State News

New federal law should cut Amtrak delays

The new law will enforce Amtrak's right of way to freight traffic and help more trains arrive on time.

CrimeStoppers uses billboards to seek tips

St. Louis CrimeStoppers is following in Kansas City's footsteps, displaying fugitive wanted ads on city standard and digital billboards in hopes of obtaining tips leading to arrests.

More Missourians voted in 2008 elections, but many skipped races

More than 2.9 million people in Missouri voted for president — nearly 200,000 more than in 2004. But compared with four years ago, tens of thousands more voters trailed off, skipping races for the state legislature and even for governor.

Blue River gets a makeover

Kansas city officials, industrial companies and volunteers are restoring the waterway.  They have already removed 100,000 tons of scrap iron and trash, as well as 20,000 to 30,000 tires.

Man convicted in eagle deaths grateful for pardon from Bush

A Missouri man was pardoned by President George W. Bush twelve years after pleading guilty to federal charges in the deaths of three bald eagles.

Husband of Hannibal 911 dispatcher reports house fire while wife is on duty

Lonnie Potter, his two daughters and four family pets safely escapted the fire, which destroyed the family's garage.

New Madrid students write soldiers' stories

Students in an English class in New Madrid were given the assignment to interview and write about a local veteran. "New Madrid's Hometown Heroes" will be published, thanks to underwriting from a bank in the area.

Kansas City pushes effort to restore Blue River

The city hopes to combat pollution along the river, which winds through Kansas City, by working with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to enlarge the channel and remove trash and run-down buildings along its banks.

Mural of train accident aftermath to be dedicated

A mural depicting a prayer service held after one of Missouri's worst train accidents, in 1914, will hang at Neosho United Methodist Church.

Polk County woman killed in car wreck

 A Polk County woman wrecked her car near Bolivar. A deputy found her car, searched it for survivors and ordered the car towed after he found no one inside. Her husband later found her body below the bridge.

FBI investigates Tulsa burglary ring

Burglaries in multiple states have been connected to three men who have managed to steal hundreds of thousands of dollars, according to federal court documents.

UPDATE: Missouri mom gets some comfort from work against cyberbullying

Dardenne Prairie resident Tina Meier, whose daughter, Megan, hanged herself in the wake of an Internet hoax, says that while a neighbor's conviction in court this week didn't bring closure, other things have brought comfort.

Internet-suicide case broadens interpretation of online service contracts

After a Missouri mother was convicted Wednesday of accessing computers without authorization in a landmark cyberbullying trial, legal experts said the outcome could mean anyone who violates a Web site’s service terms is subject to prosecution.

'Pardoned' turkeys: Where are they now?

In recent years, the pardoned turkey and its alternate have had the good fortune to retire to the site of many a dream vacation — Disney World and Disneyland.

Jury convicts mom of lesser charges in Internet suicide case

The jury found Lori Drew guilty of three counts of accessing a computer without authorization. Each count is punishable by up to one year in prison and a $100,000 fine.

Illinois farmer pleads guilty to bankruptcy fraud

His attorney also said Wednesday that his client had nothing to do with unsolved slayings of a potential witness in the fraud case.

Three dead in crash on St. Louis bridge

One passenger is hospitalized and in stable condition.

FEMA to provide Missouri residents with disaster relief

The Federal Emergency Management Administration approved on Tuesday more than $2 million in disaster aid, which was made available to Missouri after President Bush declared a major disaster in the state in mid-September.

New scholarship program to be announced at Black and White Ball in St. Louis

Rapper Nelly and music producer Jermaine Dupri will host the third annual Black and White Ball in St. Louis.

Jury convicts Missouri mom of misdemenors in cyberbullying case

A Missouri mother on trial in a landmark cyber-bullying case was convicted Wednesday of three minor offenses instead of the main conspiracy charge in an Internet hoax that prosecutors say drove a 13-year-old girl to suicide.