State News

Last witness testifies in Suu Kyi trial in Myanmar

Suu Kyi is charged with violating the terms of her house arrest by harboring an uninvited Missouri man who swam secretly to her lakeside home and stayed for two days. She faces a possible five-year prison term.

Missouri approves 12 road projects using stimulus money

Missouri has funded a dozen highway projects with $72 million in federal stimulus money.

Jefferson City man found guilty of murder

Stephen L. Cook, 49, was found guilty of first-degree murder, armed criminal action and unlawful possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

Missouri court blocks firing of workers' compensation judges

A Missouri judge blocked the firing of three administrative judges who had been dismissed because of budget cuts.

Law enforcement round up 175 in southwest Missouri

As part of the annual nationwide Operation FALCON to track down fugitives wanted for violent crimes, law enforcement agencies arrested 175 fugitives and cleared 407 warrants in southwest Missouri.

Tour of Missouri threatened by potential budget cut

A $1.5 million budget cut on Gov. Jay Nixon's desk could spell doom — permanently, organizers worry — for September's third annual Tour of Missouri bicycle race.

UPDATE: DNA samples soon required after some arrests in Missouri

Gov. Jay Nixon signed legislation Thursday requiring DNA be taken from people age 17 and older who are arrested on suspicion of violent felonies, sex offenses or burglary. The DNA samples will be discarded if charges aren't filed, dropped or if the suspect is acquitted at trial.

UPDATE: Gov. appoints Columbian to Missouri appeals court

On Thursday, Karen King Mitchell, 50, of Columbia was appointed to the Missouri Court of Appeals Western District. She is a longtime aide of Gov. Jay Nixon.

Checks remain outstanding in Blunt firing settlement

The checks were written to Scott Eckersley in a settlement after Eckersley claimed he was fired from Gov. Matt Blunt's office because he raised concerns about e-mail deletions.

Environmental group says riverfront communities are at risk

The National Wildlife Federation says the combination of global warming and improper flood plain management will hurt communities that develop those areas.

Columbian appointed to Missouri appeals court

On Thursday, Karen King Mitchell, 50, of Columbia was appointed to the Missouri Court of Appeals Western District. She is a longtime aide of Gov. Jay Nixon.

Two plead not guilty in 2008 double stabbing

The two men are accused of killing a Jasper County sheriff's reserve officer and his wife.

UPDATE: Dog-fighting busts yield 400 dogs and counting

The multistate raids have led to indictments against 26 people and have yielded more than 400 dogs, most of which were American pit bull terriers.

MIssouri retirement fund to post pension benefits

The Missouri State Employees' retirement system voted to publish the retirement benefits for former public officials on its Web site.

University of Kansas details response to budget cuts

The school has lost more than $36 million in funding.

Missouri, Kansas arts groups receive $700,000

Kansas and Missouri received a combined total of roughly $700,000 dollars from the National Endowment for the Arts. The money will be used to support the organizations during the economic downturn.

Groups file suit, say states violated voter registration law

The nonprofit group Demos and several others are filing suits against states across the United States.  The suits stem from a drop in overall voter registration, which the nonprofit groups attribute to a lack of effort at the state level.

New U.S. jobless claims fall to lowest level since January

While the unemployement rate continues to rise, the number of newly laid-off workers filing initial claims for unemployment insurance fell last week by 52,000.

Missouri activists push for expanded summer food program

The Missouri Association for Social Welfare  is encouraging the state and Congress to allocate more funding for summer food and child nutrition programs.

Missouri humane society seeks public's help

The society needs a variety of supplies as it houses about 300 dogs seized in raids of dogfighting operations.