State News

Staph infection becomes a bigger threat, state health experts says

Community-acquired Methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus, a type of staph infection, is a recently found illness that is more easily treatable but capable of more damage.

Judge rules against state's school districts

The state provides as much public school funding as the Missouri Constitution requires, a Cole County judge ruled Wednesday.

Ethics Commission ruling could close financial gap between Nixon, Blunt

If the Missouri Ethics Commission rules that the gubernatorial candidates must refund excess campaign donations, Gov. Matt Blunt would have to return $4.2 million, and Attorney General Jay Nixon would have to return $1.3.

Organizations provide families with child identification kits

The demand for the kits, which provide digital and DNA records of children, has risen in response to prominent Missouri kidnapping cases.

Government distributes $39.4 million to state universities

Gov. Matt Blunt’s higher education initiative calls for MOHELA to pay the state $350 million over several years. The money will fund various college construction projects.

ConAgra defends decision not to recall pot pies

The pot pies were being pulled from store shelves Wednesday at the company’s request, but a prominent food poisoning lawyer criticized the decision not to recall the Banquet and generic pot pies.

Third hearing on state regulating school sports heats up

Some legislators said they were getting frustrated about whether the state should should regulate the Missouri State High School Activities Association.

Protests still allowed at air shows

The veterans group that organizes Memorial Day air shows in Columbia reached the end of the road Tuesday on its quest to prevent the public from protesting during the event.

Apple crop battered from March freeze

“There shouldn’t be an apple around here,” said orchard owner Paul Peters of central Missouri. “We didn’t expect anything to make it.”

Firm hired to rebuild a Kansas town

BNIM Architects will rebuild Greensburg, Kan., which was almost destroyed by a tornado in May.

YouTube becomes a political force in state races

The attention received by a YouTube video of Jay Nixon allegedly arriving at a campaign stop in his state car demonstrates how the video site has entered the realm of Missouri state politics.

Abuse of power tops themes in governor’s race

Governor Matt Blunt and Attorney General Jay Nixon snipe and snarl as gubernatorial race approaches.

Missouri bridges given clean bill of health

Some Missouri bridges found in decent shape and others given repairs in wake of inspections following the Minnesota bridge collapse.

Web site lists state businesses that don't pay taxes

A new site provides the public with a record of businesses with revoked sales tax licenses. The site is updated weekly.

Gov. Blunt creates new position to focus on partnership of education and business

Roderick Nunn was named as the director of education and work force innovation on Thursday.

Missouri moonshiners plead guilty to federal charges

Wayne H. Pettyjohn and his son, Francis Dwayne Pettyjohn, of Howell County, operated the largest illegal still discovered in Missouri in 30 years.

MFA fined after pleading guilty in pollution case

The U.S. Attorney General says the company admitted blame for a 2003 chemical accident in Martinsburg.

Funding strategy plan for Missouri public universities presented to curators

A study group is trying to create a funding strategy for all of Missouri’s public four-year universities.

Jury chosen for pregnant woman slaying case

Opening arguments are scheduled to begin Thursday in a Kansas City federal courtroom in the trial of Lisa Montgomery, who is accused of kidnapping and strangling pregnant Bobbie Jo Stinnett and removing her eight-month-old baby with a kitchen knife.

New supreme court judge hears first arguments

Judge Patricia Breckenridge, the newest judge on the Missouri Supreme Court, questioned attorney’s claims in rape case on her first day on the job.