State News

Mercury possibly in vaccines administered to Missourians


A state audit says the Department of Health and Senior Services did not adequately notify the public or medical providers about a new law requiring mercury-free vaccines for children younger than three and pregnant women.

IRS to send overdue stimulus checks

Married people whose names did not match their Social Security numbers will receive stimulus checks after all.

ACORN defends efforts amid voter-fraud allegations

Barack Obama's campaign rejected John McCain's invitation to collaborate on a committee against voter fraud, saying it was designed to decrease voter turnout.

InBev delays share issue until markets calm

InBev's takeover of Anheuser-Busch is still in the works amid the recent credit crunch. Even during the downturn in financial markets, the Belgium  company said plans are on task to create the world's largest brewer of beers.

U.S. Forest Service reconsidering Cedar Creek clearcutting proposal

The U.S. Forest Service is seeking comments on its proposal to cut down trees in the Cedar Creek Ranger District and along Cedar Creek.

Missouri woman's body recovered in Lake of the Ozarks

The body of 63-year-old Delores Locascio was discovered Tuesday in the Lake of the Ozarks, but no one saw what happened, according to the Missouri State Water Patrol. An autopsy is scheduled for Wednesday.

Saint Louis Symphony releases recordings

The four recordings were made under the direction of the late Hans Vonk, who died in 2004.

Jill Biden to campaign in Missouri

Sen. Joe Biden's wife will discuss the economy, health care and education.

Ballot decision allowed Nixon to raise more money

Secretary of State Robin Carnahan allowed a Democratic candidate for governor on the primary ballot after disqualifying him for not submitting necessary documentation.

Skeletal remains found in Pike County

Investigators say identifying the remains could take some time.

Missouri warns against allowing golf carts on streets

Only golf carts designated as "low-speed vehicles" can be used on Missouri roads.

Houston teens sentenced after pleading guilty of parents' shooting

A nineteen-year-old pleaded guilty for having her boyfriend shooting her parents at their home near Summersville.

Worker at St. Louis homeless shelter hospitalized after assault

The suspect, 28-year-old Pamela Fraction, is charged with assault for the incident that happened Thursday at New Life Evangelistic Center.

Carthage sheriff says double homicide shows 'hatred'

Jasper County Sheriff Archie Dunn said the crime scene included certain "elements" not usually present in local murders that he thought reflected a degree of "hatred" toward the victims.

Missouri gasoline prices plummet close to that of last year

Missouri's average price for a gallon of regular unleaded gas was $2.81 on Monday.

Country of Origin labels hit the produce aisle and meat counter

Shoppers can now actively choose between homegrown and foreign products. And the United States Department of Agriculture can better track products during food outbreaks. But the law doesn't cover all retailer or all food, making the origin of most foods still a mystery to customers.

International shortage of cancer-detecting isotope brings scientists to MU

A critical shortage of the radioactive isotope molybdenum-99 has brought scientists from more than 15 countries this week to Columbia to discuss the MU Research Reactor's role in increasing the production of this substance.

Jasper County couple found dead Sunday morning

After not showing up for church, the couple's son found their bodies at their house. Authorities are looking into the possibility of a double homicide.

Company to dig for uranium in southeast Missouri

If the Colorado-based company finds uranium on private land, the owners of the land would receive 4 percent of the proceeds.

Southeast Missouri man dies in Mississippi River barge accident

A 67-year-old worker died Saturday in Cape Girardeau after falling into an empty hopper barge.