State News

New Branson airport to be served by AirTran

It will be the first national network carrier for the airport when it opens in May.

Teach For America corps members try to close education gap

Teach For America recruits recent college graduates and working professionals to teach in low-income, inner-city schools. In Missouri, several MU graduates are working to improve education in St. Louis.

Immigrant smuggling ring broken up

Authorities say the ring drove undocumented immigrants to nearly two dozen states, including Missouri.

Letters containing suspicious powder top 30

Thirty governors have now received letters containing suspicious powder in letters postmarked in Texas.  So far, the powder has tested harmless.

St. Louisan uses circus training to unify children

Jessica Hentoff is the executive and artistic director of a circus school run out of the City Museum in St. Louis. She brings together children who normally wouldn't cross paths and unifies them through circus training and performances.

Nixon says he will end patronage for Revenue Department fee offices

In the past, some governors have used fee offices as a reward to political supporters.

Man arrested after wife's remains found encased in concrete

The Highway Patrol said Horst Gunter Sabla shot his wife to death. Her remains were found encased in concrete by hunters.

KC Southern reduces earnings forecast

The railroad operator expects fourth-quarter revenues to be down 5 percent from a year earlier and annual growth to slow to less than 10 percent.

I-64 closure to start early

The closure was originally scheduled for Sunday, but rain in the forecast has motivated Transportation Department officials to move up the closure.

Former county collector sent to prison for tax evasion

Former Crawford County collector Danny Wayne Gladden was sentenced Friday to more than two years in prison for federal tax evasion.

''Christmas Lady" raises spirits of nursing home residents, veterans

Dorothy Lee, a native of Bonne Terre, gathers gifts for those who might otherwise not receive any holiday presents. Last year, she provided gifts for 870 people; this year, it has been more difficult to get donations.

K.C. might criminalize feeding Canada geese in parks

The proposed ordinance would fine goose-feeders a maximum of $500 and a jail sentence of up to six months.

Judge revises ruling on CAFO proposed for Arrow Rock

Cole County Judge Patricia Joyce revised her August ruling to lower the original 15-mile buffer zone to a 2-mile zone.

Gov.-elect Nixon to hold potluck inaugural

Nixon announced Thursday that he will host a potluck dinner from 1:30 to 5 p.m. Jan 12, immediately after he is sworn in as governor.

KC council to discuss settlement demand in mayoral aide's lawsuit

Kansas City Mayor Mark Funkhouser has already settled with former aide Ruth Bates for $30,000, but Bates is reporterly demanding a bigger settlement.

UPDATE: Gov.-elect Nixon making employees re-apply

Nixon's gubernatorial transition team sent a letter dated Tuesday to about 600 employees whose jbos are not covered by the state merit system. The letter directs employees to Internet site to re-apply and asks them to describe their current job duties, their qulifications and "the importance of your current position to the mission of your agency."

Farms can now be within two miles of Arrow Rock

The judge had previously ruled that concentrated animal feeding sites couldn't breach a two-mile perimeter around Arrow Rock; the new perimeter is 15 feet.

UPDATE: Some Missouri casinos see revenue decline

Five Missouri casinos took in less money in November than they did a year earlier, according to figures released by the Gaming Commission. But five others had higher revenue.

St. Louis gets ready for Phase 2 of I-64 project

The Missouri Department of Transportation is rebuilding an 8-mile stretch of I-64 over the next two years, which will cost about $535 million.

Gov.-elect Nixon making 600 state employees re-apply for their jobs

A spokesman for the Governor-elect said Nixon is looking for ways to consolidate and make the state more efficient.