State News

Kansas City Star expects to lay off 150 employees

The cuts represent about 15 percent of The Star's work force and wages will be reduced for all workers.

Dispute ongoing over money for Kansas City stadium upkeep

Money committed to the upkeep of the Truman Sports Complex could be used to stave off cuts to the Kansas City Police Department.

UPDATE: Man charged in church shooting suffered from Lyme disease

Terry J. Sedlacek was charged Monday after the shooting death of the Rev. Fred Winters and the stabbings of two parishioners of the First Baptist Church in Troy, Ill. Sedlacek once suffered from Lyme disease, which can have serious effects on the brain if left untreated.

UPDATE: Police investigate shooting at St. Louis-area church

Authorities expect to soon charge a man suspected of killing an Illinois pastor Sunday. The gunman was in serious condition Monday from wounds he sustained in the confrontation.

UPDATE: Heavy rain creates concerns about Midwest flooding

Weather experts said the rain is a cause for concern, but mostly dry weather is expected in the immediate future.

Heavy rain prompts flood concerns

Some areas of Missouri, Illinois and Iowa received up to 3 inches of rain over the weekend. The National Weather Service is predicting another round of significant rain through Tuesday.

Missouri's Worlds of Fun amusement park could be for sale

Ohio-based Cedar Fair Entertainment Co. is considering selling two amusement parks in Missouri and Minnesota to help pay down some of its debt. The company is also planning to cut its annual distribtion rate and might sell an additional amusement park in California.

Aug. 24 trial set for man accused in wife's death

Horst Sabla is charged in Laclede County with first-degree murder in the shooting death of his wife, Sharon.

Storm rips roof from southwest Missouri elementary school

The roof on Fair Grove Elementary was ripped off during a storm Sunday morning.

Suspect sought in Southwest Missouri fire

A 19-year-old is charged with with burglary and arson after St. Mary's Catholic Church was destroyed in a fire in February.

Drunken driver ordered released after 12 years in jail

The man's sentence was reduced because he was not found to be a prior offender before the trial, and thus he could not be sentenced as one.

Former Nixa official charged with encroaching onto neighbor's property

He and his wife are two of the people accused of stealing from the city.

Nixon proposes Medicaid expansion; GOP leaders ignore gov.

Gov. Jay Nixon is proposing an expansion of Medicaid on Monday, but the GOP-led House Budget Committee begins debates on a spending plan not including the governor's expansion.

Carnahan backs stimulus package, quick action

Secretary of State Robin Carnahan, a Democrat, said she was not familiar with the details of the federal stimulus law but that action needed to be taken.

Father of missing KC child is 'person of interest' in mother's death

Police have labeled the father of a 4-year-old Kansas City girl, missing since Friday, a 'person of interest' in the child's mother's death. 

Dehydration patient claims she was held hostage

An Oklahoma woman, who was admitted into intensive care for dehydration, claims she was held hostage.

UPDATE: Nixa workers face new charges; loss increased to $750,000

Larry Covington, a former superintendent of streets, now faces a charge of felony stealing, in addition to an earlier charge of stealing by deceit.

Missouri Guard retires last flying UH-1 chopper

The Missouri Army National Guard is retiring its last flying UH-1 helicopter. The chopper was built in 1974 and has spent its entire service with the Missouri Guard.

Windsor school superintendent placed on leave

The Windor Board of Education unanimously voted this week to place Superintendent Rudy Duran on immediate paid leave.

Boonville Anheuser-Busch farm welcomes two new foals

Two foals, Cooper and Rachel, were born at the  branch of the Anheuser-Busch Clydesdale farm located near Boonville. Cooper was named after Cooper County.