State News

U.S. court OKs Larry Flynt's push for Missouri execution information

It reverses a lower court judge's denial of Larry Flynt's request to join a suit filed by death row inmates that seeks to force Missouri to disclose more details of its execution methods.

Severe storms pummel St. Louis region with rain, hail

Spring warming and changes in where the jet stream carves a path in the upper atmosphere were combining to increase the chances of severe weather across the Plains on Wednesday and Thursday, the Storm Prediction Center said.

Missouri Gov. Nixon plans trade mission to Ireland, France

Spokesman Scott Holste says economic development nonprofit the Hawthorne Foundation is paying for Nixon's expenses.

Financial woes plague Poplar Bluff venue

A special council meeting is scheduled amid the growing realization that turning a profit for the Black River Coliseum is a daunting task.

Patrol seeks ID of man killed on southeast Missouri highway

The Missouri State Highway Patrol is asking for help from the public in identifying a man who was fatally struck about six miles south of Farmington.

Get-out-the-vote effort underway in Ferguson

Just 12 percent of Ferguson's voters went to the polls in the municipal election last April. This year, three of the six city council seats are up for grabs.

Missouri budget plan cuts social programs, makes major shift

Budget director Linda Luebbering said the proposed cuts would be magnified because departments would also get less in federal matching funds.

Arkansas judge mauled by zebra released from hospital

The judge's wife said her father-in-law plans to sell the zebra at an auction in Missouri.

Inmate gets maximum 15-year sentence in threats case

William Mabie, formerly of Festus, Missouri, will serve five years on each of three felony counts of mailing threatening communications.

FBI investigating two attacks with alleged Ferguson references

The agency is looking into both cases for possible hate crimes. Anyone found guilty of a federal hate crime involving bodily injury could face up to 10 years in prison.

St. Charles teen's overdose raises awareness about drug abuse

The story of 18-year-old Brayden Travis, who is now in a coma at a local hospital, has been shared more than 330,000 times on Facebook.

Joplin construction driven by large commercial projects

Construction of Joe Becker Stadium was the leading project in February, followed by a $4.4 million permit for a Walmart Neighborhood Market in the tornado zone.

Missouri Supreme Court seeks input on municipal courts

Missouri's municipal courts have come into focus following the shooting death of black 18-year-old Michael Brown by a white police officer in Ferguson sparked sometimes violent protests.

School's Benton painting to hang in Nelson-Atkins Museum

Students bought "Utah Highlands" for $750 and donated it as a class gift. After its appraised value increased to at least $700,000, the district stored it in 2008 and replaced the display with a digital copy.

Tensions flare as Missouri GOP brings gun debate to cities

Some GOP lawmakers this session are pushing for a measure to allow firearms on buses and trains, along with a slew of other measures to expand who can carry guns and where.

UPDATE: Couple's coveted land caught up in conservation dispute

Before they died, Jim and Joanne Whitley donated 102 acres of woodland to North Central Missouri College under the condition that the land be protected from development. Now, as the college plans to sell the land, friends worry the couple's wish will go unfulfilled.

GO! St. Louis marathon, half-marathon becomes two-state event

The 15th annual GO! St. Louis marathon and half-marathon on April 12 will start downtown and cross the Mississippi River into East St. Louis, Illinois, via the Eads Bridge.


Power outage shuts down Six Flags in St. Louis early

Some park-goers were stranded on rides during a brief power outage Friday afternoon.

UPDATE: Higher revenues lead Missouri governor to release funds

Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon said Friday that he plans to release $43 million of funds immediately after the state took in higher general revenues in March.

Brunner forms exploratory committee for Missouri governor

John Brunner filed paperwork Thursday creating an exploratory committee for a Republican campaign for governor in 2016.