State News

Nixon declines to bow out as lawyer<br> in Planned Parenthood case</br>

The Health Department director says she won’t use Attorney General Jay Nixon as its lawyer in a Planned Parenthood lawsuit because his ties are too close to the organization.

Health director drops AG in defense of abortion law

Gov. Matt Blunt's health director is using private attorneys to defend against a lawsuit challenging Missouri's new, more stringent requirements for abortion clinics.

Search for next UM president is sharpened

University of Missouri System curators now plan to interview presidential finalists at least twice before making a job offer — a precaution seemingly designed to avoid being spurned by candidates who get cold feet.

Task force releases campus security recommendations

Created in the wake of the Virginia Tech shootings, the group recommends that all students receive emergency training.

Legislators pay little heed to special session’s agenda

Missouri’s legislature began its special session Monday with a near empty House and Democrats bickering in the Senate. The House of Representatives held a short, poorly attended technical session Monday for bill introductions and then adjourned within minutes.

Nixon site to list all recalled products

After a massive toy recall earlier this week, Missouri Attorney General Jay Nixon has launched a Web site to serve as a recall clearinghouse, combining information from several federal agencies.

UMKC student sues professor, curators over use of racial slur

A University of Missouri-Kansas City graduate student is suing a professor who she said addressed her in a classroom using a racial slur and other expletives.

Soldiers barred from Lake of the Ozarks party spot

Soldiers at Fort Leonard Wood are being told to keep away from a notorious party spot at the Lake of the Ozarks.

Police continue search for St. Louis officer’s killer

St. Louis police continued to search Thursday for the suspect who killed officer Norvelle Brown, the third city officer gunned down since 2000.

Kansas City man accused of throwing ailing wife from balcony

A man threw his seriously ill wife four stories to her death because he could no longer afford to pay for her medical care.

State refunds part of overpaid taxes

JEFFERSON CITY — For about five years, Missouri quietly held on to millions of dollars in overpaid taxes from consumers who shopped and dined in the state.

Heat kills two more people in St. Louis

Two more people have succumbed to the blistering heat that has settled over the region for two weeks.

Democratic candidate for attorney general calls for product safety law

Democratic attorney general candidate Margaret Donnelly on Wednesday called for Missouri to enact a children’s product safety law that could penalize businesses that don’t quickly inform consumers of product recalls.

Supervisor says safety gauges not checked before Taum Sauk reservoir collapse

After water washed over the top of the Taum Sauk hydroelectric plant reservoir in September 2005, plant supervisors determined the water level gauges weren't accurate and attempted to correct them.

Three deaths in St. Louis blamed on sweltering heat

St. Louis officials on Monday blamed the deaths of three elderly residents on the heat wave that has settled over the region for two weeks, and Midwesterners braced for even hotter weather over the next few days.

Rove’s reach extended into Missouri

Karl Rove’s well-known political tactics also reached Missouri, observers said Monday after he resigned the post of chief political adviser at the White House.

Church shooting suspect charged with 3 murders

NEOSHO — Prosecutors on Monday filed three murder charges against a Micronesian man accused of opening fire inside of a church, killing three people and wounding five others during a worship service of a mostly Micronesian congregation.

Openness an issue in selecting Mo. judges

In recommending a successor for Supreme Court Judge Ronnie White, the judicial selection commission gave no public notice of its meetings, and has refused requests to publicly release its records.

Electric issues likely caused deadly blaze

Electrical problems appeared to have contributed to a house fire that claimed the lives of six family members.

Sunlight used to fuel irrigation

An experiment by the Cape Girardeau County office of the USDA’s Natural Resource Conservation Service is capturing the power of sunlight to provide fuel for irrigation. So far, the results have exceeded expectations.