State News

Farm Aid to hold benefit concert in suburban St. Louis

Farm Aid, which was first organized to raise money for and draw attention to family farmers, will be held Oct. 4 at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in St. Louis County.

St. Louis to host large church gathering in 2010

The Church of God in Christ will hold its annual seven-day Holy Convocation in St. Louis in November 2010. St. Louis offers more room than the group's traditional gathering place, Memphis, Tenn., according to church leaders.

Tour of Missouri bicycle race draws fewer sponsors

Big sponsors of the September bicycle race have either declined to support this year's race or are reducing their commitment.

McCaskill leads hearing focusing on Alaska Native contracts

The Senate Subcommittee on Contracting oversight examined a program intended to assist Alaska Native corporations in competing for government contracts, but some critics say the protection goes too far.

KC Southern to help open Texas distribution center for Nissan

Railroad operator Kansas City Southern is to assist in opening a Nissan distribution center in Texas, enabling faster shipment of Nissan vehicles to several Southern states via one of the operator's rail lines.

Fees reduced for tram ride to top of Arch July 18-19

Adult tram rides to the top of the Arch will cost $3 less for a couple of days.

Missouri to get up to $5.7 million for energy rebates

Rebates totaling up to $5.7 million are expected to be offered to Missouri consumers who buy energy-efficient appliances.

Missouri university cancels aid trip to Honduras

Political unrest and a presidential coup in Honduras prompted a student group at Missouri University of Science and Technology to cancel a humanitarian trip to the country.

New networking technology planned for Boone County law enforcement agencies

A new in-car laptop system is expected to allow officers to instantly access city and county crime data in addition to the federal and state information they already receive.

Retrial begins for man charged in MU student's death

Taron Crawford of Kansas City, Kan., was convicted of second-degree murder and armed criminal action in 2004, but a judge later threw the conviction out.

Blunt, Carnahan raise $1 million in Senate bid

Republican Roy Blunt and Democrat Robin Carnahan each raised more than $1 million dollars during the three-month period ending June 30. More details regarding fundraising and expenditures were expected Wednesday.

MU hires new treasurer

The university chose John M. Miller from Florida Atlantic University.He served as treasurer and interim chief financial officer.

Clayton passes smoking ban

Clayton in St. Louis County has become the third city in the region to ban smoking indoors.

Kinder endorses Schweich in Missouri GOP auditor's race

Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder has endorsed Tom Schweich for the Missouri auditor position.

Northeast Missouri woman heads to trial in animal abuse case

Judy Pennington of rural Madison will be tried on six counts of felony animal abuse after rescuers removed dozens of animals from Pennington's farm in April 2008.

Kansas Navy recruiter admits role in sex sting

Shane Allan Sanders of Olathe faces 15 years to life in prison for trying to arrange a sexual encounter with what he thought was an 11-year-old girl.

Damon joins K.C. organization to provide for developing communities

Actor Matt Damon, co-founder of H2O Africa Foundation, has joined the nonprofit, Kansas City-based WaterPartners to form The new organization's mission is to help ease the global water supply crisis.

Energy Department gives green light to Illinois FutureGen site

The department will now negotiate with FutureGen developers to move toward construction of the plant that would burn coal for power but store emissions of carbon dioxide underground. The Energy Department is to commit just more than $1 billion to construction of the plant.

UPDATE: Blunt outraises Carnahan in Missouri Senate race

Democrat Robin Carnahan reported receiving about $1 million this past quarter but spent more than Republican Roy Blunt, who reported raising more than $1.4 million from April through June. The two are the only declared candidates to replace retiring Republican Sen. Kit Bond.

St. Louis audit: No racial bias but policies inconsistent

Practices of the St. Louis Police Academy were found to have some inconsistencies, though no racial bias was detected. Last year, the Board of Police Commissioners hired a law firm to investigate complaints that black recruits were dismissed in disproportionate numbers for minor infractions.