State News

Hannibal flood costs top $700,000

The city said it will need help covering the costs that FEMA won't cover.

Kirkwood to mark anniversary of shootings

The city is planning a Remembering Ceremony on Feb. 7 to honor the five city officials and police officers killed by Charles "Cookie" Thornton.

3-state Route 66 marathon to end in Joplin

The event, set for Oct. 3, will run from Miami, Okla., through southeast Kansas into Missouri.

2008 in Missouri politics: surprise, surprise, surprise

One unexpected event followed another -- right to the end of the year.

Missouri agribusiness unit returns from Afghanistan

The unit is a pilot program developed through a partnership of the National Guard Bureau, the University of Missouri and the Missouri Farm Bureau. The 47 soldiers arrived Wednesday in Springfield.

Springfield lawmaker vows to fight voucher attempt

Democrat Sara Lampe says she won't let her minority party status get in the way of seeking more money for various education initiatives, or working against a vouchers push.

Mildred Litton, mother of late representative, dies at 98

Mrs. Litton was the mother of Jerry Litton, a popular Democratic congressman from northwest Missouri who died in a plane crash in 1976 after he won his party's senatorial primary.

DURA brake cables plant to close in Hannibal

A brake cables plant in northeast Missouri is closing by the end of the year. A representative for DURA says the company plans to close a plant in Hannibal.

Blunt pardons 4 convicted of stealing offenses

Gov. Matt Blunt pardons four people convicted of stealing offenses.

Family facing tough holiday gets unexpected gift

An anonymous donation from a Denver family will give a southeast Missouri man awaiting a transplant the opportunity to buy Christmas presents for his wife and six children.

Economy has more families giving up pets

The Humane Society of Missouri says 5 percent to 8 percent more animals were given away this year because families can no longer afford to care for them, or have been forced to relocate to a place where pets are not allowed.

St. Louis dog found in Independence, going home

A St. Louis dog missing since October will be going home with its owners later this week after being picked up 240 miles away in suburban Kansas City.

December has been nasty, but January is expected to be warmer

December is turning out to be cold and nasty, but look for a welcome warming of winter weather in January.

Ex-trainer pleads not guilty to secretly videotaping female athletes

A former fitness trainer in Springfield pleads not guilty to secretly videotaping female athletes after convincing them to weigh themselves naked.

Control of Kansas City schools debated

A state representative and others say community leaders could do a better job of handling the district's operations.

Man bails from car, leaves baby behind

The Missouri State Highway Patrol is searching for a man who failed to stop for a trooper then bailed out of the car, leaving a baby in the back seat.

Police use tobacco spit to nab burglary suspect

Randy Lee Shoopman Jr., who police linked to an Oklahoma burglary from tobacco spit left at the scene,  is also suspected of commiting crimes in Missouri.

13-car pileup on I-70 kills one N.C. man

Authorities identify the victim of a 13-vehicle pileup on Interstate 70 in eastern Missouri as a 50-year-old man from North Carolina.

Shareholder challenges CenturyTel takeover of Embarq

Embarq Corp. is facing a lawsuit from a shareholder seeking to halt its acquisition by telecommunications company CenturyTel.

Exeter closes Police Department

Exeter, a small town in southwestern Missouri, has again closed its Police Department as revenue has dwindled and people aren't paying their speeding tickets.