State News

Ex-aide to lieutenant governor used online dating site

Eric Feltner, the former chief of staff for Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder, violated a probation condition that prohibited him from personal Internet use.

Clarksville cement plant will close in 2009

Due to reduced demand for its products, the Holcim cement plant, located about 50 miles south of St. Louis, will close next year and leave 180 people without work.

Kansas City passerby helps family escape house fire

A couple driving around Kansas City looking at Christmas lights originally thought the glow coming from a particular house was holiday decorations. When they realized the house was actually on fire, the man jumped out and helped the family — trapped inside the house — to safety.

Children receive text messages from Santa

Parents can pay Anchor Communications in St. Charles to have Santa send text messages to their children that say things like "Ur on the good list."


ANALYSIS: One year and waiting on Missouri workers' compensation case

It's been a year since the state Supreme Court heard arguments on the constitutionality of a law that would make it harder for workers to get compensation benefits.

State panel doesn't order change in odor regulations

A new set of air regulations likely won't help the city of Carthage, which is trying to resolve odor problems. Because the regulations are not helping Carthage, the city's mayor said it would consider forcing its own odor laws.

Husband charged in wife's 2003 death

Police say Michael Shane Yarnell confessed to killing his wife and dumping her body on an island. She  has been missing for five years.

Hosmer chosen as chairman of Missouri Democratic Party

Craig Hosmer, current Greene County Democratic chairman and former Springfield state representative, was elected as Missouri Democratic Party chairman.

Costs of battle over Blunt's e-mail, fired employee reach $1M

After an ex-employee's allegation of wrongful termination by Gov. Blunt spurred an investigation and lawsuits, taxpayers have been paying to defend both sides.

Faith takes Franklin County couple back to Brazil

After a year and a half in the U.S., a missionary and his wife return to his native country of Brazil.

Ribbon cutting to open Poplar Bluff supervision center

A new community supervision center is opening in Poplar Bluff to house those on probation or parole who need supervision.

Twinkie maker cleared to exit bankruptcy

Kansas City-based Interstate Bakeries Corp. was cleared to exit bankruptcy Friday.

Meth offender registry proposed in House.

Rep. David Sater of Cassville prefiled a bill to create a registry for methamphtamine offenders.

Second-generation Secret Santas offer holiday hope

Secret Santas will be handing out $100 bills to those in need Friday in St. Louis.

Fenton Chrysler workers agree to buyouts

More than one-third of plant workers have agreed to buyout or retirement offers, and the packages would impact near 1,700 employees.

Noranda announces layoffs at New Madrid plant

Fifty salaried workers learned they would be losing their jobs in this third round of layoffs for the aluminum plant.

Nixon wants 100 residents to recruit Missouri officials

The "citizen advisers" will look in their own neighborhoods for candidates to serve in the governor's administration.

Former St. Louis police officer charged with aggravated battery

An Illinois grand jury indicted a former St. Louis police officer and cleared a Pontoon Beach officer after two people were shot outside a bar.

K.C. mayor settles his portion of lawsuit

Kansas City Mayor Mark Funkhouser paid former aide Ruth Bates a $30,000 settlement. Bates sued the mayor, his wife and the city, alleging racial discrimination, harassment and retaliation.

Fenton officials support auto industry bailout

While the Fenton plant idles, a Canadian plant is flourishing, which is one reason the mayor of Fenton is calling for help.