State News

Hulshof takes in $500,000 from political party committees

The Republican gubernatorial nominee denounced political party committees under Missouri’s old campaign finance laws but said that, with the repeal of campaign contribution limits, the committees aren’t the “sham” they once were.

Kansas City homicides could hit decade high

Killings in Kansas City are happening at an alarming rate, and police and residents say the slayings can be traced to years of economic depression and failed education. Two more suspected homicides were reported Thursday morning, bringing the yearly toll to 105, and officials say 2008 could wind up as the deadliest year in Kansas City since the 1990s. There were 21 homicides in August alone — a record for a single month.

Appeals court hears Missouri 'Choose Life' case

A case in the federal appeals court questions whether a "Choose Life" license plate falls under constitutional protection of private speech.

Lieutenant governor wants session to up utility aid

Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder said Thursday that higher projected energy costs for this winter demand quicker action.

EPA tightens health standard for airborne lead

EPA officials, who were under a federal court order to set a new health standard for lead by midnight Wednesday, said cutting the amount of toxic metal in gasoline would better protect health, especially children's health.

Computer tech verifies e-mail in Blunt lawsuit

In a deposition, a state computer technician said he saw an e-mail in which Scott Eckersley, a former staff attorney for Gov. Matt Blunt, raised concerns about the offices e-mail policy.

Blunt to provide old e-mails at no cost

After lawsuits from several newspapers about whether Gov. Blunt was adhering to open records laws, he agreed in a settlement Wednesday to provide his old e-mails for free.

Auxvasse man pleads guilty to killing wife

David K. Corn, 44, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder of Melissa Corn, 35, whose body was found in April near the Missouri River.

Blunt appoints Atchison County judge to Mo. Supreme Court

The governor says Judge Zel Fischer shares his strict constitutional philosophy.

Baker reports raising $650,000 since July

Columbia's state representative has raised more than $1 million this year for her campaign for the 9th District congressional seat.

Nixon holds fundraising lead in Mo. governor race

Democratic governor nominee Jay Nixon reports bringing in about 1 1/2 times more money than his opponent, Kenny Hulshof, from Aug. 31 through Sept. 30.

Missouri starts Web site to help reduce energy bills

The Public Service Commission and Natural Resources Department launched a Web site,, that's devoted to offering tips for improving energy efficiency.

Obama to visit Missouri this weekend

Missouri campaign spokesman Justin Hamilton confirmed Wednesday that the presidential candidate will make two stops in the swing state.

Two Missourians report unwanted credit card charges from Obama campaign

After taking a close look at their credit card statements, two John McCain supporters each found a $2,300 charge from the Obama for America campaign on their bill. According to a spokesperson for Obama, both were cases of Internet fraud.

Calif. man charged in murder-for-hire plot in St. Louis County

After allegedly striking a deal with an undercover police officer, Daniel Clayton was arrested and charged in connection with the plan.

HIV concerns raised at St. Louis-area school

A person at Normandy High School tested positive for HIV.

Indiana couple killed in fatal crash in central Mo.

The crash Tuesday evening occurred on U.S. 54 in Miller County. Two people were dead and four people were injured.

Joplin board OKs policy barring teachers' visible tattoos

Teachers were previously required to wear clothing that "minimizes'' tattoos, but the school board did not prohibit part or all of the tattoo from showing.

Jill Biden to campaign in Missouri

The Obama campaign says Jill Biden will appear at events on Friday in the Columbia area, St. Charles, St. Louis and Jefferson County.

Man sentenced to life in kidnapping, deaths of 2

The slayings of a woman and her 5-year-old boy happened in 1998 in a St. Louis park.