Aug 27, 2016 2:51:20 PM
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — More than 100 new Missouri laws will take effect Sunday, including tougher ethics policies for elected officials.
Lawmakers, statewide elected officials and officials in offices that require Senate confirmation must wait six months after their terms are set to expire before registering as lobbyist. Those officials previously could immediately start lobbying former colle...
Aug 27, 2016 12:57:02 AM
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon is defending his record after the head of the state's public defender system appointed him to a case in protest of recent funding restrictions.
Director Michael Barrett in a letter last week said budget cuts have prevented his office from hiring enough public defenders for those who can't afford representation.
So Barrett said he's appointing fo...
Aug 13, 2016 8:45:40 PM
NOEL, Mo. (AP) — A 25-year-old Kansas woman has drowned in southwest Missouri.
The Missouri State Highway Patrol reports Candi Srivisay of Olathe drowned in the Elk River in McDonald County late Friday.
The patrol says she was swimming in the river west of Noel when she became pinned to the base of a dam and drowned.
Aug 13, 2016 7:32:27 PM
ANDOVER, Kan. (AP) — A construction worker has died after being electrocuted at a Kansas work site.
Authorities say 38-year-old Darrell Harden of Kansas City, Missouri, died Friday when he was working at a site in Andover.
The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration says he suffered fatal injuries when the lift truck he was operating came into contact with overhead power lines.
Aug 7, 2016 4:31:12 PM
PLATTE CITY, Mo. (AP) — A northwest Missouri county official faces charges accusing him of using a county credit card to supply the construction of a beer garden at his home.
Platte County Prosecutor Eric Zahnd said in a statement that 54-year-old Kenneth M. Bozenhardt, Platte County's director of facilities, was charged Saturday with one count of felony stealing.
Zahnd says Bozenhardt is accuse...
Aug 7, 2016 4:30:31 PM
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — Missouri State University researchers who are trapping mosquitoes across the state haven't found any evidence of the Zika virus.
The research team is led by associate professor David Claborn. He says trapping mosquitoes might provide an early warning if the virus arrives in Missouri. The yellow fever mosquito, the primary carrier of the virus, has existed in Missouri befor...
Aug 7, 2016 4:28:26 PM
CARUTHERSVILLE, Mo. (AP) — A small earthquake has reportedly hit southeast Missouri.
The U.S. Geological Survey says the 2.3 magnitude earthquake hit near Caruthersville late Saturday night. The USGS says the earthquake had a reported depth of about 5 miles.
KFVS reports (http://j.mp/2b1311Q ) there have been no immediate reports of any damage.
Small earthquakes are fairly common in southeast M...
Aug 6, 2016 8:28:40 PM
TUSCUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — A new trial location has been set for a central Missouri woman charged in the death of her infant whose body was found in a car trunk.
Emily Usnick is charged with second-degree murder in the death of her infant daughter, whose body was found in a bag in a car trunk during a 2009 drug raid at her home in St. Elizabeth.
The Jefferson City News Tribune reports (http://j.mp/2a...
Aug 5, 2016 11:55:39 PM
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A federal judge who quashed Missouri's push to revoke a Planned Parenthood clinic's abortion license has ordered state taxpayers to pay more than $156,000 to cover the organization's legal bills tied to the dispute.
U.S. District Judge Nanette Laughrey this week ruled that the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services must pay $156,631 in attorneys' fees and expens...
Jul 30, 2016 8:46:55 PM
BRIDGETON, Mo. (AP) — Authorities say four family members have been found shot to death in a suburban St. Louis home.
Police told The St. Louis Post-Dispatch (http://j.mp/2ai1CjS ) that the four people were found dead in the Bridgeton home before noon Saturday. Bridgeton police say it appears the four died of gunshots in an apparent murder-suicide.
Police said they were called to the home and fo...
Jul 30, 2016 7:26:39 PM
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — Two people have been charged in connection with a marijuana grow operation in south-central Missouri.
Laclede County Sheriff Wayne Merritt says investigators in a helicopter Wednesday spotted what looked like a cluster of marijuana plants on a farm in Eldridge. The sheriff's office obtained a warrant and searched the property.
The Springfield News-Leader reports (http://j...
Jul 17, 2016 4:13:24 PM
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A small Missouri community steeped in Civil War history and small-town charm hopes a gun-making plant can boost its economy after a decade of manufacturing job losses.
CMMG is seeking a $200,000 forgivable loan from Boonville so it can move its operations from rural Fayette, half an hour to the north. Boonville economic development director Jim Gann says most people in the...
Jul 17, 2016 4:10:12 PM
ST. JOSEPH, Mo. (AP) — Authorities in St. Joseph say two people have been shot to death at a home.
St. Joseph police told the St. Joseph News-Press (http://j.mp/29EFgeM ) that two people died in the shooting early Sunday.
No other details were released.
Information from: St. Joseph News-Press/St. Joe, Missouri, http://www.newspressnow.com
Jul 16, 2016 9:29:11 PM
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri delegate to the Republican National Convention is part of a coalition seeking to block Donald Trump from winning the party's presidential nomination.
Carl Bearden, of St. Charles, is a former Missouri co-chairman of the presidential campaign of Texas Sen. Ted Cruz. Bearden was elected to attend the national convention as a Trump delegate after Cruz supporters...
Jul 16, 2016 8:38:08 PM
CLAYTON, Mo. (AP) — A 24-year-old man has been ordered to spend four decades in a Missouri prison for a string of armed robberies in 2013 in the St. Louis region.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch (http://bit.ly/2ah3Z5Z ) reports Joshua Cosby is appealing the sentence he received Wednesday in St. Louis County.
Jurors convicted him in April of counts of robbery, attempted robbery, assault and armed cri...
Jul 16, 2016 8:36:44 PM
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Protesters briefly closed a section of highway in downtown St. Louis.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports (http://j.mp/29Dc0oW ) that activists supporting Black Lives Matter blocked Highway 40 in downtown St. Louis for about 15 minutes on Saturday afternoon.
Protesters included participants at Netroots Nation, a national conference of progressive activists being held in downtown...
Jul 14, 2016 11:45:41 AM
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — An ad by a Missouri attorney general candidate that's drawing criticism accuses fellow Republican contender Josh Hawley of working for terrorists.
GOP Sen. Kurt Schaefer's campaign last week announced the ad attacking University of Missouri School of Law associate professor Hawley.
Schaefer's latest ad cites Hawley's work at the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty.
Jul 9, 2016 8:16:44 PM
DALLAS (AP) — The Latest on the shooting of police officers in Dallas (all times local):
Dallas police officials say officers are searching for a suspicious person in a parking garage next to its headquarters.
The police department also asked media not to broadcast live near the headquarters for the safety of officers. They say the headquarters building is not on lockdown and that no ...
Jul 8, 2016 3:14:56 PM
BALLWIN, Mo. (AP) — Authorities say a police officer is hospitalized after being shot during a suburban St. Louis confrontation with a motorist.
St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar didn't offer any immediate word about the medical status of the officer wounded during the shooting shortly after 11 a.m. Friday in Ballwin. But Belmar tells KMOV-TV (http://bit.ly/29VeKKY ) the officer took "a ha...
Jul 7, 2016 5:05:45 PM
An October trial date is scheduled for a man accused in the death of a Missouri State Highway Patrol trooper who crashed his vehicle during a chase.
Serghei Comerzan is expected to go to trial Oct. 11 in the Aug. 28 death of Trooper James Bava, who was 25.
Comerzan faces several charges, including second-degree murder or an alternative of first-degree involuntary manslaughter. He's free on a $10...
Jun 27, 2016 5:49:42 PM
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A U.S. Supreme Court ruling is calling into question whether some Missouri abortion regulations will stand.
Supreme Court judges ruled 5-3 Monday that some Texas regulations are medically unnecessary and unconstitutionally limit women's abortion rights.
Missouri has similar laws requiring abortion doctors to have privileges at nearby hospitals and clinics to meet hospi...
Jun 18, 2016 6:57:56 PM
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Federal immigration authorities recently arrested dozens of people in Kansas and Missouri as part of a monthlong operation.
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement says in a release that the agency arrested 31 people in Kansas and 34 in Missouri during the investigation, which began in May and ended Monday. The agency says 39 people were also arrested on both sides of the st...
Jun 7, 2016 12:00:53 AM
A former University of Missouri employee has admitted in federal court that she stole more than $743,000 from the school over thirteen years.
Fifty-four-year-old Carla Rathmann of Mount Vernon pleaded guilty Monday in Springfield, Missouri to one count each of mail fraud and credit card fraud.
Rathmann had worked at the university's Southwest Research Center in Mount Vernon from 2000 to Septembe...
May 28, 2016 3:07:43 PM
CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (AP) — A man has been arrested and charged in the death of a man whose body was found near a Cape Girardeau park.
The Southeast Missourian (http://bit.ly/1OSGexx ) reports that 24-year-old Malcolm Harris was arrested Friday. He's charged with second-degree murder, armed criminal action, unlawful possession of a firearms, tampering with physical evidence and abandonment of a co...
May 28, 2016 3:07:16 PM
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Kansas City woman who pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the death of her 2-year-old daughter has been sentenced to 30 years in prison.
The Kansas City Star (http://bit.ly/1NTq3VU ) reports that 37-year-old Marie Chishahayo was sentenced Friday. Chishahayo had also pleaded guilty to first-degree assault, armed criminal action and abuse or neglect of a child.
May 24, 2016 5:30:24 PM
ST. LOUIS (AP) — An 8-month-old boy is dead after a shooting in north St. Louis, and police are searching for the father who is the suspected gunman.
Officers say the suspect, 35-year-old Diata Crockett, may have his two other children, 2-year-old Rycker Crockett and 3-year-old Blase Crockett, with him.
The shooting happened about 2 p.m. Tuesday near Interstate 270 and Riverview. Multiple media ...
May 22, 2016 4:01:27 PM
BRANSON, Mo. (AP) — Missouri Republicans have selected the delegate slate they plan to send to the national party convention in Cleveland in July.
The Kansas City Star reports (http://bit.ly/1W9fCAi ) that 19 at-large delegates were pledged to presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump. The delegates were selected Saturday during the Missouri Republican State Convention in Branson.
The amount of deleg...
May 22, 2016 3:56:28 PM
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri's Republican-led Legislature this year passed tax breaks for goods and services ranging from wheelchairs to yoga classes.
That might mean a showdown with Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon, whose administration says the tax breaks could lead to an $80 million hole in the state budget. Legislative researchers put the price tag at closer to $22 million in general revenue ...
May 21, 2016 8:10:50 PM
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Kansas City Police Department is disputing a city audit report that showed the department's vehicle take-home program cost about $1.5 million.
City auditor Doug Jones calculated that police take-home vehicles were driven 2.5 million miles for commuting and personal use during a recent 12-month period.
The Kansas City Star reports (http://bit.ly/1W4knen ) that while po...
May 21, 2016 6:51:54 PM
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A St. Louis man has been sentenced to 20 years prison for his involvement in a robbery in which another man was fatally shot by police.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch (http://bit.ly/240HAxi ) reports that 26-year-old Jabari Quarles pleaded guilty Wednesday to second-degree murder, robbery, felonious restraint and armed criminal action.
Authorities say Quarles and 23-year-old Claude...