State News

St. Louis mosquitoes test positive for West Nile Virus

The cases are the first reported this year in St. Louis County. No human infections have been reported this year.

Wal-Mart pulls annual convention from Kansas City

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is planning to move its annual national managers meeting from Kansas City, taking away the city’s largest annual convention.

State audit finds gaps in training, testing for some school bus drivers

But State Auditor Susan Montee says that even if school districts met all state requirements, it wouldn't be enough to protect child passengers.

Springfield man pleads guilty to stealing sex toys

Police say Daniel Edward Ray stole the toys from three stores in 90 minutes.

Steelman proposes a gubernatorial ethics plan

Rep. Hulshof said Steelman isn’t acting in the public’s best interest.

Tuition to be capped at $50 per credit hour for some Missouri veterans

The tuition break applies only to Missourians who have served in combat since the Sept. 11 attacks and may be used only at public colleges and universities.

Scottrade settles over charges leveled by the SEC

The St. Louis-based company was charged with failing to conduct regular and rigorous reviews on the quality of executions.

UPDATE: Charter Communications drops Web tracking plans

Charter dropped plans to track Web use of Internet subscribers because some customers have expressed concern.

Peter Kinder signs bill designed to end property tax battle

The legislation allows those working in Missouri but living elsewhere to take a tax reduction off their Missouri income

UPDATE: Mo. Supreme Court upholds midwifery law

The 2007 law had been struck down by a Cole County judge but was overturned Tuesday in a 5-2 decision.

FEMA reacts better to flooded Midwest than to Hurricane Katrina

FEMA became a symbol of government bungling during Katrina efforts but are proving their worth in Midwest flooding crisis.

Former Southeast Missouri State employee found with files containing student Social Security numbers

A former employee of Southeast Missouri State University was found with data files that contained names and Social Security numbers of about 800 students. The data was recovered, and charges were filed against the former employee.

Steelman faces uphill battle as an outsider

There is no incumbent in Missouri’s gubernatorial race. But that’s hard to tell from the way the Republican primary is shaping up.

Missouri unemployment rate hits 6 percent in May

The state unemployment rate charged upward last month, reaching its highest point in more than three years. Missouri’s unemployment rate also hit 6 percent in January 2005 and July 2004.

Kansas Supreme Court rules juveniles have right to jury trial

The Kansas Supreme Court says juvenile offenders have a constitutional right to a jury trial. In its 6-1 ruling Friday, the court said legislators have changed the juvenile system to make it more like the adult system.

News of lower-than-predicted river cresting not of comfort to all

Inland levees protecting Elsberry and eastern Winfield were still holding strong this morning and would likely hold back floodwaters during the river’s crest, said Andy Binder, spokesman for Lincoln County Emergency Management.

Mosquitoes likely to invade in aftermath of flooding

A Missouri health department veterinarian says the mosquito species most likely to breed in the floodwaters are “nuisance” species that leave welts and itchy bites, but they cannot spread the West Nile virus.

In Hannibal, exaggerated flood perceptions are worse than reality

Mark Twain’s hometown relies heavily on the annual influx of tourists. However, flood perceptions are driving would-be visitors far from their vacation plans.

McCaskill questions InBev CEO about Anheuser-Busch

The Missouri senator and other lawmakers have been blunt about opposing the sale of the St. Louis icon.

Volunteers from New Orleans to help flooded Missouri town

Clarksvill is expecting volunteers from New Orleans to help prepare for flooding. Clarksville lies north of St. Louis, where the Mississippi is expected to crest at record levels.