State News

Les Bourgeois plans to bring in record grape harvest

A season of steady rain and improved viticulture practices produced a record crop for Les Bourgeois Winery and Vineyards, which expects to boast a 170-ton harvest of wine grapes this season. That harvest would trump the old record by 62 tons.

Palin to visit Springfield on Friday

The "Road to Victory" rally is scheduled for 11 a.m. at the university's McDonald Arena. Doors open at 9 a.m.

Sprint to trim cell phone termination fees

Sprint Nextel Corp. will soon join other wireless industry leaders in trimming the costs customers face for canceling their cell phone services early, the company's chief executive said Tuesday.

Missouri tops national job growth list

Missouri gained 3,800 jobs and its unemployment rate fell from 6.7 percent in August to 6.4 percent in September, according to figures released Tuesday by the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics. It's the first decline in the Missouri unemployment rate since June.

Attorney general candidates criticize DNR in third debate

Democratic candidate Chris Koster said the Natural Resources Department has not done its job of adequately regulating the environment, while Republican candidate Mike Gibbons said the relationship between the department and the attorney general's office needs to be repaired.

Signs erected to remember Missouri trooper

He died in a 1987 crash in Buchanan County.

Fort Leonard Wood soldier charged with murder

The man was accused of killing another soldier's wife.

Donation by Munchkin actor prompts police inquiry

Mickey Carroll, 89, one of the last surviving Munchkins from the 1939 classic film "The Wizard of Oz," has lived for years in the village of Bel-Nor, a St. Louis suburb. His caretaker now says a former suburban St. Louis police chief took advantage of him.

Copper thefts may cost city $1 million

Kansas City is having a hard time coming up with funding to repair damaged street lights, meaning some streets will remain dark as they await repairs.

Study: Missouri among states most prepared for election

Despite fears of voting calamities, a review of national Election Day readiness by a nonpartisan research center rates Missouri as one of the six most prepared states. Concerns do remain over the possibilities of long lines and voter fraud.

McCaskill endorses fellow Democrat Baker for congressional seat

Sen. Claire McCaskill praises Judy Baker for her courage and independence. Meanwhile, Baker's Republican opponent for the 9th Congressional District seat, Blaine Luetkemeyer, hosts Vice President Cheney at a Monday fundraiser.

Missouri involved in lawsuit to block beef deal

A deal that would combine two of the largest beef processing plants in the country is being called dangerous to consumers and ranchers alike.

Republican firm ran 'stealth lobbying campaign' for Freddie Mac

Freddie Mac secretly paid the firm, DCI of Washington, $2 million to kill legislation that would have regulated and cut the mortagage finance giant and Fannie Mae three years before the government took them over. Two of the targeted senators were Kit Bond and Jim Talent from Missouri.

ANALYSIS: Most Mo. donors unaffected by cap repeal

The recent repeal of capping donations to political candidates has had little effect on most Missourians and mostly affects the wealthiest donors.

St. Louis rally draws largest Obama crowd in campaign so far

After the candidate spoke beneath the Arch to his largest gathering yet, he spoke to thousands more later in the day in Kansas City as the campaigns fight for a lead in the state's polls.

Hulshof, Nixon clash over taxes in gubernatorial debate

U.S. Rep. Kenny Hulshof accused Attorney General Jay Nixon of wanting to raise taxes while Nixon painted his opponent as a Washington politician partly responsible for the nation's economic troubles.

St. Louis man sentenced to 67 years in fatal shooting

Judge imposes maximum penalty for 27-year-old Thurman Shelton, convicted last month of involuntary manslaughter and first-degree assault for shooting his girlfriend, who was killed, and her friend, who survived.

Springfield crime lab expected to be complete next month

A new state crime lab under construction in Springfield is expected to be complete by mid-November.

Kansas City Star editorial endorses Obama for president

The editorial board of the Kansas City Star published a "Barack Obama for president" opinion page Saturday, calling the democratic candidate "the right person to lead the country forward."

Kansas mine cleanup may begin next month

The EPA has hired a Texas company to excavate 2.2 million cubic yards of surface mine waste in Kansas.