State News

New Madrid students write soldiers' stories

Students in an English class in New Madrid were given the assignment to interview and write about a local veteran. "New Madrid's Hometown Heroes" will be published, thanks to underwriting from a bank in the area.

Kansas City pushes effort to restore Blue River

The city hopes to combat pollution along the river, which winds through Kansas City, by working with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to enlarge the channel and remove trash and run-down buildings along its banks.

Mural of train accident aftermath to be dedicated

A mural depicting a prayer service held after one of Missouri's worst train accidents, in 1914, will hang at Neosho United Methodist Church.

Polk County woman killed in car wreck

 A Polk County woman wrecked her car near Bolivar. A deputy found her car, searched it for survivors and ordered the car towed after he found no one inside. Her husband later found her body below the bridge.

FBI investigates Tulsa burglary ring

Burglaries in multiple states have been connected to three men who have managed to steal hundreds of thousands of dollars, according to federal court documents.

UPDATE: Missouri mom gets some comfort from work against cyberbullying

Dardenne Prairie resident Tina Meier, whose daughter, Megan, hanged herself in the wake of an Internet hoax, says that while a neighbor's conviction in court this week didn't bring closure, other things have brought comfort.

Internet-suicide case broadens interpretation of online service contracts

After a Missouri mother was convicted Wednesday of accessing computers without authorization in a landmark cyberbullying trial, legal experts said the outcome could mean anyone who violates a Web site’s service terms is subject to prosecution.

'Pardoned' turkeys: Where are they now?

In recent years, the pardoned turkey and its alternate have had the good fortune to retire to the site of many a dream vacation — Disney World and Disneyland.

Jury convicts mom of lesser charges in Internet suicide case

The jury found Lori Drew guilty of three counts of accessing a computer without authorization. Each count is punishable by up to one year in prison and a $100,000 fine.

Illinois farmer pleads guilty to bankruptcy fraud

His attorney also said Wednesday that his client had nothing to do with unsolved slayings of a potential witness in the fraud case.

Three dead in crash on St. Louis bridge

One passenger is hospitalized and in stable condition.

FEMA to provide Missouri residents with disaster relief

The Federal Emergency Management Administration approved on Tuesday more than $2 million in disaster aid, which was made available to Missouri after President Bush declared a major disaster in the state in mid-September.

New scholarship program to be announced at Black and White Ball in St. Louis

Rapper Nelly and music producer Jermaine Dupri will host the third annual Black and White Ball in St. Louis.

Jury convicts Missouri mom of misdemenors in cyberbullying case

A Missouri mother on trial in a landmark cyber-bullying case was convicted Wednesday of three minor offenses instead of the main conspiracy charge in an Internet hoax that prosecutors say drove a 13-year-old girl to suicide.

Ill. diocese will appeal priest-abuse judgment

Attorneys for a Roman Catholic diocese in southwestern Illinois have filed notice that they will appeal a jury award of $5 million to a former altar boy who was sexually abused by a priest.

Missouri commission recommends $1,500 raise for judges

Meeting without most of its members, a citizens’ salary commission recommends that Missouri judges and elected officials get a pay raise if state employees do.

Missouri man sentenced to life in fatal beating

A man who beat a Lebanon teenager to death over text messages was sentenced to life in prison Tuesday after pleading guilty to second-degree murder and other charges stemming from the June 2007 attack.

Danforth Foundation pulls Arch donation, for now

John Danforth has advised the Interior secretary not to count on his family foundation’s offer of $50 million — at least for now — to fund construction of any cultural attraction that may be built on the Gateway Arch grounds.

S. Illinois farmer to change plea in fraud case

A southern Illinois farmer accused of bankruptcy fraud in a case that has ties to a double homicide is due in court for a change-of-plea hearing.

Gas prices low at busy travel time

AAA Auto Club reports that Missouri’s $1.58 average price for a gallon of regular unleaded is the lowest in the nation. Among neighboring states, Kansas on Tuesday was at $1.70, Iowa at $1.78, Illinois at $1.88 and Arkansas at $1.73.