State News

Top offical for Gov. Blunt says Nixon broke law by mishandling settlement money

Administration Commissioner Larry Schepker said Nixon’s office illegally deposited a $630,00 settlement check from a prescription drug company, Caremark, into an office trust fund.

Tax relief proposal for flood victims pending in U.S. Senate

A tax relief proposal would let Midwest flood victims use planned-retirement money and business tax breaks if passed by the Senate.

McCaskill a valued part of Obama's campaign

Obama calls her one of his closest advisers. Her name has popped up as a potential running mate. Says one strategist: "They want to use her so much because she’s the epitome of the target voter they’re looking for."

UPDATE: Anheuser-Busch reportedly will reject InBev's offer

The Wall Street Journal said Anheuser-Busch is expected to argue that InBev's offer undervalues the St. Louis-based brewer. The rejection could set the state for a hostile takeover battle.

Monsanto's profit jumped 42 percent in 3rd quarter

The St. Louis-based company raised its earning projections for the year, but its share price fell after its earnings were released because third-quarter revenue was below expectations.

Inmate pleads guilty to making threats to Wal-Mart

A Missouri inmate has pleaded guilty to making threats to lace food products with cyanide at a Kansas City Wal-Mart.

11 cases of tumors in Cameron residents sparks investigation

Over the last six years, at least 11 residents of Cameron have been diagnosed with tumors, starting an official inquiry and testing into possible causes. Officials say it is unlikely that one thing is causing the tumors.

Miller County assessor named new agricultural director for Missouri

Gov. Matt Blunt’s office said that current agriculture director Katie Smith is stepping down “in anticipation of an expanding family.”

Missouri's prison population shows decline

A new Justice Department report shows Missouri was the only state to see consistently declining prison populations over an 18-month period. Since then, it has risen only slightly.

St. Louis mosquitoes test positive for West Nile Virus

The cases are the first reported this year in St. Louis County. No human infections have been reported this year.

Wal-Mart pulls annual convention from Kansas City

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is planning to move its annual national managers meeting from Kansas City, taking away the city’s largest annual convention.

State audit finds gaps in training, testing for some school bus drivers

But State Auditor Susan Montee says that even if school districts met all state requirements, it wouldn't be enough to protect child passengers.

Springfield man pleads guilty to stealing sex toys

Police say Daniel Edward Ray stole the toys from three stores in 90 minutes.

Steelman proposes a gubernatorial ethics plan

Rep. Hulshof said Steelman isn’t acting in the public’s best interest.

Tuition to be capped at $50 per credit hour for some Missouri veterans

The tuition break applies only to Missourians who have served in combat since the Sept. 11 attacks and may be used only at public colleges and universities.

Scottrade settles over charges leveled by the SEC

The St. Louis-based company was charged with failing to conduct regular and rigorous reviews on the quality of executions.

UPDATE: Charter Communications drops Web tracking plans

Charter dropped plans to track Web use of Internet subscribers because some customers have expressed concern.

Peter Kinder signs bill designed to end property tax battle

The legislation allows those working in Missouri but living elsewhere to take a tax reduction off their Missouri income

UPDATE: Mo. Supreme Court upholds midwifery law

The 2007 law had been struck down by a Cole County judge but was overturned Tuesday in a 5-2 decision.

FEMA reacts better to flooded Midwest than to Hurricane Katrina

FEMA became a symbol of government bungling during Katrina efforts but are proving their worth in Midwest flooding crisis.