State News

Michigan company recalls frozen pasta products

The products were distributed to brokers and distributors in seven states, including Missouri. The products were prepared without federal inspection.

Two swine flu cases confirmed in Kansas

Human swine influenza, a respiratory disease in pigs, has been confirmed in 11 cases in the U.S. The flu strain is responsible for the deaths of 68 people in Mexico, and has the potential to become a pandemic, the World Health Organization chief said.

Low construction costs are saving Missouri millions

Costs for state highway construction projects have shrunk about 14 percent since last July, saving the state $108 million. The bids for stimulus projects are also lower than the state's estimates.

Tornado damages some rural areas, halts races

Tornado touches down in Leavenworth County near Kansas City and forces NASCAR to suspend truck race.

Sedalia Mayor Wasson dies at home, had battled cancer

Wasson, 75, maintained his civic duties until a few weeks ago, his wife said.

March, prayer hour remember 'Precious Doe'

A park will be built on the site where a 3-year-old's remains were found.

State looks to buy Mississippi River island

The Missouri Department of Conservation is considering buying Marquette Island, located on the Mississippi River, south of Cape Girardeau. The island provides habitat for the endangered least tern and shelter for the endangered pallid sturgeon.

UPDATE: UM System unlikely to see stimulus as House reworks 2010 budget plan


House Bill 22, released on Friday, includes only $31 million of University of Missouri System requests for funding from the federal stimulus.

More than $341 million of UM requests would have been for MU, its extension programs and other facilities located in Columbia, such as those under MU Health Care.

Panel discusses benefits of nuclear energy as AmerenUE pulls plug on power plant

AmerenUE suspended its plans Thursday to build an estimated $6 billion nuclear power plant in Callaway County, citing a filibuster in the Missouri Senate and the economic downturn as reasons for halting the project.

Missouri Rep. Munzlinger: Concealed weapons amendment 'common sense'

State Rep. Brian Munzlinger, R-Williamstown, discusses why he thinks the amendment he presented that would allow concealed weapons to be carried on college campuses is a good idea.

Missouri House Republicans ask for $1 billion tax cut

The proposed tax reduction would average out to a $500 savings per taxpayer by lowering the income tax rate from 6 percent to 5.5 percent over the next two years.

Cape Girardeau elementary school buzzing with bees

So far, the honey bees that have colonized the Cape Girardeau elementary school have stung no students.

Monkey's escape in Greene County leads to investigation

After a monkey escaped from a southwest Missouri animal rescue farm, Greene County officials began looking into the legality of keeping multiple exotic animals on the property.

Waynesville high-schooler hit by pitch declared brain dead

The 16-year-old was at bat Tuesday when a pitch hit him just below the helmet, and he collapsed.

Man standing trial for Franklin County murder causes disturbance

The accused killer began a disturbance aimed at the prosecution while they were offering evidence in court on Thursday. The man had to be restrained and taken out of the courtroom.

Body found by mushroom hunters in Lincoln County identified

Jackie Noel disappeared after he and three others were involved in a theft at a Dollar General store. Noel got out of a car and ran into the woods. Police suspect he died of a drug overdose.

Missouri mom convicted of kidnapping daughter

The mother, Rebecca Albrecht, took the 11-year-old girl from her father's home in Jefferson City and kept her hidden for nearly a month.

Sikeston robbery might be linked to one in Tennessee

The first robbery happened early Wendnesday morning in southeast Missouri and the second happened in Tennessee an hour and a half later. The description of the assailant was the same.

GM to temporarily close Wentzville plant, 12 others this summer

While the plants experience an annual two-week shutdown in the summer, signaling the changing of the model year, 13 of GM's 22 North American plants will experience a longer shutdown this year to allow them to cut inventory.

New St. Louis archbishop dealt with difficult diocese

Bishop Robert Carlson, named Tuesday to the St. Louis archdiocese, replaced a bishop in Saginaw who spoke of the church's need to re-examine its stance on abortion, birth control and the ordination of women.