State News

St. Louis casino reopens after flooding

Flooding on the Mississippi River has forced the casino to temporarily close on Sept. 14.

Computer models estimate impact of climate change on Ozarks

Although three models all point to change in the forest, each predicts a different outcome.  One model says that the Ozarks could change from forest to grassland, while another says that the types of trees found in the forest would change.

Neosho man sentenced to 15 years for illegal firearm possession

Adam Bridgewater, 21, has been sentenced to 15 years in federal prison on a charge of illegally possessing firearms. The Neosho man also faces charges in two other Missouri counties.

Deputies discover two stolen monkeys during disturbance call

A pair of monkeys reported stolen almost a year ago from a Kansas City man were found late Thursday while deputies investigated the call at a residence in rural Agency.

16 charged in Drury alcohol poisoning

Authorities in southwest Missouri have charged 16 people who were at a party last weekend where an underaged Drury University student suffered alcohol poisoning.

State’s unemployment rate hits 6.6 percent

Missouri's  unemployment rate is now the highest it has been in 17 years.

Star story prompts probe into firefighter murder case

The inspector general’s office is looking into the actions of federal investigators involved in a case that sent five people to prison for life for the 1988 deaths of six Kansas City firefighters. The Kansas City Star reported in June that as many as 15 witnesses now say they were pressured to lie under oath in the trial.

Joplin man charged with contempt following scams

Concert and event promoter Derrick Gates is being charged with four contempt counts after failing to reimburse vendors he collected money from. The three events he had planned were never took place.

Former state representative dies of brain aneurysm

Rep. Sherman Parker was a member of the state House from 2003 to 2006.

Arrest made in murder of pregnant St. Louis woman

University City police arrested a 35-year-old man in connection with the murder. The slain 22-year-old woman was pregnant with her first child.

Ike’s flash floods ravage Silex, Missouri

Remnants of Hurricane Ike caused flash floods through Missouri this week. In Silex, Mo., dozens of houses were damaged, leaving many residents of the town homeless.

Missouri Humane Society sends more rescuers to Texas

 The Missouri Humane Society is sending six more animal rescuers to the southeastern Texas coast following an urgent request from that state’s emergency management officials.

Head of Springfield charity for the blind charged with stealing

Micky L. Martin is accused of stealing more than $25,000 over 3 1/2 years.

Missouri scraps private financing for bridge projects

The credit market crunch has forced the state to pay for the projects through bonds.

Mo. doctors move to Kansas for lower malpractice costs

A Missouri physicians' group plans to build a new medical office building in Galena, Kan., citing lower malpractice insurance costs across the state line.

Abducted teen crashed car to make escape

Kory Wakefield, a 300-pound football player in Leadington, was abducted by gunpoint and forced to drive 200 miles before crashing his car to escape his abductor.

Civil War historical site created of first battle with black soldiers

The state is creating a historical site on land in western Missouri where black soldiers are believed to have engaged in their first Civil War battle.

Missouri's new 'castle doctrine' at heart of murder case

Hannibal city leader died Wednesday

A longtime Hannibal city leader is dead after an accident at his home. Jim Dexheimer served on the Hannibal City Council for more than 20 years and was mayor pro tem in the northeast Missouri community of 17,000 residents.

Twain museum invites Obama, McCain to debate

And, in the spirit of Mark Twain, it wants Stephen Colbert to moderate.