State News

UPDATE: Cleanup begins after Midwest storms killed 6

Gov. Jay Nixon declared a state of emergency to make state resources available for cleanup. Three people died in Missouri as a result of the storms.

UPDATE: Family of 'Wizard of Oz' actor sues caretaker

Mickey Carroll, who died Thursday, signed his assets over to his caretaker four months before he died. Carroll's family says the caretaker took advantage of him.

Kansas City police investigating failure to report hit-and-run

Officers responding to 911 calls did not file a police report or refer the case to the vehicular crimes section of the department.

Man sues Missouri town for broken arm

Phillip Forte, 88, is suing the Kansas City suburb of Oakview for $5 million after claiming that a police officer broke his arm during a traffic stop.

Midwest states start cleanup after storms that killed five

Thunderstorms stretched from Arkansas and northern Mississippi to Tennesee and Kentucky. Areas of Missouri and Illinois have been declared disaster areas.

Debate over stimulus funds rages in Missouri Senate

Missouri senators backed the state's higher education budget 29-4, but some expressed concerns over plans to increase the budget for the 2010 fiscal year.

3 die in storms in southern Missouri on Friday

Gov. Jay Nixon called a state of emergency to help counties respond to the storms that caused deaths, injuries and damage in Missouri.

St. Joseph woman documents struggles, transformations of boys in Missouri youth home

After making draperies for the Lives Under Construction Boys Ranch home in Lampe with which her church was involved, Janeen Burnham was so moved by the boys' stories she wrote "Miracles of Restoration."

New gay activists are older, established

Those who were young in the decades when coming out was not an option are now becoming gay activists, giving the movement members who are more established in their communities and secure in their jobs.

Robbery suspect leaves wallet behind

A Kansas City man is charged with robbing First Federal Bank after being identified by the driver's license from the wallet he left at the bank.

Driver who flees with children, pregnant woman gets Kansas City arrest

The driver is currently being held in Jackson County on suspicion of child endangerment and assault on police officers.

Storm system sparks small twisters

A strong storm system moving across southern Missouri on Friday morning created a few small tornadoes and damaging winds up to 80 mph.

McCaskill lobbies for high-speed railway between St. Louis, Chicago

Sen. Claire McCaskil and Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois are lobbying for a high-speed rail corridor between St. Louis and Chicago.

Missouri confirms another swine flu case

Missouri's Department of Health and Senior Services confirmed Thursday another case of the swine flu. This brings Missouri's total to 10 cases.

3 men shot to death inside SUV in St. Louis

Three men were shot to death in an SUV early Friday morning after leaving a nightclub in downtown St. Louis. Police are still looking for suspects.

Man pleads not guilty in deaths of wife, son

Christopher Piersee, the northeast Missouri man accused of killing his wife and infant son, pleaded not guilty to the charges Thursday.

Ashcroft's honorary degree protested at Truman State

The decision drew protests from nearly 300 opponents who signed a petition "voicing discontent" with the decision made by the school's Board of Governors. The school has close to 6,000 students.

Joshua Childers' condition upgraded

The 3-year-old boy who was found after being lost in the woods for 52 hours is now listed in good condition at Jefferson Regional Medical Center.

Missouri House OKs life prison sentences for child rape

The Missouri House approved legislation that would allow life prison sentences for people convicted of particularly vile child rapes. The measure will now go to the Senate.

House Republicans reject health care bill, accuse Nixon of bribery

House Bill 11 was two steps away from Gov. Jay Nixon's desk when it was voted down 85-75 in the House and sent back to committee for revision by House and Senate budget leaders.