State News

Nixon promises aggressive use of federal stimulus dollars

Gov. Jay Nixon said he advocates using all $4.4 billion allocated by the federal stimulus plan for the state hours after a bill that would require the monitoring of those funds was praised in the state Senate chamber. In his Wednesday press conference, Nixon gave no specifics on stimulus-induced changes to the budget.

Callaway County residents discuss potential impact of second nuclear plant

About 200 people attended a hearing hosted by the  Nuclear Regulatory Commission about a possible second nuclear power plant in Callaway County. Residents were split at Wednesday's meeting over the possible impacts.

Conviction of inmate prosecuted by Hulshof overturned after 17 years

Joshua Kezer, who was imprisoned in 1992 for the murder of Angela Mischelle Lawless, was freed Wednesday after Cole County Circuit Judge Richard Callahan ruled Tuesday that Kezer was wrongly convicted. Callahan condemned the courtroom conduct of the case's prosecutor, former U.S. Rep. Kenny Hulshof.

U.S. attorney in western Missouri to resign

U.S. Attorney John F. Wood, appointed to the post in 2007 by former President George W. Bush, declared his intent to leave office and join a Washington, D.C., law firm effective Feb. 28.

Boone County flu cases down from last year

National, state, and local flu numbers are drastically lower this year compared to last, but last year's flu season was particularly bad.

Fewer than 200 customers still without power after January ice storm

The power, which remains out after an ice storm in late January, should be restored by the end of the week, officials said.

UPDATE: Amber Alert canceled for 3-year-old, grandmother

An Amber Alert has been canceled after a 3-year-old northwest Missouri girl was found safe. She had been abducted by her grandmother, whom police said suffers from mental problems.

UPDATE: Ameren to seek rate increase

Ameren Corp. is filing for rate increases in both Missouri an Illinois to make up for the rising operating and financing costs. There is no definite timeline or amount for the increase.

New trial sought against Ford in trooper death

The new trial would include statements about the crashes that occured after the trooper's death. Those statements were deemed irrelevent in the previous trial.

House approves school safety legislation

The House passed legislation Wednesday that puts restrictions on suing teachers and requires student uniforms. It is a part of effort to improve school safety in Missouri.

At Capitol, group rallies to halt death penalty

Protesters rallied in Jeffereson City, asking for a moratorium on the death penalty until 2012. During that time, a panel would review the fairness of the death penalty.

Amber Alert issued for missing child, grandmother

Cameron police say that the 3-year-old's noncustodial grandmother abducted her and left in a white 2006 Kia Sedona minivan that belongs to the victim's mother. 

Teen pleads guilty to rape of woman, 80

The 17-year-old admitted to raping the 80-year-old and stealing two of her credit cards.

Ameren to seek rate increase in Missouri, Illinois

A time frame has not been set to seek changes in Missouri.

St. Louis Zoo chimp mysteriously dies

Officials are still trying to determine the cause of the chimp's death, but say that she had been recovering from a cold.

Southeast Missouri murder conviction overturned

Cole County Circuit Judge Richard Callahan ruled that Joshua Kezer was wrongly convicted in the 1992 death of Angela Mischelle Lawless and criticized then-prosecutor Kenny Hulshof for withholding evidence from defense attorneys.

Missouri GOP scrutinizes tax credits in job-creation plan

A bill intended to boost Missouri's economy and increase employment through tax credits came under fire by a group of Republican state senators during session on Tuesday.

UPDATE: Second soldier at Fort Leonard Wood dies of meningitis

Pvt. Randy Stabnick contracted a non-contagious form of meningitis, one of five cases of meningitis reported in Missouri so far this year.

UMKC lands top prize for community service efforts

The University of Missouri-Kansas City was one of three schools nationally to receive the top honor for volunteer service and civic engagement from the Corporation for National and Community Service last week.

Missouri treasurer seeks to put more money in state banks

The state treasurer is proposing a plan he said could inject millions of dollars into the state's economy in addition to helping banks and businesses.