State News

Mo. tomatoes added to the 'safe to eat list'

Missouri Department of Agriculture Director Katie Smith gave the thumbs up to Missouri-grown tomatoes by placing them on the FDA’s “safe to eat list."

Missouri communities prepare for river flooding

The Missouri River was expected to crest in northwest Missouri this weekend, but more concern was focused on the Mississippi River, where more significant flooding was expected the middle of next week.

Mo. universities agree to give scholarships for college-savings plan

The $500 scholarships should be available for the 2008-2009 school year, State Treasure Sarah Steelman said.

Nonprofit group to pay state $450,000 for continued solicitation

A judge has ordered the Police Protection fund to pay Missouri for requesting money from residents after being asked to stop.

Anheuser-Busch at last receives buyout offer

The unsolicited $46 billion offer from the Belgian brewer comes after weeks of speculation. The St. Louis-based brewer said its board would evaluate the proposal carefully.

Missouri, Kansas not to receive Medicare program

A federal Medicare pilot program aimed at encouraging physicians to use computerized patient records will not be coming to Kansas or Missouri.

KC Star, Post-Dispatch and AP want to join e-mail lawsuit against Blunt

The three media outlets had originally requested e-mails from the governor’s office last year. Revelations stemming from those requests that Blunt’s office had not maintained e-mails triggered Jay Nixon to appoint investigators to determine whether state laws had been violated.

Money gap remains in estimates for Mo.’s transportation needs

More than $31 billion will be needed over the next 20 years.

State gets $3 million from debtors’ stimulus checks

The state of Missouri received $3 million by catching stimulus checks headed to those who owe back taxes.

Rising Mississippi causes some towns to prepare for flooding

The river is already a few feet above flood stage and gaining in the Missouri towns of Canton, La Grange, Hannibal, Louisiana, Clarksville, Winfield and St. Louis.

Blunt signs bill targeting meth, granting nurses new powers

Under the new law pharmacists will use electronic logs to track purchases of cold medications with pseudoephedrine, which can be used to make meth. The law also allows some nurses to prescribe controlled substances.

Obama defends economic policy

McCain says Obama plans to raise taxes. But Obama says his plan would cut taxes for 95 percent of American workers, while increasing taxes on corporations and the wealthy.

Major flooding possible on Mississippi River

The National Weather Service forecasts moderate flooding in St. Louis and near 1993-level flooding in some river towns.

Southeast Mo. residents consider buyouts after flooding

Residents of Dutchtown met with officials to learn about government buyouts after their town flooded in March.

AG says dogs for diabetics don't work

The attorney general’s office says Heaven Scent Paws, a Cole County company claiming to train dogs to help diabetics, is ripping off consumers.

Johnson County sheriff's deputy kills burglary suspect after chase and shootout

The body was sent to the Boone County Medical Examiner’s Office for an autopsy and identification.

Mo. man convicted of student's murder wins tentative OK for new forensic tests

A southeast Missouri man convicted 14 years ago in a college student’s murder but who claims innocence moved one step closer Monday toward the chance to clear his name. The man was prosecuted by Kenny Hulshof when he was a special state prosecutor

Government audit reveals problems in FBI name check process for immigrants

The audit says problems in the process used to check the names of immigrants seeking citizenship led to large backlogs and raised questions about the reliability of resulting information.

Missouri man to compete in national rock, paper, scissors contest

Three hand signs and luck are the only things holding Poplar Bluff resident from a $50,000 prize and a chance to compete internationally during the Beijing Olympics.

3 drown in separate weekend accidents

Three people are dead after separate accidents across the state, according to reports from the Missouri State Water Patrol.