State News

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.

Man convicted in trooper’s death

The subject of a 2005 manhunt has been convicted of second-degree murder in the death of a Missouri state trooper.

Audit: Special tax districts have little government oversight

The number of special tax districts keeps growing and there’s no way to know whether the money is being used properly.

Campaign finance limits reinstated by Supreme Court

The Missouri Supreme Court reinstated campaign contribution limits Thursday, but it’s unclear whether politicians will be forced to return millions of dollars they have collected since the limits were lifted in January.

Mo. seeks stricter welfare rules

JEFFERSON CITY — Missouri officials are preparing to toughen the rules for people on welfare in an effort to meet stricter federal requirements on how many recipients must be working or trying to work.

MU law student chosen as next student curator

Tony Luetkemeyer, a former student body president, will succeed Maria Curtis Kerford, but his appointment is for one semester.

Release denied for death row inmate with cancer

A Missouri death row inmate dying of throat cancer will apparently spend his final days in prison. The Missouri Probation and Parole Board has denied a request filed by Brian Kinder’s doctors that the 47-year-old inmate be released to his family.

Elected St. Louis school board fights on against state control

The elected St. Louis school board says it won't give in to state intervention that turned over control of the district to an appointed board.

New road design to be tried

CAMDENTON — Hurry up and slow down. Everyone who has ever driven a busy two-lane road knows this frustration: You wait miles for a break in oncoming traffic to pass a slower vehicle, only to get slowed down again by another caravan of cars and trucks.

Missouri Capitol security discussed after Colorado shooting

It appeared to be business as usual at the Missouri Capitol today, the day after a shooting at the Capitol in Colorado.

St. Louis first Mo. city to let dogs in outdoor restaurants

On Friday, St. Louis became the first city in Missouri to take advantage of the new state law that allows a local option for doggie dining.