State News

Holden, others offer advice for Nixon

Former Gov. Bob Holden, as well as Republican legislators, say communication and compromise will be key to Jay Nixon's success as governor.

ANALYSIS: Nixon proposing new economic focus

Jay Nixon wants to launch his Show Me Jobs initiative. Problem is, it would tap the same source of funds as Matt Blunt's DREAM program for downtown revitalization. Can both programs survive?

UPDATE: Majority of KC-area nursing homes score below average

A new federal database rating facilities on health inspections, staffing levels and quality of care.

Net installation finished at Bagnell Dam to protect fish

AmerenUE put in the 900-foot-wide net to keep the fish out of the turbines.

Airline passenger arrested in St. Louis for bomb threat

He was arrested, authorities said, after he made a threat to a flight attendant who asked him to close  his laptop computer before takeoff.

Former UM System Curator Mary L. James dies at 59

She died Friday at Kansas City Hospice House in Kansas City of pancreatic cancer. She had been appointed to the Board of Curators by Gov. Mel Carnahan in 1999 and served as president in 2005. Mrs. James was active in many organizations.

Blunt names two to judicial screening panels

Like Matt Blunt, both are opponents of the state's "nonpartisan" method of appointing some judges.

Residents powering homes face insurance problems

They can't get the insurance they're now required to have by the state.

Sikeston man charged with murder

Prosecutors say Maurice J. Robinson was charged for causing the death of 45-year-old Linnie Andrews by striking him on the head with a pistol and stomping his head.

Neosho man given 3 life sentences in shooting of officers

Adam Bridgewater, 22, was convicted of shooting two Neosho police officers and firing at a state trooper who pursued him after he fled a traffic stop.

Animal shelters fill up in down times

The Sikeston Area Humane Society director said financial pressures are causing more people to give up their pets.

UPDATE: State agencies warn of fallout from budget cuts

They say closures of facilities, layoffs, cuts in police security and more are likely if the most severe budget cuts under consideration are made.

UPDATE: Blunt names Columbia man to national committee

Lowell Pearson, Matt Blunt's general counsel, has been named to a national committee that drafts uniform legislation for state lawmakers.

UPDATE: Debt trouble at Lee triggers auditor's warning

The publisher of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and other papers said it will  have trouble paying its debt over the next two years because of plunging revenue. The company also said its auditor questioned Lee Enterprises' ability to remain a "going concern" if it can't refinance its loans.

2008 deadly year for St. Louis, Kansas City

They didn't set records, but both cities reported spikes in homicides — and the bad economy may be partly to blame.

Survey: Recession will worsen in the months ahead

But the Midwest and Plains states are expected to fare better than the nation, a professor who oversaw the survey said.

Missouri wants new homes for prairie chickens

Farmers in 11 counties are eligible to participate in the program, which could provide some handy money in return for a good nesting habitat for the scarce birds.

5 dead in K.C. car crashes since 2009 started

Two of the crashes occurred on the same street within a few hours of each other.

UPDATE: 2 teens killed in early morning wreck near Black Jack

A 14-year-old boy was driving his parents' car when he hit a sewer culvert just before 3 a.m. Friday.

Two teenagers killed in St. Louis-area wreck

A 14-year-old boy was driving his parents' car when he struck a sewer culvert.