State News

Public defender appointed for suspect in 8 slayings

Nicholas Sheley appeared before Judge Steven Bordner in Galesburg, Ill., where he’s being held on first-degree murder and other charges in the death of Ronald Randall.

Springfield street might be named after Bob Barker

City Council members want to commemorate the legendary “The Price is Right” game show host, who is a graduate of Springfield’s Drury University.

Woman charged with death of her boyfriend’s 2-year-old son

Prosecutors say the boy was struck with a stick. His father, Stacey Tolbert, is charged with endangering the welfare of a child.

Bullet fired into Cape Girardeau courthouse

The bullet hole was discovered Tuesday in the Common Pleas Courthouse on the upper floor. No one was hurt.

Hannibal recovers from flash flood

Three to four inches of rain fell in about 40 minutes, causing creeks to overflow and leaving water standing on many streets.

Obama campaign to triple its paid workers in Missouri

The jump to 150 workers would make it one of the largest Democratic campaign efforts in the state's history, but the McCain campaign said this just shows how desperate Obama's people are.

Kansas City police identify gunman who was fatally shot after shooting at passing cars

Kansas City police have identified a 55-year-old gunman, Reginald McGee, whom officers fatally shot after he allegedly fired a rifle at passing vehicles in Swope Park.

Police fatally shoot man who was firing on traffic

Police said the man wrecked his car in Swope Park, pulled out a rifle and began firing at vehicles. He hit three before he was shot.

Gubernatorial candidate Kenny Hulshof outlines his economic and job plans

The Republican candidate talked about restrictions to lawsuits, restricting payments from the workers’ compensation, adding quality jobs, aiding advanced technology companies and making Missouri a distribution hub.

Federal appeals court puts FCC’s proposed cell phone tower regulations on hold

Because of cell phone tower power loss during Hurricane Katrina and other natural disasters, the FCC proposed that all cell towers have a minimum of eight hours of backup power. But cell phone companies say the proposed backup power regulations would cost too much.

Chris Koster’s campaign staff may have violated fundraising law

Koster, who is running for state attorney general, said his staff has acted within campaign finance laws, but e-mail records provided to The Associated Press indicate that campaign workers coordinated large transfers of money.

Humane Society of Missouri helps rescues animals in disasters

The society has assisted more than 3,000 animals so far this year. The group has also helped about 300 animals in Iowa during recent flooding.

Kansas City man faces federal charges on suspicion of making threatening calls

Daniel Travis Phillips is accused of making threatening calls to women in several states, including Missouri.

Pentagon to rebid $35 billion tanker project

The opportunity to have a second chance to win the contract would be welcome news to thousands of Boeing workers in Missouri, Kansas and Washington state.

Missouri road projects dependent on new money

The Missouri Department of Transportation has identified dozens of major road and bridge projects to be completed as part of a potential 20-year plan. Transportation officials don’t call it a wish list. They describe it as a need list.

U.S. homeland security secretary visits Lincoln County

Michael Chertoff got a look at flood-damaged areas and was updated on recovery efforts.

InBev seeks to remove entire Anheuser-Busch board

InBev said it was taking action with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission because Anheuser-Busch has refused to talk about InBev’s $65 per share offer for the company.

Gov. Blunt signs bill targeting illegal immigration

Among other changes, the new legislation requires that applicants for public benefits prove they are legally in the country. Lawmakers passed the bill on the final day of their annual session under a threat from Blunt that he would call a special session if no bill were passed.

Settlements reached in clergy abuse lawsuits

The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests says priests sexually preyed upon six boys at parishes and grade schools from the late ’60s to the late 1980s.

Obama's plane makes unscheduled landing in St. Louis

A maintenance issue caused the senator’s plane to make an unscheduled stop while en route from Chicago to Charlotte, N.C.