State News

Trial begins for agent charged with killing parolee

Missouri fugitive apprehension agent Steven Julian will face a Callaway County jury on charges stemming from a February incident in Cape Girardeau.

InBev shareholders approve Anheuser-Busch deal

Anheuser-Busch has not yet set a date for its shareholders to vote on the deal.

Lt. Gov. Kinder's employees awarded temporary pay raises

When some of Lt. Gov. Kinder's employees took temporary leave, the remaining employees took on the absent employees' pay in addition to their duties. Kinder maintains that these are salary increases, not bonuses, which would be illegal.

Seven Missouri congressional seats not expected to change

Incumbents holding seven of Missouri's nine U.S. House seats are likely to keep them after the November elections, although all face at least one challenger. 

Overloaded Mo. public defenders will begin refusing clients

A recent policy approved by the Missouri Public Defender Commission will allow public defender offices that exceed maximum caseload capacity to reject new clients.

Investigation continues after police officer shoots man

A weekend incident in which a Cape Girardeau officer shot a man outside Copa Bar is still under investigation. The officer who fired the gun is on administrative leave. A police spokesman says there is no indication the officer did anything wrong. 

Fake police officer pleads guilty

Bill Jakob, 36, of Washington, Mo., pleaded guilty to charges that included 13 counts of impersonating federal law officers. He faces sentencing on Dec. 19. His attorney expects him to get about five years in prison.

Report: Political friction led to Graves' departure

Former U.S. Attorney Todd Graves of Missouri was likely forced out of his post in 2006 because of opposition from Missouri Sen. Kit Bond's office, according to a Justice Department investigation. Bond's legal counsel said Bond had no knowledge and was not involved in the multiple requests for Graves' removal.

ANALYSIS: Candidates in governor's race play economic blame game

Government executives often get praise when the economy thrives and get the blame when it doesn’t. But executives, in the form of presidents or governors, might not be deserving of either. All the same, Missouri’s gubernatorial candidates claim their ideas  — their election to the office — would change things for the better. 

Thousands of people in the St. Louis area are still coping with flood damages

The flooding that swept the area earlier this month has left homes in the area unlivable, pending repairs. Compounding the problem, is the fact that many living in the flood plain do not have flood insurance and will not be eligble for money that would help them repair and rebuild.  

Hulshof proposes change in Missouri judicial appointments

Congressman Kenny Hulshof's proposal for replacing Missouri's procedure for judicial appointments is being met with strong opposition from the Missouri Bar Association, a group that disagrees with the gubernatorial candidate's belief that the Court Plan has become "very partisan."

Columbia man charged with possession of child pornography

A Columbia man faces federal child pornography charges stemming from an arrest in May, after he allegedly drove to a Carthage hotel to meet someone he thought was a 13-year-old girl.

Joplin mosque's sign set ablaze

After a Joplin mosque's sign was set on fire early Thursday, the FBI has begun a hate crime investigation.

Mother confesses to killing 6-week-old son

Sweet Cherry Ann Halliburton had another two babies who died, but the ruling of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome is being questioned by police who have decided to reopen the Aberdeen, S.D. case in light of Halliburton's arrest this week.

Fenton woman arrested in Nebraska car chase

The pursuit began shortly before 1 p.m. Saturday when state troopers found the car on eastbound I-80 near Giltner, Neb. driving at speeds topping 100 mph.

Bush to appear at Hulshof fundraiser in St. Louis Co.

The president is scheduled to appear at the dinner at Hunter Farms on Oct. 3. The invitation requests a donation of $10,000 to $25,000 per couple to attend a private reception and photo opportunity with Bush.

Wolf sanctuary at Washington University set to close

The lease is up for the Wild Canid Survival and Research Center at Washington University in St. Louis. The sanctuary has plans to move but has not yet done so.

Urban superintendents prove hard to hold on to

On Friday, Kelvin Adams signed a three-year contract on Friday with St. Louis schools. He will be the district's eighth superintendent in five yeras, reflecting a national trend.

Well, the advertising IS mobile, but it's not what clients expect

Authorities in Missouri, Kansas and Oklahoma are searching for a couple they say are scamming customers by promising mobile advertising that will be seen by thousands. What they deliver is a home flat-screen TV held onto the top of an old van with 2-by-4s, bolts and bungee cords.

MoDot flagman dies in work zone crash

Troopers said an 18-wheeler read-ended a stopped car in a work zone on U.S. 63 in southern Missouri. The impact sent the rig off the road and onto the workman, who was from Rolla.