State News

Veterans Affairs to open two new Missouri clinics

The Department of Veterans Affairs plans to open two clinics in 2009, one outside of Kansas City and the other in the Bootheel.

Critics say KC mayor ruled by wife

Kansas City Mayor Mark Funkhouser has gained critics recently who say his wife, Gloria Squitiro, is a controlling and negative influence on him and his administration.

Deputies: Warren County couple robbed 60 homes

Couple admits to stealing as many as 150 weapons in robberies they said they staged to feed their heroin addictions.

State to universities: Envision cuts of up to 25 percent

Deputy Higher Education Commissioner Paul Wagner sent a memo Tuesday to the presidents and chancellors of Missouri’s public colleges and universities asking for “impact statements” of various budget cutting scenarios. The memo asked them to prepare scenarios for core budget cuts of 15 percent, 20 percent or 25 percent in the 2010 budget, which starts July 1.

Nixon addresses budget shortfall

A hiring freeze and construction project review were among the ideas Governor-elect Jay Nixon proposed to help allay the $342 million deficit.

Ford to increase F-150 production in Missouri, Michigan

The recent drop in gas prices curbed the decline in truck sales, allowing Ford to raise production and restore a shift to its F-150 plant in Dearborn, Mich.

Proposed legislation to restrict payday loans

The bill would increase the state’s restrictions on short-term or “payday loans.” Payday loans enable anyone with proof of personal identification, a checking account and proof of income to use a post-dated check to get quick cash against his or her next paycheck. The loans normally have a term of two weeks.

Cooler spring results in more fruit, headaches for winemakers

Missouri's unseasonably cool spring and summer has caused an increase in the amount of grapes that Missouri vineyards have produced. But the larger harvest size has also brought added responsibilites.

Study: Dental care in ICU reduces pneumonia risk

A study at Barnes-Jewish Hospital led by two nurses found a lower rate of ventilator-associated pneumonia in ICU patients who were given mouthwash and their teeth were brushed twice daily.

3 teenagers suspected of breaking into cars arrested

After an off-duty police officer saw four teenagers breaking into cars, the suspects fled, leading police on a chase that ended in a crash.

Gun buy back program may receive funding

A program in which St. Louis police buy guns to get them off the street will likely come up for a vote at Wednesday's St. Louis police commissioners meeting.

Hospital adds to reward in Harrisonville killing

Jeff Roberts, the husband of a woman shot to death in her bathtub, has asked anyone with information on the death to contact police, and Cass Regional Medical Center has donated $10,000 in reward money.

Stray bullet hits Kansas City bus

The bullet, which a transportation authority official said was not fired intentionally, missed passengers but caused minor injuries.

Man leads authorities on chase through Missouri, Illinois

Scott Roan of Quincy, Ill., was arrested Tuesday near Taylor, by the Mississippi River, after a two-state car chase.

Parents charged with endangerment for smoking pot, viewing pornography with son

Catherine Carson and Lee Murdock of Rogersville face several charges, including endangering the welfare of a child.

St. Louis Symphony Orchestra adds two new executives

The nation's second-oldest orchestra is getting two new vice presidents — for artistic administration and for development.

Missouri revenues dropping

General revenues are down 3.9 percent compared to the previous year through the fiscal year's first five months.

Missouri officially loses its bellwether status

Election returns certified Tuesday by the secretary of state's office show that Republican John McCain won Missouri by 3,903 votes — or 0.13 percentage point. This marks the first presidential election since 1956 in which Missouri's winner did not win the presidency.

UPDATE: Southern Missouri man dies of rabies

A Missouri man died from rabies after being bitten by a bat. This is the state's first human death from rabies since 1959.

St. Louis alderman calls on residents to get armed

An alderman said Tuesday he is frustrated with police's response to crime in north St. Louis.