State News

Man charged with planning arson of own businesses

Dan Thornton, of El Dorado, claimed that his three businesses had been targeted for arson because he is gay. Investigators, however, determined that Thornton caused the fires to collect the insurance money.

Former Missouri lawmaker Muschany found not guilty on sex charges

After a four-hour deliberation, jurors found the former representative not guilty of forcing a then-14-year-old girl to touch him inappropriately.

Hannibal community outraged over Feb. 28 killings, immigration status

Manuel Cazares, 32, is accused of the Feb. 28 deaths of two people who were stabbed in the Mississippi River community of 17,000.

Missouri third-grader, age 71, honored with namesake literacy award

The Toys for Tots Literacy Program honored Alferd Williams' dedication to learning to read by creating an award in his honor.

Missouri department dropped from lawsuit over deadly 2006 fire at group home

A Newton County circuit judge approved the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services' motion to be removed from wrongful death lawsuits filed on behalf of victims of a November 2006 fire at the Anderson Guest House and their families.

Man pleads guilty in southwest Missouri church shooting, avoids death penalty

In Friday's deal, Eiken Elam Saimon received three life sentences without parole, plus four 30-year sentences for the assaults and two seven-year sentences for sex offenses.

Bloomfield School District calls off classes amid flu outbreak

Attendance was at 85 percent on Friday, significantly lower than average. School is expected to reopen Monday.

Former Brown Shoe Co. executive charged with mail fraud

Two former employees have been charged with defrauding a Clayton-based company of $300,000.

Iconic Bevo Mill closes its doors

After surviving the sale of Anheuser-Busch to InBev last year, the restaurant in south St. Louis has fallen to a struggling economy.

Veteran who was thought to be homeless had family

Kansas City funeral directors organized the cremation and burial of a man thought not have any family until his widow showed up at the services.

Police chiefs association supports red light cameras

The Missouri Police Chiefs Association announced Wednesday that it supports red light cameras. The announcement came almost a week after the St. Louis Police Officers Association said it opposes the cameras.

Police: KC man shot daughter for dumping his gin

A Kansas City man is accused of shooting his 26-year-old daughter after she dumped his bottle of gin out on St. Patrick's Day. The woman's injuries are not life threatening.

Missouri approves transportation stimulus project list

The Missouri transportation commissioners approved an $833 million plan for improving roads, bridges and other modes of transportation with federal economic stimulus money.

Southwest Missouri deputy found innocent of abuse charges

A jury found 28-year-old Jacob Boles innocent of both counts of second-degree statutory sodomy.

Investigation continues into St. Louis restaurant fire

Crystal City restaurant Jade Gardens caught on fire Thursday; the investigation is ongoing.

Missouri teacher charged with having sexual contact with student

A Missouri kindergarten teacher is charged with having a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old student working as a tutor in her class.

Mother, son charged in fire at Stockton stores

A mother and son have been charged with arson in connection with a fire that gutted a tobacco store, pizza shop, video store and an empty building at a strip mall in Stockton. 

Nixon nominates lawyer for Missouri education board

With the Senate's approval, a graduate of MU's law school will fill the State Board of Education's vacancy.

University of Missouri Press cuts jobs, titles

The scholarly publication had its best sales year in 2008 but still has a budget deficit.

To execute or not: A question of cost?

An increasing number of states are considering getting rid of the death penalty as a series of recent surveys have revealed that it is cheaper to imprison killers for life than to execute them.