State News

Public asks Missouri budget writers to be gentle

About 90 people testified in front of the Senate Appropriations Committee Tuesday. Some asked for additional funding during this time of national recession and others asked that the expected cuts not affect their program.

Chillicothe women's prison to ease overcrowding at Vandalia

Missouri's female offender population has risen by 150 percent over the last decade and the Vandalia women's prison has struggled to hold all of the offenders.

Stem cell research critics refile lawsuit to block funding of life science research

Missouri stem cell research critics have resurrected a lawsuit to block $21 million from going to life sciences research. The amended suit questions whether there is legal authority to disburse the research grants.

St. Louis shows biggest increase in dropout rate in 5 years

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported Tuesday that new data show St. Louis with a dropout rate of 22 percent. Kansas City's 28 percent dropout rate is even worse. Missouri education leaders say they're worried about the state's two urban districts.

Independence man pleads guilty to hit-run death

An Independence man pleaded guilty Monday to second-degree murder in the November 2007 hit-run death of a 17-year-old bicyclist, resisting arrest and two counts of leaving the scene of an accident .

St. Louis transit agency plans ways to cut bus service

After voters on Nov. 4 turned down a tax increase for Metro, St. Louis' mass transit agency is developing a plan to make significant cuts in bus routes.

Recovering gambler, former judge named to oversight panel for problem gambling

The Missouri Alliance to Curb Problem Gambling, a state oversight panel for problem gambling, named to its panel Deborah A. Neal, a former municipal court judge in Kansas City who was convicted in a fraud scheme related to her gambling habit.

Washington University freshman found dead Monday

Investigators think Washington University student Elizabeth Barry died of natural causes as there are no apparent signs of foul play.

Officer, man rescue woman from blaze

The fire broke out Monday morning at a two-story house in Desloge. James Medcalf was at a day care next door when he saw the flames.

Hornbeck Foundation reportedly hasn’t filed paperwork

The Better Business Bureau says the Shawn Hornbeck Foundation has not provided an audit of its financial records or filed some IRS reports months after it promised to do so.

Eighth suspicious letter sent to Alaska governor

A series of letters containing suspicious powder have been received in governor's offices across the country. Gov. Sarah Palin of Alaska was the most recent recipient Tuesday.

Illinois Gov. Blagojevich arrested on suspicion of corruption

Gov. Rod Blagojevich and his chief of staff John Harris were arresed Tuesday in Chicago on suspicion of corruption. A federal law enforcement offical said that the charges stem from the selection process of a successor to President-elect Obama's Senate seat.

Lambert Airport closes 12-gate section

To save $900,000 in maintenance and electricity costs, the airport opted to close the 12-gate section of the airport on Monday.

UPDATE: Ex-aide to lieutenant governor used online dating site

The former chief of staff for Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder admitted to using an online dating service despite a ban on personal Internet use following his pornography conviction.

"Precious Doe'' killer urged wife to change her story

Letters sent by the man convicted of killing and beheading the 3-year-old girl known for years as "Precious Doe" reveal him trying to convince his wife to reject plea agreements and change her story.

Tribune Co. files for bankruptcy protection

The company, which owns the Chicago Tribune, the Los Angeles Times and the Chicago Cubs has $13 billion in debt.

Ex-aide to lieutenant governor used online dating site

Eric Feltner, the former chief of staff for Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder, violated a probation condition that prohibited him from personal Internet use.

Clarksville cement plant will close in 2009

Due to reduced demand for its products, the Holcim cement plant, located about 50 miles south of St. Louis, will close next year and leave 180 people without work.

Kansas City passerby helps family escape house fire

A couple driving around Kansas City looking at Christmas lights originally thought the glow coming from a particular house was holiday decorations. When they realized the house was actually on fire, the man jumped out and helped the family — trapped inside the house — to safety.

Children receive text messages from Santa

Parents can pay Anchor Communications in St. Charles to have Santa send text messages to their children that say things like "Ur on the good list."