State News

St. Louis man contracts West Nile

ST. LOUIS — A 40-year-old St. Louis County man has contracted the first human case of West Nile virus in Missouri this year, health authorities said Tuesday.

Midwifery ruling: 'an unfair treatment' of rights?

COLUMBIA - Expectant mothers Kimberly Fallon and Dallion Rehm were planning to take advantage of a new state law by giving birth at home, using certified professional midwives as their primary caregivers.

Missouri program leads nation in cutting inmate population

Missouri is leading the nation in reducing its inmate population, thanks to changes in recent years designed to get offenders back on their feet, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported Sunday.

Environmental group says Missouri should halt some water studies

An environmentalist group wants Missouri to stop funding certain water studies, saying the research fails to accurately determine which streams are used for swimming and would therefore qualify for greater environmental protection.

St. Louis forum hosts Democratic hopefuls

As the race to be the next president of the United States heats up, four Democratic candidates spoke here Friday about issues concerning the black community.

Curators ready for round 2 of presidential picks

In the next few weeks, the University of Missouri System Board of Curators will begin another round of interviewing candidates to choose the next system president.

Reporter's notebook: Covering the Urban League conference

I wondered: Would it be hard for two white journalists from the Columbia Missourian to cover a black conference? Beyond that, I pondered the question every reporter asks: Will I get a good story?

Democratic candidates unveil plans to Urban League

Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, John Edwards and Dennis Kucinich outlined plans encouraging change in American policy.

Nixon’s proposal on returning campaign donations exempts McCaskill, others

Sen. Claire McCaskill and others working to pay off old campaign debts could benefit if the state Supreme Court follows the state’s suggested model for reinstating Missouri’s campaign contribution limits.

Deputy resigns after being accused of assaulting teen in park

A Jackson County sheriff’s deputy resigned today after being accused of sodomizing a 15-year-old girl in a Sibley park.

Former tanning salon owner indicted on child pornography charges

A federal grand jury has indicted a former tanning salon owner on eight child pornography charges for allegedly videotaping underage female customers with a hidden camera.

Unidentified remains found in popcorn tin

Police said Thursday they are trying to determine the identity of cremated remains in a popcorn tin that ended up in front of a home in the southwest Missouri town.

U.S. House votes down change to end federal raids on medical marijuana

The U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday night voted down the latest medicinal marijuana bill, which sought to keep residents of states that allow marijuana for medicinal purposes safe from federal raids.

Dillard’s suit part of pattern

A 2003 lawsuit against Dillard’s in Columbia, which appears likely to go to trial, contains allegations that “suggest a larger pattern of race based harassment,” wrote Judge Diana Murphy of the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals in the court’s opinion released last week.

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.

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.

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.