State News

Trial set for suspect in 1985 rape-murder case

More than 20 years after the crime, a trial date has been set for suspect Gerald Carnahan in the rape-murder of Jackie Johns.

Woman arrested after shooting at marijuana eradication helicopter

A Douglas County woman is awaiting charges after shooting at a National Guard helicopter.

Man who faked own death convicted of sex charges

Charles Rothman tried to fake his death by setting his fishing boat adrift.

Palin and Biden debate in their first meeting of campaign

The clash over Iraq was the most personal, and pointed, of the 90-minute debate between vice presidential candidates Joe Biden and Sarah Palin.

Democrats want details from Bond on U.S. attorney’s dismissal

A Justice Department report revealed that Republican Sen. Kit Bond’s office pushed for Todd Graves’ dismissal, while Bond insists he had nothing to do with Graves’ departure from office.

Proposition B addresses home health work conditions

An initiative on Missouri's November ballot, which would create the Missouri Quality Homecare Council, would help recruit home health care workers, recommend wages and benefits and would keep a registry of Missouri personal care attendants, but some worry the measure is stealth attempt to unionize home health care workers.

UPDATE: Ford begins production of more fuel-efficient F-150

While the automaker is banking on the truck's improved mileage to lure back customers — company officials said fuel cost has jumped to a top-5 truck buyer concern — tight credit and increasing worries about economic instability have pulled U.S. auto sales to a 15-year low, with truck sales leading the plunge.

Branson tourism down in 2008

The Branson Chamber of Commerce said visitor numbers were down by 95,000 in April, May and June, and inquiries about vacations there fell by 400,000.

Laptop stolen from McCain office in Independence

The laptop was stolen sometime Tuesday night or early Wednesday morning, Kansas City police said. A GOP spokeswoman said the laptop contained data about areas that are targeted for support.

St. Louis autoworker redeems $1 million lotto ticket

Morris Smith, 62, won the Sept. 24 drawing after buying the ticket at an Amoco station.

St. Louis fashion designer dies after hit-and-run

Shawn Williams, 23, was declared brain dead on Tuesday and taken off life support after being hit by a car Sunday night.

Former Missouri auditor candidate named to state accounting board

Gov. Matt Blunt's office said Thursday that Sandra Thomas had been appointed to the State Accountancy Board, which regulates certified public accountants. The selection must be approved by the Senate and her term would run until July 2013.

Sens. McCaskill, Bond vote for bailout

Missouri Sens. Claire McCaskill and Kit Bond voted Wednesday to pass a bill that would allot the U.S. Treasury $700 billion to stabilize the country's financial system. The bailout bill passed the Senate 74-25.

Officials say efforts to remove dock foam at lake successful

AmerenUE officials say their efforts to remove damaging dock foam from the Lake of the Ozarks have been largely successful.

Teen gets 15 years in prison for fatal crash

A St. Joseph teenager has been sentenced to 15 years in prison after pleading guilty to charges in a drug-fueled, wrong-way crash that killed two people.

Bond expected to join McCaskill in backing financial rescue bill

Sen. Claire McCaskill said Wednesday she will "hold her nose" and vote in favor of a retinkered bill to rescue the nation's financial industry. Sen. Kit Bond, who has urged the government to act quickly to end the financial crisis, also is expected to vote for the plan.

Woman dies in inflatable slide accident

The woman might have broken her neck while trying to do somersaults on the slide at her stepson's birthday party.

Fugitive apprehension agent acquitted of manslaughter

A Callaway County jury has acquitted a fugitive apprehension agent in the fatal shooting of an unarmed parole jumper in Cape Girardeau.

Kelly, Robb on pace to set campaign spending record

Campaign donor lists reveal a stark contrast in the types of support the two candidates for Missouri's 24th House District are garnering.

McCain to stop in Missouri on Wednesday

Republican presidential candidate John McCain is scheduled to speak at an event at the Harry S. Truman Library and Museum on Wednesday.