State News

Mississippi undergoes emergency dredging

The dredging, which took place north of Winfield, was needed because of the recent flooding.

Archaeologists dig at Becky Thatcher house

The two-week dig is part of a $1.3 million upgrade of the home of Laura Hawkins, who was the model for the character in "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer."

Don't bring your pig to St. Charles

The City Council has voted down a bill allowing families to keep one potbellied pig as a pet.

St. Louis to give employees water bottles

UPDATE: Sex offender admits killing student from Mo.

A convicted sex offender told how he strangled a 20-year-old Clemson University student from Missouri, leaving her body in her off-campus apartment with her bikini top still wrapped around her neck.

Mo. obesity rate rises for third straight year

A report issued Tuesday says that Missouri's obesity rate is rising and without increased government funding and community involvement, there's a fat chance that trend will change anytime soon. A study by Trust for America's Health lists Missouri as the 13th most obese state in the nation, with 27.4 percent of its adult population obese and 63.3 percent either obese or overweight.

Mo. inmate’s death is ruled homicide

The Missouri Department of Corrections says the death of an inmate has been ruled a homicide. A 33-year-old inmate, Mike Simmons, died April 30 at the Eastern Reception Diagnostic Correctional Center in Bonne Terre.

Blunt touts McCain as Obama RV tours Missouri

Gov. Matt Blunt contends Republican presidential candidate John McCain is a better match for rural Missourians than Democrat Barack Obama.

Teamsters say lenders are blocking plan to help Interstate Bakeries out of bankruptcy

The International Brotherhood of Teamsters says lenders are holding up a potential plan for helping Interstate Bakeries Corp. of Kansas City exit almost four years of bankruptcy protection, endangering thousands of jobs.

Teenagers charged with stealing cattle

Man sentenced to 15 years for burglarizing churches, setting fire to one

A St. Louis man is sentenced to 15 years in prison for burglarizing several churches and setting fire to one. The sentence was handed down Monday for 40-year-old Frank Allen Zdanowski. He had earlier pleaded guilty to 23 charges.

Report fails to identify firms with workers on Medicaid

Missouri's social services agency was supposed to produce a list of employers who had a significant number of employees on Medicaid, but the agency said it couldn't name names.

Mo. fugitive caught in Tenn. on traffic charge

Israel Schwartz disappeared nine years ago when he was supposed to show up for sentencing for child abuse.

Teen gets probation for throwing feces at pregnant teacher

Kyle Medley, 18, pleaded guilty to misdemeanor assault and misdemeanor property damage in the attack that took place in an O'Fallon drugstore.

Review finds problems in Mo. school safety efforts

The audit calls for the state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education to take a greater role in making sure school districts are adhering to state safety laws.

Legislative candidates ride coattails of big names

With the spotlight following the major players seeking the most important offices, candidates for Legislature try to use that buzz to win the support of voters who like a party’s governor or presidential candidate but haven’t heard of the person who wants to represent them in the Legislature.

Springfield News-Leader to lay off 5

The job cuts are part of corporate owner Gannett's plan to eliminate 1,000 jobs nationwide.

Execution doctor: 'Nothing will go wrong'

Dr. Alan Doerhoff, the surgeon banned from presiding over the state's executions after admitting he transposed numbers, talks about his work — including the execution of Timothy McVeigh — and the foolproof way to execute a person.

UPDATE: Recount sought in attorney general race

Margaret Donnelly, who lost to Chris Koster in the Democratic primary by fewer than 800 votes, will ask for a recount when the election results are certified.

Missouri unemployment rate hits decade high