State News

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.

Mo. tomatoes added to the 'safe to eat list'

Missouri Department of Agriculture Director Katie Smith gave the thumbs up to Missouri-grown tomatoes by placing them on the FDA’s “safe to eat list."

Missouri communities prepare for river flooding

The Missouri River was expected to crest in northwest Missouri this weekend, but more concern was focused on the Mississippi River, where more significant flooding was expected the middle of next week.

Mo. universities agree to give scholarships for college-savings plan

The $500 scholarships should be available for the 2008-2009 school year, State Treasure Sarah Steelman said.

Nonprofit group to pay state $450,000 for continued solicitation

A judge has ordered the Police Protection fund to pay Missouri for requesting money from residents after being asked to stop.