes this to better dispatching and $400 million in track repairs.

Dozens return home after propane leak

About 70 Washington families were evacuated Tuesday after a five-mile leak in a propane pipeline. Emergency responders and repair crews waited for the line to flush itself out before allowing families to return home Wednesday morning.

Man gets year in paddlefish egg case

A former Shell Knob man has been sentenced to one year in prison for harvesting paddlefish eggs from illegal nets at Table Rock Lake and selling the caviar in Tennessee.

Memorial walkway planned for Kirkwood shooting victims

The St. Louis suburb is planning a memorial walkway with six benches to remember those slain in a City Hall shooting a year ago.

Missouri public safety groups stress need for better radio system

On Tuesday, representatives from different state law enforcement agencies urged members of the House Public Safety and Corrections Appropriations Committee to find money to fund the system.

UPDATE: Carnahan enters Senate race to succeed Bond

Missouri Secretary of State Robin Carnahan, a Democrat, became the first candidate from either party to officially enter the race after Republican Sen. Kit Bond announced he will not seek reelection in 2010.

UPDATE: Many in southern Missouri still lack power after storm

It could take 45 days to rebuild southern Missouri's electrical infrastructure, but the Missouri National Guard and other organizations are making wellness checks and transporting people to shelters.

UPDATE: Koster investigates Office Depot over school supply contracts

Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster announced the investigation Tuesday following similar probes in other states.

Almost 18 percent of homes sold at a loss in 2008

Americans lost more in home values in the fourth quarter of 2008 alone than in all of 2007, according to a national real estate survey released Tuesday.

Carnahan announces candidacy for U.S. Senate

Missouri Secretary of State Robin Carnahan, a Democrat, is the first member of either party to officially enter the Senate race after Republican Sen. Kit Bond announced last month that he will not seek re-election.

UPDATE: Former Gov. Blunt to work at Washington lobbying firm

Matt Blunt will split his time between Washington, D.C., and Missouri.

After ice storm, about 28,000 Missourians still without power

A state official says out-of-state crews may not arrive for a week, and rebuilding the electric grid could take more than a month.

Koster investigates Office Depot over school supply contracts

Following the lead of Florida and North Carolina, Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster is investigating Office Depot over allegations of overpricing government contracts for school supplies.

Former Missouri governor Blunt to work at Washington lobby firm

Matt Blunt, who left the governor's office in January, is now working as a senior policy adviser and business development consultant for Cassidy & Associates.

30,000 Missourians still without power

The Missouri National Guard has been going door to door to check on residents of New Madrid County, who are among those who were hit the hardest by the storm.

51,000 still without power a week after ice storm

AmerenUE is continuing work on restoring power in parts of southeast Missouri. The outages have resulted in the closing of several college campuses, as well as the establishment of emergency pet shelters.

Senate bill would complete capital improvement projects, reduce tuition

A proposed Senate bill would channel the remaining $119 million of MOHELA funds toward only those capital improvement projects begun on or by Jan. 1, while the remaining money would be put into a tuition reduction fund.

Missouri seeks $260M from feds for jobless benefits

Projections provided Monday to the Missouri State Unemployment Council show it could take until 2015 to pay back the borrowed money.