State News

Abducted teen crashed car to make escape

Kory Wakefield, a 300-pound football player in Leadington, was abducted by gunpoint and forced to drive 200 miles before crashing his car to escape his abductor.

Civil War historical site created of first battle with black soldiers

The state is creating a historical site on land in western Missouri where black soldiers are believed to have engaged in their first Civil War battle.

Missouri's new 'castle doctrine' at heart of murder case

Hannibal city leader died Wednesday

A longtime Hannibal city leader is dead after an accident at his home. Jim Dexheimer served on the Hannibal City Council for more than 20 years and was mayor pro tem in the northeast Missouri community of 17,000 residents.

Twain museum invites Obama, McCain to debate

And, in the spirit of Mark Twain, it wants Stephen Colbert to moderate.

States ask MillerCoors forgo plans for alcoholic energy drink

MillerCoors spokesman Julian Green said the company still plans to release Sparks Red on Oct. 1. He said the federal Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau, or TTB, has approved all formulas and labeling for Sparks.

Independence business says it's not making pro-Clinton calls

But its number has come up when some residents received odd phone calls encouraging them to write in Hillary Clinton's name for president.

3 KC residents plead guilty in bogus tax return case

Prosecutors say the defendants stole personal information of about 300 people and used it to file at least 365 fraudulent federal tax returns since February 2005.
Eight co-defendants have now pleaded guilty to the charges from the indictment.

UPDATE: Woman who faked sextuplets' birth is missing

Officials say 47-year-old Sarah Everson of Grain Valley left the Kansas City Community Release Center on Friday to go on a job search and never returned.

Drury student hospitalized for alcohol poisoning

The freshman was drinking at an off-campus party on Saturday night after Drury's fraternity "Bid Day."

Flood crests less than expected

The Missouri and Mississippi rivers and their tributaries are still expected to crest above flood stage in spots, causing problems for creeks and local waterways.

Man charged with killing hospital guard

Jeffrey Bolden, 41, is accused of killing 62-year-old hospital guard Monte Ruby, who died four days after the incident at Cox North Hospital.

Louisiana, Mo., man beaten to death

A man's death on Monday night is the first in Louisiana, Mo., in more than four years.

Kenley named first female commander of Highway Patrol headquarters

Capt. Lee Ann H. Kenley, 46, took over earlier this month as the head of Troop I in Rolla. The 23-year Highway Patrol veteran previously was stationed at the Troop C headquarters in St. Louis.

Lawyer could face charges for contacting jurors

A Kansas City attorney is facing possible federal contempt charges after contacting jurors who ruled against his client in a civil rights case.

MoDOT workers honored as heroes

Keith Golian and Thomas Ragland helped rescue two men stranded in floodwaters on Route 19 between Center and Perry.

Two St. Louis TV stations merge

Local affiliates for Fox and the CW network will combine stations to produce news throughout the day.

Thorngate Ltd. to close sewing facility in Cape Girardeau

Thorngate Ltd. plans to eliminate its sewing department in Cape Girardeau, a move that will leave about 250 workers without jobs.

Missouri Rep. Ike Skelton proposes to longtime friend

He plans to marry Patty Martin of Lexington, likely in their hometown.

Hurricane Ike pours floodwaters on Midwestern states

The hurricane and its effects have killed at least 40 people and left some areas without power.