State News

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.

UPDATE: Deliberations begin in Mo. ‘Precious Doe' case

Jurors began deliberating the case Wednesday of a man accused of kicking a 3-year-old girl in the head, waiting hours without seeking help while she died, then decapitating the girl and dumping her body.

Anheuser-Busch teamsters come to a tentative agreement on five-year contract

The contract covers more than 5,000 employees at the company's 12 U.S. breweries. Union members will vote on the agreement in November.

Federal agencies to discuss new flood strategies at St. Louis summit

Flooding along the Mississippi River this year motivated three federal agencies to hold their first joint summit to discuss future responses to floods.

Ferguson man acquitted of 17-year-old murder still faces rape charge

After being found not guilty of the 1991 murder of an 18-year-old woman, a Ferguson man faces a rape charge from the same incident.

St. Charles says no to pot-bellied pigs

The St. Charles City Council on Tuesday rejected a request from a family to change an ordinance to allow families one pig, as long as the animal was registered and immunized.

Sandbags coming down in Hannibal

After the second-highest flood in Hannibal this summer forced the city to put thousand of sandbags on the levee, they are now paying to have them removed.

Carbon monoxide deaths remind boaters to take precaution

Federal and state agencies are urging boaters to be mindful of the dangers of carbon monoxide after four people died of carbon monoxide poisoning on a houseboat Sunday.

Missouri sex offenders sue over Halloween restrictions

A Missouri law that requires sex offenders to stay in their house on Halloween night and not give candy to trick-or-treaters has prompted four Missouri offenders to sue the state.

Attorneys argue intent in "Precious Doe" trial

Prosecutors and defense attorneys disagreed Wednesday over whether the man accused of killing a 3-year-old girl, long known as "Precious Doe, ''knew the girl would die after he kicked her in the head.

Biden to make stops throughout Missouri this week

The stop in the state capitol is one of four spots in Missouri where the Democratic vice presidential candidate will campaign this week.

Montee criticizes Graves for not reporting planes

State Auditor Susan Montee said U.S. Rep. Sam Graves, who is running for reelection, should have declared his two airplanes on his taxes. The Atchison County assessor told Graves the planes were not taxable.

Eli Lilly announces $62 million settlement in drug-marketing case

Lilly agreed to pay 32 states and Washington, D.C., to resolve an investigation into the company's marketing practices.

Study: Birds may help keep West Nile from humans

The findings of researchers at Washington University in St. Louis suggest a wider variety of bird species indicates a lower likelihood that people will contract West Nile virus.

Baker unveils jobs plan; Luetkemeyer stresses drilling

Rep. Judy Baker, D-Columbia, discussed her plan to create manufacturing jobs in the U.S., and Republican candidate Blaine Luetkemeyer spoke in support of drilling for oil to reverse inflation. The two are candidates for Missouri's 9th Congressional District.

St. Louis homeless center adds job-training to its menu

More than a soup kitchen, the St. Patrick Center in St. Louis has opened a small business training center to help homeless persons address health and housing issues and, eventually, to learn job skills.

Missouri lawsuit challenges execution procedures

The Missouri Department of Corrections created the procedures in 2006 after a federal judge ruled that the state's method of carrying out the death penalty was unconstitutional.