State News

Missouri pastor pleads guilty to sex charges

Randall D. Russell, a pastor from Neosho, pleaded guilty on the charges of first-degree child molestation and sexual exploitation of a minor. The sentencing is scheduled for April 21 and prosecutors say Russell will receive 15 years.

Blunt asks appeals court to bar defamation suit

Former Gov. Matt Blunt's office legal counsel Scott Eckersley sued Blunt for defamation and wrongful termination in September 2007. Attorneys for Blunt are asking an appeals court to dismiss the lawsuit and are citing executive privilege.

Missouri casinos going strong as larger hot-spots decline

Though large casinos at gambling hot-spots across the country are losing money, Missouri casinos have posted more patrons and higher revenues in February than during the same month last year, according to the Missouri Gaming Commission.

Charges filed in Kansas City-area child sex ring

Federal charges have been filed against an active duty naval recruiter and three others for attempted commercial sex trafficking of a child.

Senators back restrictions on traffic cameras

The Senate approved an amendment Tuesday requiring police to positively identify the driver of a vehicle caught on camera running a red light before a ticket could be issued.

More than $500,000 missing from nursing school

Springfield police have not made any arrests in connection with the suspected embezzlement from St. John's College of Nursing and Health Services but Republic police say they are investigating the same suspect for thefts from another organization.

'Filthy' living conditions examined after elderly woman's death

The 71-year-old eastern Missouri woman died Jan. 21 from septic shock. Iron Mountian Lake police are investigating the notion that unsanitary living conditions led to her death.

Blunt asks appeals court to bar defamation suit

Former Gov. Matt Blunt is claiming executive privilege in his fight against a former staff lawyer who said he was wrongfully terminated.

Steelman attacks earmarks, angles for Missouri seat in U.S. Senate

Steelman contends earmark spending has contributed to the nation's troubled economy and wastes money.

Cedar Fair exploring sale of amusement parks in Missouri, Minnesota

Cedar Fair, based in Sandusky, Ohio, took on a huge debt in 2006 with its $1.24 billion acquisition of Paramount Parks Inc.

Missouri House panel endorses changes to term limits

The House Elections Committee endorsed the proposal, which would allow lawmakers to spend the entire 16 years in one chamber, instead of the previous limit of eight years in each chamber.

Black bear population growing in Missouri

The Missouri Department of Conservation has recognized a population growth in black bears for the state and is trying to implement a system to educate residents about the bears' need for protection.

Nixon plan expanding Medicaid rejected by House

Hospitals would have paid an additional $20 million in annual taxes to include more adults in the state's Medicaid program. Some Republicans were reluctant to accept the increase without backing from hospitals.

Lawmakers approve accounts for stimulus funds

Two separate accounts will be created in the bill, which also allows the state treasurer to create additional accounts for stimulus money.

Missouri towns prepare for rising rivers

Rivers in Missouri are expected to reach flood level this week, but no significant problems are expected.

Loan should allow family to stay in cave home

Curt Sleeper of Festus said Tuesday that a New Jersey-based business, Logical Source Inc., offered a 15-year loan with a low interest rate that should allow his family to keep their home.

Illinois pastor tried to flee from shooter, according to investigators

Illinois State Police detective James Walker's account of the shooting that took place at the First Baptist Church in Maryville, Ill., offers a clearer picture of the incident.

Kansas City Star expects to lay off 150 employees

The cuts represent about 15 percent of The Star's work force and wages will be reduced for all workers.

Dispute ongoing over money for Kansas City stadium upkeep

Money committed to the upkeep of the Truman Sports Complex could be used to stave off cuts to the Kansas City Police Department.

UPDATE: Man charged in church shooting suffered from Lyme disease

Terry J. Sedlacek was charged Monday after the shooting death of the Rev. Fred Winters and the stabbings of two parishioners of the First Baptist Church in Troy, Ill. Sedlacek once suffered from Lyme disease, which can have serious effects on the brain if left untreated.