State News

Witness in murder trial changes story

After his testimony resulted in Joshua Kezer’s 1994 murder conviction, Mark Abbott says he could be wrong.

Analysis: Missouri's universities give mix reviews to 2008 legislature

University leaders were encouraged by increases in operating budgets, but were disappointed by low faculty salaries and less financial support from the state.

Buddhist Center holds Vesak celebration

Members of the Vipassanna Buddhist Church in Jefferson City celebrated Vesak, a major Buddhist festival, on Saturday.

More than $2,000 raised to pay for dog's pacemaker

Search-and-rescue dog is doing well since having surgery in Columbia.

Dead hogs prompt officials to consider charges

At least 50 dead hogs were found at an abandoned farm in southeast Missouri on Tuesday.

City mulls allowing residents to drive golf carts instead of cars

Cardwell city clerk Mary Vaughn said the city council has discussed the idea with the police department, which said it’s OK provided drivers follow the city’s rules for other drivers.

Blunt attorney wants e-mail lawsuit dismissed

The lawsuit claims the governor or his top deputies tried to destroy the state’s backup e-mail files to avoid complying with Sunshine Law requests.

Hulshof endorsed by Bond in Missouri governor’s race

Congressman Kenny Hulshof won the endorsement Saturday of Sen. Kit Bond in Missouri’s Republican gubernatorial primary — a prize he hopes could churn up more money and votes.

Towboat sinks, leaks fuel into Missouri River

A crew of seven people was safe after a towboat sank on the Missouri River on Friday, but the vessel leaked diesel into the river near West Alton in St. Charles County.

Study: Drug courts could reduce prison population

It would cost the United States $14 billion to create a national network of drug courts to steer criminals into addiction treatment rather than prison. But the investment could ultimately save the public $46 billion over the long run, according to a study released in St. Louis on Friday.

Mo. minority drivers are stopped, searched at higher rate than whites

Black drivers are more likely to be stopped in Missouri than white and Hispanic motorists, and minorities are twice as likely to be searched and arrested than whites, according to a report released on Friday by the attorney general.

Mo. judge blocks $7 fee for driver’s license records

Cole County Judge Richard Callahan ruled that the increase from $1.25 violated the state Sunshine Law.

Judge expresses reservations over fee increase for driving records

A circuit court judge challenged an increase of fees for Missouri’s vehicle and driver’s license records and said the fees appear to fall under public records law.

Missouri law would fine employers for requiring microchip implants

Critics of the chips argue there are tangible medical, privacy and religious worries driving attempts to pass laws banning forced implants around the country.

Natural gas bills could increase this winter

AmerenUE, Atmos Energy and Missouri Gas Energy were approved Thursday to charge consumers $100 to $200 extra.

St. Peters man wins Missouri lottery

The winning ticket, bought at an O'Fallon Quick Mark, had a $2.2 million prize.

World Bird Sanctuary returns eagle to wild

A month after arriving at the sanctuary for treatment of toxin poisoning, the bald eagle was released. The sanctuary has worked to promote bald eagle conservation in Missouri.

Attorneys seek injunction against Mo. license fee raises

A judge is considering whether the Department of Revenue violated laws by raising fees on driver's license records.

McCaskill takes hot seat on 'Colbert Report'

Sen. Claire McCaskill made an appearance on comedian Stephen Colbert’s show Wednesday night. She was asked why, as a woman, she didn’t support Hillary Clinton over Barack Obama.

Hospital begins to ‘Think Outside the Bottle’

A St. Louis-based hospital is going to cut out water bottles in an effort to reduce the environmental impact of producing bottles.