State News

Mo. social service workers head to Louisiana to help out

Missouri is deploying 141 workers from the Department of Social Services to help in relief efforts in Louisiana.

Mo. man charged with child sodomy found dead in Virginia

A year ago, John Dunivan fled from authorities after he was accused of sodomizing a young girl. His remains were found earlier this month after he shot himself, according to authorities.

Audit finds fewer workers compensation claims since 2005 law

A state audit found that there has been a decline in workers compensation claims since a 2005 law made it harder to prove.

Kansas City Zoo becomes love nest for toads

Endangered Wyoming toads are being bred in captivity at the K.C. Zoo in a last-ditch attempt to save the species.

Towns prepare for flooding after weekend rain

Major flooding is predicted at several communities, including St. Louis, St. Charles and Ste. Genevieve.

Hurricane Ike causes heavy rain, flash floods across Missouri

The heavy rainfall caused many creeks to overflow their banks, making roads across Columbia impassable and flooding some homes and businesses. In Boone County, flooding closed 28 roads on Saturday night and Sunday, and rescue crews were busy responding to numerous reports of stranded cars.

USDA: Farmers are on pace to harvest second largest corn crop on record

Crop progress and condition reports released by the National Agricultural Statistics Service’s Missouri Field Office indicate the corn crop is faring well.

Deputy kills southeast Missouri man who threatened the officer with a loaded rifle

The Webster County Sheriff’s Department said 44-year-old Richard Parker pointed a loaded rifle at an officer Saturday and threatened several times to kill him.

ANALYSIS: For Nixon, Hulshof, it's the same change, different rhetoric

It seems Attorney General Jay Nixon and U.S. Rep. Kenny Hulshof are in general agreement. Except the Democratic and Republican gubernatorial candidates can’t agree on which way is North and South, which way is forward and which way is backward.

Governor moves back into mansion

The governor and his family had been traveling or staying in Springfield this summer while renovations were under way. Renovations continue.

Defense in 'Precious Doe' case presses for murder charge dismissal

Harrell Johnson’s attorney asked a Jackson County Circuit Court to dismiss the first-degree murder charge against him on the grounds that no case law supports the charge.

Mo. awards $4 million in back pay

The award stems from a lawsuit in which a Cole County judge ruled probabtion and parole workers were entitled to the money. Lawmakers budgeted for the money during the last legislative session.

St. Louis airport to hold emergency drill

Lambert Airport in St. Louis said it will shut down a runway to hold an emergency drill exercise.

Bond pushes intelligence reform in Congress

The Republican senator’s resolution would adopt a key recommendation of the commission that investigated the Sept. 11 attacks, which called congressional intelligence oversight “dysfunctional.”

Franklin County woman sentenced in throat slashing and kidnapping

Shannon Torrez entered an Alford plea in May, not admitting guilt but conceding there was enough evidence to convict her. She was sentenced to 30 years in prison on Friday.

Blunt makes another effort to have e-mail lawsuit deleted

The governor and the state's top computer officer filed motions this week claiming the lawsuit fails to make clear, specific allegations and fails to support its assertions that Blunt violated the state's Sunshine Law by deleting e-mails.

Lieutenant governor candidates debate health care, Sunshine Law

Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder and Democratic challenger Sam Page accuse each other of not doing enough to promote access to government documents.

Incumbent Robin Carnahan discusses voting issues at secretary of state debate

Three secretary of state candidates disagreed on issues of absentee ballots, mail-in ballots and photo ID requirements at the polls during Friday's debate.

Twinkie maker gets more time to reorganize

A judge has given Interstate Bakeries, the Kansas City-based makers of Hostess Twinkies, an additional four months to work out a new plan to get out of bankruptcy.

Rain closes roads, causes flood warnings throughout Missouri

On Friday, the National Weather Service issued a flood warning for Boone County and parts of Callaway County. On some St. Louis roads, cars were partially submerged by high water.