State News

Kansas City Star announces 50 job cuts

The Kansas City Star announced Monday it will cut 50 more employees from several departments. A memo from publisher Mark Zieman said the cuts were meant to buffer the paper in "one of the most challenging years in Star history."

Two Missouri men accused of mortgage fraud

The two suburban St. Louis men are accused of recruiting investors to buy Sikeston properties for more than the actual selling price. Investigators learned of concerns when bankers in Sikeston began to notice inflated prices linked to the transactions.

MySpace suicide trial might exclude evidence of girl's death

Judge George H. Wu told attorneys he was leaning toward excluding the evidence of the suicide from the trial of Lori Drew, who is accused of using a fictitious profile on the social networking site to drive Megan Meier, her daughter's former friend, to hang herself.

Constitution Party books spot on Missouri ballot

Constitution Party treasurer candidate Rodney Farthing got 2.4 percent of the vote in last week's election. Farthing did not win, but that's a large enough proportion to ensure the party a spot on Missouri's 2010 and 2012 ballots.

Bond revoked for man who allegedly threatened SIU rampage

An Illinois judge revoked the bond for Olutosin Oduwole, who allegedly threatened a rampage on the Southern Illinois University campus, where he was a student.

Two Steak n Shake employees found dead after apparent robbery

By late Monday afternoon, police had no suspects in the shooting deaths of Tammy Cantrell, 44, and Mark Gerstner, 24.

Fulton power plant producing again

After nearly a month of maintenance, AmerenUE's nuclear power plant was restarted Friday night.

Documentary immortalizes WWII hospital service

A documentary about the World War II service of the 77th Evacuation Hospital, formed at the University of Kansas Medical Center, has been completed. The 72-minute film will be shown Tuesday, Veterans Day, in Kansas City, and several surviving members of the 77th are expected to attend.

ANALYSIS: Medicaid plan might not be feasible

Republican lawmakers are already shooting down Nixon's pledge to restore Medicaid cuts.

Missouri State Highway Patrol warns of scam

Scammers attempt to defraud phone call recipients by informing them a family member has been injured.

Ugly Quilt Weekend in Cape Girardeau makes blankets for needy

Volunteers gathered Saturday to piece together quilts from old, donated fabric. The annual event created more than 100 quilts.

Ruling in harassment case sets precedent

In a sexual harassment lawsuit aginst TNT Logistics of North America, the Missouri Court of Appeals in Kansas City awarded Kendra Lynn $3.75 million in punitive damages from her former employer. The decision overturned an earlier damages ruling by a trial judge.

Fire kills boy, injures mother in southwest Missouri

A 9-year-old boy is dead and his mother critically injured after a house fire in southwest Missouri.

Call leads to discovery of 2 bodies in KC

Filmmakers remember KC roots

 "When I left KU and struck out to be an actor," Paul Rudd said, "one of things I always felt I had going for me was that I was from Kansas City. It's a place that's truly representative of the mood of the country."

UPDATE: Repeal of Missouri casino loss limits in effect

The secretary of state's office said Friday the ballot initiative repealing the loss limits took effect the day of the election. That came as a surprise to the Missouri Gaming Commission — and to casinos.

Anheuser-Busch settles shareholder suits over sale

The settlement is subject to approval, but it comes ahead of Wednesday's vote by shareholders on the $52 billion sale to InBev.

Sprint Nextel lost subscribers, money in 3rd Q

The nation's third-largest wireless provider told analysts it would try harder to win new customers, but it had "yet to turn the corner."

Eastern Missouri man sentenced for selling prescription drugs

Burl Washington was convicted of illegally distributing prescription drugs, which led to the death of a Farmington man.

Former Shriners Hospital exec sentenced for fraud

Robert Brodzin had pleaded guilty in August to mail fraud for stealing $828,000 from the hospital in suburban St. Louis.