State News

Nixon criticized over staff member pay scale and method

According to the Kansas City Star, Gov. Jay Nixon is paying staff members from departments other than the office of the governor. Additionally, Nixon is also paying staff members more than his predecessors received under former Gov. Matt Blunt.

Wife charged as accessory in theft of Nixa funds

County prosecuting attorney estimates $400,000 to $500,000 has been stolen since 2004.

Warren County man gets life in prison for killing girlfriend

The man asked for a lesser charge, which would have made him eligible for parole, on the grounds that he didn't intend to kill her.

Sandra Day O'Connor praises Missouri for judicial selection plan

O'Connor, the first woman appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court, was the keynote speaker during an MU law review symposium Friday.

Return to sender: Some want Missouri to refuse stimulus

Missouri unemployment rate climbs to 8 percent

After losing 11,500 jobs in January, Missourians are looking at the highest unemployment rate since 1984.

KC man gets 25 years for killing grandfather with hammer

James Lowe, 71, had refused to let Justin Lowe, then 23, take his car to Iowa.

Cave-dwelling family fears losing stone home

Curt and Deborah Sleeper bought a cave in Festus in 2004, which they converted into a home. But they've got a big payment coming due on the property and don't think they can afford it. If they can't secure new financing, they've got a backup plan — eBay.

Nixon opposes legislation for nuclear plant

Under current law, Missouri utilities must wait until a new power plant is online before charging electric customers for the cost of building it. The Legislature is considering a bill that would let them charge for the capital costs during construction.

Missouri Senate reviews bill to prohibit use of false diplomas

The million-dollar industry is difficult to fit into a legal category, such as fraud, making it nearly impossible to convict anyone, said Zora Aubochon, assistant commissioner for the state Higher Education Department.

Funeral home finds bullet holes in Kansas City man after death ruled natural

For the second time in 17 months, a Kansas City funeral home had to return a homicide victim's body that was mistakenly ruled a natural death by the medical examiner.

Report: More Missourians seeking food stamps than ever

A report released this week says that 1 in 6 Missourians needed federal aid for food in January. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that January's totals were the highest ever.

Missouri House GOP resistant to unemployment stimulus money

Legislative leaders are debating whether or not to add more stimulus money to Missouri's unemployment program because they fear that businesses would shoulder a higher tax burden.

Republicans' proposal would cap homeowner property taxes

While the limit would cap property taxes for homeowners, it could also cause budget issues in Missouri school districts.

Grant aims to aid laid-off auto workers in Missouri, Kansas

About 575 workers laid off from April through December are expected to get skills assessments, training and help looking for new jobs.

Missouri tourism faces midyear advertising cuts

Budget withholdings announced by the governor recently mean millions less for the state's tourism department. Director R.B. Smith says it will mean less promotion for Missouri tourism this summer.

Officials seeking no-show in child death case

Larry Clay Jr., 33, of St. Louis is wanted after failing to appear in court Wednesday. He is charged with felony child abuse resulting in death and, according to authorities, had agreed to plead guilty. A 16-month-old died five years ago while in his care.

Rally not enough to spur health care expansion

Gov. Nixon's plan to build on the state's health care program was rejected Wednesday by the House Budget Committee. A crowd had gathered outside the Capitol to support the health care expansion, and lawmakers debated whether the state has enough money for the project.

Nixon in St. Louis to talk about stimulus

The governor's Thursday visit to St. Louis will include a discussion of how he plans to spend federal stimulus funds. His Transform Missouri Web site allows input from residents.

Willard baby sitter charged with infant death

Brenda Jean Caringer, 53, turned herself into police Wednesday. Lucas Theede-Bennett died from multiple injuries Jan. 6 while under her care. Caringer is charged with second-degree murder and child abuse resulting in death.