State News

'Precious Doe's' mother testifies at husband's trial

Michelle Johnson, 33, of Muskogee, Okla., took the stand on the second day of testimony in the first-degree murder trial of Harrell Johnson, 29, also of Muskogee. Michelle Johnson, who married Harrell a year after her daughter's death, previously pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the death of 3-year-old Erica Green.

Nixon's education plan spurs doubt about funding

The elementary and secondary education plan includes reducing the state's high school drop out rate, recruiting new teachers and improving school safety.

Twinkie maker files updated reorganization plan

The maker of Hostess Twinkies and Wonder Bread seeks a judge's approval of its $600 million plan to exit bankruptcy.

Cabbie gets 8 years for swindling $640,000 from customer

Ringling Dan Cohn, 57, was indicted in 2007 on charges of embezzling money from Griffith Coombs, 57.

Missouri county named one of safest in U.S.

Ralls County, near Hannibal, was No. 2 on The Progressive Farmer's list of the Top 5 safest rural counties in the U.S.

Arraignment date set in Hannibal killing

Nathan Stice, 21, and David Ater, 22, are accused of killing 45-year-old Rodney Wood in early August.

Highway Patrol, federal officials set up immigration task forces

The Missouri Gateway Taskforce will employ 18 troopers to staff offices in Kansas City, Springfield and St. Louis.

Blunt interviewing three Missouri Supreme Court finalists

The governor has about two more weeks to choose a Supreme Court appointee.

Teen accused of poisoning his grandmother's coffee

According to court documents, 18-year-old Robert William Sapp of Gibbs told police he wanted his grandparents "dead because they were rude and were always telling him what to do."

Mo. lawyer sentenced to federal prison for defrauding bank

A northwest Missouri lawyer will spend four years and two months in federal prison for defrauding a bank of nearly $867,000.

Teacher suspended for pro-Obama YouTube video

A teacher at a Kansas City charter school has been suspended after video of his public school students chanting praise of Barack Obama was posted on YouTube.

New courthouse dedicated to Limbaugh in Cape Girardeau

Radio's Rush Limbaugh is among those on hand for the dedication of a new federal courthouse in Cape Girardeau named for his grandfather. A ceremony on Monday cut the ribbon for the $62 million Rush Hudson Limbaugh Sr. courthouse.

'Precious Doe' trial under way

A man accused of murdering and beheading a 3-year-old girl says it wasn't a premeditated act.

Animals from largest Missouri raid up for adoption

370 animals were rescued from a single property during an August raid in southwest Missouri.

Three animals to be removed from Mo. endangered list

The state Conservation Commission voted in September to remove the bald eagle, barn owl and western fox snake from the state endangered list. That decision takes effect after a 30-day public comment period.

Teen dead after falling off of cliff

Authorities say the 18-year-old was trying to catch up with friends when he slipped off a cliff at Cliff Cave Park in south St. Louis County.

Two-time bank robber headed back to prison

After serving time for his first robbery in 2003, John Pogue will be serving 12 years in prison for doing it again.

St. Louis to name new police chief

The replacement will come from inside the system and will be decided by the St. Louis Board of Police Commissioners by next week.

American Mustache Institute opens voting for the best 'stache

The St. Louis-based invites people vote on its website the best 'stache of the country. The 16 finalists include Libertarian presidential candidate Bob Barr, New York Yankees first baseman Jason Giambi and former baseball MVP Keith Hernandez.

Woman who didn't return kids to custody found

The Missouri woman and her four children, ages 7, 10, 12 and 15, were found at an Olympia, Wash., motel. The children were safe and are now in protective custody.