State News

H&R Block sees fewer tax returns

Tax return preparation company expects more work as April 15 nears.

Successful season earns Mike Anderson extra $130,000

The extra money is tacked on for reaching incentives in his contract, including advancing to the Sweet 16.

Rural department buys iris recognition software

The Scott County Sheriff's Department will be the first in the state to use the technology.

Mentally ill patients changing makeup of nursing homes

Nursing homes have become dumping grounds for young and middle-age people with mental illness, an arrangement that sometimes leads to violence, according to an Associated Press analysis. Missouri was among the states with the steepest increases in housing mentally ill patients.

Missouri housing more mentally ill in nursing homes

Nationally, Missouri has the third most rapidly growing number of mentally ill patients in nursing homes. A 2008 report found Missouri has a "serious" shortage of beds for menal health treatment.

MU targets South Dakota high school's tiger logo

MU's licensing agent has asked a South Dakota high school to phase out their tiger mascot because it is too close to the university's logo. The high school has decided to pick a new tiger design and is taking submissions from students and faculty.

ANALYSIS: Missouri lawmakers block governor's agenda

Democrat Gov. Jay Nixon has experienced difficulty working the Republican-led legislature, especially in his top priorities: job creation, health care and higher education.

Lawrence proposes renaming Missouri Street

A push to rename one block of Missouri Street in honor of former KU football coach Don Fambrough is being met with mixed reactions by city commissioners.

UPDATE: Schools fear loss of teacher development funds

The state House is considering a version of the spending plan that would cut teacher development funds as well funding for regional development centers and their programs. Legislators will vote on the plan next week.

Elderly killings in Bolivar called murder-suicide

An elderly couple, who had been separated, were found shot to death in a senior citizens home.

Kansas City anti-violence program faces possible funding cut

Aim4Peace, a program that matches reformed criminals with people still in the street lifestyle in an effort to reduce violence, may be cut because of budget constraints in Kansas City. There were 126 killings in Kansas City in 2008, and police and community members credit Aim4Peace with curbing some of that violence toward the end of the year.

Corps cancels spring rise of Missouri River

Heavy rain forecasted for the Missouri River basin has forced the cancelation of a planned water release into the river. The pulse would have hopefully prompted spawning among the endangerd pallid sturgeon.

Missouri schools fear loss of teacher development funds

The Missouri House is considering a version of the budget that would cut teacher deveopment funds, which accounted for $15 million in the current spending plan.

Amish builder from Missouri brings tradition to Texas Gulf Coast

Danny Scwartz, a member of the Old Order Amish sect, took his building skills to Texas to help rebuild the Gulf Coast after Hurricane Ike.

Washington University student suspected to have meningitis

Health officials think the student, whose name has not been released, has meningococcal meningitis, a highly contagious and potentially deadly form of the illness.

Four killed in accident involving off-duty St. Louis-area officer

The Missouri State Highway Patrol said the Sunset Hills police officer was driving in the wrong lane when she struck a 1997 Honda, killing its four passengers and hospitalizing its driver and the officer.

Man charged with planning arson of own businesses

Dan Thornton, of El Dorado, claimed that his three businesses had been targeted for arson because he is gay. Investigators, however, determined that Thornton caused the fires to collect the insurance money.

Former Missouri lawmaker Muschany found not guilty on sex charges

After a four-hour deliberation, jurors found the former representative not guilty of forcing a then-14-year-old girl to touch him inappropriately.

Hannibal community outraged over Feb. 28 killings, immigration status

Manuel Cazares, 32, is accused of the Feb. 28 deaths of two people who were stabbed in the Mississippi River community of 17,000.

Missouri third-grader, age 71, honored with namesake literacy award

The Toys for Tots Literacy Program honored Alferd Williams' dedication to learning to read by creating an award in his honor.