State News

Raw milk debate rekindling in Missouri legislature

A House bill would, if passed, clarify the state's position on raw milk, allowing the continued purchase of raw milk from unlicensed producers. The bill originally was conceived following a series of violation notices sent to Missouri farmers from the State Milk Board.

St. Louis-area man faces charges in shooting, hostage situation

A St. Louis-area man faces charges of assault, unlawful use of a weapon and felonious restraint after allegedly holding four people hostage and shooting one of them.

Cemetery worker falls into grave, rescued

The suburban St. Louis man suffered a back injury in the fall and couldn't get out of the grave on his own, authorities said.

Man in custody in fatal Pike County fire

The Missouri man was close to crossing the border into Mexico when he was captured by border patrol agents for fleeing the area of a fire suspected to be arson.

Downtown St. Louis population rises

The population of downtown St. Louis increased 6 percent in 2008, a change city leaders credit to a revival of the area.

'Green' houses a hard sell in Kansas City

There are no buyers for a group of environmentally-friendly homes in central Kansas City selling for between $138,000 and $145,000 apiece, despite the fact that the homes received an award last month for being both energy efficient and affordable.

Man sentenced for killing MU professor in car crash

William C. Downs of Liberty will serve 11 years in prison for first-degree involuntary manslaughter and drug possession.

High lead, arsenic levels in soil not risky

Numerous brain tumors near Cameron have led the Environmental Protection Agency to investigate sludge found in a trench at the site of an old plant.

Dryer blamed for fire at Dial Corp.

No one was hurt in the blaze, but firefighters had to let the fire burn itself out due to the nature of the chemicals involved.

Double homicide brings concerns about mental health care to the forefront

Dan Andrews was hospitalized twice by his family a month before allegedly killing his wife and son.

Bidding for Missouri 'fee' offices based on merit

A third of Missouri's 183 "fee" offices, which renew licenses or vehicle tags, will attract bids based on business plans rather than relying on an old patronage system.

Missouri college savings plan suffering, officials say

On average, plans in other states are faring worse.

One out of three Missourians under 65 uninsured, report says

Last year about 1.5 million people in Missouri under 65 did not have insurance.

Increased census participation could give Missouri more federal funding

State demographer Matt Hesser is among those urging Missouri residents to fill out their census forms next year so the state can keep its representatives and potentially gain funding. The census aims to create an accurate picture of the country's population.

Revised utility bill gives authority to Missouri regulators

Sen. Kurt Schaefer, R-Columbia, proposed an updated version of a utilities bill that would charge customers for the construction of new power plants. Schaefer said his legislation better protects consumers because regulators must analyze requests to charge consumers.

Detroit newspapers hope fewer days add up to success

Starting Monday, the Detroit News and the Detroit Free Press will deliver papers on Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays but make slimmer issues available in news racks the other days of the week. The papers are two of more than 80 papers — including the Missourian — that have cut issues.

ANALYSIS: Early voting won't pass without state photo ID bill

A bill for early voting won't pass the state Senate without Democrats approving state-issued photo IDs for voting, Republican lawmakers say.

Missouri jury divided on penalty in trooper death case

The Daily American Republic in Poplar Bluff reported that jurors met for several hours Saturday before announcing that they couldn't agree on the penalty for the man convicted of shooting a Missouri state trooper to death.

Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod mulls selling classical station

But the Synod will not sell its AM station, which broadcasts religious programming.

UPDATE: Kansas City airport reopens

Ice and snow forced the closure of the airport at around 2 p.m. Saturday. It reopened at  about 3:30.