State News

Formal sentence expected in videotaped sex killing

Richard Davis of Independence faces the death penalty when he is sentenced Thursday in the May 2006 killing of 41-year-old Marsha Spicer, also of Independence.

Kansas City will vote on light-rail again

Voters approved a plan in 2006, but this November, they'll be voting for city-supported construction of a 14-mile starter route.

Small appliance museum opens in southwest Mo.

Larrison's World's Largest Small Appliance Museum opened Friday in hopes of preserving for future generations what kept yesteryear's kitchens percolating.

Several injured in bus and SUV crash

Six people are in serious condition following a crash stemming from a bus failing to yield to an SUV in Stoddard County.

Drury students attend presentation on binge drinking

Drury University officials are hoping a 90-minute presentation on binge drinking helps prevent the kind of thing that happened to a freshman a month ago.

Biden talks health care, tax cuts at stop in Jefferson City

Vice presidential candidate Joe Biden promised more jobs, affordable health care and tax cuts for 95 percent of Americans in one of three campaign stops in Missouri on Thursday.

Nixon, Hulshof spar in second debate

Ethics, health care, the economy and highway funding were among the topics d’jour at the hour-long debate on Thursday in Kansas City.

Danforth proposes return to core Republican beliefs

Former Sen. John Danforth wants the Republican Party to get back to its "good, old" traditions: lower taxes and less government.

Attorney general candidates disagree on 'shield law'

The only major disagreement that emerged between Missouri's attorney general candidates in their second debate involved a proposal to protect journalists from having to disclose anonymous sources and unused information in court.

Boone County candidates weigh in on new nuclear plant

Statehouse candidates in Boone County are weighing in on whether to rewrite a 1976 consumer protection law that AmerenUE has targeted as a barrier to financing a second nuclear power plant in Callaway County.

Three animals removed from state's endangered list

The bald eagle, barn owl and western fox snake have all been removed from the state endangered species list. The decision was voted on at a Missouri Conservation Commission meeting in September in Poplar Bluff after an internal review by the Department of Conservation and an external review by other experts on the status of each species.

Slain children’s former lawyer under new investigation

An Independence lawyer who invested money from a memorial fund for two slain children into his own company is being investigated for possible securities fraud.

Biden: McCain mortgage plan rewards banks’ greed

Democratic vice presidential candidate Joe Biden on Thursday denounced Republican John McCain's $300 billion mortgage bailout plan as a way "to reward banks and lenders for their greedy behavior."

Audit oversight improved for state spending cards

An audit of state spending cards released Wednesday found that oversight has improved but noted that one former state worker used the cards for thousands of dollars of personal expenses.

Egg producer accused of price fixing

A southwest Missouri egg-production plant is named in four federal lawsuits claiming it and other companies conspired to fix domestic egg prices.

UPDATE: Suspect in slaying of Illinois boy caught near O'Fallon

Marcus Powell, 27, was found in a shed in a mobile home park after a manhunt by St. Charles County Police this morning.

Missouri officials combat voter registration fraud

Officials in Missouri, a hard-fought jewel in the presidential race, are sifting through possibly hundreds of questionable or duplicate voter-registration forms submitted by an advocacy group that has been accused of election fraud in other states.

Two dead in 16-vehicle accident near Joplin

Heavy fog is believed to have contributed to the accident early Wednesday morning on eastbound I-44.

Manhunt under way near St. Louis in slaying of Illinois boy

Police in St. Charles County are looking for Marcus Powell, 27, who is wanted for questioning in the shooting death of Delarrian Davis, 12, of Madison, Ill.

National Rifle Association endorses McCain and visits Missouri today

The National Rifle Association is endorsing Republican presidential nominee John McCain despite differences with the Arizona senator on gun-show rules and campaign finance restrictions.