State News

Kansas City mayor, wife deny allegations of harassment

A former staffer is suing because she said she was paid less than her peers and because the mayor's wife used racial slurs around her.

Adviser: $342 million budget shortfall likely for Missouri

After reporting an $833 million surplus this summer, the state drew lower-than-expected tax revenues and now anticipates a  deficit by the end of June 2009.

Hog farm's odor draws lawsuit from southwest Missouri residents

The residents said they have suffered health issues and that family and friends have refused to visit them because of the hog farm.

Former chief of staff to Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder sentenced to jail

Eric Feltner was sentenced to 10 days in jail for violating probation on a pornography conviction. Feltner was found accessing the Internet for personal use, and one of the terms of his probation was that he not use the Internet except for business purposes.

Former state trooper challenges Springfield's red-light law

Adolph Belt Jr., a retired state trooper, was found liable for running the red light in municipal court in September and fined $100. He has filed a lawsuit challenging the city of Springfield over its use of red-light cameras.

Mom, stepdad plead guilty in Perry County boy's 2005 death

Emily Altom's son, Ethan Patrick Williams, died after being hopitalized with an infection. Charges of voluntary manslaughter against her and Michael Altom will be dropped.

Fatal traffic accident on U.S. 54 result of icy road

A Fulton man died after losing control of his sports utility vehicle Monday morning on icy roads and veering into the path of a utility truck.

Missouri legislature pre-filing shows not much will change

The groundwork was laid Monday to make the 2009 legislative session a repeat of the 2008 debate over a proposal abortion bill.

Regulators hang up on cell tower backup rules

A proposal to require all U.S. cell phone towers to have at least eight hours of backup power in case of a natural disaster was shot down by federal regulators.

Behavior on Missouri rivers could soon be subdued

Among the first bills filed in the 2009 legislative session is a possible ban on beer bongs, kegs and beaded necklaces on Missouri's rivers.

Juror: Defendant didn't expect Megan Meier to harm self

The jury forewoman in a landmark cyberbullying case says the defendant, Lori Drew of O'Fallon, didn't expect the teenage victim to harm herself.

Wounded deer attacks Sedalia hunter

After Randy Goodman shot a nine-point buck, the animal attacked him. The hunter was eventually able to take down his prey but then had to go to the hospital to get treatment for his injuries.

Investigators' seeking help to identify remains

Authorities in southern Missouri's Laclede County say the woman found by hunters on Nov. 15 was between 25 and 45 years old.

Economist: Midwest recession to rival that of 1981-82 for unemployment

The economic recession in Mid-America will rival the 1981-82 recession for unemployment, according to professor Ernie Goss of Creighton University. The primary index from his Mid-America Economic Survey, which includes Missouri, has plunged to its second record low in as many months. The November index hit 37.8 in November, down 2.1 percentage points from October.

Disabled advocates want 'handicapped' off signs

The term has been called derogatory and groups are pushing for legislation to change the language on parking signs.

Former Missouri Supreme Court judge Bardgett dies

John "Jack" Bardgett served 12 years on the state Supreme Court, co-founded his own law firm, as well as served in the Navy during WWII.

New federal law should cut Amtrak delays

The new law will enforce Amtrak's right of way to freight traffic and help more trains arrive on time.

CrimeStoppers uses billboards to seek tips

St. Louis CrimeStoppers is following in Kansas City's footsteps, displaying fugitive wanted ads on city standard and digital billboards in hopes of obtaining tips leading to arrests.

More Missourians voted in 2008 elections, but many skipped races

More than 2.9 million people in Missouri voted for president — nearly 200,000 more than in 2004. But compared with four years ago, tens of thousands more voters trailed off, skipping races for the state legislature and even for governor.

Blue River gets a makeover

Kansas city officials, industrial companies and volunteers are restoring the waterway.  They have already removed 100,000 tons of scrap iron and trash, as well as 20,000 to 30,000 tires.