State News

UPDATE: Blunt names Columbia man to national committee

Lowell Pearson, Matt Blunt's general counsel, has been named to a national committee that drafts uniform legislation for state lawmakers.

UPDATE: Debt trouble at Lee triggers auditor's warning

The publisher of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and other papers said it will  have trouble paying its debt over the next two years because of plunging revenue. The company also said its auditor questioned Lee Enterprises' ability to remain a "going concern" if it can't refinance its loans.

2008 deadly year for St. Louis, Kansas City

They didn't set records, but both cities reported spikes in homicides — and the bad economy may be partly to blame.

Survey: Recession will worsen in the months ahead

But the Midwest and Plains states are expected to fare better than the nation, a professor who oversaw the survey said.

Missouri wants new homes for prairie chickens

Farmers in 11 counties are eligible to participate in the program, which could provide some handy money in return for a good nesting habitat for the scarce birds.

5 dead in K.C. car crashes since 2009 started

Two of the crashes occurred on the same street within a few hours of each other.

UPDATE: 2 teens killed in early morning wreck near Black Jack

A 14-year-old boy was driving his parents' car when he hit a sewer culvert just before 3 a.m. Friday.

Two teenagers killed in St. Louis-area wreck

A 14-year-old boy was driving his parents' car when he struck a sewer culvert.

Skydiving business owner faces hearing

Three people died in 2008 in two separate accidents involving the business.

Man indicted for "Boonie Hat Bandit" robberies

Donald Keith Giammanco is charged with the robberies of 12 St. Louis-area banks.

Five people have died in Kansas City wrecks in 2009

Three separate accidents have left five people dead in the first two days of 2009.

2008 is Missouri's wettest year ever

Projections indicate the state will average just over 57 inches of precipitation, a fraction above the record set in 1993, when the final numbers are official.

Investigator objects to Blunt e-mail settlement

Chet Pleban said he considers the settlement unacceptable and will file an objection during a hearing on Monday . He said a decision on whether Matt Blunt's office violated laws on open records and document retention should be made through the judicial system, not by the investigators.

Missouri lawmakers look to divert new casino tax money

The use of the projected $130 million annually in new casino taxes figures to spark debate during the legislative session that starts Wednesday — partly because new tax dollars are expected to be scarce.

Missouri court rules against Kansas payday lender

An appeals court in St. Louis has ruled that a Kansas-based payday lender — which does business in Missouri as Quik Cash — can't prevent customers from filing class-action lawsuits over its lending practices.

Missouri woman works in Rwanda with Tutsi and Hutu orphans

Tanya Fredman moved 8,000 miles away from her St. Louis family to spend a year volunteering in Rwanda and the Middle East.

Grocer sues K.C.-based Dairy Farmers of America

Dairy Farmers of America is accused of buying large amounts of cheese to manipulate dairy prices.

3 die in Kansas City crash

One vehicle struck another shortly after midnight. At least one car caught fire.

Bill would make insurance companies cover infertility treatments

With Missouri men recording low sperm counts, one Missouri legislator is proposing a bill that would require health insurance companies to pay for infertility treatments.

Group says program benefits industrial farms

A federal conservation program originally designed to help small farmers is now disproportionately benefiting industrial livestock operations, according to a new report by a family farm advocacy group.