State News

Nixon selects three more top advisers

They'll lead the Agriculture and Labor departments and the state's National Guard units.

Ferguson's appeal rejected

A Cole County judge rejected the argument that his Lincoln Count jury was chosen improperly. Ryan Ferguson was convicted in 2oo5 of killing of Columbia sports editor Kent Heitholt.

Butterball to lay off 75 workers in Carthage

The cuts will take effect March 1 by combining two deboning shifts. The high price of corn — its incease blamed on its use for fuel — was cited.

Nixon names DNR director

He is Mark Templeton, an associate dean and chief operating officer of Yale Law School.

ANALYSIS: Blunt cites budget cuts as greatest success

Blunt says his efforts to balance Missouri's budget were a major accomplishment, while some consider it his greatest failure.

Independence teen gets probation in murder-for-hire plot

It's the same sentence given to a classmate that he introduced to two would-be hit men his friend hired to kill his parents.

East Missouri man accused of operating 4-county marijuana ring

The indictment also charges that two men — 69 and 83 — were used as "mules" to bring the marijuana up from Texas.

Arnold tables discussion on red-light cameras

Despite a push by a group called "Don't Tread on Me" to get the cameras out or put the issue to a vote, the City Council decided to delay action until June.

Former Teacher of the Year in trouble for contacting former student

Jan Kauffman, who won the 1994 Teacher of the Year honor, violated her probation for a second time by contacting Tyson Wilson, a former student who is in prison for drug and assault convictions.

Woman accused of trying to kill husband with Visine

Police say a southwest Missouri woman poured half a bottle of eyedrops in her husband's tea. The husband told investigators he's been having stomach problems for the past two months.

Bond wants to expand early childhood education

The Missouri senator said Friday he'll reintroduce a bill to seek $500 million over three years to provide better education opportunities for the young children of 2.7 million families.

Westboro Baptist founder's daughter sues St. Joseph

The suit is over the city's ordinance banning protests at soldiers' funerals. Westboro Baptist preaches that U.S. troop deaths are punishment for the nation's tolerance of homosexuality.

Man gets 7 years in death of highway worker

The O'Fallon man was sentenced for involuntary manslaughter for a drunk-driving accident in a construction zone that killed an engineering student who was working with a highway crew.

Missouri congresswoman not interested in Senate seat

Rep. Jo Ann Emerson, R-8th District, says she prefers to stay in the House.

Hunt is on for gunman who wounded worker at Pfizer

The shooting happened around noon on Thursday in a construction zone at the facility in St. Louis County.

6-alarm fire at recycling center proves tough to fight

The fire in a St. Louis County center started in a smoldering bale of paper and spread to a pile of cardboard.

Judge won't toss suit against slain man's ex-wife

The suit implicates Alberta Comstock in the death of her ex-husband,  nationally recognized book collector Rolland Lee Comstock, who was found shot to death in his home.

Nixon appoints Jeff Harris as policy director

Former Representative for Columbia, Jeff Harris, will have a new office this year.  He moves just down the hall of the State Capitol — rooms 204 to 216 — to join Gov.-elect Nixon and his administrative team as policy director.


Missouri stem cell research critics refile lawsuit

It attempts to keep $21 million from going to life sciences research.

Kansas City casino operators pleased with fought-for venture

The Oklahoma-based Wyandotte Nation is marking the first anniversary of its 7th Street Casino on Friday in Kansas City, Kan., though the Kansas attorney general's office still contends the casino is illegal and has appealed a federal judge's order dismissing the state's challenge to the operation.