State News

Judge wants mental evaluation of murder suspect

Nicholas Sheley is charged with killing eight people in Missouri and Illinois. A judge is giving attorneys until Wednesday to agree on an expert to evaluate whether Sheley is fit to stand trial in the murder of 65-year-old Ronald Randall.

Humane Society seizes dogs at Iron Mountain Lake

Police say the dogs were abandoned by a woman in pens without food or water. The Humane Society says it took 119 animals from the woman four years ago.

Blunt bashes Bush's bailout plan

The Missouri governor said the president's plan is not the right option for reforming the country's economy.

Anti-abortion group withholds endorsement of Lt. Gov. candidates

When Missouri Right To Life, an anti-abortion rights organization, publishes its endorsements for statewide offices next week, neither the Republican or Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor will be on that list, a group spokesperson said Wednesday.

Blunt holds onto $1.23 million in campaign funds

Gov. Matt Blunt said he's not ruling out another run for public office, and to that end, will not close his campaign accounts. Blunt currently has more than $1.23 million on hand from his previous campaign.

Committee looks at revamping child care regulations

Rising health care costs create problems for Mo. farmers

A survey of farmers and ranchers released Thursday by the nonprofit Missouri Rural Crisis Center shows that one in five reported financial problems caused in part by spiraling health care costs.

Hearing set in child support case of Cole County prosecutor

Cole County Prosecutor Mark Richardson is contesting a judge's ruling that he owes $132,000 in unpaid alimony and child support.

Testimony continues in Mo. robbery-slaying trial

A Missouri teenager is charged with killing an elderly couple and setting their home on fire in a $70 robbery on June 5, 2006.

Pharmacy board punts restaurant name issue

The Missouri Board of Pharmacy on Wednesday took no action against Justus Drugstore: A Restaurant. The board earlier this year ordered the restaurant's owners to drop drugstore from its name, relying on a state law that prohibits businesses from using that term, along with "pharmacy" and "apothecary," unless they employ a licensed pharmacist.

Governor says state vehicle travel costs down $10 million

In 2005, Blunt's administration issued a new travel policy. It requires employees to use state vehicles or rental cars whenever they are cheaper than reimbursing employees for using their personal vehicles.

Mo. treasurer denies aid for Show Me Ethanol plant

Worker sues over store dress code

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is suing after a Hollister Co. store worker was allegedly fired for refusing to wear pants or a skirt above the knee, something that she says violates her religious beliefs.

Former Buchanan Co. official admits embezzlement

A 68-year-old woman pleaded guilty to taking $118,000 in Social Security payments meant for clients of her office by writing herself checks.

Rate of new cancer cases down among blacks

Mo. farm group seeks role in hog-farm ruling

The Missouri Farm Bureau Federation wants a Cole County judge to reconsider a hog-farm permit ruling that some critics fear could put the brakes on the state's agricultural business.

Hornbeck recounts time spent in captivity

Shawn Hornbeck, who was kidnapped in 2002 in Washington County, tells his story during an interview with CBS News' "48 Hours Mystery." The show airs at 9 p.m. Saturday.

Big check to Hulshof may have been made too soon

A report by the Republican Governors Association Missouri 2008 Political Action Committee shows it made the contribution to gubernatorial candidate Kenny Hulshof on Aug. 26, two days before Missouri's contribution limits were repealed. But the group may have been hasty in making the contribution.

Mo. lawmakers fight WWI memorial in Washington

Missouri's congressional delegation is opposing an effort to establish a World War I Memorial in Washington, D.C.

Boone County voter registration drops with 43 days to election

According to information from the Boone County Clerk's office, 22 percent fewer voters have registered in the county this year than at the same period in 2004.