State News

Ex-health care CEO tapped for Missouri Social Services

Gov.-elect Jay Nixon chooses a former health care executive to lead the Department of Social Services. Nixon said Tuesday that he will appoint Ronald Levy to direct the agency that oversees Missouri’s Medicaid, juvenile justice, foster care and public aid programs.

Sheriff says he won’t be involved in son’s sex case

Wyandotte County Sheriff Leroy Green Jr. says he’s deeply saddened that his 35-year-old son is charged with child sex crimes.

Kids find meth lab; 2 adults busted

A man and woman are facing drug charges after two children stumbled across a working methamphetamine lab in a wooded area near a Missouri apartment complex.

Police: Man stole truck to break into store

A Jennings man allegedly stole a tractor-trailer, then climbed on top of it to break into a convenience store from the roof.

Man injured in Bootheel home robbery dies

Prosecutors are considering upgrades to charges against four men in an assault during a home robbery that has now claimed the life of a southeast Missouri man.

Group sues over St. Peters floodplain development

A St. Louis-based conservation group is suing over a development in the floodplain in St. Peters. The Great Rivers Habitat Alliance has fought against the construction of the Premier 370 Business Park since it was proposed in 2000.

Fee to boost Missouri deputy sheriff pay challenged

The St. Louis County and St. Charles County executives are challenging a state law designed to boost pay for sheriff deputies. Lawmakers added a $10 fee that sheriffs can charge for serving subpoenas and other court documents. The money is deposited in a state fund to boost deputy salaries.

Missouri attorney general-elect picks judges for top office spots

Two colleagues from the state’s Western District Court of Appeals in Kansas City have been named to key posts in Chris Koster’s attorney general office. Joseph Dandurand was picked to be the deputy attorney general, and Ron Holliger will be the office’s general counsel.

Parachutist plunges to death in southwest Missouri

Authorities identified a Webb City man who died while skydiving in southwest Missouri. The Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department says 37-year-old Larry V. Miller was killed in Sunday’s skydiving accident.

Minor flooding reported around Missouri

Weekend storms brought up to 2 inches of rain through much of Missouri. Combined with snow melt, that’s causing minor flooding along some rivers, including the Mississippi. No significant damage is reported or expected.

Missouri State Highway Patrol: 12 die in holiday traffic crashes

The Missouri State Highway Patrol says 12 people died on Missouri roads during the four-day Christmas holiday.

Eastern Kansas Ursuline order moving to Kentucky

A Roman Catholic women’s order that has been in eastern Kansas for 113 years plans to leave next year and merge with another Ursuline order in Kentucky. The Ursuline sisters plan to sell their grand convent in Paola — a local landmark — and begin moving in May.

Missouri campaign expenses reached record heights in 2008

Candidates for area House, Senate seats raised and spent more than ever

ANALYSIS: Unemployment can aid Missouri construction

Missourians competing for public works contracts can actually benefit from high unemployment rates, thanks to a 1993 law that restricts who can be hired for public construction projects during times of high unemployment.

Paper: FBI’s Eagleton files show no health details leaked

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reviewed more than 1,000 pages of FBI documents on Thomas Eagleton and reported it found no direct evidence countering the FBI's denials that it had gathered information on the Missouri senator's treatment or leaked information about  it.

Melting snow, storms bring Midwest flood warnings

Flood warnings were posted Sunday over sections of Iowa, Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and northwest Ohio, the National Weather Service said.

Bill would give doctors tax break for seeing Medicaid patients

State Sen. Jason Crowell, R-Cape Girardeau, has proposed a bill to make it more beneficial for health care providers to see Medicaid recipients.

Sculptor Robert Graham dies at age 70

Graham, who sculpted Kansas City's 18-foot monument to jazz great Charlie Parker, died Saturday in Santa Monica, Calif.

'Sleep lady' in St. Louis solves snoozing issues

Nurse Nancy Birkenmeier saves worn-out moms and desperate dads by fixing their children's sleep issues.

Man arrested after 5-hour standoff in Collinsville motel

The standoff began when the man, considered a person of interest in the death of a Nebraska woman, called police to say he wanted to turn  himself in.