State News

Officials evaluate damage in 33 Missouri counties

A storm that roared through southern Missouri on Friday damaged or destroyed several hundred homes and at least three people died.

Suspected spree killer indicted in jail fight

The man, who is accused of bludgeoning to death two people in Missouri and six people in Illinois, has now been accused of also taking the legs off a chair and throwing them at the officers and punching one.

Judge refuses to delay Skillicorn execution

U.S. District Judge Scott Wright dismissed a suit that sought to have clemency determined by an independent board instead of Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon because of his former role as Missouri attorney general.

Clayton dermatologist charged with sodomy

Police do not believe the two alleged victims, two teenage girls, were patients of the 65-year-old doctor.

Concealed-carry bill stalls in Missouri Senate committee

The Senate Judiciary Committee held a public hearing Monday on a bill that would expand the castle doctrine and allow concealed weapons on college campuses. Of the five witnesses who spoke, none were in opposition to the bill. The committee did not vote Monday.

Missouri House debating health care expansion

The plan could expand government-subsiodized health care for low-income Missourians who have trouble getting insurance.

Legislators OK fire safety measure for long-term care facilities

Legislation on its way to Gov. Jay Nixon would allow inpectors from the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services to conduct fire safety checks in addition to the Missouri fire marshal's office.

Missouri House rejects package of education measures

The House voted down a bill that included expanding a college scholarship program and raising minimum pay for teachers.

Missouri lawmakers OK delay in new car inspections

A new bill would change the mandatory inspection from two years to five years after the car is manufactured.

UPDATE: 'Robo-calls' dial up senators, spur federal investigation

A national wave of spam "robocalls" warn people that their auto warranties are about to expire and that they need to sign up for new service plans. Federal regulators are close to filing lawsuits against companines behind the calls.

Ag secretary to speak at rural forum in Missouri

The USDA says the secretary wants to hear from rural residents about what they believe the USDA can do to help rural communities prosper in the 21st century economy.

UPDATE: Missouri agriculture community needs jobs, money, Vilsack says

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack spoke Tuesday at a forum in Portageville, a Bootheel town about 170 miles south of St. Louis. He discussed job losses in the field and said more young people are needed in the trade.

Fort Leonard Wood soldier's trial date re-set

The trial date for Spc. Jermaine Johnson, who is charged in the death of Myria Silva, has been re-set for June 29 to July 1. Silva was the wife of Pfc. Benjamin Silva.

Snake blamed for power outage at Missouri Capitol

The electricity went out in downtown Jefferson City for about an hour Tuesday as lawmakers were debating legislation and schoolchildren were touring the Capitol.

American Italian Pasta reports higher second-quarter profits

The nation's largest dry pasta maker says its second-quarter profits almost tripled,  earning $26.2 million.

Fleeing driver crashes into bus in Springfield

Springfield police said in a news release that officers tried to stop the driver twice yesterday afternoon, but never pursued the pickup truck. The truck ran a stop sign and drove into the path of the City Utilities bus.

Man faces manslaughter charges in wife's death

Authorities say the man and his stepson were involved in an argument at their home when the gun discharged and struck his wife in the abdomen. She died about a month after the incident.

Missouri lawmakers approve health care provider taxes

The Missouri House gave final approval to the bill 127-31 yesterday, creating new taxes for ambulance services, in-home care providers and centers for the developmentally disabled.

KC unveils plan to be more bike friendly


The city plans to spend about $7 million this year on five more miles of trails.By 2025, the plan calls for 230 miles of trails just within the city limits.

Train derails in Franklin County

Cars jumped the tracks along the riverbank of the Missouri River at Route 185 and Highway 100.