State News

Suspect sought in Southwest Missouri fire

A 19-year-old is charged with with burglary and arson after St. Mary's Catholic Church was destroyed in a fire in February.

Drunken driver ordered released after 12 years in jail

The man's sentence was reduced because he was not found to be a prior offender before the trial, and thus he could not be sentenced as one.

Former Nixa official charged with encroaching onto neighbor's property

He and his wife are two of the people accused of stealing from the city.

Nixon proposes Medicaid expansion; GOP leaders ignore gov.

Gov. Jay Nixon is proposing an expansion of Medicaid on Monday, but the GOP-led House Budget Committee begins debates on a spending plan not including the governor's expansion.

Carnahan backs stimulus package, quick action

Secretary of State Robin Carnahan, a Democrat, said she was not familiar with the details of the federal stimulus law but that action needed to be taken.

Father of missing KC child is 'person of interest' in mother's death

Police have labeled the father of a 4-year-old Kansas City girl, missing since Friday, a 'person of interest' in the child's mother's death. 

Dehydration patient claims she was held hostage

An Oklahoma woman, who was admitted into intensive care for dehydration, claims she was held hostage.

UPDATE: Nixa workers face new charges; loss increased to $750,000

Larry Covington, a former superintendent of streets, now faces a charge of felony stealing, in addition to an earlier charge of stealing by deceit.

Missouri Guard retires last flying UH-1 chopper

The Missouri Army National Guard is retiring its last flying UH-1 helicopter. The chopper was built in 1974 and has spent its entire service with the Missouri Guard.

Windsor school superintendent placed on leave

The Windor Board of Education unanimously voted this week to place Superintendent Rudy Duran on immediate paid leave.

Boonville Anheuser-Busch farm welcomes two new foals

Two foals, Cooper and Rachel, were born at the  branch of the Anheuser-Busch Clydesdale farm located near Boonville. Cooper was named after Cooper County.

Emerson renews push to import prescription drugs

U.S. Rep. Jo Ann Emerson is renewing a bill to allow U.S.-licensed pharmacies and wholesalers to import FDA-approved medications from Canada, Europe, Australia, New Zealand and Japan.

Vandalia residents accuse police of shooting pet dogs

Some residents of Vandalia say they plan to file a formal complaint with the city, alleging that police are shooting their pet dogs without provocation. Vandalia's police chief said he stands behind his officers and that citizens need to be more responsible.

After similar drill, St. Louis firefighters rescue man from sewer

St. Louis firefighters rescued a 46-year-old man after he fell through a manhole sewer  after the firefighters had practiced a similar drill Thursday morning.

Bills would improve help for brain injury victims

About 90 people gathered at the Capitol on Wednesday to advocate for increased funding for brain-injury services. March has been designated Brain Injury Awareness Month by the Brain Injury Association of America.

Abortion coercion bill gets initial OK from Missouri House

The bill would require women to be informed of abortion alternatives and make the act of coercing a woman to have an abortion a crime.

Missouri House bill seeks limits on embyro implants

The bill, prompted by a mother of octuplets in California, would require that physicians in Missouri implant no more embryos into a woman than is recommended by the American Society for Reproductive Medicine's guidelines.

Boy wants Missouri River named state waterway

Dylan Graber, a 10-year-old Missouri boy, asked a Missouri House committee to name the Missouri River as the state'a official waterway. Lawmakers, though, have become increasingly reluctant to create new state symbols.

Nation's new jobless claims decrease more than expected

Experts had projected a smaller drop of about 20,000 jobless claims from Feb. 14 to Feb. 21. Instead, 639,000 requests were filed for unemployment benefits for the week ending Feb. 21, down 31,000 from Feb. 14. However, Missouri had the nation's third highest increase in jobless claims for the week.

UPDATE: Missouri senators approve of horse slaughterhouses

Missouri senators discussed the need for horse slaughterhouses on Thursday and touched on factors such as the suffering of the horse, current horse exportation to Mexico for slaughter and the the popularity of horse meat.