State News

Missouri governor backs Veterans Commission director

A surprise attempt to oust Larry Kay, the director of the Missouri Veterans Commission, failed.  Gov. Jay Nixon affirmed his support for Kay and denied allegations of involvement.

St. Louis animal shelter and Zootoo reach settlement

An agreement between the two has Zootoo giving an undisclosed amount of money to Stray Rescue, a St. Louis animal shelter that won a national contest sponsored by Zootoo with a $1 million prize.

About $60,000 in frozen chicken missing from KC trucks

About$60,000 worth of frozen chicken was taken from six stolen refrigerator trucks found in Kansas City. Police warn the public to only buy chicken from reputable vendors.

Missouri House votes to remove many bingo regulations

Missouri prison workers sue state for overtime pay

A lawsuit argues prison workers were given almost no notice before being forced to use compensatory time off to avoid earning overtime pay.

Lebanon 16-year-old dies of alcohol poisoning

Lebanon teenager Perry McClenahan was found dead in his home Saturday. Preliminary autopsy results showed he died from alcohol poisoning. The Laclede County sheriff said the two people who are suspected of supplying the minors with alcohol have been identified and might face charges.

Chilling details revealed in LaGrange killings

Charges against a northeast Missouri man accused of killing his wife and young son have been upgraded to first-degree murder following a preliminary hearing that included gruesome details about the crime.

Missouri pastor gets 15 years for child molestation, exploitation

The pastor of a smallMissouri church in Newton County has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for molesting an underage girl and photographing another in the nude. A plea agreement dropped 18 other counts he was facing.

Securities firm owner sentenced for fraud

The owner of a securities firm in St. Louis has been sentenced to almost six years in prison for taking nearly $5 million from investors. He also failed to pay taxes on more than $800,000.

Missouri House advances expansion of Sunshine Law

The legislation requires earlier notice of local public meetings on a variety of controversial issues, increases the fines for some violations of open records and meetings laws and requires more of the Missouri Ethics Commission's meetings and documents to be made public.

Five hurt, three arrested in St. Louis school fight

One person is still being sought after the fight that broke out around 1 p.m. Tuesday at Imagine College Preparatory High School in St. Louis.

Child fatality review board to look at swing set death

A child fatality review board will convene next week to look into the death of a southeast Missouri child killed when an unfinished wooden swing set collapsed on him.

Independence police catch one suspect in building fire

Independence police say they have apprehended one of two burglary suspects believed to have holed up in a medical building that burned overnight. Police do not know the fate of the second suspect, who might still be inside the burned-out structure.

Cole County Judge upholds wording for Missouri abortion initiative

Cole County Judge Patricia Joyce agreed with the wording for an iniative aimed at passing a constitutional amendment that would bar public funds for abortion services and types of stem cell research. Secretary of State Robin Carnahan, who drafts the wording for ballot iniatives, came under fire from both supporters and opponents of the bill for not using their word suggestions in the ballot summary.

Missouri House endorses bill that would cut state income taxes

The proposed bill lowers income tax rates for middle-income earners and raises some deductions. Sponsor Rep. Scott Lipke, R-Jackson, said though the bill could reduce state revenue by $180 to $360 million, it will stimulate the economy and increase spending.

AmerenUE utility bill losing time in current legislative session

St. Louis-based AmerenUE has considered building another reactor in mid-Missouri, but talks in the Missouri legislature regarding the issue have stalled. The bill would repeal a current law prohibiting a utility from charging customers before they received power from the reactor. Supporters say it's unlikely the three weeks left in the legislative session would allow enough time for the bill to pass.

Clemson student's killer asks judge for death sentence

Jerry Buck Inman, who confessed to the rape and murder of Clemson University student Tiffany Souers, argued he is too violent for rehabilitation.

UPDATE: Missouri House advances school prayer measure

A bill that would reinforce student rights to pray in schools and require the Bill of Rights to be displayed in each classroom received initial approval Monday by the Missouri House.

Missouri court sets execution date for convicted killer

Gov. Jay Nixon will review the case of one of three men involved in killing a man in Callaway County more than a decade ago.

Koster files lawsuits against mortgage scams

Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster is urging consumers to be wary of any mailings they receive regarding mortgage refinancing, foreclosure relief or loan consolidation.