State News

6-alarm fire at recycling center proves tough to fight

The fire in a St. Louis County center started in a smoldering bale of paper and spread to a pile of cardboard.

Judge won't toss suit against slain man's ex-wife

The suit implicates Alberta Comstock in the death of her ex-husband,  nationally recognized book collector Rolland Lee Comstock, who was found shot to death in his home.

Nixon appoints Jeff Harris as policy director

Former Representative for Columbia, Jeff Harris, will have a new office this year.  He moves just down the hall of the State Capitol — rooms 204 to 216 — to join Gov.-elect Nixon and his administrative team as policy director.


Missouri stem cell research critics refile lawsuit

It attempts to keep $21 million from going to life sciences research.

Kansas City casino operators pleased with fought-for venture

The Oklahoma-based Wyandotte Nation is marking the first anniversary of its 7th Street Casino on Friday in Kansas City, Kan., though the Kansas attorney general's office still contends the casino is illegal and has appealed a federal judge's order dismissing the state's challenge to the operation.

Crawford's tenure coincided with execution tumult

But he's also called possible "the most popular director, among staff, that's ever been in corrections."

UPDATE: Sen. Kit Bond announces retirement

Sen. Kit Bond announced Thursday that he won't seek re-election in 2010, saying he does not "aspire to become Missouri's oldest senator."

Defense wants conviction dismissed in Web hoax

GOP sources: Sen. Kit Bond to announce retirement

Bond, a native of Mexico, Mo., has been a big player in state politics for decades, serving as state auditor and governor before winning election to the U.S. Senate.

Rescuers save dog from icy Hannibal pond

Forget recovery search resumes Wednesday

The recovery search for 20-year-old John Paul Forget of Chesterfield resumed Wednesday on the Missouri River. An officer with the State Water Patrol performed a surface and sonar search for the man who has been missing since Dec. 16.

General Assembly opens with call for higher education reform, emphasis on economic development

The 95th Missouri General Assembly began Wednesday with a proposal that could endanger the continuing authority of the UM System Board of Curators by bringing all state universities under one board.

Gov.-elect Nixon fires 150 workers

Gov.-elect Jay Nixon issued pink slips to about 150 state employees Wednesday, ending their jobs the moment he takes office next week. The termination letters were sent primarily to employees in Cabinet-level, senior staff or policy-making positions, said Nixon spokesman Oren Shur.

D. Kent King, Missouri education commissioner, dies

D. Kent King, a longtime school superintendent who was Missouri's education commissioner for the past eight years, died Wednesday. He was 65. King died at his home in Rolla after deciding to forgo further treatment for a cancerous brain tumor diagnosed in October 2006, said Jim Morris, a spokesman for the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

Legal tab at $1.5 million in Blunt e-mail lawsuits

The legal spat over Gov. Matt Blunt's e-mails and a fired staff attorney has cost Missouri taxpayers about $1.5 million. Records provided to The Associated Press under the Sunshine Law show the state has spent more than $900,000 to defend Blunt and several past and present administration officials against a lawsuit by former legal counsel Scott Eckersley.

New women's health program begins in Missouri

Jobs on top of agenda as Missouri lawmakers start 2009

Missouri legislators convened their 2009 session Wednesday with an emphasis on job creation in a struggling economy that has created financial concerns not only for individuals but for the state itself.

Moving trends: Heading for Mid-Atlantic

Americans continue to head west — and to the Mid-Atlantic states — while many are leaving the Great Lakes region behind, according to a study released Wednesday.

Nixon picks lawmaker to lead Missouri Health Department

Incoming Gov. Jay Nixon on Wednesday picked an outgoing state House member to lead the Department of Health and Senior Services. Margaret Donnelly, 54, of Richmond Heights, was picked to join Nixon's Cabinet on Wednesday, just before lawmakers were sworn in and Donnelly officially left the state legislature.

Study: Missouri among states that don't give overseas voters enough time

A  study by  the Pew  Center on the States said 16 states and the District of Columbia didn't allow military members enough time to vote, mainly because  the system relied on snail mail.