State News

Two more lawsuits filed against St. Joseph tannery

A tannery in St. Joseph allegedly distributed a fertilizer to farmers containing a known carcinogen.

Missouri lawmakers to work on autism, stimulus money

House Speaker Ron Richard said he plans on creating an interim panel to decide how to expand insurance coverage for autistic children. The panel would draft a bill to be filed Dec. 1 for the 2010 legislative session.

Saint Louis University studies TB vaccine

Researchers at St. Louis University are figuring out whether a tuberculosis vaccine can be made more effective by giving it to patients in different ways.

Court denies Monsanto injunction on German ban

Last month, the sale and planting of the genetically engineered corn was banned after Agriculture Minister Isle Aigner cited a study that the corn poses an environmental danger.

Supporters say pro-democracy leader Suu Kyi needs urgent care

Detained pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi needs medical attention in the Myanmar prison where she is being held, her party said Friday, while closing arguments in her trial were delayed until the end of next week. Her defense team admitted that John W. Yettaw, a Missouri man, swam to her home but argued it was the goverment guards' duty to prevent intruders.

Gallatin farmers hear payback proposal for grain theft

More than 100 northwest Missouri farmers who lost money to a Gallatin grain elevator will receive about 12 cents on the dollar under a state Department of Agriculture proposal.

Cape Girardeau could get aquarium, shopping district from new plan

A master plan for Old Town Cape has been approved by a board of directors, but still needs approval from several other organizations. The plan targets three sections of the city for potential redevelopment.

Governor to sign bill allowing tractor parades

Gov. Jay Nixon intends to give tractor parades the go-ahead by signing a new bill.

Missouri National Guard soldier to be buried

Sgt. Paul Faris Brooks died in Iraq on May 21 and will be buried in Springfield on Saturday.

Missouri Foundation for Health launches anti-smoking initiative

The Missouri Foundation for Health has launched a campaign to try to reduce the number of smokers in the state.

Four new whooping cough cases found in southwest Missouri

New cases of whooping cough have been found and others are being investigated in Jasper County.

Missouri groups challenge initiatives to restrict eminent domain

Missouri initiatives attempting to curb the use of eminent domain to take private property are being challenged in the courts. This is the third time in four years similar measures have been proposed, but both previous attempts were defeated.

Last witness speaks at trial of Myanmar's Suu Kyi

Kyi Win, the only witness for Suu Kyi of the National League for Democracy party in Myanmar, spoke in Suu Kyi's defense as the Myanmar court listens to closing arguments.


Nixon touts plan to increase health education

The "Caring for Missourians" program offers money to state universities and community colleges in hopes of alleviating the critical shortage of health care workers. The University of Missouri System would receive $24 million for its campuses.

Umpire could be Missouri's first swine flu fatality

The umpire worked at the Bridgeton Municipal Athletic Complex, but the facility has undergone a thorough cleaning, and authorities do not believe anyone else has become infected.

Nixon seeks federal help for storm-slammed counties

Gov. Jay Nixon has asked that the federal government provide more aid to dozens of Missouri counties affected by this month's severe weather.

Husband arrested in wife, daughter's 1986 disappearance

Ronald D. Wrisinger has been charged with two count of first-degree murder in connection to the 1986 disappearance of his daughter and wife.

History may favor Kansas City Mayor Mark Funkhouser in recall

Funkhouser's opponents have collected an estimated 20,000 signatures, but 17 percent to 20 percent of the signatures could be deemed invalid, according to the group's spokesman.

Missouri man arrested on suspicion of stealing restaurant grease

Buddy J. Buzzard's arrest on misdemeanor charges is part of a two-year trend of increasing grease thefts.

Nodler announces candidacy for U.S. House seat

State Sen. Gary Nodler, R-Joplin, says if elected he will  "resist" increases in federal spending.