State News

Food group plans to lead campaign against crop-based fuels

The Grocery Manufacturers Association plans a high-profile campaign against biofuels, saying they're a key reason for rising food costs. That campaign will bring together diverse groups such as hunger-prevention advocates and environmental activists.

Putting the kibosh on tire dumping in Missouri

Although tire dumping is less of a problem than it used to be in Boone County and elsewhere in Missouri, some landowners still struggle with aging dump sites.

Bond commits to corn-based ethanol industry despite critics

Sen. Kit Bond said ethanol would lower the cost of transportation and lower the cost of food.

Hallmark says goodbye to some greeting card manufacturing operations

Kansas City-based Hallmark Cards Inc. is consolidating much of its greeting card operations to plants in Kansas.

Nixon extends investigation into Gov. Blunt's office

The investigation into whether Matt Blunt’s office violated Missouri’s public records laws has been extended until Aug. 29 because the attorney general’s appointed investigators recently sued to compel the governor to provide documents at no cost.

Mo. man pleads guilty to killing wife with painkiller patches

The plea came after the trial was interrupted when his brother-in-law allegedly tried to attack him.

Nixon joins request to delay California’s same-sex marriage ruling

Jay Nixon said he’s concerned Missourians will wrongly think they can get married in California and have it recognized in Missouri. He also said it doesn’t make sense to implement a ruling that might be overturned by California voters in November.

Man wants Army to reopen investigation into daughter's death in Iraq

John Johnson’s daughter is the first female soldier from Missouri to die in Iraq and her death was ruled a suicide. Johnson is petitioning Congress to take a closer look because he says his daughter was attacked, raped and her body dumped in a tent, where a fire was started. “I could let it go, but then, someone will get away with murder,” he said.

Health summit focuses on preventing violence against women

The 2008 Health Summit sponsored by Missouri Foundation for Health focused on the issue of sexual and domestic violence against women in Missouri.

Another Missouri superdelegate picks Obama

A sixth superdelegate has chosen to support Barack Obama in his bid for nomination. Five others have not backed a candidate.

Rare bear cub snarls traffic

Traffic jams are rare in rural southern Missouri. Leave it to a bear cub to cause one.

Young girl killed in car accident

A 15-year-old eastern Missouri girl is dead following a one-car accident.

Missouri Supreme Court to set execution dates in ‘due course’

The Missouri Supreme Court said late Friday it will set dates for two men in “due course” and the Department of Corrections confirmed Monday for the first time that its execution team is in place.

Missouri horse racing could be back on track

The Missouri Horse Racing Commission met for the first time in 10 years to discuss the potential for a live horse racing track in the state.

State health care cuts are ‘morally reprehensible’

Poor families suffer, while Missouri Republicans fund tax giveaways for the rich.

Washington University to host vice presidential debate

The St. Louis university will host a face-to-face meeting between vice presidential candidates.

Park Service plans public meetings for potential Arch changes

The famous Gateway Arch in St. Louis might be getting upgrades on its grounds. The National Park Service is holding two meetings to solicit comments on proposed changes.

Workers clean diesel fuel spill in Missouri River

Divers and salvage workers clean a diesel fuel spill from a towboat that ran aground Friday near West Alton. Diesel leaked from the boat’s fuel tanks, a Department of Natural Resources spokesman said.

Volunteers discover rare baseball board game

Volunteers at the Bingham-Waggoner Estate in Indpendence discovered a rare baseball board game that could be worth more than $30,000.

25 people involved in N. KC casino brawl

A routine arrest at a North Kansas City casino early today quickly escalated into a fight involving dozens of people, North Kansas City police said.