State News

Archer Daniels Midland's third-quarter profit drops 98 percent

The Decatur, Ill.-based company said its profit fell to $8 million, or a penny per share, in the three months ending March 31.

Search resumes for missing 3-year-old in Arcadia

The blond toddler, about 3 feet tall and weighing 35 pounds, was wearing a dark blue shirt and a pull-up diaper when he left his rural southeast Missouri home Monday morning.

Plea deal for Fenton man accused of killing neighbor

Investigators say that the Fenton man beat and fatally stabbed his neighbor before setting fire to the apartment building in an attempt to cover up the crime.

Application to use old federal building in Cape Girardeau as homeless shelter

The Rev. Larry Rice said Monday he has made formal application to obtain the former federal building. Under federal law, an application to use a surplus federal building as a homeless shelter has priority over other potential uses.

Four probable swine flu cases identified in Kansas City

Missouri health officials said Sunday that four more probable cases of swine flu have been identified in the Kansas City metropolitan area, bringing the total number of cases in Missouri residents to eight.

States consider 'Silver Alerts' for missing adults

The system — modeled on Amber Alerts — notifies the public when cognitively impaired adults are missing, and it's already been adopted in Missouri and 14 other states. A measure to set up a national Silver Alert awaits approval by the U.S. Senate.

Jasper County reports four whooping cough cases

The Health Department is investigating four other cases.

Probation sought in MySpace hoax case

The defense attorney in the MySpace case related to the suicide of Megan Meier of O'Fallon asked a Los Angeles judge for probation and a fine as punishment. The lawyer said the defendant cannot afford to pay a fine larger than $5,000.

Invaders motorcycle gang investigated in two deaths

The gang is also being investigated in connection with the disappearance of another man.

UPDATE: Swine flu cases worldwide

A tally of swine flu's impact and scope throughout the United States and the rest of the world.

Missouri's second case of swine flu confirmed

A second case of swine flu in the Kansas City area was confirmed. The most recent victim is hospitalized in Nebraska.

Where are you, swine flu?

Swine flu information from World Heath Organization; cases by country and state

Missouri officials release additional info on 2 probable swine flu cases

The two probable cases — a father and son from Howard County — had recently traveled to Mexico and have been advised to stay home to avoid contact with others.

UPDATE: Monett woman committs suicide before sentencing


Adella Fae Patton, 47, of Monett, overdosed on medication at her home Friday after being found guilty of second-degree murder and armed criminal action Thursday. Patton was awaiting sentencing for killing Kevin L. Madison of Exeter in December 2005.

Two Missouri colleges collaborate on joint bachelor's degree program

Southeast Missouri State University and Three Rivers Community College, in Poplar Bluff, will be working together to create a joint bachelor of science program for social work next year.

Second mental evaluation ordered for Joplin teen suspect

Judge orders second psychiatric evaluation of Joplin teen accused of firing assault weapon at middle school.

UPDATE: Missouri receives $156M payment from tobacco settlement

However, there is a lawsuit pending in Missouri appeals court that would force the state to spend more of the money on life science research.

Obama, local officers threatened on Internet site

The Secret Service and authorities from southeast Missouri are investigating Internet threats against President Obama, local officers and a school. The threats were made Tuesday as four postings on Topix, an Internet message board with a Poplar Bluff local page.

Two rescued from floodwaters in northeast Missouri

The rescue happened near Center, southwest of Hannibal on Thursday evening. The car was found on a bridge surrounded by water for several hundred yards.

St. Louis suspect in shooting committed to psychiatric facility

The 24-year-old man charged with shooting a mail carrier in the head and shoulders will remain in the facility until able to assist in his own defense at trial.