State News

In Ozarks, Obama caricature creates a storm

Thanks to a prominent highway sign depicting a turban-wearing, cartoon caricature of "Barack Hussein Obama," a very public conversation on race, religion, politics and free speech has dominated West Plains.

Post-Dispatch endorses Nixon

The St. Louis Post Dispatch editorial board has announced its support of the Missouri attorney general who is the Democratic candidate for governor, citing a need for stronger reform than his opponent, U.S. Rep. Kenny Hulshof, has offered.

Cheney to raise money for two Mo. Republican candidates

Cheney is scheduled to appear at a private reception for 9th District congressional candidate Blaine Luetkemeyer at a club in the St. Louis area. Then, the vice president will fly to Cape Girardeau for a fundraiser for incumbent Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder.

Democratic lieutenant governor candidate's contributions questioned

Democratic lieutenant governor's candidate Sam Page scrambled to change his state finance report Friday after listing a check from a Canadian company, an apparent violation of a federal law banning foreign political donations.

Kansas City's WWI memorial might be the national memorial

Kansas City's liberty memorial might hold the distinction in addition to hosting the centennial in 2014 to 2018.

Former executive sentenced for backdating stock options

The former Engineered Support Systems CEO was sentenced to 15 months in prison and fined $4 million in St. Louis on Friday.

Missouri Botanical Garden adds 6 millionth plant

The garden added its 6 millionth plant specimen to that collection Friday. It's a member of the Philodendron family, collected by Thomas Croat during a trip to Equador last year.

Hulshof takes in $500,000 from political party committees

The Republican gubernatorial nominee denounced political party committees under Missouri’s old campaign finance laws but said that, with the repeal of campaign contribution limits, the committees aren’t the “sham” they once were.

Kansas City homicides could hit decade high

Killings in Kansas City are happening at an alarming rate, and police and residents say the slayings can be traced to years of economic depression and failed education. Two more suspected homicides were reported Thursday morning, bringing the yearly toll to 105, and officials say 2008 could wind up as the deadliest year in Kansas City since the 1990s. There were 21 homicides in August alone — a record for a single month.

Appeals court hears Missouri 'Choose Life' case

A case in the federal appeals court questions whether a "Choose Life" license plate falls under constitutional protection of private speech.

Lieutenant governor wants session to up utility aid

Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder said Thursday that higher projected energy costs for this winter demand quicker action.

EPA tightens health standard for airborne lead

EPA officials, who were under a federal court order to set a new health standard for lead by midnight Wednesday, said cutting the amount of toxic metal in gasoline would better protect health, especially children's health.

Computer tech verifies e-mail in Blunt lawsuit

In a deposition, a state computer technician said he saw an e-mail in which Scott Eckersley, a former staff attorney for Gov. Matt Blunt, raised concerns about the offices e-mail policy.

Blunt to provide old e-mails at no cost

After lawsuits from several newspapers about whether Gov. Blunt was adhering to open records laws, he agreed in a settlement Wednesday to provide his old e-mails for free.

Auxvasse man pleads guilty to killing wife

David K. Corn, 44, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder of Melissa Corn, 35, whose body was found in April near the Missouri River.

Blunt appoints Atchison County judge to Mo. Supreme Court

The governor says Judge Zel Fischer shares his strict constitutional philosophy.

Baker reports raising $650,000 since July

Columbia's state representative has raised more than $1 million this year for her campaign for the 9th District congressional seat.

Nixon holds fundraising lead in Mo. governor race

Democratic governor nominee Jay Nixon reports bringing in about 1 1/2 times more money than his opponent, Kenny Hulshof, from Aug. 31 through Sept. 30.

Missouri starts Web site to help reduce energy bills

The Public Service Commission and Natural Resources Department launched a Web site,, that's devoted to offering tips for improving energy efficiency.

Obama to visit Missouri this weekend

Missouri campaign spokesman Justin Hamilton confirmed Wednesday that the presidential candidate will make two stops in the swing state.