State News

2 men plead guilty to role in meth death

A woman inadvertently drank lye in a meth lab with the two men and died more than 10 days later.

MoDOT labels 800 of Missouri's worst bridges

All of the suspect bridges will be repaired or replaced by 2014.

Southeast Missouri town considers pit bull ban

Dangerous dogs would have to be spayed or neutered and ownership of a pit bull would be illegal.

Former Joplin drug counselor faces sex charges

The accused is facing two counts of statutory rape and police are investigating three additional claims.

Missouri brothers charged in burning death of man

The two men are charged with murdering a 22-year-old Pottersville man, putting him in a trunk and setting the car on fire.

Man sentenced to life in prison in killing of 'Precious Doe'

Harrell Johnson was sentenced to life in prison without parole, despite his claim that he is innocent in the killing Erica Green, who was known as "Precious Doe" for four years.

UPDATE: Officials say booster shot needed for whooping cough

St. Louis County and parts of eastern Missouri are experiencing a spike in cases of whooping cough this year. There have been 146 cases compared to eight last year, with the blame being placed on fading immunizations. Proposal to fight outbreak includes new booster shots for older children.

Nixon puts Democrats to work assembling administration

State representatives Judy Baker and Jeff Harris are among the Missouri Democrats who lost their bids for office and are now helping Gov.-elect Jay Nixon search for personnel.

Ex-aide to Bond, Roy Blunt pleads guilty to hiding gifts

Trevor L. Blackann, 34, pleaded guilty to hiding gifts and money he recieved from lobbyists. Blackann was a former legislative aide to Missouri Sen. Kit Bond and Rep. Roy Blunt.

Defense Department contract allows Missouri explosive company to expand

A company in Joplin that works with explosives is expanding due to a $15 million contract with the Defense Department. The expansion is expected to bring dozens of new jobs.

Increasing number of whooping cough cases in St. Louis

Health officials to call for vaccinations as the number of whooping cough cases, especially in children 14 and younger, have risen in St. Louis County.

St. Louis police drop gun buyback program

The Police Board voted to strip funding on the gun buyback program aimed to reduce the number of guns on the streets.

12 members of rural fire district resign

The resignations of more than half the staff were triggered by arguments with an officer regarding equipment spending.

Southwest Missouri company illegally distributed pesticides

The owner of Greenleaf LLC in Neosho pleaded guilty to federal charges of illegally distributing pesticides. He will have to pay a $200,000 fine for distributing more than 2 million pounds of pesticides and rodenticides with altered or removed labels.

Dow Jones falls to lowest mark since 2003

The uncertain future of Detroit's Big Three automakers stoked selling for investors, causing both the Dow Jones and S&P 500 to slip to 2003 levels.

Cabinet appointee ends lobbying tie to KC group

A day after being selected to head the Office of Administration by Jay Nixon, Kelvin Simmon cut his ties with the lobbyist group Swope Community Enterprises.

Blunt, Nixon meet to discuss governor transition

The former rivals met to discuss state audits, transportation projects and security issues.

Missouri highway chief says tax money declining

A decrease in tax revenue could mean a $73 million shortfall for the Missouri Department of Transportation this fiscal year.

Special session still option for Gov. Blunt

Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder urged the governor to call a special session after the Nov. 4 election to help Missourians struggling to pay their utility bills.

Man gets 27 years in Webster Groves teacher killing

Derrick Luster was sentenced Wednesday, two days after pleading guilty to second-degree murder. He was originally charged with first-degree murder.