State News

House Minority leader denies accusations of bribes

According to the AP, Democratic House leader Paul LeVota is under investigation by the FBI.

Missouri Democrats contend sex discrimination in House

Missouri House Democrat women have voiced their disapproval of the way they are treated by their male colleagues, citing the apparent lack of inclusion of their bills in the legislation calendar.

Sources: FBI questions Missouri lawmakers

The FBI is questioning Missouri lawmakers about questionable campaign contributions, according to two lawmakers who spoke on condition of anonymity. They said they specifically were asked about House Minority Leader Paul LeVota, a Democrat from Independence.

Polar bear dies at St. Louis Zoo

The St. Louis Zoo announced Monday they had to euthanize Hope, a 23-year-old polar bear, because of cancer.

Missouri Supreme Court upholds Baumruk ruling

Kenneth Baumruk was convicted of killing his wife and wounding four others during a 1992 shooting spree inside a courthouse. The Missouri Supreme Court upheld his first-degree murder conviction and death sentence.

Missouri mom accused of giving alcohol to teens

Two women are accused of providing alcohol to minors after girls at a birthday party said they had been drinking heavily.

Raw milk debate rekindling in Missouri legislature

A House bill would, if passed, clarify the state's position on raw milk, allowing the continued purchase of raw milk from unlicensed producers. The bill originally was conceived following a series of violation notices sent to Missouri farmers from the State Milk Board.

St. Louis-area man faces charges in shooting, hostage situation

A St. Louis-area man faces charges of assault, unlawful use of a weapon and felonious restraint after allegedly holding four people hostage and shooting one of them.

Cemetery worker falls into grave, rescued

The suburban St. Louis man suffered a back injury in the fall and couldn't get out of the grave on his own, authorities said.

Man in custody in fatal Pike County fire

The Missouri man was close to crossing the border into Mexico when he was captured by border patrol agents for fleeing the area of a fire suspected to be arson.

Downtown St. Louis population rises

The population of downtown St. Louis increased 6 percent in 2008, a change city leaders credit to a revival of the area.

'Green' houses a hard sell in Kansas City

There are no buyers for a group of environmentally-friendly homes in central Kansas City selling for between $138,000 and $145,000 apiece, despite the fact that the homes received an award last month for being both energy efficient and affordable.

Man sentenced for killing MU professor in car crash

William C. Downs of Liberty will serve 11 years in prison for first-degree involuntary manslaughter and drug possession.

High lead, arsenic levels in soil not risky

Numerous brain tumors near Cameron have led the Environmental Protection Agency to investigate sludge found in a trench at the site of an old plant.

Dryer blamed for fire at Dial Corp.

No one was hurt in the blaze, but firefighters had to let the fire burn itself out due to the nature of the chemicals involved.

Bidding for Missouri 'fee' offices based on merit

A third of Missouri's 183 "fee" offices, which renew licenses or vehicle tags, will attract bids based on business plans rather than relying on an old patronage system.

Double homicide brings concerns about mental health care to the forefront

Dan Andrews was hospitalized twice by his family a month before allegedly killing his wife and son.

Missouri college savings plan suffering, officials say

On average, plans in other states are faring worse.

One out of three Missourians under 65 uninsured, report says

Last year about 1.5 million people in Missouri under 65 did not have insurance.

Increased census participation could give Missouri more federal funding

State demographer Matt Hesser is among those urging Missouri residents to fill out their census forms next year so the state can keep its representatives and potentially gain funding. The census aims to create an accurate picture of the country's population.