State News

Missouri teacher charged with having sexual contact with student

A Missouri kindergarten teacher is charged with having a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old student working as a tutor in her class.

Mother, son charged in fire at Stockton stores

A mother and son have been charged with arson in connection with a fire that gutted a tobacco store, pizza shop, video store and an empty building at a strip mall in Stockton. 

Nixon nominates lawyer for Missouri education board

With the Senate's approval, a graduate of MU's law school will fill the State Board of Education's vacancy.

University of Missouri Press cuts jobs, titles

The scholarly publication had its best sales year in 2008 but still has a budget deficit.

To execute or not: A question of cost?

An increasing number of states are considering getting rid of the death penalty as a series of recent surveys have revealed that it is cheaper to imprison killers for life than to execute them.

UPDATE: Eight St. Louis airport workers arrested for theft

Eight employees of Huntleigh USA, a service company hired by Delta Airlines, were arrested for stealing from checked baggage for more than a year. If anyone believes something was stolen from their baggage, they can call the hot line: 314-890-1822.

Missouri River water release designed to protect endangered fish

More water will be distributed down the Missouri River starting Saturday. The water release will complement other water distributions for various purposes along the river. River level will rise slightly between Sioux City, Iowa and St. Louis.

St. Louis airport luggage theft ring busted, airport police say

Charges were announced Thursday against eight baggage handlers who stole laptops and other items from luggage at Lambert Airport, officials say.

Entertainer Marty Bronson, 79, dies

Marty Bronson was a St. Louis television personality, singer and club owner. He died Tuesday from complications of a stroke.

Thefts increase in St. Louis

Larceny in downtown St. Louis is up 75 percent from last year.

Missouri approves transportation stimulus project list

The state transportation approved an $833 million plan for spending Missouri's stimulus allocation on roads, bridges and other transportation.

Trial starts for former Missouri lawmaker facing sex charges

Former Rep. Scott Muschany's trial began Thursday with testimony from a teenage girl involved. Muschany is charged with felony deviate sexual assault and a misdemeanor of exposing his genitals to a minor.

Army engineers plan river pulse to help endangered sturgeon

The Army Corps of Engineers plans to release extra water into the Missouri River to provide a better breeding habitat for an endangered fish, much to the chagrin of a Missouri farmer and levee expert.

McDonald County Deputy's trial in sex-abuse case starts

A McDonald County Deputy is on trial for two counts of second-degree satutory sodomy after being accused of sexually abusing a 14-year-old girl.

Gov. Nixon to make tourism announcement

Gov. Jay Nixon will hold a news conference Wednesday to make an announcement about Missouri tourism and the All-Star Game, which will be held at the Busch Stadium this summer.

Water Patrol chief retiring in April

Col. Rad Talburt will retire as the head of the Missouri State Water Patrol on April 1, after over 20 years with the agency.

Prisoner escapes from St. Charles hospital

Prisoner David Rocklage escaped from a St. Charles hospital Tuesday night. He was taken to the hospital after complaining of chest pains.

Missouri continues up unemployment ladder

The unemployment rate in Missouri increased to 8.3 percent February, the highest in the state since 1986.

Amtrak train hits vehicle in central Missouri

An Amtrak passenger train hit a vehicle obstructing the tracks at around 9:30 a.m. Tuesday. No injuries have been reported.

Sick puppies sold by Petland, lawsuit says

Petland has been accused by the Humane Society of the United States of selling sick puppies to unsuspecting customers.