State News

2 plead guilty to felonies in southeast Missouri boy's death

A report states that the mother and stepfather of a 4-year-old southeast Missouri boy who died from infection in 2005 will plead guilty to three felonies.

UPDATE: Safety chief says terrorists may wrongly target Missouri

Postings on jihadist Web sites show followers of a terrorist leader who served part of his life sentence in a Springfield prison are calling for "offensive action" on his behalf.

St. Louis area sergeant's story told in documentary

New online documentary tells the story of a St. Louis County Army sergeant and victim of rape who returns home and deals with her trauma.

Wrongly convicted St. Louis man sues

A St. Louis man who spent 23 years in prison for a rape he didn't commit has filed suit against St. Louis County and the officers who arrested him.

UPDATE: High school wrestler dies in practice

A sophomore wrestler for Hazelwood West High School collapsed while running in practice.

Actor Will Smith to make a stop in St. Louis

Smith is promoting his new movie, "Seven Pounds," and participating in a charitable event for a local food bank.

InBev takes over Anheuser-Busch for $52 billion

InBev closed its $52 billion takeover deal of Anheuser-Busch Cos. on Tuesday.  The new company will be named Anheuser-Busch InBev, and InBev promises to keep Anheuser-Busch's St. Louis base as the company's North American headquarters. InBev will now be the world's largest brewer.

Missouri Health Department study shows most Missouri smokers want to quit

A Missouri health department study shows that nearly two-thirds of smokers want to quit in the next six months, with nearly 80 percent believing that they can stop at some point.

67-year-old Missouri man pleads guilty to killing daughter's boyfriend

An eastern Mo. man was sentenced to 25 years in prison after pleading guilty to second-degree murder and armed criminal action. The 67-year-old man was accused of shooting to death his daughter's boyfriend in December 2005.

Missouri Gov.-elect Nixon makes first cabinet appointment

Kelvin Simmons will become the Commissioner of Administration, a post in which he will coordinate the seven divisions of the Office of Administration.

Suicide case: Cyberspace law or human drama?

The case, which is supposed to be about a violation of the terms of service of MySpace, has already inspired an episode of "Law & Order."

Former Sprint contractor pleads guilty in K.C. court

The plea to concealment of a felony comes with a maximum fine of $250,000 and the possibility of three years in prison.

Plant closing leaves Pike County school district's future uncertain

The Clopton Pike County R-3 school district is bracing itself for a tax revenue loss when Holcim Inc. shuts down its cement plant north of Clarksville early next year.

Hunters discover 600-pound container, authorities believe it contains human remains

The container was found in Laclede County over the weekend, and an autopsy will be conducted.

Veterans groups seek help for injured eastern Missouri soldier

Glenn Barker, who suffered a brain injury while serving in Iraq and whose son was killed earlier this year in a vehicular accident, is unable to return to his home because of flood damage from burst pipes. The "Heroes to Hometown" program is trying to raise $63,000 to help Barker get a roof over his head.

Showdown looming in Congress on auto industry rescue

Sen. Kit Bond, R-Mo., is one of two Republicans senators to have publicly supported the Democrat-backed automaker bailout. The Detroit Three are seeking $25 billion from the financial industry bailout for emergency loans.


Police say O'Fallon gunman had sexual assault record

Gary Sheets, who police say killed his ex-girlfriend Friday, spent two years in prison for sexually assualting a different girlfriend, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported today.

Body discovered in burned building in southern Missouri

Authorities in southern Missouri are searching for witnesses to a fire at a detached garage where a body was found inside.

KC charter arts high school lacks sponsor

The future of the Kansas City School of the Arts charter is uncertain because a sponsor has not signed on.

E-mails show Blunt's chief of staff opposed court nominee

Then-chief of staff Ed Martin was seemingly at odds with his boss when he tried to encourage conservative groups to block the nomination of Judge Patricia Breckenridge. Such a use of state e-mails was not unique.