State News

UPDATE: Nixon vetoes motorcycle helmet bill

Gov. Jay Nixon on Thursday vetoed a bill that would have relaxed motorcycle helmet laws, citing concerns about safety and cost.

Missouri revenues down 6.9 percent in 2009 fiscal year

For the year, sales tax collections fell 5.8 percent; individual income tax collections dropped 2.9 percent; and corporate tax collections fell 13.9 percent.

Police seek record federal aid to avoid layoffs

The economic stimulus bill included $1 billion for aid to police departments, but there have been applications for more than $8.3 billion.

Missouri wants statue of Truman put in U.S. Capitol

Gov. Jay Nixon has requested that a statue of former President Harry Truman, who grew up in Independence, be placed in the U.S. Capitol.

Two public beaches at Lake of Ozarks are open

The two beaches were closed in June after tests found high concentrations of E-coli.

Meltdown 101: Where are the renewable energy jobs?

With the growth of energy concerns in Washington — and the allocation of federal funds to alleviate them — job opportunities in the field are expected to open across the U.S.

UPDATE: Johnson defense alleges inefectiveness of counsel

In the third and final day of a trial to determine whether convicted killer Ernest Johnson will get a new sentencing trial, the defense called witnesses who suggested that Johnson had received ineffective legal representation.

U.S. jobless rate rises to 9.5 percent

The U.S. unemployment rate continued to climb in the month of June, reaching a 26-year high of 9.5 percent.  Economists are conflicted about how long it will be before that number starts to go down.

Missouri mom set to be sentenced in MySpace hoax

Missouri mother Lori Drew's case has been called the nation's first cyberbullying trial. Prosecutors say Drew sought to humiliate neighbor Megan Meier using the social networking site MySpace and sending flirtatious messages to the girl in his name. Meier later committed suicide.

UPDATE: Nixon signs veterans legislation

The legislation establishes a highway designation program to honor those killed in Iraq or Afghanistan since the Sept. 11 attacks as well as allows veterans' service organizations to bury unclaimed remains,  and to honor those who help wounded veterans.

UPDATE: Judge clears way for Kansas City mayoral lawsuit

Jackson County Judge Ann Mesle refused the dismissal of a discrimination lawsuit filed by Ruth Bates against Kansas City and Mayor Mark Funkhouser. The former mayoral aide is alleging that Funkhouser's wife made sexually offensive comments.

Woman rescued from car that turned out to have been stolen

After driving into a pond and being rescued, a woman was arrested in Poplar Bluff on suspicion of auto theft.

St. Louis Symphony claims successful season

The Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra, the second-oldest orchestra in the nation, is declaring a successful season in terms of attendance and ticket sales.

Kansas City police: Red light cameras make money but create extra work

Traffic light cameras in Kansas City are making good money from tickets, but not enough to pay the police officers tracking the traffic violators.

Interstate 64 roadwork in St. Louis ahead of schedule

St. Louis roadwork along Interstate 64 could be completed before the end-of-the-year deadline.

UPDATE: Missouri universities to partner for new medical program

Missouri Southern State University and Kansas City University of Medicine in Biosciences are partnering to create a four-year osteopathic medical doctorate program. Officials hope this could help relieve the physician shortage in the state.

Missouri man freed 4 years after being granted clemency

Michael Wayne Ford Sr., who was eligible for parole when Gov. Bob Holden granted him clemency in 2005, was released from prison Wednesday. Ford was convicted of murdering a hitchhiker in 1977.

CenturyTel completes purchase of Embarq

The chief executive officer of the combined company, which is to be renamed CenturyLink, said the focus of its approach is to provide broadband service in their markets.

Missouri officials say tannery sludge did not cause brain tumors

Hexavalent chromium, a known carcinogen, was detected but not at levels that posed a danger to human health, an administrator with the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services said.

Store founder Rudy Buchheit dies

After opening his first store in 1934, Buchheit expanded with more locations and branched out into agricultural and trucking operations in two states.