State News

FEMA sets up flood disaster recovery centers in Missouri

With the Mississippi river receding from near-record levels, the Federal Emergency Management Agency opened disaster recovery centers in flooded Clarksville and Winfield on Tuesday.

UPDATE: Police capture ex-con suspected of killing 8 people in Missouri, Illinois

Nicholas T. Sheley, 28, was arrested at a bar about 10 miles north of St. Louis on Tuesday evening when a bartender and a customer recognized him and called police.

Jury deliberates murder case of former Missouri radio reporter

Prosecutors say James Keown was deeply in debt and killed his 31-year-old wife for her life insurance by poisoning her with a chemical found in antifreeze.

Steelman calls for a repeal of Missouri’s ethanol mandate

The state law that went into effect in January requires gas stations to sell a 10 percent ethanol blend when it is not more expensive than traditional gasoline.

Missouri homeowners gain protection from property tax spikes with new law

The new law requires tax-rate reductions when assessed property values rise significantly; expands tax breaks for low-income elderly and disabled property owners; and requires faster notification when taxes are likely to increase.

McCain names Jack Jackson as co-chairman of Missouri campaign

Jackson is a Vietnam veteran like McCain. He had planned on working for the McCain campaign since dropping out of the lieutenant governor’s race.

Ex-convict is sought in killing of 8 people in Missouri, Illinois

Nicholas T. Sheley, 28, is a suspect in the killing of a 93-year-old man, a child and six other people.

Woman says she didn't hear 3-year-old open car door, jump out

The southwest Missouri woman said she didn’t hear what happened because of loud music she was playing to calm her daughter, who is autistic.

InBev pitches buyout bid to Anheuser-Busch shareholders

The Belgian brewer encourged Anheuser-Busch shareholders to challenge the U.S. beer company's rejection of its $65-a-share offer, saying it would give them immediate certainty as stock markets plunge.

Kinder says Mo. elected officials shouldn't double as consultants

The lieutenant governor’s proposal would prohibit state elected officials from working as either a strategic consultant or fundraiser for other elected officials or candidates.

FEMA opening 2 disaster recovery centers in eastern Mo.

The centers are at the Clarksville Visitors Center and the Winfield-Foley Fire Station No. 3.

Blunt signing property tax relief bill

The bill requires tax rate reductions when property values rise significantly, even if the tax rates are already below the maximum amount.

Deputy hailed for rescuing baby from floodwaters

Alexander County, Ill., Deputy Brandon Craig rescued the baby, who was strapped in a car seat, from the Big Muddy River.

Anheuser-Busch to cut health, pension benefits

The benefit cuts for its salaried employees are part of its effort to cut $1 billion in costs and fend off a takeover bid by InBev.

St. Louis woman offers to give Obama the shirt off her back

The offer came when the Obama was making his way toward Harry Truman's house in Independence.

Mo. lawsuit asks court to clarify stem cell limits

The governor’s former chief of staff filed a lawsuit Monday on behalf of embryonic stem cell research critics that seeks to delay spending from a state life-sciences research fund.

Blunt signs bill outlawing cyberbullying in Missouri

Gov. Blunt signed a bill that updates state laws against harassment to keep pace with technology by removing the requirement that the communication be either written or over the telephone.

Obama defends his patriotism

During a trip to Independence on Monday, Barack Obama defended his patriotism and responded to accusations that he wrongly questioned John McCain’s military service record.

Floodwaters leveling off in St. Louis; crest expected at Cape Girardeau on Wednesday

The swollen Mississippi River hasn’t caused major problems in St. Louis, although the city’s Independence Day festival will relocate from the Arch to another spot downtown. The worst of this year’s flooding appears over, unless torrential rain strikes to the north.

Obama talks patriotism in Independence

Barack Obama visited Independence, Mo., on Monday and gave a speech that offered his interpretation of patriotism.