State News

Webster Groves podiatrist indicted on charges of health care fraud

Dr. David Quang Pham was arrested Friday on federal charges alleging he submitted bills to Medicare and Medicaid from 2002 to 2008 for care not provided.

St. Louis man charged in insurance scheme

The St. Louis caretaker was indicted on charges of mail fraud, unauthorized credit card use and theft of government money. He pleaded not guilty.

Lover's Leap could be barricaded by owners

Lover's Leap, a 200-foot-tall bluff overlooking the Lake of the Ozarks, will be closed to visitors if they don't start picking up their trash, owners say.

Consumption tax more nuanced than some people might think

While federal legislation remains in committee, Missouri has moved into the forefront of efforts to enact a consumption tax. A national group promoting a federal consumption tax will hold a rally from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Boone County Fairgrounds that's attracting national attention.

Nixon signs bill expanding jobless benefits

Gov. Jay Nixon signed a measure to use federal money to give Missourians up to 20 additional weeks of jobless benefits.

Mortar shells force city hall evacuation

The shells were found by a Bonne Terre resident while he was cleaning a house.

Stimulus has $50 million for fish food to aid aquaculture

The U.S. plans to spend $50 million on fish food to help the aquaulture industry. Missouri's share is $500,000.

More than $100 million to be cut from Missouri's budget

The new budget will take effect July 1. Linda Luebbering, Gov. Jay Nixon's budget director, said the cuts are needed because of sagging revenue.

Sprint Nextel to sell parts of Midwest network

Sprint is selling these parts because of a lawsuit made by Sprint affiliate iPCS. iPCS said Sprint's purchase of Nextel Communications Inc. was a violation of an exclusity agreement between the companies.

DWI offenders scrambling to reinstate licenses

A law that takes effect July 1 will require drivers with two or more DWI convictions to install an ignition device to prevent repeat offenders.

Jefferson City man has had several brushes with history

Bill Stine has lived in many places and met many people during his life, including Charlton Heston and Burl Ives. His journey has since taken him full circle, and he now lives in Jefferson City, where he was born.

Former Bush staffer says no to Missouri Senate run

A former state department official for President George W. Bush said Thursday he will not seek the seat soon to be vacated by longtime Missouri Sen. Kit Bond.

Report gives Missouri average marks for higher ed

Although Missouri ranks in the middle for most educational categories, it is near the bottom nationally in providing funding for public colleges and universities.

Missouri lawmakers sponsor flag protection amendment

Two Missouri representatives sponsored a constitutional amendment to protect the U.S. flag. The proposal coincides with Sunday's observance of Flag Day.

Pallid sturgeon population gets boost in Missouri

Crews from several conservation departments released about 550 pallid sturgeon into the Missouri River on Wednesday. The fish have been on the endangered species list since 1990.

Auto insurer banned from new policies in Missouri

The Missouri Department of Insurance barred a Chicago-based auto insurer because of numerous consumer complaints.

Missouri health officials preparing for fall swine flu

In preparation for the fall flu season, Missouri health officials are using summer to learn more about the swine flu virus.

Table Rock Lake park opening delayed

Last year's flood and this spring's wet weather have delayed the opening of Mill Creek Park on Table Rock Lake.

World Health Organization announces swine flu pandemic

For the first time in 41 years, WHO has declared a global flu epidemic. The organization is hoping the announcement will push drugmakers to ramp up production of a swine flu vaccine, and goverments will increase efforts to contain the virus.

Alleged gunman charged in museum shooting

James von Brunn, an 88-year-old white supremacist, has been charged with murder for killing a security guard at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum. Von Brunn was also charged for killing in the course of possessing a firearm at a federal facility, and hate crime charges are possible.