State News

High court moves Blunt defamation suit back to Jackson County

The state Supreme Court ruled pretrial proceedings in a defamation lawsuit against Gov. Matt Blunt should be in Jackson County.

H&R Block gave ousted CEO compensation valued at $5.2 million in '07

It was a 70 percent increase over 2006.

2 men charged in fire that burned northwest Missouri newspaper building

Police said the fire at the DeKalb County Record-Herald started when two men set off an explosion on the front porch of the building at about 1 a.m. Thursday, according to KMBC-TV in Kansas City.

Tuition breaks help combat veterans at MU

Last week, Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder signed into law the Missouri Returning Heroes’ Act. The law, sponsored by Sen. Maida Coleman, D-St. Louis, will require public universities to charge combat veterans just $50 per credit hour for undergraduate coursework.

Anheuser-Busch pushes for lawsuits to be heard in Delaware, not Missouri

Attorneys for Anheuser-Busch argued Wednesday that two shareholder lawsuits in St. Louis should be suspended while a Delaware judge considers nearly a dozen similar lawsuits related to the possible takeover by rival brewer InBev.

Judge denies request to block spending for research board

A judge has denied a request from critics of stem cell research to block spending from a state life-sciences research fund.

Police knew homicide suspect well

But nothing in Nicholas T. Sheley's history suggested he was capable of the violence of which he is now suspected: killing eight people in Missouri and Illinois.

Monsanto buys Guatamala seed company

Monsanto announced Wednesday it completed the purchase of Marmot SA, which operates Semillas Cristiani Burkard, a private, Guatamala-based seed company with operations in 12 countries.

Blunt cuts funding for refurbishing courthouse

Gov. Matt Blunt has cut Missouri’s $500,000 contribution to help refurbish the courthouse where Harry Truman got his political start.

Killing spree suspect being held in jail near St. Louis

A man suspected in a killing spree that left eight people in two states dead is being held near St. Louis until authorities from western Illinois can pick him up.

UPDATE: Attorney General candidate Harris sides with property owners against feeding operations

State Rep. Jeff Harris says he would use his office to side with local property owners against large animal feeding operations.

Candidate for Missouri Treasurer denounces political consulting business

Brad Lager joins several Missouri Republicans who are upset that House Speaker Rod Jetton has been paid to work as a consultant and fundraiser by several Republican lawmakers.

UPDATE: Former Jefferson City reporter convicted of killing wife with poison

James Keown faces an automatic sentence of life in prison without parole.

FEMA sets up flood disaster recovery centers in Missouri

With the Mississippi river receding from near-record levels, the Federal Emergency Management Agency opened disaster recovery centers in flooded Clarksville and Winfield on Tuesday.

UPDATE: Police capture ex-con suspected of killing 8 people in Missouri, Illinois

Nicholas T. Sheley, 28, was arrested at a bar about 10 miles north of St. Louis on Tuesday evening when a bartender and a customer recognized him and called police.

Jury deliberates murder case of former Missouri radio reporter

Prosecutors say James Keown was deeply in debt and killed his 31-year-old wife for her life insurance by poisoning her with a chemical found in antifreeze.

Steelman calls for a repeal of Missouri’s ethanol mandate

The state law that went into effect in January requires gas stations to sell a 10 percent ethanol blend when it is not more expensive than traditional gasoline.

Missouri homeowners gain protection from property tax spikes with new law

The new law requires tax-rate reductions when assessed property values rise significantly; expands tax breaks for low-income elderly and disabled property owners; and requires faster notification when taxes are likely to increase.

McCain names Jack Jackson as co-chairman of Missouri campaign

Jackson is a Vietnam veteran like McCain. He had planned on working for the McCain campaign since dropping out of the lieutenant governor’s race.

Ex-convict is sought in killing of 8 people in Missouri, Illinois

Nicholas T. Sheley, 28, is a suspect in the killing of a 93-year-old man, a child and six other people.