State News

New riverfront park to open in East St. Louis

Making the park has been talked about for years, and it is named after Malcolm W. Martin, a man who pushed hard for its creation. East St. Louis has struggled with poverty for years, and the hope is that the park will bring more tourists to the city.

Division of Fire Safety keeps tabs on carnival rides

Rides at carnivals and amusement parks are undergoing spot checks from the Missouri Department of Public Safety.  The inspections have not located any problems so far.

Missouri governor promotes new economic development law in Columbia

Gov. Jay Nixon visited the Missouri Career Center in Columbia on Thursday to promote newly signed legislation that eliminates Missouri's corporate franchise tax for most of the businesses that pay it and enlarging the tax incentives available for employers who expand their payrolls or plant

Missing boy, Christian Ferguson, to be honored in St. Louis parade

Christian Ferguson, a boy who disappeared in 2003, will be among those honored in a parade this Saturday in St. Louis. His mother, Theda Thomas, helped to organize the event.

Humane Society needs help naming two new equines

A miniature donkey and miniature horse were recently born at the Longmeadow Rescue Ranch. The Humane Society of Missouri is holding a contest to name them.

Bond, McCaskill join union rally against job cuts

As a result of Department of Defense cuts to two aircraft programs, 16,000 jobs could be lost. The regional impact would mean $32 billion in lost annual revenue.

St. Louis suburbs' immigration law upheld

The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously affirmed a lower court's ruling in favor of the city of Valley Park's law that prohibits the hiring of illegal immigrants.

UPDATE: Clemons' parents ask Missouri governor to cancel execution

Reginald Clemons' parents personally delivered a letter Thursday to Gov. Jay Nixon's office pleading for the cancellation of the June 17 execution of their son, who was sentenced to death for the 1991 murders of two young adults. Nixon, who was traveling to promote his signing of an economic development bill, said he would carefully consider a clemency request regarding the matter.

Former Missouri governor expecting second child

Former Gov. Matt Blunt and his wife, Melanie Blunt, are expecting a child in January 2010.

St. Louis Cardinals manager La Russa sues Twitter

Tony La Russa claims the unauthorized page damaged his reputation and caused emotional distress. The page includes distasteful references to two Cardinal pitchers who have died in recent years.


Clemons' parents ask Missouri governor to cancel execution

The parents of condemned prisoner Reginald Clemons are asking Gov. Jay Nixon to spare his life.

Missouri, Kansas inmates' TIPS Hotline calls blocked

Prison officials were unaware that calls to a tips hot line were blocked for nearly a year. The problem apparently stemmed from TIPS Hotline call takers blocking a detention facility call this past July. 

7-Eleven experiences 13th robbery in 18 months

Police say the 7-Eleven store on Wornall Road in Kansas City has been robbed 13 times in the past 18 months, including twice in May.

Trial set for 78-year-old suspect in meth case

A Silex woman is charged with production of a controlled substance and endangering the welfare of a child. Her trial date is set for Sept. 14.

About $125 million in financing sought for St. Louis airport

St. Louis officials want about $125 million for improvements to Lambert Airport as part of its project to modernize.

McCaskill plans hearing on disputed State Department contract

U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill of Missouri, who chairs the Senate Subcommittee on Contracting Oversight, said she wants to know whether U.S. Embassy employees in Afghanistan were put at risk.

Nixon signs tax-break bill aimed at helping Missouri businesses

Gov. Nixon said the law will expand tax incentives and should result in a $14.5 million tax cut for small businesses.

3 suspected of vandalizing parts of Churchill memorial in Fulton

Vandals spray-painted the historic Church of St. Mary the Virgin at Westminster College, where Winston Churchill delivered a speech in 1946.

Full navigation season predicted for Missouri River

The season runs from April 1 to Dec. 1 at the river's mouth in St. Louis.

More military-backed public schools appearing in U.S.

The U.S. Marine Corps is leading the trend and is in talks with at least six districts about opening schools in which students would take military classes and wear a uniform.