State News

Duck hunter apparently drowns in northwest Missouri

James Adams, 23, of Overland Park, Kan., was crossing Belcher Branch Lake when his boat started taking on water.

Officials to take lead on regional transit plan

Officials in Jackson, Clay and Platte counties say they will take the lead on a regional mass transit plan in wake of Kansas City's failed light-rail proposal.

Washington University cuts back on bottled water

Washington University is phasing out almost all of its sales of bottled water because of its costs to society in energy and expense.

Two charged in restaurant slayings near St. Louis

Two Illinois brothers were charged Thursday in the shooting deaths of a waitress and cook at a Steak 'n Shake restaurant where the suspects had worked, authorities said.

Bush orders aid for storm areas

President George W. Bush has declared a major disaster in Missouri and ordered federal aid for areas recovering from severe storms, flooding and a tornado in September.

Ameristar Casinos to lay off Missouri employees

St. Charles and Kansas City casinos will lay off as much as 6 percent of their work force.

Missouri man gets 22 years for loan fraud

A northwest Missouri man draws a 22-year sentence in federal prison for a loan scheme that defrauded investors around the country, including a church in Las Vegas.

Missouri Sen. Kit Bond will back auto bailout plan

Sen. Kit Bond is one of two Republican senators to back the Democrats' $25 billion bailout plan for the auto industry, which is being pushed by General Motors, Ford, and Chrysler.

Small Missouri town marks replacement of collapsed Elks Lodge

Officials in the western Missouri town of Clinton have rescheduled a prayer breakfast to celebrate the reopening of an Elks Lodge that was the scene of a deadly collapse.

Partnership will aid Ameren’s outage response

AmerenUE has teamed up with St. Louis University and created Quantum Weather, a network of 100 weather stations, mounted on existing utility poles, that record close to real-time feedback about storms, which helps utility crews respond more effectively.

Teamsters back IBC reorganization plan

Members of the Teamsters union have overwhelmingly approved modifications to their contract with Interstate Bakeries Corp., clearing the way for the maker of Twinkies and Wonder Bread to come out of bankruptcy no later than February.

Joplin's St. John's Medical Center to cut jobs

The hospital will be cutting 160 jobs, 20 of which were cut last week.

Moberly man who died after Taser used ruled a homicide

The coroner will not say if the Taser shock was the direct cause of death

ANALYSIS: Do newspaper endorsements sway voters' decisions?

Some studies tend to suggest that voters were more likely to rely on their own knowledge when they cast their votes rather than newspaper endorsements.

New partnership will aid AmerenUE's outage response

AmerenUE and Saint Louis University are teaming up to create a new weather-monitoring system to help work crews stay on top of power outages.

Missouri man sentenced to 22 years for fraud

Jason E. Branch of Grandview was also ordered to pay $1.4 million in restitution to the investers he was convicted of defrauding, including a church in Las Vegas.

2 charged in restaurant slayings near St. Louis

Anthony Akins Jr. and Oundr'e Akins were each charged  in the deaths of a waitress and a cook at a  Steak 'n  Shake where the brothers had once worked. Officials said the  robbery of the restaurant  yielded less than $200.

Company to sample for uranium in Mississippi County

Gustavson Development Co. says it will sample for uranium in Mississippi County beginning next month. Finding the mineral could bring in as much as $60 million.

Children's Hospital offers products, information for safety

St. Louis Children's Hopsital will open an area called "safety stop" where they will offer free safety consultations and discounted products for families.

Decision may threaten Columbia school workers' benefits

The Social Security Administration has informed Missouri school districts that only teachers, principals and a few other positions are exempt from paying into Social Security.