State News

Trial starts for former Missouri lawmaker facing sex charges

Former Rep. Scott Muschany's trial began Thursday with testimony from a teenage girl involved. Muschany is charged with felony deviate sexual assault and a misdemeanor of exposing his genitals to a minor.

Army engineers plan river pulse to help endangered sturgeon

The Army Corps of Engineers plans to release extra water into the Missouri River to provide a better breeding habitat for an endangered fish, much to the chagrin of a Missouri farmer and levee expert.

McDonald County Deputy's trial in sex-abuse case starts

A McDonald County Deputy is on trial for two counts of second-degree satutory sodomy after being accused of sexually abusing a 14-year-old girl.

Gov. Nixon to make tourism announcement

Gov. Jay Nixon will hold a news conference Wednesday to make an announcement about Missouri tourism and the All-Star Game, which will be held at the Busch Stadium this summer.

Water Patrol chief retiring in April

Col. Rad Talburt will retire as the head of the Missouri State Water Patrol on April 1, after over 20 years with the agency.

Prisoner escapes from St. Charles hospital

Prisoner David Rocklage escaped from a St. Charles hospital Tuesday night. He was taken to the hospital after complaining of chest pains.

Missouri continues up unemployment ladder

The unemployment rate in Missouri increased to 8.3 percent February, the highest in the state since 1986.

Amtrak train hits vehicle in central Missouri

An Amtrak passenger train hit a vehicle obstructing the tracks at around 9:30 a.m. Tuesday. No injuries have been reported.

Sick puppies sold by Petland, lawsuit says

Petland has been accused by the Humane Society of the United States of selling sick puppies to unsuspecting customers.

New regulations make disposal difficult for cattle ranchers

Aimed at preventing mad cow disease, FDA rules make disposing of dead livestock more costly.

Slain man suspected in Kansas City robbery identified

The man who was caught on surveillance fleeing Central Bank with cash has been identified as 55-year-old Dennis Watson.

2 men plead guilty to KC cocaine conspiracy

Two men entered guilty pleas in a Kansas City federal court Tuesday for involvement in a drug-distribution conspiracy. As part of the plea, both men forfeited to the government more than $150,000 that was seized by law enforcemnt officers.

Investigation continues in Raytown deaths

One victim, a 21-year-old woman, was identified. Two of the other victims were her nephews.

Ticket payments in limbo in St. Louis

The city missed a $53 semiannual lease charge on its post office box, causing U.S. Postal Service employees to close it on Feb. 19. The box was reopened Thursday, but many parking ticket payments are missing or were returned to the senders.

Missouri teen avoids deportation, at least for now

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has decided not proceed with deportation hearings for Noe Guzman, a 17-year-old senior at New Haven High School in eastern Missouri. But he still must leave by November.

Legally blind man helps save woman

A legally blind man heard noises coming from an his female neighbor's apartment and found a convicted rapist waiting for her to return from work.

Man OK after fall from barge

A barge worker fell into the Mississippi River as the barge was about to dock and spent about an hour in the water.

Missouri provides tax break for buying efficient appliances

The state will waive sales tax on appliances designed to increase energy efficiency from April 19-25.

Missouri court upholds sex offender's 4-year sentence

The Missouri Supreme Court also ruled that only sex offenders convicted after 1995 need to register in the state's database.

ANALYSIS: More power in hands of House budget chair

The ability to change the governor's annual budget proposal before it hits the legislature has given the House budget chair a strong role in Missouri's budget process.