State News

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.

UPDATE: AmerenUE suspends plans for new mid-Missouri nuclear reactor

AmerenUE, the St. Louis-based utility, announced Thursday it will no longer pursue building a second reactor at its mid-Missouri nuclear power plant. Permission to construct it hinged on legislation being passed that state lawmakers said Wednesday would not be revisited in the current legislative session.

House Republicans propose $1 billion tax rebate

The state has flexibility with about $2 billion of stimulus money. House Republicans want some of that to go back to taxpayers.

East Prairie residents irate over poisoned dogs

Sheriff Keith Moore is investigating why 15 dogs were found dead Wednesday throughout East Prairie, in southeast Missouri. Local pet owners suspect someone left bags of poisoned meat on the roads. More dogs are missing, and some owners say it's not a new problem.

Filing indicates Nixa worker in theft case had deep debt

David Griggs and his wife owed about $200,000 with nearly no assets, according to a December bankruptcy filing. David Griggs faces federal charges of embezzling nearly $10,000 from Nixa. He is a former streets department worker for the city.

Newly finished Clooney flick brings $50 million to St. Louis

A few months of filming brought new money to the city economy.

Filipino court overturns rape conviction of St. Louis Marine

Lance Cpl. Daniel Smith, of St. Louis, had been sentenced to life in prison on a rape conviction from three years ago. Thursday, an appeals court in the Phillipines found only consensual contact between Smith and a Filipino woman at the former U.S. Subic Bay Naval base. Several Philippine groups are unhappy, saying the court's decision is an example of not standing up to the United States.

Flags to be lowered Friday for fallen West Virigina soldier

The soldier died at Fort Leonard Wood in Missouri.