State News

Teen murder suspect faces trial as adult in Missouri

Opening statements began in the murder trial of Owen Welty, a 15-year-old boy accused of shooting his neighbor in Stoddard County in 2006. He was thirteen when he was charged with first-degree murder.

UPDATE: Martinez confirmed as Missouri economic development director

Despite some complaints, the Missouri Senate approved Linda Marinez, an attorney from St. Louis, as Nixon's economic development director.

Missouri House member apologizes for Civil War comment

Rep. Bryan Stevenson caused a stir in the Missouri House by referring to the Civil War as the "War of Northern Aggression."

Southwest Missouri village approves medical marijuana

Cliff Village's new ordinance allows for the possession of a few ounces of marijuana with a doctor's approval.

Martinez confirmed as Missouri economic development director

The Senate confirmed Linda Martinez as the governor's economic development director, over the objection of Sen. Scott Rupp, R-Wentzville, who said Martinez "appears to be pro-illegal immigration."

Historic Cape Girardeau mansion burns

The 104-year-old A.R. Ponder House sustained a large amount of damage in a fire Monday. The cause of the fire has not been determined.

Governors of Missouri and Kansas meet to discuss economy

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon and Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius met with Kansas City business leaders Tuesday to discuss President Barack Obama's proposed economic stimulus package.

Missouri stem cell ballot measure prompts two lawsuits

The lawsuits, one from a group opposing stem cell research and the other from a group supporting the practice, contend that a proposed ballot measure to restrict funding for stem cell research is unfair.

Senator Bond expected to criticize Democrats

Sen. Kit Bond, R-Mo., will meet the media Monday morning, likely to speak against the economic stimulus plan.

Bond voices disagreement with Senate version of stimulus bill

Sen. Kit Bond spoke to the media Monday expressing his concerns with President Obama's stimulus bill, on which the Senate will vote Tuesday.

Jury selection begins for boy on trial for murder

A boy who was 13 when he was charged with killing his southeast Missouri neighbor will be tried as an adult in a trial now in the jury-selection stage.

Priest gets probation in drunk-driving wreck

A St. Charles priest was sentenced to five years of probation after pleading guilty to charges related to a drunk driving wreck in May that left another driver injured.

Missouri legislation would limit light pollution

A bill sponsored by Rep. Jason Holsman, D-Kansas City, would establish guidelines to reduce light pollution in state parks, wilderness areas and military training facilities.

Analysis: Tax credit bill needs approval from Missouri Senate

Missouri lawmakers debate the value of tax credits for businesses. A plan sailed through the House with 85 percent approval and next needs to pass through the Senate.

Kansas City woman charged in son's death

Police say the mother told them she believes she suffocated her 7-year-old son when she sat on his chest.

New bill proposes more oversight on funeral industry

Lawmakers want to subject funeral contract sellers to regular and random state audits in response to the collapse of a St. Louis-based funeral company and its affiliates.

K.C. police investigate suffocation death of 7-year-old boy

Police say the preliminary investigation indicates he was suffocated after his mother rolled on top of him while they slept.

Cameras OK at trial of alleged Missouri church shooter

Despite objections by the defense, cameras will be allowed in Greene County courtroom.

Teenage couple found dead in car in Kansas City

Police initially suspected suicide but announced it was a homicide investigation after finding no gun inside the car.

Two killed near KC nightclub

The nightclub was the scene of a violent brawl two weeks ago that left one man stabbed 14 times.