State News

FBI probing St. Louis-based preneed funeral company

The company is being liquidated after guaranteeing hundreds of millions of dollars worth of services before becoming insolvent.

Nixon names Ardini to general counsel spot

He has been the governor-elect's top legal counsel in the attorney general's office since 2003.

Boy hit by car after parade in southeast Missouri

A boy from Jackson was hit by a car after a Veterans Day parade.

AmerenUE, advocacy agency disagree on how to pay for nuclear reactor

The Office of Public Counsel issued an analysis showing a funding method for a new nuclear reactor in Callaway County that could minimize the profits of the reactor and the cost to customers by about $5 billion.

Stem cell lawsuit dismissed

A state trial judge dismissed a lawsuit Wednesday filed by critics of embryonic stem cell research who wanted to block $21 million in state funds from going to life sciences research.

New casino appears to skew riverboat revenues

While overall revenue rose from the same time last year, the numbers appear to have been inflated by the opening of a new casino.

Study: Extensive artery damage exists in obese children

Resarchers linked obesity in children to heart disease.

Departing state treasurer to teach class at Missouri State

Sarah Steelman, who lost in the Republican primary to Kenny Hulshof, will teach a political science course on public policy and leadership.

House for veterans' families breaks ground in St. Louis

The houses are expected to allow family members of injured veterans to stay near their relatives receiving medical care.

St. Louis police officer fired for involvement in off-duty shooting

The shooting took place outside a tavern in Pontoon Beach, Ill., and left two people wounded.

Missouri governor-elect selects budget adviser

Nixon announced Tuesday that Wayne Goode, a former Senate Appropriations Committee chairman, will be the deputy transition director for budget review.

Eldridge Lovelace, a designer of St. Louis arch grounds, dies

Eldridge Lovelace, a retired urban planner who helped design the Gateway Arch grounds, died Friday at a St. Louis hospital. He was 95. Lovelace oversaw the design of the 90-acre grounds surrounding the Gateway Arch, which was completed in 1965.

Designated drivers now available for rent in Kansas City

Bill George, the CEO of the Kansas City Transportation Group, created the service with a business partner who was charged with a DUI last year.

Missouri students chat with astronaut via Spacebook

The Missouri University of Science and Technology has designed a new networking site to help Missouri students communicate with a NASA astronaut in space. Through Spacebook, students from across the state are chatting with Sandra Magnus, a graduate of the university in Rolla.

Law capping charges for Revenue Dept. records overturned

A Missouri judge threw out a law capping how much a revenue department can charge for getting driver's license and motor vehicle records.

Hundreds on strike at central Missouri manufacturing plant

More than 500 employees of a Centralia manufacturing plant that makes plastics and construction materials are on strike over a contract that eliminates benefits. The plant is Centralia's largest employer.

Brooklyn Dodgers' famous former pitcher Preacher Roe dies

Preacher Roe, a baseball player who had a 12-year career with the Dodgers, Pittsburgh and St. Louis died Sunday in West Plains. He was a four-time All-Star and a revered member of "The Boys of Summer" in Brooklyn.

St. Louis County teacher accused of having sex with student

Baxter Harris, a business teacher and girls' basketball coach at Hancock Place High School in south St. Louis County, is accused of having sex with a girl at a school and showing her and three other girls explicit pictures of himself.

K.C. police identify two men found dead in apartment

A convicted drug dealer and one other man were found dead in a Kansas City apartment.

Missouri deputy's child accidentally kills self

A 2-year-old southwest Missouri boy shot himself in the face with a gun that was not his father's duty weapon.