State News

Possible plans discussed for toxins in Kirksville groundwater

Officials from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers meet with Kirksville area residents to discuss possible scenarios for dealing with traces of trichloroethene found in groundwater near the former Kirksville Air Force Base.

St. Charles Co. sex crimes suspect stabbed

A boy stabbed a man with a pocket knife in St. Charles.

Airports seek to ease checkpoint process

Family and medically exempt liquid lanes could speed up the process for all travelers.

Six indicted in mortgage fraud scheme

The Springfield men were named for defrauding home mortgage lenders and soliciting people to buy homes under false pretenses.

Missouri adds 2nd-most jobs nationally in October

While Missouri continues job growth, the unemployment rate is also rising.

Eastern Missouri woman to stand trial in beating death of child

Brandy Mabery of De Soto is accused of beating her boyfriend's son until he went into cardiac arrest.

2 men plead guilty to role in meth death

A woman inadvertently drank lye in a meth lab with the two men and died more than 10 days later.

MoDOT labels 800 of Missouri's worst bridges

All of the suspect bridges will be repaired or replaced by 2014.

Southeast Missouri town considers pit bull ban

Dangerous dogs would have to be spayed or neutered and ownership of a pit bull would be illegal.

Former Joplin drug counselor faces sex charges

The accused is facing two counts of statutory rape and police are investigating three additional claims.

Missouri brothers charged in burning death of man

The two men are charged with murdering a 22-year-old Pottersville man, putting him in a trunk and setting the car on fire.

Man sentenced to life in prison in killing of 'Precious Doe'

Harrell Johnson was sentenced to life in prison without parole, despite his claim that he is innocent in the killing Erica Green, who was known as "Precious Doe" for four years.

UPDATE: Officials say booster shot needed for whooping cough

St. Louis County and parts of eastern Missouri are experiencing a spike in cases of whooping cough this year. There have been 146 cases compared to eight last year, with the blame being placed on fading immunizations. Proposal to fight outbreak includes new booster shots for older children.

Nixon puts Democrats to work assembling administration

State representatives Judy Baker and Jeff Harris are among the Missouri Democrats who lost their bids for office and are now helping Gov.-elect Jay Nixon search for personnel.

Ex-aide to Bond, Roy Blunt pleads guilty to hiding gifts

Trevor L. Blackann, 34, pleaded guilty to hiding gifts and money he recieved from lobbyists. Blackann was a former legislative aide to Missouri Sen. Kit Bond and Rep. Roy Blunt.

Defense Department contract allows Missouri explosive company to expand

A company in Joplin that works with explosives is expanding due to a $15 million contract with the Defense Department. The expansion is expected to bring dozens of new jobs.

Increasing number of whooping cough cases in St. Louis

Health officials to call for vaccinations as the number of whooping cough cases, especially in children 14 and younger, have risen in St. Louis County.

St. Louis police drop gun buyback program

The Police Board voted to strip funding on the gun buyback program aimed to reduce the number of guns on the streets.

12 members of rural fire district resign

The resignations of more than half the staff were triggered by arguments with an officer regarding equipment spending.

Southwest Missouri company illegally distributed pesticides

The owner of Greenleaf LLC in Neosho pleaded guilty to federal charges of illegally distributing pesticides. He will have to pay a $200,000 fine for distributing more than 2 million pounds of pesticides and rodenticides with altered or removed labels.