State News

Stay granted for first person in line to be executed

John Middleton, 48, was scheduled to die by lethal injection on July 30.

Bristol-Myers Squibb to pay Mo. more than $11M to settle Medicaid fraud case

The payment is part of a national settlement in which the drug-maker has agreed to pay hundreds of millions of dollars to 44 states and the federal government. Missouri’s portion of the settlement was announced Tuesday.

Mo. National Guard says personal information may have been compromised

The Guard is withholding details pending an investigation, and insists there’s little reason to expect the information to be exploited.

Missouri, Rolla university students team up for solar decathalon

Students from MU’s Department of Architectural Studies and the Missouri University of Science and Technology’s School of Engineering in Rolla have been meeting since January 2007 to design a house powered entirely by the sun for the 2009 Solar Decathalon project.

St. Louis mayor: ‘The concern is we don’t really know InBev’

There was little else on the minds of St. Louisans on Monday than the sale of one of the city’s most famous icons to Belgian brewer InBev.

Tuition increases near maximum allowed in Missouri

In their first year of a law capping tuition increases, most Missouri universities are raising their tuition by nearly the maximum amount allowed during the upcoming school year.

Forsee names UMKC interim chancellor

Leo Morton will take on the role effective Aug. 1. He will not be a candidate for the permanent position, however.

Hulshof, Kinder team up before primary

Their campaign agenda includes making government more transparent and accountable, increasing funding for higher education, focusing on economic development and increasing access to affordable health care.

Mo. governor begins 18-day trade mission in Europe

Blunt is scheduled to make stops in Great Britain, Spain, Germany and the Netherlands.

Primary primer: Race for the Missouri attorney general

The five candidates for attorney general on the Aug. 5 primary ballot explain their positions on some of the more important issues in the race.

Attorney general candidates have plans to improve Sunshine Law

After some recent involvement in Sunshine Law dramatics, Rep. Jeff Harris of Columbia, a Democratic candidate for attorney general, has come up with a plan to improve the current policy.

St. Louis mural on eminent domain spawns lawsuit

A social activist had a two-story-high mural painted on the outside of a duplex in St. Louis to oppose the city’s use of eminent domain.

Kinder expected to endorse Hulshof for governor

The lieutenant governor is scheduled to appear with the congressman on Monday in Cape Girardeau for the announcement.

Torah thefts stump police, Jewish community

A Torah scroll valued at about $30,000 reported stolen from a St. Louis-area synagogue is one of a handful of Torah scrolls stolen in the past year in the United States. The motive may be a hate crime or the profit from selling sacred documents on the black market.

High school students try out pharmacy jobs

The Career Explorers Program sponsored by Walgreens and the St. Louis College of Pharmacy lets high school students work as pharmacists for four weeks each summer to learn the basics of the trade — and fill fake prescriptions for their favorite celebrities.

Alexander Doniphan, 19th century Mo. lawmaker, honored

The man who helped buy much of the northwest corner of the state and who refused an order to kill Mormon founder Joseph Smith has been added to the Hall of Famous Missourians.

Missouri campaign contribution limits repealed

Gov. Matt Blunt said Friday that he has signed legislation repealing the limits on campaign contributions. The change in the rules goes into effect Aug. 28, in plenty of time to affect the November elections.

Archbishop Burke's farewell Mass set for Aug. 17

The leader of the Archdiocese of St. Louis was named last month as the first American to lead the Vatican supreme court.

Blunt says no to lawmaker keys to Capital dome

The governor vetoed a bill that would have given every lawmaker a key to the Capitol dome. He cited concerns by Capitol police and the Department of Public Security.

Tax incentives OK'd for nuclear weapons plant in KC

The Kansas City Star reports on its Web site that a development agency voted unanimously Friday to support replacing the current weapons plant at the Bannister Federal Complex with a 1.4-million-square-foot complex across from the former Richard-Gebaur Memorial Airport.