State News

Blunt appoints group to study foster care system

The 17-member group will look into the resources available for children in foster care as they approach their 18th birthdays.

Church leaders ask Blunt to commute death sentence

Dennis Skillicorn is scheduled to be executed Aug. 27, but clergy members urged the governor to reduce his sentence to life in prison without parole.

UPDATE: More than 360 animals rescued in Polk County

Many of them were emaciated, injured and suffering from mange and parasites. Six children were removed from the property a week earlier.

St. Louis towing company raided

It's the company at the center of the scandal that led to the retirement of the police chief.

Missouri casino revenue up as economy struggles

 The latest figures from the Missouri Gaming Commission show that overall casino gambling revenue rose 7 percent in July to $146.9 million, up from $136.9 million in July 2007.

Culver-Stockton College remodels its academic year

The college in Canton has built in three-week windows in its fall and spring semesters to give students more opportunities for field trips, study abroad and internships.

Town says no to cell phone ban

Town and Country had been the site of an accident in July that killed three people. There were reports that distraction from a cell phone had been a cause of the accident.

In St. Joe, civilians check speeders with radar guns

Citizen volunteers watch traffic on selected streets and try to catch the plate numbers of drivers ignoring the speed limit.

Thief robs cabby, forces him to strip, steals taxi

St. Louis police say the theft happened about 1:30 Tuesday morning.

2 UMKC professors in sex harassment suit to resign

Pyschology professors C. Keith Haddock and Walker S. Carlos Poston II had been accused them of groping, fondling and subjecting women to explicit sexual conversations in UMKC's psychology lab. And the university had been sued for not responding in a timely way to complaints.

Mo. stem cell lawsuit to be argued in October

A state judge will decide in October on a lawsuit seeking to block $21 million from going to the Life Sciences Research Board.Stem cell research critics want a temporary order preventing the money transfer while the Life Sciences Research Board is asking that the lawsuit be tossed out.

New regulations would remove parts of Endangered Species Act

The Bush administration wants federal agencies to decide for themselves whether highways, dams, mines and other construction projects might harm endangered animals and plants. New regulations, which don’t require the approval of Congress, would reduce the mandatory, independent reviews government scientists have been performing for 35 years, according to a draft obtained by The Associated Press.

Rising costs cause for schools to rethink meals

Schools will have to examine cost-cutting policies, including reducing portion sizes and providing seasonal produce.

Man suffocates while working on boat

A 46-year-old man is dead of suffocation after getting lodged between a boat motor and its tow bar at Lake of the Ozarks.

Hannibal man dead after trying to stop attack on woman

A Hannibal man is dead after reportedly trying to stop two men from attacking awoman, and his alleged assailants face charges of second-degree murder.

Mechanical issues may have caused plane crash in Barry County

The Barry County Sheriff says a Kansas City-area man is dead after his single-engine plane crashed in southwestern Missouri.

Jury selection begins in ambush killing trial

Jury selection begins in the trial of a man accused in the ambush killing of a rural Warren County grandfather.

Hulshof faces challenges in Mo. gubernatorial bid

Technically, there is no “challenger” in Missouri’s open governor’s race. But Republican Rep. Kenny Hulshof has a big challenge in his gubernatorial campaign.

Joplin teen not mentally competent to stand trial as adult, judge says

Criminal proceedings in the case of Thomas H. White, 15, have been suspended indefinitely.

Mother works to keep teens out of adult prisons

Tracy McClard has signed on with an effort to keep teen offenders out of adult prisons, a crusade that is getting a political test as the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee works on a bill reauthorizing federal juvenile justice programs.