State News

Missouri lieutenant governor has lesion removed

Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder had a precancerous lesion removed from his face.

July testing at Lake of the Ozarks found low levels of E. coli

The Department of Natural Resources took 55 samples on July 7 from the Community Toll Bridge to mile marker 30. June tests found high levels of E. coli, mainly in high-traffic areas near Tan-Tar-A Resort.

Couple slain in mall had protection orders against each other

A divorced couple who died in a murder-suicide inside a suburban St. Louis mall had a violent relationship that prompted at least four police visits and each to seek orders of protection against each other, court records show.

Mo. woman says Wal-Mart, health officials discriminated against her monkey

Debby Rose of Springfield said in the lawsuit that the 10-year-old bonnet macaque helps curb a social anxiety disorder that can cause her to have panic attacks in public.

Securities regulators visit Wachovia's St. Louis offices

Missouri officials said they conducted what they called a “special inspection,” part of a broad probe into questionable practices involving auction rate securities.

Harris unveils proposals to block phone calls, spam

The Democratic candidate for attorney general unveiled plans to expand the state’s no-call list and crack down on e-mail spammers.

'Funeral Day Burglar' sentenced to 43 years in prison

Dane S. Johnson and partner Landon N. Prothro picked their victims by reading real estate listings and obituaries, and hit model homes, homes on real estate tours and homes where owners would be attending funerals.

UPDATE: Federal judge in Missouri rules lethal injections constitutional

The ruling by U.S. District Judge Fernando Gaitan in Kansas City presumably opens the door for executions to resume after nearly three years.

2 people reported wounded in shooting at mall in Florissant

Reports say two people are critically wounded after the shooting at Jamestown Mall in suburban St. Louis, which happened around 12:45 p.m. Wednesday.

State audit criticizes Ag Department over legal bill

The audit says the department used the wrong fund to settle sexual harassment claims between the department and a former employee.

Sale of Anheuser-Busch would make Boulevard Brewing No. 1 in Mo.

The Kansas City domestic-craft brewer would be the largest beer maker based in Missouri.

Panel falls off plane in flight

The panel took a chunk out of Missouri 94 shortly after takeoff from Lambert Airport in St. Louis. No one was hurt.

Former Cameron manufacturing plant becomes focus of brain tumor investigation

The Environmental Protection Agency and the Missouri Department of Natural Resources took samples of the residue, called slag, and of stone, soil and water from waste sites at Rockwool.

Federal judge in Missouri rules lethal injections constitutional

The ruling by U.S. District Judge Fernando Gaitan in Kansas City presumably opens the door for executions to resume after nearly three years.

UPDATE: Politicians debate over use of state’s largest surplus in two decades

Some House and Senate members want to use the money to improve health care and education while others are more weary about spending the surplus.

InBev’s acquisition of Anheuser-Busch will cause cut in white-collar jobs

InBev has not said whether it will cut more jobs on top of the 1,185 positions Anheuser-Busch had already said it had planned. All of the Anhesuer-Busch breweries will remain open.

Probation, parole officers rally to demand back pay

Probation and parole officers rallied Tuesday to demand that they begin receiving about $4.4 million in back pay the courts have said the state owes them.

Researchers look to video games for therapeutic effects

Scientists, intrigued by video games’ intrinsic ability to distract and focus the mind, have for decades looked for ways to use video games to improve health and patient outcomes.

St. Louis police start initiative to stabilize crime-ridden neighborhoods

The St. Louis Police Department are putting a new strategy into action, which includes a curfew for children younger than 18, to decrease the number of homicides in the city.

Blunt’s deputy commissioner will become Kinder’s new chief of staff

Richard Auchon, who served in the Blunt administration, will be taking over for Eric Feltner, who resigned last month when it became public he had been charged with two misdemeanor pornography counts.