State News

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.

Washington University, corporate sponsors launch clean coal effort

Two St. Louis-based coal companies, along with Ameren Corp., are joining forces with Washington University to form the Consortium for Clean Coal Utilization, the university's chancellor announced Tuesday.

School's lead paint angers St. Louis parents

Preschool-age children were denied enrollment in a before- and after-school care program after a state inspection showed lead at their school.


Kansas City mayor, wife deny allegations of harassment

A former staffer is suing because she said she was paid less than her peers and because the mayor's wife used racial slurs around her.

Adviser: $342 million budget shortfall likely for Missouri

After reporting an $833 million surplus this summer, the state drew lower-than-expected tax revenues and now anticipates a  deficit by the end of June 2009.

Hog farm's odor draws lawsuit from southwest Missouri residents

The residents said they have suffered health issues and that family and friends have refused to visit them because of the hog farm.

Former chief of staff to Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder sentenced to jail

Eric Feltner was sentenced to 10 days in jail for violating probation on a pornography conviction. Feltner was found accessing the Internet for personal use, and one of the terms of his probation was that he not use the Internet except for business purposes.

Former state trooper challenges Springfield's red-light law

Adolph Belt Jr., a retired state trooper, was found liable for running the red light in municipal court in September and fined $100. He has filed a lawsuit challenging the city of Springfield over its use of red-light cameras.

Mom, stepdad plead guilty in Perry County boy's 2005 death

Emily Altom's son, Ethan Patrick Williams, died after being hopitalized with an infection. Charges of voluntary manslaughter against her and Michael Altom will be dropped.

Fatal traffic accident on U.S. 54 result of icy road

A Fulton man died after losing control of his sports utility vehicle Monday morning on icy roads and veering into the path of a utility truck.

Missouri legislature pre-filing shows not much will change

The groundwork was laid Monday to make the 2009 legislative session a repeat of the 2008 debate over a proposal abortion bill.

Regulators hang up on cell tower backup rules

A proposal to require all U.S. cell phone towers to have at least eight hours of backup power in case of a natural disaster was shot down by federal regulators.

Behavior on Missouri rivers could soon be subdued

Among the first bills filed in the 2009 legislative session is a possible ban on beer bongs, kegs and beaded necklaces on Missouri's rivers.

Juror: Defendant didn't expect Megan Meier to harm self

The jury forewoman in a landmark cyberbullying case says the defendant, Lori Drew of O'Fallon, didn't expect the teenage victim to harm herself.