State News

Sharpton urges solution to gap in health care

The Rev. Al Sharpton and five other speakers agreed Thursday at a national convention that closing the economic gap between blacks and whites is the most important issue facing blacks today.

Nixon calls for return of excess funds

JEFFERSON CITY — Attorney General Jay Nixon suggested Wednesday that most candidates should have to return any campaign money they received above the state’s recently reinstated contribution limits.

U.S. House expected to vote on marijuana amendment today

The Hinchey Medical Marijuana Amendment,would prohibit the federal government from prosecuting people caught with a misdemeanor amount of marijuana with a doctor’s permission if it is legal in their state.

Judge confirms Joplin teen will be tried as adult in school shooting case

A Joplin teenager charged with firing an assault rifle in his middle school will go to trial as an adult and not be sent back to the juvenile system, a judge ruled Tuesday.

Official says Ameren staff shouldn’t have removed probes from Taum Sauk reservoir after collapse

Utility employees who removed safety gauges at the Taum Sauk reservoir immediately after it collapsed essentially tampered with key evidence, a state dam safety official testified.

Bloomberg calls for performance-based pay for teachers in Urban League speech

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, a potential independent presidential candidate, said today that performance-based merit pay for teachers should be implemented in the nation’s public schools.

Tram maintenance limits Arch riders for rest of summer

ST. LOUIS — About half as many visitors as usual will be able to visit the top of the Gateway Arch through the rest of the summer.

Stem cell research stalls in Missouri

KANSAS CITY — Eight months ago, Missouri seemed well on its way to becoming a national leader in stem cell research.

ConocoPhillips, Peabody Energy to build coal-to-substitute natural gas plant

ConocoPhillips is teaming with the coal company Peabody Energy on plans to build a Midwest coal-to-substitute natural gas facility, the companies said today.

Levota selected to follow Harris as Missouri House minority leader

House Democrats have chosen Rep. Paul LeVota, of Independence, as their new leader to succeed Columbia’s Jeff Harris.

St. Louis Browns' Rollie Stiles, oldest ex-major leaguer, dies at 100

Rollie Stiles, a former St. Louis Brown who at 100 was believed to be the oldest former major leaguer, has died.

Friends of kidnapped boy miss their pal since his rescue

Shawn returned to life with his mother and stepfather at his home in Richwoods. He has not spoken to the friends he made while living in Kirkwood, and a psychiatrist said it would be a mental strain for him to do so.

Missouri law may restrict abortions

After Aug. 28, any medical clinic performing more than five first-trimester abortions a month, or any abortions later in pregnancy, will be required to be licensed as an “ambulatory surgical center.”

Tourists return to top of Arch, after Saturday power failure

Tourists could travel to the top of the Gateway Arch on Sunday, after a power outage Saturday night trapped roughly 200 people inside the landmark for up to three hours.

House gets new minority leader

Paul LeVota, D-Jackson County, has been unanimously elected as House Minority Leader of the Missouri House of Representatives. He replaces Jeff Harris of Columbia.

Putting microchips in humans debated, a provider of surveillance equipment, attracted little notice itself — until a year ago, when two of its employees had glass-encapsulated microchips with miniature antennas embedded in their arms.

Boat explodes at the Lake of the Ozarks, 3 men hospitalized

Two men were airlifted to University Hospital on Saturday after a boat engine exploded at the Lake of the Ozarks.

Kansas lawmakers are steamed that Missouri ended tax deduction

Kansas lawmakers are upset about a new law in Missouri that eliminates an income tax deduction for Kansans who cross the state border to work.

Branson police investigate fatal stabbing at motel

Police are investigating the fatal stabbing of an Arkansas man at a Branson motel late Thursday.

If the case is determined to be a homicide, it would be the first slaying this year in the resort town and only the third since 2000.

Chemcentral accused of safety violations linked to Feb. blast in KC

Federal regulators today cited a chemical company for a series of alleged safety violations tied to an explosion at the company’s Kansas City distribution plant in February.