State News

Baby giraffe is newest addition to Saint Louis Zoo

The male calf was born Saturday at the zoo and stands more than 6 feet tall and weighs 143 pounds. Zoo visitors can see him with his mother.

Drivers get newly-designed license plates

The new license plates feature a bluebird and the “Show-Me State” nickname spelled without the hyphen. The state says it won’t fix this grammatical mistake.

Mo. woman pleads not guilty in Internet suicide case

Lori Drew was charged with a federal crime because no applicable state law existed.

Volunteers needed to help town prepare for floods

Flooding is endangering many Missouri river towns and help is needed to reinforce levees.

Missouri asks Bush to expedite declaration for flood help

Officials predict crest levels are expected to exceed those set by the Great Flood of 1993, which some levees may not withstand.

Kinder asks Pres. Bush to expedite flood help

Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder is asking President Bush to expedite a disaster declaration to help Missouri deal with record flooding along the Mississippi River.

Northeast Missouri prepares for flooding

Communities along the Mississippi River in northeast Missouri are taking steps to deter water levels that continue to rise and to avoid flooding. Some have decided to evacuate.

2 lawsuits accuse former Kansas City area clergymen of abuse

The two cases concern priests from St. Elizabeth Parish in the 1970s.

Rolla man commutes on horseback to save on gas

It takes him two "green-broke" horses and four hours to travel 13 miles.

Torrential rain in Springfield meant dozens of motorists had to be rescued

Firefighters performed the rescues Friday after nearly nearly 4 inches of rain fell on the city.

UPDATE: Kinder calls for more volunteers in northeast Mo. and mobilizes National Guard

The lieutenant governor called in the National Guard on Saturday. He says more volunteers are needed in Hannibal, Canton and Alexandria to prepare sandbags as the threat of floods looms.

McCaskill misses deadline to recover $1 million she loaned her campaign

Friday was the deadline for her to raise enough money to repay the money she lent her failed campaign for governor. Friday was also the day that personal financial disclosure reports were released on McCaskill, Bond and their colleagues.

InBev's bid for Anheuser-Busch meets public resistance

The proposed sale of the maker of the beer that bills itself as “great American lager,” to a Belgian firm has become a rallying point for some Bud fans and lawmakers playing to the populist view that America is being sold off, bit by bit.

Missouri Humane Society rescuing pets in Iowa floods

The Humane Society of Missouri has 10 people with boats and trailers rescuing pets abandoned in the Iowa floods.

Serial killer from Cape Girardeau pleads guilty to another murder

Timothy Krajcir, who has confessed to killing nine women in four states, was sentenced in his prison cell to life in prison for the rape and murder of a Pennsylvania woman in 1979.

Missouri towns wait for rivers to crest

Mississippi River towns north of St. Louis are bracing for crests next week that should come very close to records set in the Great Flood of 1993.

Hulshof, Steelman and Nixon spar in first gubernatorial debate

Rep. Kenny Hulshof defended his fiscal conservative credentials while rival Treasurer Sarah Steelman asserted he lacks the courage to be governor. Attorney General Jay Nixon clashed with Hulshof over higher education.

Water patrol reports drowning in Gasconade River

The Missouri State Water Patrol says a 52-year-old Lebanon man has drowned in the Gasconade River, the state’s second rope-swing drowning in less than a week.

Couple sentenced for embezzling $66,000 from mentally disabled man and woman

The U.S. attorney said Donald and Mary Hicks stole the disabled pair's money and allowed them to live in deplorable conditions. They even were forced to get their food from trash containers.

Gun goes off twice in woman's handbag at KC Health Dept.

The gun went off the first time when the woman set her handbag down.