State News

New partnership will aid AmerenUE's outage response

AmerenUE and Saint Louis University are teaming up to create a new weather-monitoring system to help work crews stay on top of power outages.

Missouri man sentenced to 22 years for fraud

Jason E. Branch of Grandview was also ordered to pay $1.4 million in restitution to the investers he was convicted of defrauding, including a church in Las Vegas.

2 charged in restaurant slayings near St. Louis

Anthony Akins Jr. and Oundr'e Akins were each charged  in the deaths of a waitress and a cook at a  Steak 'n  Shake where the brothers had once worked. Officials said the  robbery of the restaurant  yielded less than $200.

Company to sample for uranium in Mississippi County

Gustavson Development Co. says it will sample for uranium in Mississippi County beginning next month. Finding the mineral could bring in as much as $60 million.

Children's Hospital offers products, information for safety

St. Louis Children's Hopsital will open an area called "safety stop" where they will offer free safety consultations and discounted products for families.

Decision may threaten Columbia school workers' benefits

The Social Security Administration has informed Missouri school districts that only teachers, principals and a few other positions are exempt from paying into Social Security.

Anheuser-Busch shareholders approve InBev deal

The deal, expected to be finalized by the end of the year, will make InBev the world's largest brewer.

Koster cleared of laundering charge

The Missouri Ethics Commission said the case failed to get enough votes to proceed to a hearing.

Blunt attorneys denied ordering deletion of e-mails

Sunshine requests from The Associated Press and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch prompted the investigation into preservation of e-mail records.

Potential college students taking both entrance exams more often

The numbers of students taking the SAT has risen 30 percent since 1998; the number of ACT-takers has risen 43 percent.

FBI probing St. Louis-based preneed funeral company

The company is being liquidated after guaranteeing hundreds of millions of dollars worth of services before becoming insolvent.

Nixon names Ardini to general counsel spot

He has been the governor-elect's top legal counsel in the attorney general's office since 2003.

Boy hit by car after parade in southeast Missouri

A boy from Jackson was hit by a car after a Veterans Day parade.

AmerenUE, advocacy agency disagree on how to pay for nuclear reactor

The Office of Public Counsel issued an analysis showing a funding method for a new nuclear reactor in Callaway County that could minimize the profits of the reactor and the cost to customers by about $5 billion.

Stem cell lawsuit dismissed

A state trial judge dismissed a lawsuit Wednesday filed by critics of embryonic stem cell research who wanted to block $21 million in state funds from going to life sciences research.

New casino appears to skew riverboat revenues

While overall revenue rose from the same time last year, the numbers appear to have been inflated by the opening of a new casino.

Study: Extensive artery damage exists in obese children

Resarchers linked obesity in children to heart disease.

Departing state treasurer to teach class at Missouri State

Sarah Steelman, who lost in the Republican primary to Kenny Hulshof, will teach a political science course on public policy and leadership.

House for veterans' families breaks ground in St. Louis

The houses are expected to allow family members of injured veterans to stay near their relatives receiving medical care.

St. Louis police officer fired for involvement in off-duty shooting

The shooting took place outside a tavern in Pontoon Beach, Ill., and left two people wounded.