KWMU Public NewsRoom Archive

Anhydrous leak forces 5-hour evacuation in Metro East (2008-09-24)
A valve leaked at Handy Fertilizer near Millstadt. Residents within a mile-and-a half radius of the facility took up temporary shelter in churches and a school gym.

Illinois Senate cracks down on 'pay-to-play' campaign donations (2008-09-23)
The 55-0 vote Monday means the restrictions now become law, despite a veto by Governor Rod Blagojevich.

Hulshof proposes changes to Mo. court plan (2008-09-23)
The Republican nominee for governor wants to remove trial lawyers from the Appellate Judicial Commission, and allow the governor to veto nominees for court vacancies and choose his own.

ACORN rallies for taxpayer protections in bailout bill (2008-09-23)
Group wants help for homeowners facing foreclosure; Kit Bond to push for greater oversight

Former Riverview Gardens superintendent pleads no contest to theft, tax evasion (2008-09-23)
Henry Williams entered the plea just before jury selection was set to begin.

WashU researchers gaining better understanding of breast cancer tumors (2008-09-23)
Cancer researchers at Washington University and Barnes Jewish Hospital claim that studying a tumor's response to therapy, before it's removed, can help predict a patient's relapse potential.

Republicans raise specter of voter fraud (2008-09-22)
The McCain campaign claims that voter fraud could wreak havoc during the upcoming November elections.

First day of Hampton closure runs smoothly (2008-09-22)
Travel times on alternate routes unaffected by the extra traffic

Over $8 million for Mo. for summer storms, flooding (2008-09-22)
The figure covers storms and floods that hit Missouri between June 1st and August 13th.

Poll shows Nixon still in lead, but Hulshof narrows gap (2008-09-22)
The poll from the Post Dispatch and KMOV TV shows Nixon ahead of Hulshof 50 percent to 43 percent. However Hulshof is narrowing the gap.

Former Iowa Governor Vilsack address biolfuels conference (2008-09-22)
Vilsack told biofuel executives meeting in St. Louis that the industry can still play a key role in the United States.

Hampton Ave. bridge closes at I-64 (2008-09-22)
The exit and entrance ramps at Hampton and I-64 are closed as well, as is the entrance to Forest Park.

St. Louis Police Department calls for audit of itself (2008-09-19)
The Board of Police Commissioners for the Metropolitan Police Department has asked State Auditor Susan Montee for an audit of the Department's towing practices.

US welcomes 966 new citizens (2008-09-19)
SLU's Chaifetz Arena hosts largest naturalization ceremony in St. Louis history

Boonie Hat Bandit charged with bank robberies (2008-09-19)
The so-called Boonie Hat Bandit is in custody after being arrested Thursday in south St. Louis County.

Former Mo. House Member Sherman Parker dies (2008-09-19)
Parker suffered a brain aneurysm Thursday. He served two terms in the Missouri House, and made an unsuccessful bid for Congress in 2006.

Report: tow yard under police contract pocketed $700,000 owed to taxpayers (2008-09-19)
The St. Louis board of Police Commissioners is asking federal authorities to widen their investigation into a tow yard amid new revelations about St. Louis Metropolitan Towing's contract with the city police department.

Missouri to pay for massive bridge replacement program (2008-09-18)
The nationwide financial market crisis is being blamed for sinking a public-private deal to repair and/or replace 802 aging bridges in Missouri. The state plans to use government bonds instead.

River crests lower than predicted (2008-09-18)
High water has closed some roads and highways but rivers are cresting lower than predicted after Sunday's Hurricane Ike-fueled rains.

Blagojevich plan to close state parks meets fierce opposition (2008-09-18)
Advocates for the parks have started local petition drives in many of the locations, and the Lieutenant Governor has also launched an online petition on his website. fierce

Black leaders launch voter registration, education efforts (2008-09-18)
A Call to Oneness wants to double the number of African-Americans in the region who cast a ballot in November

Senators spar on energy plan (2008-09-17)
Plan would expand coastal drilling, end tax breaks for oil companies

Sandbagging continues in Arnold (2008-09-16)
Sandbagging is still necessary to protect some homes in the town of Arnold on the Meramec River.

Committee rejects pay plan; alderman wants to fire negotiator (2008-09-16)
Mayor says union contract is too expensive; alderman says personnel director knew that

State audit of transit agency reveals few surprises (2008-09-16)
Missouri's state auditor criticizes Metro for a lack of financial oversight and exorbitant bonuses.

Voting equipment checks widened (2008-09-16)
Missouri Secretary of State Robin Carnahan announced Tuesday that she would increase manual ballot checks from one percent of the precincts to five percent.

Metro audit due today (2008-09-16)
Auditors say the MetroLink extension project placed serious financial burdens on the agency's operating budget.

Environmental groups may challenge Metro East incinerator (2008-09-16)
Despite legal challenges from the Sierra Club and the American Bottom Conservancy, the U.S. EPA gave Veolia Environmental Services the go ahead last week to operate a medical and chemical waste incinerator in Sauget.

No opponents yet for Clean Energy Initiative (2008-09-15)
The Clean Energy Initiative asks voters whether Missouri utilities should be required to get at least 15 percent of their electricity from renewable energy sources by 2021.

Weekend rain has utility crews on high alert (2008-09-15)
Utility agencies say that flooding in the St. Louis Metro region is worse now than it was during the June flood.

Ike remnants factor in three Missouri deaths (2008-09-15)
Heavy rains that swept through Missouri Sunday are being blamed for two deaths in the St. Louis area and another in Columbia.

Ten tigers from Warren County sanctuary moved to Colorado (2008-09-15)
Ten tigers from an animal sanctuary in Missouri that closed after a volunteer was mauled have been moved to Colorado.

Clean-up begins after weekend flash flooding (2008-09-15)
Remains of Ike dumped six inches of rain on some communities

Emergency drill to be held at Lambert (2008-09-12)
It could appear that there's a major emergency on Lambert Field's new runway Saturday but it's just a drill.

Missouri woman sentenced for kidnapping baby (2008-09-12)
Shannon Torrez was sentenced to 30 years in prison for slashing the throat of Stephenie Ochsenbine and taking her seven-day-old baby in rural Frankling County.

Sheley unhappy with attorneys, claims mental fitness for trial (2008-09-12)
Nicholas Sheley told a court in Knox County, Illinois that he's been "blown off" by his public defenders.

Obama makes slight gain in Missouri polls (2008-09-12)
A new CNN poll has Senator Barack Obama narrowly gaining ground on his opponent John McCain in Missouri.

Mass celebrates first responders (2008-09-11)
Event in South St. Louis one of many to commemorate 9/11 attacks.

First debate held for Mo. Governor candidates (2008-09-11)
Democrat Jay Nixon, Republican Kenny Hulshof, Libertarian Andrew Finkenstadt and Constitution Party nominee Greg Thompson debated at the University of Missouri-Columbia.

Mo. Attorney General candidates debate (2008-09-11)
Republican Michael Gibbons and Democrat Chris Koster debated on the University of Missouri-Columbia campus, just over two hours before the gubernatorial debate.

Lakin taken into custody after pleading guilty to drug charges (2008-09-11)
The drug charges stemmed from sex parties Lakin held at his home, which included both adults and minors.

Mo. Senate fails to override Blunt veto (2008-09-10)
Senators fell seven votes short of overriding the governor's veto of a bill to allow the student member of the Mo. Board of Curators to vote on some board decisions.

San Francisco lawyer plans suit to stop Anheuser-Busch takeover (2008-09-10)
Attorney Joe Alioto says the deal will hurt beer drinkers by decreasing competition and increasing prices.

UAW rallies in Fenton over plant closing (2008-09-10)
United Auto Workers in Missouri are reaching out to their political leadership to try to save their jobs at the Chrysler plants in Fenton.

Antitrust lawsuit filed on AB, InBev merger (2008-09-10)
Complaint looks to stop merger between St. Louis icon, Belgian brewer

Hulshof unveils higher education plans (2008-09-10)
The GOP nominee for Mo. Governor says if elected, he'll expand funding and eligibility for needs-based scholarships and create a higher education funding formula.

Funeral for former Kirkwood mayor set for Thursday (2008-09-09)
Kirkwood mayor Art McDonnell said Swoboda's death was due in part to the February shooting and in part to Swoboda's struggle with cancer.

Mo. Guard won't use same soldiers for Ike (2008-09-09)
If Hurricane Ike hits the U.S. as expected, a spokesperson for the Mo. National Guard says the soldiers currently on duty in Louisiana would not be used.

Proposition One supporters rally in St. Louis County (2008-09-09)
Proposition One will ask St. Louis County voters to approve a 1/4 cent sales tax increase on November 4.

Biden stop in Missouri follows visit from McCain and Palin (2008-09-09)
Republican presidential hopeful John McCain and running mate Sarah Palin were in suburban Kansas City on Monday, and Democratic Vice Presidential candidate Joe Biden will make two stops in Missouri today.

Report: clean energy investment yields jobs (2008-09-09)
A report by the Political Economy Research Institute says an investment of $100 billion in clean energy technologies would create 2 million jobs.

Biden makes campaign appearance in St. Louis (2008-09-09)
Stop at Mehlville High School is first for the Delaware senator as Democratic VP nominee

St. Louis-area soldier killed in Afghanistan (2008-09-09)
Army Private Vincent Winston died Thursday after a bomb exploded near the Humvee he and four other troops were riding in.

SLPS announces top 3 candidates for superintendent job (2008-09-08)
The St. Louis Public School District named the top three candidates to fill the post left by outgoing superintendent Diana Bourisaw.

Local scientists help find parasite in Galapagos Islands (2008-09-08)
Researchers from St. Louis and the Galapagos Islands have discovered a parasite in the island's penguins. They're concerned because the parasite causes avian malaria.

Professional cyclists hit the road for Tour of Missouri bike race (2008-09-08)
Top American finisher at 2008 Tour de France among competitors in the 623-mile race.

Eminent domain group gives up ballot fight (2008-09-05)
Leader says supporters won't be able to get enough signatures

State Bar recommends all but one judge be retained (2008-09-05)
This year's recommendations included input from juries, other non-lawyer groups

Artistic billboards urge Missourians to vote (2008-09-04)
The group Art the Vote will unveil 70 billboards across the state on Friday that includes original artwork of seven nationally-known artists.

Prosecutors seek death for man suspected of murder spree (2008-09-04)
Nicholas Sheley has been charged with four murders in Illinois and Missouri. He's a suspect in four other killings.

Teacher sentenced to 6 years for sex abuse (2008-09-04)
Earlier this year, a jury found 48-year-old Cathy Heminghaus guilty of statutory sodomy, sexual contact with a student and supplying liquor to a minor.

InBev shareholders to vote on Anheuser-Busch buyout (2008-09-04)
Three-quarters of InBev's shareholders must approve the Anheuser-Busch acquisition.

Light and urban revitalization in Grand Center (2008-09-04)
The four artists who took part in the first-ever outdoor exhibit for the Pulitzer not only play with the notion of light, but also the idea of urban revitalization.

Wash U scientists find mutations in deadly brain cancer (2008-09-04)
Researchers believe the findings lay the foundation for developing new ways to diagnose and treat glioblastoma, a common and aggressive form of brain cancer.

Missouri Republicans for Obama formed (2008-09-04)
The group announced its formation at three press conferences across the state. One member says McCain would continue the same foreign policy measures as President Bush.

Early work to begin on new Mississippi River bridge (2008-09-03)
Geology workers will begin drilling in the river on Monday to gather information about the riverbed and bedrock.

Hulshof and Nixon to debate Sept. 11 (2008-09-03)
Republican Congressman Kenny Hulshof and Democratic Attorney General Jay Nixon both say they will participate in a 3:15 p.m. debate on Sept. 11 in Columbia.

Mo. Guard convoy heading to Alexandria, La. (2008-09-03)
The central Louisiana town was selected after weather conditions forced the staging area's relocation. Missouri Guard troops are taking part in Hurricane Gustav relief efforts.

Missouri MP's patrol Opelousas, La. (2008-09-03)
Specialist Daniel Harrison says the locals are in good spirits, despite lacking power in the aftermath of Hurricane Gustav.

Four arrested after police chase (2008-09-03)
Police say the suspects were seen shoplifting at South County Center, then ran to a stolen car when officers approached them.

Lambert to install more security cameras (2008-09-03)
Lambert St. Louis airport will soon be expanding its security system by installing 142 new surveillance cameras.

Metro riders blast potential service cuts (2008-09-03)
Residents use first of 15 public hearings to explain why they need Metro

Hearings on Metro cuts start Wednesday (2008-09-02)
County sales tax increase could halt reductions in bus and MetroLink service

Cole Co. judge upholds tossing out petition signatures (2008-09-02)
Judge Richard Callahan agreed with Robin Carnahan's decision to disqualify thousands of signatures gathered for two eminent domain ballot petitions.

Woman, 18, killed during fight over fast food (2008-09-02)
Decora Jenkins was shot to death early Monday at her home in north St. Louis.

More Mo. National Guard troops en route to Louisiana (2008-09-02)
Their exact destination is unknown, as weather conditions have forced authorities to shift staging areas.

Last of 8 injured in East St. Louis chemical spill out of hospital (2008-09-02)
The victims were working at the Ro-Corp plant in East St. Louis when a drum of toxic nitroaniline broke open while it was being loaded.

Missouri emergency responders head to Louisiana (2008-09-02)
About 600 members of the Missouri National Guard arrived in Louisiana Monday, and another 700 are due there Tuesday.

Chemical spill in East St. Louis sends several to hospitals (2008-08-31)
Authorities say someone at an East St. Louis chemical plant dropped a drum of nitroaniline. The white powdery substance has many industrial uses, but in large concentrations it can cause severe breathing problems and even death.

McCain makes campaign stop in O'Fallon (2008-08-31)
Senator John McCain's Straight-Talk Express rolled into Missouri on Sunday.

Architect saves rare Modern home in Ladue (2008-08-29)
KWMU's Matt Sepic visits the Harry Hammerman House, a rare example of Modern Movement architecture in the St. Louis area.

Six retailers pull bassinet from shelves (2008-08-29)
Bed linked to two infant deaths in Missouri, Kansas

Unions seek to have presence at Republican National Convention (2008-08-29)
Members of the Service Employees International Union held a rally in St. Louis today to kick off a four-state bus tour ending at the Republican National Convention in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Emerson to open new data center in St. Louis (2008-08-29)
New building is expected to get green certification

Three years later, authorities still without evidence in case of missing woman (2008-08-29)
Amanda Jones was nine months pregnant in August of 2005 when she was last seen.

IL budget cuts force historic site closures (2008-08-29)
Budget cuts will force 34 layoffs and closure of a dozen sites

Two police officers hurt after hit and run (2008-08-28)
Authorities say the suspects were inside a minivan when it struck the officers who were working at the site of an earlier accident.

Government warns parents about bassinet after two infant deaths (2008-08-28)
Two infants, one in Kansas and another in Missouri, were strangled between the metal bars of Simplicity's "close-sleeper/bedside sleeper" bassinets.

St. Louis scientists find change in amount of a protein critical to Alzheimer's (2008-08-28)
Researchers at Washington University in St. Louis and the University of Milan have described changes in the amount of amyloid beta, a protein that is believed to play a key role in Alzheimer's disease, in the human brain. The results are in this week's Science.

Students want polling place at SLU (2008-08-28)
A group called SLU Students for Voter Rights is asking the St. Louis Board of Elections for a polling place on campus.

Belleville jury awards $5m in priest sex abuse suit (2008-08-28)
A St. Clair County jury has awarded $5 million to a man who sued the Diocese of Belleville, saying it covered up alleged sexual abuse by a priest in the 1970s.

Hulshof proposes health savings plan (2008-08-27)
Hulshof said his plan could help low-income parents who were cut off from Medicaid three years ago.

MO campaign contribution limits lifted (2008-08-27)
The new law that repeals the state's limits takes effect Thursday. The Republican-controlled legislature passed the measure last spring.

Recall activists admit effort will fall short (2008-08-27)
Slay opponents say they will look for other ways to oust "divisive" mayor from office

Alton fire chief navigates big challenges (2008-08-27)
As part of NPR's "Take me to your leader" series, reporter David Greene profiles Alton Fire Chief Greg Bock.

Hulshof rolls out health care plan (2008-08-27)
Republican Gubernatorial candidate Kenny Hulshof says his health care plan will create market incentives and get more Missourians covered by health insurance.

Old Post Office developers continue to seek damages against two who tried to save Century Building (2008-08-27)
The Century was torn down in 2004 to make way for a new parking garage developers said was needed for the rehabbed Old Post Office.

New drivers' license restrictions on illegal immigrants in Mo. (2008-08-27)
Effective Thursday, commercial drivers' license exams in Mo. will only be given in English. And the Dept. of Revenue will be barred from issuing drivers' licenses to illegal immigrants.

Donnelly sues over recount (2008-08-26)
A losing candidate in Missouri's Democratic primary for attorney general has filed suit alleging some ballots were wrongly uncounted.

Attorneys renew lawsuit over Blunt e-mails (2008-08-26)
The amended lawsuit filed Monday also renews an assertion that someone acting under the control of the governor's office sought to destroy backup e-mail records.

Cole Co. judge asked to toss out trust fund lawsuits (2008-08-26)
Some opponents fear one of the suits would channel state revenues into stem cell research.

Appeals court rules with city in firefighters' suit (2008-08-26)
A federal appeals court has ruled in favor of the city of St. Louis in a reverse discrimination law suit brought by two white firefighters

2007 economic indicators steady in MO (2008-08-26)
Numbers do not reflect economic downturn that worsened in 2008

Steelman remains mum about Hulshof's bid for governor (2008-08-25)
Steelman has not endorsed rival Kenny Hulshof, nor has she even made a positive public statement about his contest against Democratic Attorney General Jay Nixon.

Kit Bond not impressed with Obama's running mate (2008-08-25)
In a conference call with reporters, Missouri's senior U.S. Senator says Joe Biden (D, Delaware) doesn't understand the problems facing Missouri families.

McCaskill to address Democratic convention (2008-08-25)
McCaskill was one of Barack Obama's earliest and most vocal supporters. And she helped Obama to a narrow victory in Missouri's presidential primary.

Suspect dead, officers hurt after confrontation (2008-08-22)
An autopsy is planned on a suspect who died during a confrontation with detectives Thursday night in the St. Louis suburb of Berkeley.

Koster's winning margin narrows in Democratic attorney general primary (2008-08-22)
Chris Koster's winning margin in the race for Missouri attorney general has narrowed slightly, but official election results from the primary contest still have him ahead of Margaret Donnelly by 780 votes.

Hulshof and Nixon appear at economic forum (2008-08-22)
The Republican and Democratic nominees for Missouri governor laid out their economic visions before about 300 people in Jefferson City.

Partial pay plan goes to Board of Aldermen (2008-08-22)
Move comes after judge rules Civil Service Commission not boun

Immigrant advocates decry new Missouri law (2008-08-22)
Among other things, the measure requires state troopers to be trained in federal immigration law.

State denies federal accusations about center (2008-08-21)
Department of Justice says Overland habilitation facility violates constitutional rights

Court approves new plea deal for Metro East attorney (2008-08-21)
A former Metro East lawyer accused of supplying drugs to young women and transporting a boy to California for sexual purposes has agreed to plead guilty only to federal drug charges.

Nominees chosen for Mo. Supreme Court vacancy (2008-08-21)
The three finalists are Western District Court of Appeals judges Lisa White Hardwick and Ronald Holliger, and Atchison County Judge Zel Fischer.

Missouri Supreme Court postpones first execution in three years (2008-08-21)
Dennis Skillicorn had been scheduled to die August 27, but the state Supreme Court delayed the execution by at least 30 days.

Former Shriners CFO admits stealing (2008-08-21)
Steven Brodzin pleaded guilty Thursday morning to stealing $828,000 from the Shriners Hospital for Children in St. Louis.

EPA: St. Louis needs to reduce air pollution (2008-08-20)
The Environmental Protection Agency says the St. Louis Metropolitan area is not meeting federal standards for fine particle air pollution, which is often linked to asthma and bronchitis.

Missouri obesity rate on the rise (2008-08-20)
According to a study by Trust for America's Health, Missouri is the 13th most obese state in the nation.

City unions to sue Civil Service Commission (2008-08-20)
Lawyer says stalled contract breaks law - suit is last resort

Limited solutions for St. Louis gang problem (2008-08-20)
In the last of his three part series on gangs in St. Louis, KWMU's Adam Allington takes a look at some city's response to the gang epidemic.

Limited solutions for St. Louis gang problem (2008-08-20)
In the last of his three part series on gangs in St. Louis, KWMU's Adam Allington takes a look at some city's response to the gang epidemic.

Blunt gives St. Louis schools good marks (2008-08-20)
One year after losing its accreditation and being taken over by the state, Governor Matt Blunt says the St. Louis Public School District is making progress.

Chief selection will not wait for investigation (2008-08-20)
Police board president Goodson wants new chief in place by October

Limited solutions for St. Louis gang problem (2008-08-20)
In the last of his three part series on gangs in St. Louis, KWMU's Adam Allington takes a look at some city's response to the gang epidemic.

Limited solutions for St. Louis gang problem (2008-08-20)
In the last of his three part series on gangs in St. Louis, KWMU's Adam Allington takes a look at some city's response to the gang epidemic.

LeVota says Democrats can retake Mo. House (2008-08-20)
House Minority Leader Paul LeVota (D, Independence) says anti-incumbent fervor and excitement over Barack Obama may help Democrats win back the Missouri House.

Monsanto sells animal pharmaceutical brand for $300 million (2008-08-20)
Posilac, an animal hormone, has been controversial since its inception, with some scientists concerned about potential human and animal health risks. A spokesperson for Monsanto said the company is selling the brand so they can better focus on their core seeds and traits business.

Quake seminar emphasizes being prepared (2008-08-19)
First responders, government officials learn what makes a good disaster plan

Mo.'s Safe Schools Initiative audited (2008-08-19)
A state audit finds that 43% of school districts failed to report discipline incidents.

MySpace defendant claims charges are bogus (2008-08-19)
Lori Drew's attorney says prosecutors are bending a cyber crime law to fit their argument.

U.S. Transportation officials announce reform (2008-08-19)
The secretary of the U.S. Department of Transportation announced proposed reform to how federal dollars are allocated during a visit to St. Louis.

Neighborhoods suffer in wake of increased gang activity (2008-08-19)
In part 2 of KWMU's 3-part series on gang violence Adam Allington examines the fallout for communities living under the perpetual threat of shootings, robberies and constant police presence.

Illinois Senate President may retire today (2008-08-18)
Both the Chicago Sun-Times and the Chicago Tribune are reporting that Senate President Emil Jones is considering retirement. He's been in the legislature since 1973.

Contract talks start today between AB and Teamsters (2008-08-18)
The Teamsters union and Anheuser-Busch are scheduled to start contract negotiations today.

Legislators pledge involved in public schools (2008-08-18)
Two state representatives from St. Louis have taken it upon themselves to create programs to help the public school system.

Property taxes could go up in city (2008-08-18)
Public will get chance to comment at meeting next week

North city gangs getting younger, more violent (2008-08-18)
In the first of his three part series on gangs in St. Louis, KWMU's Adam Allington takes us behind the scenes with some of the city's most violent street gangs

Report says Obama campaign plane declared emergency in July (2008-08-15)
At the time, the FAA and Midwest Airlines said there was no emergency.

Documentary focuses on town's struggle with lead pollution (2008-08-15)
Will Godar, an 18-year-old recent high school graduate from Kirkwood, talks about his documentary "Unleaded" with KWMU's Maria Hickey.

Donnelly to request recount (2008-08-15)
The St. Louis State House Member finished a close second in the Democratic primary for Mo. Attorney General, behind State Senator Chris Koster.

Carnahan, Wachovia reach settlement (2008-08-15)
Bank will pay 9 billion to investors, pay 50 million in fines

Donnelly to ask for recount in AG race (2008-08-15)
Results from the August 5 primary showed State Representative Margaret Donnelly fewer than 800 votes behind State Senator Chris Koster.

GOP opens four campaign offices in Missouri (2008-08-14)
The RNC will provide campaign donations and paid advertisements, and John McCain is expected to campaign here frequently.

Group seeks clemency for Mo. Death Row inmate (2008-08-14)
Missourians to Abolish the Death Penalty is asking Gov. Blunt to commute Dennis Skillicorn's sentence to life without parole. Skillicorn's execution is scheduled Aug. 27th.

Tight economy pushes United Way goal lower (2008-08-14)
United Way Senior Vice President R.J. Crunk said the goal is $4.5 million less than last year's,which was not met.

African-Americans still lag on ACT test (2008-08-14)
Data from the testing company show that just three percent of African-American high schoolers who took the test in Missouri made the benchmark scores in the four subjects tested by the ACT.

Park to be named for slain fireman (2008-08-13)
A park in the St. Louis suburb of Maplewood will be named after a rookie firefighter who was gunned down on the job last month.

Black ACT scores still lower (2008-08-13)
New data show fewer black students are ready for college

Local UAW to join rally against Chrysler job cuts (2008-08-13)
450 local members expected to join hundreds of others in Auburn Hills

State regulators continue talks with Wachovia over auction rate securities (2008-08-12)
Missouri securities regulators are negotiating with executives of Wachovia Securities, to find ways to help investors holding auction rate securities.

Climate change could affect future of Missouri vineyards (2008-08-12)
The Missouri wine industry is having a good year after last year's devastating frosts, but scientists say climate change could play a critical role in the future of the business.

Judge to decide on cash transfer to life sciences fund (2008-08-12)
A Missouri judge will decide in October on a lawsuit seeking to block $21 million from going from a state trust fund to the Life Sciences Research Board.

Humane Society of Missouri rescues 315 animals (2008-08-12)
In its largest rescue operation the Humane Society of Missouri rescued 315 animals from a property near Pleasant Hope in southwest Missouri.

13 candidates for St. Louis Police Chief (2008-08-12)
Thirteen members of the St. Louis Police Department have expressed interest in replacing Joe Mokwa.

Colliers Turley Martin Tucker merges with three others (2008-08-12)
The St. Louis-based company is merging with Colliers Pinkard and Cassidy & Pinkard Colliers and Colliers ABR.

Nixon talks health care in St. Louis (2008-08-12)
Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jay Nixon will meet with supporters to talk health care.

FBI and IRS raid towing company (2008-08-12)
St. Louis Metropolitan Towing is at the center of a controversy that led to the retirement of St. Louis Police Chief Joe Mokwa.

Judge asks for mental health evaluation of alleged school shooter (2008-08-11)
Thomas White was 13 when he allegedly pointed a rifle in the direction of students and teachers, fired a round into a hallway ceiling and tried to shoot the principal at a Joplin Middle School.

New board elected at St. Stanislaus as controversy takes unexpected turn (2008-08-11)
This is not the same conflict that emerged four years ago. Some members now want to reconcile with the archdiocese and they say unless a judge steps in, those now in charge of the parish will take it in a direction its immigrant founders could never have imagined

Boeing may not bid on tanker contract (2008-08-11)
Aviation Week reported Monday that Boeing Company may pass on submitting a bid for the Air Force tanker.

Pinnacle chooses contractor for casino (2008-08-11)
Yates/Paric will help construct the River City Casino in Lemay. It's expected to be completed in about 18 months.

Bus run by company linked to Texas crash pulled from service (2008-08-11)
A bus run by the same company linked to a deadly crash in Texas has been pulled out of service in Missouri.

Murders up sharply in St. Louis (2008-08-08)
Jermaine Byrd, 36, was found shot to death Wednesday in an alley near Carondelet Park. His killing is the 102nd this year in the city.

Mo. Farm Bureau endorses Hulshof (2008-08-08)
Both Kenny Hulshof and Jay Nixon appeared separately before Farm Bureau members in Jefferson City.

Union treasurer admits embezzlement (2008-08-08)
The U.S. Attorney's office said Thursday that Edna Latimore, 41, of Ferguson embezzled more than $77,000.

Koster moving forward despite uncertainty about election (2008-08-07)
Koster plans to reach out to those who supported Margaret Donnelly and Jeff Harris for Mo. Attorney General.

Gibbons says Muschany should resign (2008-08-07)
While not directly calling on Muschany to step down, Senate President Pro-tem and Attorney General Candidate Michael Gibbons says he thinks it would be a good idea.

Kinder's former Chief of Staff guilty (2008-08-07)
Eric Feltner pleaded guilty to one misdemeanor count of providing pornographic materials to a minor.

Temporary compromise at St. Stanislaus (2008-08-07)
Under the agreement, the archdiocese withdrew its legal efforts to stop the church from electing a new board in return for the church agreeing to delay the vote on the bylaws.

Steelman concedes defeat to Hulshof (2008-08-06)
Steelman thanked her supporters and said she wanted to make sure people had a choice in the G.O.P. primary.

St. Louis lawmaker charged with sexual assault (2008-08-06)
State Rep. Scott Muchany (R, St. Louis) has been indicted on a charge of sexually assaulting a 14-year-old girl.

Close Democratic AG's race could mean recount (2008-08-06)
State Senator Chris Koster declared victory with a less than one percent lead over State Senator Margaret Donnelly.

Ethics complaint against Koster dismissed (2008-08-06)
The complaint filed by two state senators had accused Koster of trying to get around campaign contribution limits.

Head to head campaign for Missouri governor begins (2008-08-06)
Republican Kenny Hulshof and Democrat Jay Nixon kicked off their general election campaigns for governor today.

Blagojevich calls special legislative session (2008-08-06)
He wants legislators to vote on his slimmed down statewide construction program and to address education funding.

Election Results (2008-08-06)
Kenny Hulshof won the Republican nomination for governor in Tuesday's primary, and Chris Koster claimed victory in the Democratic state treasurer's race, though Margaret Donnelly may request a recount.

Personal information of 150,000 on stolen Anheuser-Busch laptops (2008-08-05)
About 150,000 people in at least six states have been affected by the theft of laptops with personal information about current and former employees of Anheuser-Busch Cos. Inc.

Heat puts damper on voter turn-out (2008-08-05)
St. Louis elections officials say voting has been slow Tuesday, even for an August primary.

No major problems for Mo. voters, except for the heat (2008-08-05)
Secretary of State Robin Carnahan says voter turnout has been high today in southwestern Missouri.

Polls open for Missouri primary (2008-08-05)
Today is primary election day in Missouri. Voters will decide many party nominations for statewide offices, including governor, treasurer and attorney general.

Work on Ballpark Village begins (2008-08-05)
Work is beginning today at the site of Ballpark Village, adjacent to Busch Stadium in downtown St. Louis.

Cardinals looking to 2009 All-Star Game (2008-08-05)
The St. Louis Cardinals unveiled the logo for the 2009 All Star Game on Tuesday.

Excessive heat warning in effect through 7 p.m. (2008-08-05)
Temperatures could reach 99 degrees today, and the excessive heat warning from the National Weather Service remains in effect until 7 o'clock tonight.

Election officials get ready for primary (2008-08-04)
Secretary of State Robin Carnahan says she expects voter turnout to be around 30%.

Volunteers remove sandbags in Winfield (2008-08-04)
This weekend volunteers began removing the half million sandbags stacked near the river.

Interaction with nature usually means better physical, mental health (2008-08-04)
KWMU's science reporter Julie Bierach spoke with Dr. Peter Raven, President and Director of the Missouri Botanical Garden following a nature education community forum.

Tiger attacks volunteer at exotic animal farm (2008-08-04)
The incident happened Sunday at the Wesa-A-Geh-Ya farm in Warren County. Authorities say the 800-pound animal jumped a fence before it mauled a volunteer.

Republican candidates for governor differ on city earnings taxes (2008-08-04)
Sarah Steelman says earnings taxes in St. Louis and Kansas City should go. But Kenny Hulshof says he's not willing to endorse their repeal.

25 percent turnout expected in Tuesday primary (2008-08-04)
St. Louis County Democratic Elections Director Joe Donahue said more than 3,000 poll workers will be needed for the primary, and even more people will be needed for the general election in November.

New kidney surgery performed at Barnes Jewish (2008-08-04)
Surgeons at Barnes-Jewish performed the world's first single incision robotic surgery to remove a kidney and tumor through a patient's belly button.

Scientists rejuvenate sleepy fruit flies (2008-08-01)
By genetically tweaking their brains, scientists at Washington University have found a way to mitigate the effects of sleep deprivation in fruit flies. The findings could lead to ways to help people stay alert when there's just no time to sleep.

Back-to-school sales tax holiday underway in Missouri (2008-08-01)
Through midnight Sunday, the state sales tax is suspended on many back-to-school purchases, such as clothing, paper, and certain computer software.

Missouri Republicans say Hulshof-Steelman contest has few echoes of 1992 (2008-08-01)
Some Republicans say the high-profile GOP gubernatorial contest is good for the party because it keeps Democrat Jay Nixon out of the spotlight.

Train derailment closes Fenton Chrysler plant (2008-08-01)
The accident sent about 900 second shift workers home early on Thursday.

Transit officials say failure of sales tax issue will mean cuts (2008-08-01)
St. Louis city and county leaders say passage of a half-cent sales tax in the county this fall is vital to the future of public transit in the region.

Four Democrats hope to replace Jay Nixon as state attorney general (2008-08-01)
They have similar ideas on how to protect Missourians from crime and consumer fraud, but are coming at the race from very different perspectives.

MODOT lets contractor inspect work on I-64 overhaul (2008-07-31)
MODOT is allowing contractors to inspect their own work on the I-64 project because there are not enough state inspectors to do the job.

GOP gubernatorial candidates differ on some issues (2008-07-31)
While Kenny Hulshof and Sarah Steelman agree on many issues, there are a few where they differ.

Runaway barges hit Poplar Street Bridge pier (2008-07-31)
Fifteen barges broke loose from a tow Wednesday afternoon and scraped the center pier of the Poplar Street Bridge, but there was no damage to the bridge.

Feds seize unapproved medication from St. Louis drug company (2008-07-30)
U.S. Attorney Catherine Hanaway said the majority of the products seized were made after the FDA required an end to their production.

Obama campaigns in southwest Missouri (2008-07-30)
The Democratic presidential candidate made stops in Springfield, Rolla, and Union on Wednesday.

Judge orders gasoline cleanup in Hartford (2008-07-30)
A federal judge has ordered a St. Louis-based oil company to clean up gasoline trapped under the Metro East community of Hartford.

Agreement on rebuilding of Johnson's Shut-Ins State Park (2008-07-29)
The agreement between the state and the utility allows Ameren to continue using Atlanta-based MACTEC as its contractor to rebuild the park.

Proposed Metro East flood maps get public viewing tonight (2008-07-29)
People who live near the Mississippi River in the Metro East can get their first look at proposed flood insurance rate maps this week. Homes and businesses in the flood zone will have to buy flood insurance once the maps are finalized.

White substance at bank found not to be harmful (2008-07-29)
A sample of the white, powdery substance found at the First National Bank building on Tesson Ferry has been sent to an FBI lab, but tests found it not to be toxic.

Obama and McCain return to Missouri Wednesday (2008-07-28)
Barack Obama will visit rural Missouri. John McCain will attend a fundraiser in Kansas City.

G.O.P. leaders say Nixon would erase Mo.'s budget surplus (2008-07-28)
House, Senate, and Office of Administration leaders say Nixon's plan to restore cuts made to Medicaid would turn Missouri's $833 million surplus into a deficit.

Congested mid-county intersection added to I-64 project (2008-07-28)
Gateway Constructors will reconstruct the Hanley and Eager Road intersection just north of I-64 in Richmond Heights.

Ameren requests approval for new reactor at Callaway plant (2008-07-28)
Ameren is asking for federal approval to build a second reactor at its Callaway Nuclear Plant near Fulton, Missouri.

Storms knock out power in St. Louis area (2008-07-28)
The outages are scattered around the metro area, but north St. Louis County and Wentzville were especially hard hit.

Ralph Nader files to run in Missouri (2008-07-28)
A Nader volunteer says the independent presidential candidate has over 20,000 signatures from registered voters in Missouri.

Standoff ends peacefully in Jefferson County (2008-07-25)
Interstate 55 was closed early Friday evening at Highway 61 for about four hours after a man fired at least one gunshot from a nearby home.

Slain Maplewood firefighter laid to rest (2008-07-25)
Slain Maplewood firefighter Ryan Hummert was laid to rest today. Hummert was gunned down by a sniper while responding to a fire call in Maplewood on Monday.

Audit examines Mo.'s Affordable Housing Tax Credit (2008-07-25)
A state audit finds that the Mo. Housing Development Commission has not adequately evaluated some properties donated through the program.

Slay says Mokwa should retire (2008-07-25)
On his website, the mayor says he does not believe Mokwa did anything wrong. But he says unanswered questions about the use and sale of impounded cars are distracting the department from its mission.

Mokwa steps down amid investigation (2008-07-25)
The St. Louis Board of Police Commissioners has voted to accept Chief Joe Mokwa's offer to retire.

Copy of Declaration of Independence stops in St. Louis (2008-07-25)
A rare copy of the Declaration of Independence is on display in St. Louis today and Saturday.

Investigators say Knobbe committed suicide as house burned (2008-07-24)
St. Louis County medical examiner Mary Case says Knobbe died of a self-inflicted gunshot before his house burned down.

Wash U performs first US incision- free procedure for obesity (2008-07-24)
During the TOGA procedure, the physician introduces a set of stapling devices through the mouth into the stomach. Unlike gastric bypass surgery, the investigative technique does not require an incision, so it's believed to cut down on recovery time and the risk of infection.

Mo. Gov. Blunt says surplus won't fund "taxpayer-subsidized welfare" (2008-07-24)
In a press release, Blunt says politicians want to deplete the extra $833 million the state was found to have at the start of the new fiscal year.

Cardinals revise Ballpark Village plans (2008-07-24)
The plan calls for about 600,000 square feet of office and retail space, with construction to begin early next year. However plans for condominiums have been put on hold indefinitely because of the slow housing market.

State supreme court set to issue first death warrant in three years (2008-07-23)
The court said Tuesday it will set an execution date of September 17th for John Middleton. He was convicted of killing three people in 1995 to hide his northern Missouri methamphetamine operation.

U.S. Bosnian community hails Karadzic arrest (2008-07-23)
KWMU's Matt Sepic gathered reaction from St. Louis' Bosnian community following the arrest of former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic.

DNR seeks more documents from Nixon (2008-07-23)
The Mo. Dept. of Natural Resources wants more documents on a recent lawsuit by Jay Nixon to obtain a historic railroad bridge in Boonville.

Sheley accused of jailhouse assault (2008-07-23)
Knox County Sheriff David Clague said Nicholas Sheley is suspected of unscrewing a railing from his cell in the county jail, taking it to the next cell and swinging it at another inmate Sunday morning.

Fragile X Conference in St. Louis (2008-07-23)
Fragile X syndrome is the most common cause of inherited mental impairment and is the most common known genetic cause of autism.

Jay Nixon unveils health care platform (2008-07-22)
The centerpiece consists of his plans to restore cuts to Medicaid benefits made three years ago by incumbent Gov. Blunt.

On Point: America on the Selling Block (2008-07-22)
It is hard to imagine Budweiser -- and Anheuser-Busch and Bud Light and the Clydesdales and their big beer wagon -- not being American-owned.

Remains found in Maplewood home (2008-07-22)
The remains of a body have been found in what's left of a Maplewood home that burned down Monday after a police standoff.

Feds look into St. Louis Police Department's misuse of impounded vehicles (2008-07-22)
The U.S. Attorney's office in St. Louis is joining the investigation, and they're asking questions about how much Police Chief Joe Mokwa knew and when he knew it.

Mokwa says he's done nothing wrong (2008-07-22)
St. Louis Police Chief Joe Mokwa says he has been the victim of "misinformation and innuendo" about his connection to his daughter's use of impounded automobiles.

Summer is tough for local food banks (2008-07-21)
Food demand tends to spike in the summer when kids are home from school, while the most donations usually come around the holiday season.

Maplewood shootout kills fireman, wounds two police officers (2008-07-21)
Dozens of police officers from several jurisdictions surrounded a burning house in Maplewood this morning after someone opened fire on police and firefighters there.

Engineered Support Systems CEO pleads guilty (2008-07-21)
Former Engineered Support Systems chief executive officer Michael Shanahan pleads guilty to securities fraud.

Illinois man drowns in Meramec River (2008-07-21)
A 21-year-old Illinois man is dead after drowning in the Meramec River southwest of St. Louis.

Mo. Gov. Blunt requests audit of Northeast Fire District (2008-07-21)
The audit will examine allegations of financial mismanagement and overpayment of employees.

Man dies from injuries suffered in Tuesday pileup (2008-07-18)
Alvin Mast, 88, of Kahoka, Missouri died Thursday at St. John's Mercy Medical Center.

Distracted driving to blame for fatal highway pileup (2008-07-17)
Authorities say inattentive driving is to blame for an accident on Interstate 64 that left two people dead and 16 injured on Tuesday.

Sheley's brother, two others charged with concealing murder (2008-07-17)
The grand jury indicted Sheley's brother Joshua Sheley, Joshua's girlfriend and another man in connection with the killings.

Wachovia Securities receives on-site inspection from regulators (2008-07-17)
Officials from Missouri, Illinois and several other states were looking for documents related to the sale and marketing of auction rate securities.

Buyouts on the table in wake of 2008 floods (2008-07-17)
Weeks after massive flooding in the Midwest, at least five states, including Missouri, are considering federally-funded buyouts so residents can move to higher ground.

Two dead, 16 injured after tractor-trailer hits stopped cars on I-64 (2008-07-16)
Missouri State Highway Patrol Sgt. Al Nothum said a tractor-trailer hit a line of cars that was stopped in traffic. He said the truck drove over five of the vehicles.

State Audit of Mo. Dept. of Agriculture released (2008-07-16)
The audit states that the wrong fund was initially used to settle a sexual harassment claim brought by a former employee.

St. Louis police focus efforts on north side neighborhoods (2008-07-16)
There have been 89 homicides in the city so far this year, 24 more than at this point last year.

Murder-suicide in north county (2008-07-16)
Two people were killed after a shooting at Jamestown Mall in suburban St. Louis on Wednesday.

Mo. Guard soldiers' info stolen? (2008-07-15)
Personal information for up to 2,000 Missouri National Guard soldiers may have been compromised.

Associated Industries of Mo. endorses Hulshof (2008-07-15)
AIM President Gary Marble says the endorsement is based on Hulshof's record in Congress.

Ethics complaint filed against Koster (2008-07-15)
The complaint accuses Koster of skirting campaign contribution limits.

Probation and Parole Officers rally for back pay (2008-07-15)
The state's 1,200 probation and parole officers want to know where the more than $4 million is that they are owed by the Missouri Department of Corrections.

Anheuser-Busch board agrees to buyout (2008-07-14)
The board of directors for Anheuser-Busch has agreed to sell the company to the European brewer, InBev.

St. Louis exports nearly $5 billion in goods (2008-07-14)
The region exported $4.9 billion in goods in the first half of 2007, and that brought St. Louis to the 23rd spot nationally.

InBev says it will not add to A-B's job cuts (2008-07-14)
Leaders of both InBev and Anheuser-Busch say A-B employees will have new opportunities with the merger.

Bombardier chooses Canada over Missouri (2008-07-14)
The Canadian aircraft manufacturer decides to build a new plant near its Montreal headquarters, instead of in Kansas City.

Polygraphs helpful in solving crimes (2008-07-11)
Many police departments in the St. Louis area have polygraph examiners on staff, most of whom are police officers. And despite their inadmissibility in court due to a lack of scientific validity, law enforcement use them as a tool in investigating crimes.

Report: AB may accept new InBev offer this weekend (2008-07-11)
According to media reports, Belgian-based brewer InBev has increased its buyout offer by $5 a share to $70. Anheuser Busch and InBev are now in "friendly" discussions.

Mo. Gov. Blunt repeals campaign contribution limits (2008-07-11)
Blunt signs legislation removing limits reinstated last year by the Mo. Supreme Court.

Bill proposes new rules for vacant buildings (2008-07-11)
Kacie Starr Triplett of the 6th ward introduced a bill Friday that would require owners to register vacant properties and pay up to 500-dollars if they fail to do so.

Cole Co. judge rules for Gov. Blunt in email suit (2008-07-11)
Judge Richard Callahan says a special investigator appointed by Attorney General Jay Nixon doesn't have legal standing to sue, but the final ruling has been delayed.

City unions protest contract hold up (2008-07-11)
St. Louis City employees are accusing Mayor Francis Slay of derailing a new job contract.

New law give consumers tax break on energy-efficient appliances (2008-07-11)
For one week in April, consumers who buy appliances that are certified energy-efficient will receive a tax break.

Former First Bank Mortgage President Accused of Fraud (2008-07-11)
Mark Turkcan is facing federal fraud charges alleging he funneled $35 million from the bank over nearly 20 years.

Jetton defends his work as political consultant (2008-07-10)
The Mo. House Speaker says his work is legal and conducted in an ethical manner.

Blunt attorneys ask judge to dismiss email lawsuit (2008-07-10)
Attorneys for Mo. Governor Matt Blunt say investigators hired by Attorney General Jay Nixon don't have the authority to sue the governor.

Boeing gets new chance at air tanker deal (2008-07-10)
Boeing's Integrated Defense Systems division is headquartered in St. Louis, and the Defense Department hopes to award the new contract by the end of the year.

Sheley charged with two counts of murder in Festus killings (2008-07-10)
Nicholas Sheley, the man accused of killing eight people in Missouri and Illinois was formally charged in Jefferson County, Missouri on Thursday.

Anheuser-Busch sues Belgian suitor (2008-07-09)
Anheuser-Busch sued InBev in federal court, calling the Belgian brewer's plan to buy the iconic U.S. brewer "illegal."

Voter registration deadline is here for Aug. 5 primary (2008-07-09)
oters may register at their local election office. Printable registration cards are also available online.

Mo. Gov. Blunt vetoes student curator bill (2008-07-09)
The bill would have allowed the student member of the University of Missouri Board of Curators to be a voting member, in the event the state loses a congressional district in the 2010 census.

SLU pays $1 million to settle suit over misspent funds (2008-07-09)
he suit claimed SLU's School of Public Health overstated faculty time spent on projects paid for with federal grants from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Obama triples campaign staff in Missouri (2008-07-09)
Presidential candidate Barack Obama's campaign will be tripling its on-the-ground staff in Missouri for the upcoming presidential election.

Hulshof unveils economic plan (2008-07-08)
Republican gubernatorial candidate Kenny Hulshof talked about his economic priorities at a press conference in St. Louis today.

Political campaign promoting universal health care launched (2008-07-08)
The $40 million campaign will include TV ads and rallies, and will call on political candidates to take a stand on universal health care.

Anheuser-Busch sues InBev (2008-07-08)
St. Louis-based Anheuser-Busch goes to court against a European company attempting a hostile takeover. The maker of Budweiser beer wants to bar the Belgian brewer InBev from making further overtures to its shareholders.

Archdiocese paid out $467,500 in abuse settlements last year (2008-07-08)
The Archdiocese said settlements totaling $467,500 last fiscal year came from insurance, investments, and the sale of archdiocesan buildings, not from parishes and weekly collections.

InBev pushes to oust Anheuser-Busch board (2008-07-07)
The Belgium-based brewing giant wants Anheuser-Busch's shareholders to vote out the company's board and replace it with a group that's open to a buyout. That group includes Adolphus Busch IV, the uncle of Anheuser-Busch's CEO.

Blunt signs immigration bill (2008-07-07)
The wide-ranging new law bars so-called "sanctuary cities" and requires immigrants seeking public assistance to prove they're legally in the U.S.

NTSB to investigate Obama's campaign plane problem (2008-07-07)
The pilot has announced from the cockpit that the plane experienced a problem maintaining the proper pitch, or control over keeping the nose at the proper angle, as it was taking off from Chicago.

Blunt, Chertoff to tour flood damage in Winfield (2008-07-07)
Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff will tour flood damage in Winfield Monday afternoon along with Missouri Governor Matt Blunt.

Obama says faith-based initatives key to easing social problems (2008-07-06)
Obama told the group about his own Christian faith, and how it guided him as a community organizer and politician.

Sheley turns down public defender in Illinois as Missouri prosecutors decide next move (2008-07-04)
Nicholas Sheley appeared in court Thursday in Galesburg, Ill., where he's charged in the beating death of 65-year-old Ronald Randall.

Washington University scientists get mouse stem cells to build heart (2008-07-03)
Researchers say the published findings could lead to new treatments for heart disease that use human stem cells.

Blood alcohol limit for boaters in Mo. lowered (2008-07-03)
Gov. Blunt signs bill lowering the legal limit for boaters from .10 to .08, the same level as it is for drivers on the road.

Anheuser-Busch fights another shareholder suit (2008-07-03)
The New Jersey Carpenters Annuity and Pension Funds filed the lawsuit. It claims Anheuser-Busch's board of directors has hurt shareholders by not accepting InBev's unsolicited $46 billion purchase offer.

City gears up for Fair Saint Louis and LIVE OFF the Levee (2008-07-03)
Thousands are expected downtown for the events that will start Friday and end Saturday night.

Donnelly pledges to strengthen sexual predator & child safety laws (2008-07-03)
The Democratic Attorney General candidate discusses campaign goals at a press conference in Jefferson City.

Blunt signs bill cracking down on repeat drunk drivers (2008-07-03)
Governor Matt Blunt is hoping that more cars owned by repeat drunk driving offenders are outfitted with ignition interlock devices, as a result of legislation signed today.

Man suspected of killing 8 arrested in Granite City (2008-07-02)
Nicholas Sheley came into Bindy's bar, ordered a water and went to the bathroom before another bartender and a customer recognized him.

Cole Co. judge refuses to block life sciences funding (2008-07-02)
The group Missouri Roundtable for Life claims the $21 million budget allocation could be used to fund human cloning and abortions.

Wash U researchers show gene directs stem cells to build the heart (2008-07-02)
The gene called Mesp1 starts the development of the cardiovascular system in mice. The finding is significant because it could, eventually, lead to new treatments for heart disease that use human stem cells.

Police install electronic gunshot locator in high crime area (2008-07-02)
The ShotSpotter system uses microphones to triangulate the exact location of gunfire. Within 15 seconds it puts that information on a computer map at the dispatch center.

Bush boosts funds for flooded parts of Missouri (2008-07-01)
The declaration raises the amount of federal funding available to state and local governments and certain nonprofit groups to deal with damage.

High E-Coli levels found in Lake of the Ozarks (2008-07-01)
5 out of 53 water samples taken exceeded normal standards for swimming and other aquatic activities.

InBev asks Anheuser-Busch shareholders to challenge company leaders (2008-07-01)
InBev CEO Carlos Brito insisted his offer of $65 a share was "full and fair" and gives shareholders immediate certainty, even as stock markets plunge.

Mississippi River begins to fall (2008-06-30)
Barring another downpour to the north, the worst of the flooding may be over for most of Missouri.

Park ranger shoots, kills suspect near Arch grounds (2008-06-30)
Police said the ranger saw four men destroying construction barricades and throwing them in the river. When the ranger confronted the men, one of them attacked him.

Floods will cost Midwest billions (2008-06-30)
Agriculture officials say the real damage will not be known until after the fall harvest.

Chrysler announces deep cuts to Fenton plant (2008-06-30)
Close to 2,400 auto workers at two Chrysler plants in Fenton could be out of jobs by this fall.

Governor strips funds from Attorney General's office (2008-06-30)
The action is the latest in a long-running political battle between the Governor and Attorney General.

Mo. Gov. Blunt signs identity theft bill (2008-06-30)
The new law will allow those who think their identities have been stolen to request security freezes on their credit reports.

Blunt signs new Internet cyberbullying law (2008-06-30)
Missouri Governor Matt Blunt signed a bill outlawing cyberbullying today. Blunt signed the measure into law during an event at a library in St. Charles County, just a couple of miles from the neighborhood where 13-year-old Megan Meier hanged herself in 2006.

New law could help Missouri students save on textbooks (2008-06-30)
Missouri college students may get a break because of a new state law that requires publishers to disclose wholesale prices of textbooks.

Blunt signs FY 2009 state budget (2008-06-27)
The $22.4 billion budget includes spending increases for K-12 schools and for medical providers who treat low-income patients.

Mo. Supreme Court sets execution date for Middleton (2008-06-27)
John Middleton is scheduled to die by lethal injection July 30th for the 1995 murders of Randy Hamilton and Stacey Hodge.

Rising waters heading for eastern Winfield after Pin Oak levee breaks (2008-06-27)
The eastern part of Winfield, Mo. is being evacuated after an early morning breach of the Pin Oak Levee in Lincoln County.

Archbishop Burke to leave St. Louis for Rome (2008-06-27)
The Pope has appointed St. Louis Archbishop Raymond Burke to head up the highest judicial authority in the Catholic Church.

Burke leaving St. Louis for Vatican post (2008-06-27)
Pope Benedict XVI has appointed Archbishop Raymond Burke head of the Catholic Church's highest court.

Levees break as Missouri flooding continues (2008-06-26)
Norhteast Missouri towns are swamped, residents head for high ground

MO's DNR joins suit against EPA (2008-06-26)
The Missouri Department of Natural Resources is planning to join the state of Mississippi in a lawsuit against stricter federal ozone standards.

St. Louis School District facing $30 million gap (2008-06-26)
The head of the state-run transitional board says the funding gap can be blamed on fewer revenues and higher costs, including rising gas prices.

Anheuser-Busch gets ready to fight takeover (2008-06-26)
The board of Anheuser-Busch is getting ready to reject a 46-billion dollar acquisition offer from Belgian brewing giant InBev.

Hwy. 370 reopens in St. Charles County (2008-06-25)
The Missouri Department of Transportation reopened the highway Wednesday morning, a day after closing the section between Truman Blvd. and Elm St. over worries about deer.

Midwest levees reportedly working as planned (2008-06-25)
Even though many levees were overtopped north of St. Louis, NPR's David Kestenbaum reports that they may not necessarily have failed.

Blunt official accuses Mo. Attorney General Nixon of breaking law (2008-06-25)
Administration Commissioner Larry Schepker says Nixon staffers deliberately deposited $630,000 into the wrong account.

Buffet says he's not talked to A-B (2008-06-25)
Warren Buffet is not revealing his take on InBev's bid to take over Anheuser-Busch.

American cuts flights from St. Louis (2008-06-25)
The flight reductions will mean eight fewer flights out of Lambert Airport on American Eagle and 35 fewer departures on AmericanConnection.

State audit examines oversight of Mo. school bus drivers (2008-06-25)
State Auditor Susan Montee says a random sampling of school districts finds that not enough school bus drivers are being drug-tested or given criminal background checks.

MO judge to decide whether media can join lawsuit against Blunt (2008-06-24)
Blunt's attorney wants a judge to dismiss a lawsuit filed by special investigators appointed by the attorney general. Governor Blunt is being sued over e-mails requested under the state Sunshine Law.

Levee breach in St. Charles County (2008-06-24)
The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood warning for Central St. Charles County due to several holes in the Elm Point Levee.

Missouri Supreme Court legalizes midwifery (2008-06-24)
The state's High Court has reversed a lower court ruling that struck down last year's law allowing certified midwives to practice in Missouri.

Another levee gives way in Missouri (2008-06-24)
The Elm Point Levee, north of St. Charles, gave way Tuesday after a long period of saturation.

Absentee voting begins for St. Louis voters (2008-06-24)
Beginning Tuesday morning, voters in the City of St. Louis can cast absentee ballots.

Mo. Highway Patrol, MoDOT, launch Project REST (2008-06-23)
The project will place missing persons posters at all 19 rest areas along Missouri's interstate highways.

As floodwaters recede, mold grows (2008-06-23)
Where there is water there is mold. An allergy and asthma specialist at Barnes-Jewish hospital warns that homeowners of flooded houses could experience allergic reactions to common molds.

All primary levees in Lincoln County compromised (2008-06-23)
Engineers are now starting to worry about the structural integrity of the secondary levee protecting the town of Winfield.

Flooding in Illinois abating in many areas (2008-06-21)
Emergency workers are keeping a close watch on levees along the Illinois banks of the Mississippi River, but officials say they're feeling guardedly optimistic.

New art exhibit goes "Mad" (2008-06-20)
A somewhat unconventional and irreverent art exhibit opening will be held this weekend in St. Louis. The subject is Mad Magazine, the monthly satire publication that has been making kids - and kids at heart - laugh for more than fifty years.

Man arrested for setting Copia fire last year (2008-06-20)
A 26 year old St. Louis man has been charged with setting fire to a downtown restaurant and apartment building last year.

Stray Rescue takes in Great Eight (2008-06-20)
The eight pit bulls rescued in Washington State from a dog-fighting ring arrived at the St. Louis shelter earlier Friday.

Laclede Gas to raise rates (2008-06-20)
The Public Service Commission is allow the company to charge customer $127 more during the winter heating season.

Crests lowered down river; little help for Foley (2008-06-20)
The small town of Foley, Missouri is being hit hard by the Mississippi River, while further south crest predictions are falling.

Anheuser Busch board to meet today (2008-06-20)
The Anheuser Busch board will meet today to discuss the $46 billion dollar offer made by Belgian brewer InBev.

Steelman supporter suing over TV ad (2008-06-20)
A supporter of Republican gubernatorial candidate Sarah Steelman is suing over a critical TV ad, claiming the ad is paid for by "a front group for Kenny Hulshof." Attorneys claims the group, Americans for a Better America, failed to file the proper paperwork with the state.

Officials warn of West Nile but not because of floods (2008-06-19)
Health officials are warning Missourians to be careful of tick and mosquito-borne diseases, but they say flood waters likely will not make the season worse.

Paid leave for living organ donors (2008-06-19)
There are nearly 100,000 people on the National Waiting List for an organ transplant. Many of them will receive a lifesaving organ from a friend, family member or a perfect stranger. The American Society of Transplantation is encouraging employers to adopt a paid leave program for people who decide to give the gift of life.

Army Corps says Metro East levees will hold (2008-06-19)
Despite the fact that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has threatened to decertify the four levees if they are not repaired, the federal agency says the levees can deal with the approaching flood.

Levee breach in Winfield (2008-06-19)
The massive levee breach has forced more evacuations and is sending water flowing towards the city's secondary levee.

Moonrise Hotel breaks ground officially (2008-06-18)
The boutique hotel will have 125 rooms, an upscale restaurant, and a roof-top terrace bar.

Two Illinois levees breached (2008-06-18)
The levees north of Quincy were breached. Meanwhile, sandbagging efforts continued at towns further south.

New book sheds light on St. Louis' police history (2008-06-18)

The St. Louis Police Department was the first law enforcement agency in the country to collect suspects' fingerprints. It was also among the first to take mug shots.

Allen Wagner chronicled those early achievements in a new book about the department called Good Order and Safety.

McCain looks to nuclear energy (2008-06-18)
Senator John McCain, the GOP presidential nominee-in-waiting, says he wants to set the course to build 45 new reactors by 2030.

Swollen Mississippi threatening Missouri towns (2008-06-18)
The surge of Mississippi River water is making its way south towards communities in Missouri and Illinois.

McCaskill meets with InBev's CEO (2008-06-17)
Senator Claire McCaskill says she will try to stop Belgian brewer InBev from buying Anheuser-Busch.

Johnson's Shut-Ins to open next week (2008-06-17)
The Mo. state park was devastated by the collapse of Ameren UE's Taum Sauk Reservoir in Dec. 2005.

Drew to appear in LA court today (2008-06-16)
Lori Drew will appear in federal court today in Los Angeles, the home base of My Space.

Blunt asks FTC to look at InBev's bid for AB (2008-06-16)
Missouri Governor Matt Blunt says federal regulators should look into InBev's $46 billion bid for Anheuser-Busch.

Lori Drew pleads not guilty in MySpace suicide case (2008-06-16)
Lori Drew pleaded not guilty Monday in Los Angeles to charges that she helped create a false MySpace account. Messages from that account may have led to Megan Meier's suicide in 2006.

Steelman, Hulshof spar over Viagra funding (2008-06-16)
In a new TV ad, Steelman accuses Hulshof of voting against an amendment in Congress to block federal spending for sexual enhancement drugs.

More Missouri National Guardsmen activated (2008-06-16)
115 more troops will join over 250 others to assist with security, sandbagging, and levee watching in Hannibal and other Northeast Mo. towns.

Northeast Missouri bracing for flood (2008-06-16)
More than 250 National Guard personnel are on the ground assisting with flood fighting operations in northeast Missouri.

Kinder asks Bush to expedite disaster declaration (2008-06-16)
With Governor Matt Blunt out of state, Kinder has deployed 15 more National Guard members to help manage relief efforts in West Quincy, MO. Meanwhile, residents in Alexandria have been told to get out by Monday.

InBev warns AB to not complete deal with Grupo Modelo (2008-06-16)
InBev said the potential merger could endanger the premium price it is willing to pay for the King of Beers.

Floods continue to threaten Missouri and Illinois (2008-06-16)
Residents in northeast Missouri are filling sandbags to keep the Mississippi River at bay, while Illinois residents are emptying out homes and basements that will soon be filled with water.

Flooding on the Mississippi hits towns north of St. Louis (2008-06-13)
Towns along the Mississippi River north of St. Louis are battling flood waters once again.

Akin bill would open ANWR (2008-06-13)
Republican Congressman Todd Akin of St. Louis and St. Charles introduced a bill aimed at reducing skyrocketing gas prices.

Hulshof, Nixon & Steelman participate in candidate forum (2008-06-13)
The forum was held at the Lake of the Ozarks. Hulshof and Steelman sparred over the former's Congressional record, while Nixon said both G.O.P. contenders would continue Matt Blunt's "failed policies."

Steelman defends "negative" ad against Hulshof (2008-06-12)
The ad labels Hulshof as a wasteful spender who voted for 11,000 earmarks. A Hulshof spokesman accuses Steelman of distorting the facts.

Opponents of county trash plan say it's illegal (2008-06-12)
Some St. Louis County and state lawmakers say the county's new trash hauler plan is illegal and should be stopped.

EPA holds public hearing on lead in St. Louis (2008-06-12)
The Environmental Protection Agency is proposing stiffer air quality standards for lead emissions.

MOST 529 scholarships expanded (2008-06-12)
The $500 scholarships will now be offered at all 4-year state universities in Missouri.

Belgium brewer offers $48 billion for Anheuser-Busch (2008-06-11)
The purchase price works out to $65 per share for Anheuser-Bush, a steep premium over the company's share price of $58.35 Wednesday afternoon.

Majority of Mo. school buses pass inspection (2008-06-11)
88.1% of school buses were problem-free, while 9.4% were found defective but still able to operate. 309, or 2.5%, failed and were declared out of service.

Vashon forfeits 3 basketball championships (2008-06-11)
Vashon forfeits three Missouri high school basketball titles.

Mo. Gov. Blunt issues disaster response executive orders (2008-06-11)
The two orders will allow state agencies to aid local governments with their disaster plans.

City of St. Louis is being sued for trying to erase eminent domain protest mural (2008-06-11)
The sign is painted on the side of a house in a neighborhood categorized as blighted. The sign is visible from the heavily traveled Interstates 44 and 55.

Major flooding expected north of St. Louis (2008-06-11)
Towns along the Mississippi River north of Grafton, Illinois are bracing for what could be the second or third biggest flooding event.

Bill to fund higher deputy salaries awaits Mo. Gov. Blunt's signature (2008-06-10)
The bill will add an extra $10 fee for subpoenas and other court documents in Missouri to fund pay raises for deputies in poorer counties.

Blunt signs law requiring electronic record keeping for Sudafed (2008-06-10)
Pharmacists in Missouri will soon be required to keep electronic records on sales of cold medicines that could be used to produce methamphetamine.

Obama criticizes McCain during St. Louis stop (2008-06-10)
While campaigning in St. Louis Tuesday, Senator Barack Obama told reporters that his Republican opponent is misrepresenting his record.

Blunt says state should intervene if InBev tries to buy A-B (2008-06-10)
However Blunt admits that there is no mechanism readily at hand to block the sale of Anheuser-Busch.

Corps of Engineers closing parts of Mississippi due to floods (2008-06-10)
The Mississippi River is expected to crest above flood stage in the next two weeks, so the U.S Army Corps of Engineer is closing parts of the river to all traffic.

Obama Sets His Economic Vision Apart from McCain (2008-06-10)
The presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, Senator Barak Obama, is on an economic tour -- listening to and talking with prospective voters about their experiences. Today, he visited a hospital in St. Louis, shadowing a nurse on her rounds.

East St. Louis woman pleads guilty to killing 5, gets life in prison (2008-06-10)
The plea deal was announced at a court hearing Monday for 26-year-old Tiffany Hall. She will face life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Missouri film official attends Cannes Film Festival (2008-06-09)
Andrea Sporcic, Assistant Director of the Mo. Film Office, attended the Cannes Film Festival to encourage movie producers to shoot films in Missouri.

New homeless center opens in East St. Louis (2008-06-09)
The 7,000 square-foot Paulyn House is not a shelter but instead offers space for counseling, showering, medical exams and food preparation.

One dead, three injured in drive-by shooting (2008-06-09)
16-year-old Mykia Pernal was shot twice in the chest late Saturday near Fairground Park.

Obama raises campaign cash in St. Louis, kicks off two-week national tour (2008-06-09)
The event is not open to the general public, but the Senator is allowing media coverage.

North side residents continue to question McKee plan (2008-06-06)
In 2003, developer Paul McKee started quietly purchasing buildings and vacant lots north of downtown. He now owns more than 700. McKee's critics say he's getting plenty of government aid, but remains secretive and unaccountable to the community.

Bowling Museum to leave St. Louis (2008-06-06)
The International Bowling Museum and Hall of Fame Board has voted to relocate to Arlington, Texas. As part of the agreement, the Ballpark Village partnership will purchase the museum structure and land.

New McKinley Bridge Bikeway opens on Saturday (2008-06-06)
The new McKinley Bridge Bikeway will open on Saturday.

Eric Feltner resigns as Mo. Lt. Gov. Chief of Staff (2008-06-06)
The resignation came after Lt. Gov. Kinder learned that Feltner had been arrested on charges of trying to send pornography to a minor.

St. Louisans react to Obama's rise (2008-06-05)
African-Americans in St. Louis react to Sen. Barack Obama's historic clinching of the Democratic Party's nomination.

Flood zone remapping has illinois officials worried (2008-06-05)
Property owners on the Illinois side of the Mississippi River flood plain could soon be paying more for insurance after federal flood zone re-mapping.

Rezko found guilty on most corruption charges (2008-06-05)
Illinois political fundraiser Tony Rezko is in federal custody after being found guilty of 16 of 24 counts of corruption, including fraud and money laundering.

Court ruling frees up money for horse tracks (2008-06-05)
The Illinois Supreme Court says the state's richest riverboat casinos must share some of their profits with the ailing horse racing industry.

Monsanto plans to double yield in three major crops by 2030 (2008-06-04)
Monsanto Chief Executive Hugh Grant met with company employees and reporters Wednesday to announce the initiative to develop seeds that will increase global food production while reducing the amount of resources needed to grow them.

Rainy weather means more mosquitoes (2008-06-04)
St. Louis County's vector control program began spraying for mosquitoes last week, and workers report there are lots of larvae ready to hatch.

Obama picks up more Missouri superdelegates (2008-06-04)
Several of Missouri's top-ranking Democratic superdelegates endorsed presidential candidate Barack Obama Tuesday after he proclaimed victory in the race for his party's nomination.

Mo. Gov. Blunt hasn't appointed commissioners yet for pay raises (2008-06-04)
A state commission that determines how much to spend on pay raises for statewide elected officials, lawmakers and judges is lacking 12 members, because Blunt hasn't appointed them yet.

Nail-biting continues over future of Anheuser-Busch (2008-06-04)
KWMU's Matt Sepic reports for NPR's Morning Edition on how St. Louisans are dealing with all the speculation about Anheuser-Busch's possible foreign ownership.

Bourisaw's tenure marked by fiscal oversight (2008-06-03)
Outgoing SLPS superintendent Diana talks about the district's prospects for the future.

Higher natural gas prices for Missouri this winter (2008-06-03)
Industry experts say demand for natural gas continues to rise, and the Public Service Commission is allowing some utilities to raise prices.

Missouri prepares to resume executions (2008-06-03)
The state Supreme Court says it will set dates for two men, and the Department of Corrections is confirming for the first time that its execution team is in place.

Family seeks Congressional investigation into soldier's death (2008-06-03)
The Army ruled LaVena Johnson's death in 2005 a suicide. Her family says there is evidence that she was assaulted and murdered and want the investigation re-opened.

Thousands in north St. Louis march against violence (2008-06-02)
Black religious, business and community leaders say the goal is to reclaim struggling neighborhoods in the city and its inner ring suburbs.

Panel to examine Missouri's Pre-K system (2008-06-02)
The panel will come up with recommendations for operating and expanding Pre-K for the next governor and General Assembly.

Planners prepare for VP debate in St. Louis this fall (2008-06-02)
Preparations are already underway at Washington University for this fall's vice-presidential debate.

Blagojevich: state budget is "out of whack" (2008-06-02)
Governor Blagojevich says the state budget is about $2 billion 'out of whack'.

KWMU General Manager Patty Wente fired by UMSL (2008-06-02)
Following a management review with university attorneys and independent auditors, UM-St. Louis Chancellor Tom George fired KWMU's general manager Patty Wente Monday.

Fewer Missourians dying from strokes and heart disease (2008-06-02)
A 10-year study finds that death rates have dropped since 1995, but Missouri's death rates are still higher than the national average.

University leaders give Missouri lawmakers mixed grades (2008-06-02)
The University of Missouri system scored several important victories in the recent session. That included a 4.2 percent increase in its operating budget. And for the first time since 2000, the state's public campuses will get money for several building projects.

Illinois lawmakers pass unbalanced budget, leave governor to make cuts (2008-06-02)
Despite its promise of more spending, even the architects of the package admit it will not hold up because the state lacks the money to pay for it all.

St. Louis Public Schools hire interim superintendent (2008-05-30)
John Wright will fill the post beginning July first, while the special administrative board searches for Diana Bourisaw's replacement.

Metro considers fee hikes and service cuts (2008-05-30)
The St. Louis transit agency Metro says without new funding sources it will be forced raise fares or make service cuts next year.

Winter heating bills to rise in Missouri because of state-approved charge (2008-05-30)
Missouri utilities will be allowed to add an extra $100 to $200 dollars to customers' heating bills in the winter to cover the rising cost of natural gas.

Black drivers in Mo. still more likely to be stopped by police (2008-05-30)
A report from the State Attorney General's office finds African-Americans are 66% more likely to be pulled over than white drivers.

Towboat continues to leak fuel in Missouri River (2008-05-30)
The Coast Guard is reporting that there is an eleven mile sheen from the vessel, Omaha, to the confluence of the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers. An investigation of the exact cause of the accident is underway.

Businesses sue Mo. Dept. of Revenue over fee hike (2008-05-29)
Fees for vehicle and driver's license records rose this month from $1.25 to $7 per record.

Suburb rebuffs couple's request for occupancy permit (2008-05-29)
A man, his girlfriend and her three children recently bought a house in Black Jack in north St. Louis County. But because Toi Pruitt and Joe Pulliam and the children don't meet the town's definition of a family, they couldn't get an occupancy permit.

Boys recovering from dog attack in Jefferson County (2008-05-29)
The incidents happened Wednesday in Fenton. The first boy was walking to a school bus stop when the mixed-breed dog attacked. Later, another boy also walking to a bus stop was attacked by the same dog.

St. Stanislaus board loses excommunication appeal (2008-05-29)
Vatican officials said in a May 15 letter that they are upholding Archbishop Raymond Burke's declaration of excommunication of the board of St. Stanislaus Kostka church.

African-American men to march in st. louis neighborhoods (2008-05-29)
African-American men to march to raise awareness about issues in north St. Louis

Corporate anti-terrorism directed at St. Louis companies (2008-05-28)
Homeland security officials claim that corporations have a large role to play in guarding against terrorist attack.

Express Scripts to pay $9.5m to settle drug-switching claims (2008-05-28)
Attorneys general from 28 states alleged Express encouraged doctors to switch patients' cholesterol drug brands under the guise of cost control, but pocketed the savings.

Resort owner says earthen dam is safe (2008-05-28)
The Alpine Dam holds back a lake at the 7400-acre Innsbrook Estates Resort near Warrenton.

In-Bev eyeing Miller if A-B takeover fails (2008-05-28)
London's Financial Times newspaper reported Wednesday Belgian brewing giant In-Bev may consider a purchase of SAB Miller if it's unable to take over St. Louis-based Anheuser Busch.

Senator Bond discusses energy policy with plant scientists (2008-05-28)
Senator Kit Bond met with top plant scientists in St. Louis to talk about the role plant sciences play in the path to sustainable energy.

Boy's body recovered after helicopter crash (2008-05-27)
Zachary West of Eureka was 9 years old. He died after a sightseeing helicopter crashed into the lake Sunday night.

Heavy rains cause rivers to rise in St. Louis area (2008-05-27)
National Weather Service meteorologist Ben Miller said a cold front pushing down from the north will bring more rain through the day Tuesday.

Window closing for spring corn planting (2008-05-27)
Some farmers in Missouri and southern Illinois are running out of time to plant corn.

U.S. Supreme Court turns down George Ryan's appeal (2008-05-27)
The justices made no comment on their action today. Ryan claimed that he and his fellow defendant, businessman Larry Warner, did not receive a fair trial.

Missouri hires doctor for executions (2008-05-26)
The state of Missouri has added an anesthesiologist to its execution team, despite professional guidelines against doctors taking part in executions.

Boy killed after woman has seizure while driving (2008-05-26)
Elijah Moore of St. Louis died Saturday when a 43-year-old woman suffered a seizure while driving and lost control of her vehicle.

St. Louis could see more air quality warning days (2008-05-26)
St. Louis residents can expect to see more air quality warning days this summer, but not necessarily because the air has gotten worse.

Tree falls on tram, injures three people, at Branson park (2008-05-26)
Officials at Silver Dollar City in Branson say three people were injured Sunday after high winds knocked part of a tree onto a shuttle at the theme park.

Local scientist preparing for Mars landing (2008-05-23)
Dr. Raymond Arvidson, a scientist at Washington University, has been involved with the Phoenix Mars Mission since the beginning. He's in Tucson at the University of Arizona preparing the much anticipated landing.

Anheuser-Busch the target of a takeover? (2008-05-23)
The world's largest beer brewer, InBev, is considering a takeover bid for St. Louis-based Anheuser-Busch.

Missing Metro East girl found in Florida (2008-05-23)
Authorities say Heriberto Torres-Rodriguez, 49, drove to Illinois on Monday, picked up the girl and returned to Miami.

St. Louis Zoo lays out plans for improvement (2008-05-23)
The St. Louis Zoo has announced details of a 25-year plan to improve the free park.

New Missouri law toughens penalties for metal theft (2008-05-22)
The new law raises the penalty for metal theft to a Class-C felony and also requires scrap dealers to keep detailed records on people from whom they purchase metal.

State-run board to oversee St. Louis schools for 3 more years (2008-05-22)
DESE says progress has been made under the state-run board, while critics charge there's been regression.

Can! Academies of St. Louis suspended (2008-05-22)
The State Board of Education voted to suspend the charter school's operations for one year, citing a "chaotic" atmosphere.

Illinois road plan includes funds for new bridge (2008-05-22)
The Illinois Department of Transportation released its six year roads plan today and it contains funding for the new Mississippi River Bridge in St. Louis

Old-school wrestling at the South Broadway Athletic Club (2008-05-22)
In the second part of his report on wrestling in St. Louis, KWMU's Adam Allington visits the South Broadway Athletic Club.

St. Louis group wins $1 million animal shelter makeover (2008-05-21)
Stray Rescue, founded by Randy Grim 10 years ago, was selected from three finalists, and 1,000 entries.

Rams owners say team will stay in St. Louis (2008-05-21)
Yahoo Sports reported Tuesday the Rams are on the market for up to $900 million, and could return to Los Angeles.

St. Louis RCGA wanted more from Missouri lawmakers (2008-05-21)
C.E.O. Dick Fleming says he's pleased that the Quality Jobs program was expanded, but he would have preferred the annual cap be removed.

Steelman admits failing to report campaign donation from pro-stem-cell research group (2008-05-21)
Steelman said the failure to report the donation was a "clerical error."

Variable speed limits begin on I-270 (2008-05-21)
The Missouri Department of Transportation will begin varying speed limits along Interstate 270 beginning Thursday in an effort to keep congested traffic moving smoothly.

Missouri seeks to return unclaimed property (2008-05-21)
The State Treasury currently possesses over $500 million in unclaimed property, which includes cash, jewelry, and collectibles.

Bodyslams and Piledrivers: A History of St. Louis Wrestling (2008-05-21)
Back before professional wrestling became pay-per-view staple that it is today, St. Louis was the epicenter of once-great system of interdependent wrestling territories.

Woman recovering after being hit, dragged by MetroLink train (2008-05-20)
the 18-year-old woman was looking at the eastbound train she was trying to catch and did not notice an approaching westbound train.

Paramedic shot, wounded in East St. Louis (2008-05-20)
The ambulance came under fire along Interstate 64 on its way to Kenneth Hall Regional Hospital in East St. Louis.

Missouri's most endangered historic places announced (2008-05-20)
Missouri Preservation names the most endangered historic places in the state, which included county courthouses and former African-American school houses.

Lobbyist says Missouri lawmakers didn't spend enough on highways (2008-05-20)
Christen Jackson with the Missouri Transportation and Development Council says she's concerned a looming funding shortfall was ignored during the 2008 session.

Illinois quake helped Missouri prepare (2008-05-19)
A spokesperson with SEMA says the 5.2 earthquake in April turned into a "training exercise" for Missouri officials.

Boy, 13, arrested after gunfire at Annie Malone parade (2008-05-19)
Police said no one was hurt, and most people at the parade didn't notice the incident.

Gas prices drive more commuters to carpools (2008-05-19)
In the past year, Ridefinders has seen a 33 percent jump in the number of people seeking to share vehicles.

SLU researchers find smallpox drug could target common cold (2008-05-19)
Scientists found that the drug, CMX001, successfully targets the adenovirus in Syrian hamsters, the first animal model suitable for adenovirus testing.

Washington University honors Phyllis Schlafly (2008-05-16)
Wearing white armbands, Washington University faculty and students staged a silent protest as conservative activist Phyllis Schlafly was awarded an honorary degree today.

CDC Director Speaks With KWMU (2008-05-16)
The Director of the Centers for Disease Control is in St. Louis today. Dr. Julie Gerberding is addressing the graduating class at Washington University's School of Medicine. Earlier in the day, Gerberding spoke with a group of researchers and physicians at the Midwest Regional Center for Excellence for Biodefense and Emerging Infectious Disease Research about the threats to global health protection in the 21st century.

As session nears end, lawmakers reach deal on controversial village bill (2008-05-16)
On Thursday night, several senators launched a filibuster of the final version of the village law repeal.

The law, passed last year, allows landowners to incorporate villages to get around zoning regulations.

Police continue search for mother of abandoned newborn (2008-05-16)
Police say they have identified the woman in a picture released to the public last week and determined she is not connected to the case.

Vets Center waits on bill in Congress (2008-05-16)
Senator Kit Bond helped pass an amendment to an emergency appropriations bill that included $200,000 for the St. Louis Veterans Business Resource Center. Without it, the center could close in one to two months.

Property tax relief clears the Missouri legislature (2008-05-16)
Property tax relief cleared the Missouri Legislature Friday.

CDC Director addresses area physicians about global health protection (2008-05-16)
Dr. Julie Gerberding spoke to the Regional Midwest Regional Center of Excellence for Biodefense and Emerging Infectious Diseases about the health affects of global warming, the threat of a flu pandemic and the West Nile Virus.

Faculty, Students Protest Schlafly Degree (2008-05-16)
Wearing white armbands, Washington University faculty and students stage a silent protest as conservative activist Phyllis Schlafly is awarded an honorary degree.

Missouri lawmakers send illegal immigration bill to Gov. Blunt (2008-05-16)
The wide-ranging legislation includes items that bar so-called "sanctuary cities," and penalize employers for misclassifying undocumented workers as "contractors."

Feds indict woman in MySpace hoax that led to suicide (2008-05-16)
Lori Drew is accused of conspiracy and accessing protected computers without authorization to inflict emotional distress.

Honor student killed after horseplay (2008-05-15)
Eighteen-year-old Granite City High School senior Matthew Evans died late Wednesday at a St. Louis hospital.

Wash-U chancellor apologizes for controversy, but Schlafly will still get honorary degree (2008-05-15)
Despite protests, the longtime conservative activist will get an honorary degree at Washington University's commencement ceremony on Friday.

Illegal immigration bill still delayed in Missouri Senate (2008-05-15)
A committee chairman says he won't hold a vote on the wide-ranging immigration bill until they receive from the House a bill repealing the so-called village law.

Missouri House passes death penalty for child rapists (2008-05-15)
If it becomes law, judges would be allowed to sentenced to death those convicted of rape or forcible sodomy of a child under the age of 12.

Missouri lawmakers pass copper theft bill (2008-05-15)
The bill would require measures designed to combat theft of copper, aluminum, and other valuable metals.

Missouri Senate passes wide-ranging immigration bill (2008-05-15)
The bill includes items that would bar so-called "sanctuary cities," but House leaders don't like one provision that would fine employers for misclassifying workers as "contractors."

Missouri lawmakers stay up late to pass bills (2008-05-15)
State House members stay in session past midnight to pass about 30 minor-issue bills, including naming of the official State Dessert.

Missouri Senate debates illegal immigration (2008-05-14)
Senators spent nearly nine hours Tuesday amending and debating a wide-ranging immigration bill, but it now requires another Senate hearing before it can move forward.

Time running out on midwifery legislation (2008-05-14)
The sponsor, Republican Senator John Loudon, is trying to find a suitable bill that he can amend the midwifery language onto.

Motorcycle helmet repeal likely dead for 2008 (2008-05-14)
A bill in the Missouri Senate that would have exempted motorcyclists age 21 and older from wearing helmets was set aside after nearly three hours of debate.

Voter I.D. up for debate (2008-05-14)
The Missouri Senate could consider a constitutional amendment before the session ends Friday that would open the door to voter photo identification requirements. Listen here to Maria Hickey's report.

Nixon under investigation for possible spending misappropriation (2008-05-14)
Missouri Attorney General Jay Nixon's office is under investigation by the state office of administration for possible violations in spending procedure.

Two charged in double homicide in north St. Louis (2008-05-14)
Police say 26-year-old Jerome Jones and 22-year-old Brian Mann opened fire Monday afternoon at Rock Bottom Wholesale in north St. Louis.

Two arrested in north St. Louis shootings (2008-05-13)
Two St. Louis men have been charged in Monday's robbery and murders at Rock Bottom Wholesale. The store's owner and a female employee were killed.

Obama holds economic town hall meeting in Missouri (2008-05-13)
Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama will be in Cape Girardeau later today for a economic town hall meeting.

Exercise linked to lower risk of early breast cancer (2008-05-13)
Scientists at Washington University and Harvard University found that regular exercise between the ages of 12 and 35 can reduce a woman's risk of cancer before menopause. Researchers say the likely explanation is that exercise lowers a woman's exposure to estrogen.

Former Kirkwood mayor back in hospital after fall (2008-05-13)
Swoboda is in satisfactory condition after falling at his home and fracturing his skull.

Missouri House passes property tax reform (2008-05-13)
The bill mandates rollbacks in tax rates during reassessment years, but leaves out tax breaks for low-income elderly homeowners.

Missouri House approves restrictions on "red-light camera" tickets (2008-05-12)
If passed, all revenue from camera-generated tickets would go to public schools, and Amish and other similar groups would be exempt from receiving such tickets.

Senate committee passes voter I.D. resolution (2008-05-12)
The proposed constitutional amendment would clear the way for a new voter I.D. law in Missouri.

Ameren still working to restore power in St. Louis (2008-05-12)
Nearly 5,000 St. Louis-area customers are still without power following high winds and storms.

Lawmakers gear up for hectic final week of legislative session (2008-05-12)
Lawmakers have already wrapped up the budget, but they're working quickly to pass other items, including several bills that target illegal immigrants.

Weekend storms kill at least 15 in southwest Missouri. (2008-05-11)
The death toll from the tornadoes and storms that hit southwest Missouri Saturday evening has climbed to 15, and rescuers have ended their search for survivors.

Former state senate candidate explains reasons for quitting race (2008-05-09)
Former Webster Groves councilman Kevin Gunn ruffled feathers among many Missouri Democrats in March when he quit a key state senate race and accepted Governor Matt Blunt's appointment to a state commission.

Gunn has not spoken about the controversy publicly until now, but he did talk to KWMU's Matt Sepic.

Mailman shot in St. Louis leaves rehab hospital (2008-05-09)
Terry Marcrum was shot twice while on his delivery route.

Torrez enters Alford plea in baby kidnapping (2008-05-09)
Shannon Torrez enters a so-called Alford plea in a kidnapped baby case.

FrontYard Features moves statewide (2008-05-09)
A non-profit that began showing free movies in neighborhoods around St. Louis last summer is expanding throughout Missouri this season.

Sports4Kids program coming to St. Louis (2008-05-09)
KWMU's Maria Hickey reports for Voice of America about Sports4Kids, a program to teach children basic games.

Missouri House defeats 2nd injury fund reduction (2008-05-09)
The bill would have reduced the amount of lump sum payouts to injured workers from $60,000 to $40,000.

Teachers union agrees to represent charter school (2008-05-08)
The St. Louis teachers union, Local 420 has signed a labor agreement to represent teachers and staff at a city charter school.

Missouri House passes voter I.D. resolution (2008-05-08)
The proposed constitutional amendment would clear the way for lawmakers to pass a new voter I.D. law. It now goes to the Senate.

Carnahan warns against Voter I.D. law (2008-05-08)
Missouri Secretary of State Robin Carnahan says as many as 240,000 residents who are eligible voter currently don't have the government I.D. that would be required.

Missouri House endorses E-Verify legislation (2008-05-08)
The bill would require employers to use the federal E-Verify database to ensure their new hires are not illegal immigrants.

Police seek 'person of interest' in abandoned infant case (2008-05-08)
Police describe her as a black woman in her 20s who was wearing a white jacket, blue jeans and a headband, and possibly glasses.

Blunt moves ahead with e-mail archive despite lack of funds (2008-05-07)
Missouri Governor Matt Blunt is forging ahead with a plan to archive state e-mails, even though lawmakers have not approved money to run it.

Pope appoints Burke to top Vatican offices (2008-05-07)
Burke will sit on the Pontifical Council for Legislative Texts and the Congregation for the Clergy.

Top government officials meet in St. Louis to discuss meth problem (2008-05-07)
U.S. Attorney General Michael Mukasey and drug czar John Walters met with foreign officials in St. Louis on Wednesday in an effort to control the spread of methamphetamine.

Heated debate on Missouri House floor over Medicaid (2008-05-07)
Before passing the budget bill for the Dept. of Social Services, Democrats and Republicans traded barbs and occasionally yelled at each other over the status of Medicaid benefits.

Missouri House passes Bombardier bill (2008-05-07)
The bill authorizes $240 million in tax breaks to lure an aircraft plant to Kansas City. It's already passed the Senate, and now goes to Gov. Blunt.

Missouri House endorses voter I.D. amendment (2008-05-07)
The proposed constitutional amendment would clear the way for a new voter I.D. law to be passed in Missouri.

Parts of state parks remain closed from flooding (2008-05-07)
Parts of several Missouri state parks remain off limits to visitors, more than a month after Meramec River flooding.

Litter of endangered wolves born at Wolf Sanctuary (2008-05-07)
The litter was born as the result of a procedure to induce ovulation. It's the first time the procedure has been used in an endangered canid.

Missouri General Assembly passes state budget (2008-05-07)
The 2009 budget includes increases in spending for education and health care providers, but Democrats say both areas remain under-funded.

Man believed dead after fishing boat capsizes on Missouri River (2008-05-06)
A witness reported seeing the boat capsize near the Daniel Boone Bridge around 5.15 a.m.

Newborn boy found alive in city trash bin (2008-05-06)
Wesley Falker was throwing out grass clippings when found the newborn with his umbilical cord still attached.

Missouri Senate passes higher education budget (2008-05-06)
Missouri's system of state universities and community colleges will see a 7% increase in funding for Fiscal Year 2009.

Heated debate expected over health care funding (2008-05-06)
The Missouri House is expected to debate and vote Wednesday on portions of the budget for Missouri HealthNet, Governor Blunt's program to replace Medicaid.

Suit claims Blunt staffers ordered deletion of e-mails (2008-05-06)
The lawsuit was filed by investigators appointed by Attorney General Jay Nixon.

Minor earthquake shakes St. Louis County (2008-05-05)
It measured 2.7 on the Richter Scale.

The U.S. Geological Survey said it happened at 6:25 a.m., and was centered in Fenton in southwest St. Louis County.

Frieght train hits and kills boy, 13 (2008-05-05)
St. Clair County Coroner Rick Stone says Jonathan Sory likely jumped in front of the train. It dragged the boy nearly 200 feet down the tracks.

Reed says rumor of personal bodyguard is 'false information' (2008-05-05)
St. Louis Aldermanic President Lewis Reed has denied speculation that he and Comptroller Darlene Green are getting security details.

Two killed in hit-and-run on Kingshighway (2008-05-05)
The victims were trying to make a right turn into the Courtesy Diner on south Kingshighway when a suspect tried to pass them on the right.

Missouri House passes K-12 budget (2008-05-05)
The $5.3 billion spending plan will fund the state's public schools during Fiscal Year 2009.

Hulshof suggests tax freeze for senior citizens (2008-05-05)
Republican gubernatorial candidate Kenny Hulshof appeared in St. Louis Monday to unveil several proposals to help senior citizens and veterans.

U.S. Steel breaks ground on new cokemaking facility (2008-05-05)
Construction has begun on a Metro East coke-making plant that will provide fuel and energy to an adjacent steel foundry.

Steelman proposes city earnings tax repeal (2008-05-05)
Republican candidate for Missouri governor, Sarah Steelman, brought her proposal to repeal the city earnings tax to St. Louis Monday.

Anti-affirmative action group misses ballot deadline (2008-05-05)
Missouri had been one of five states California businessman Ward Connerly and his supporters had targeted for an effort to strike down affirmative action laws.

Ecology and spirituality (2008-05-02)
Ecologist, writer and Gandhi disciple, Satish Kumar talks about how people can fight global warming by being kind and compassionate to nature.

Illinois lawmakers defeat recall effort (2008-05-02)
A move to let Illinois voters recall unpopular officials has failed in the state Senate.

President Bush gives economy pep talk in St. Louis (2008-05-02)
President Bush appeared in St. Louis today to talk about the economy.

G.O.P. leader says Missouri Democrats aren't pushing for Medicaid restoration (2008-05-01)
House Speaker Rod Jetton told reporters that Democrats talk a lot about wanting to restore benefits, but did little this week during floor action. The top Democrat in the House disagrees.

Lung Association says St. Louis air among nation's worst (2008-05-01)
The American Lung Association has ranked St. Louis's air the seventh worst in the nation.

The region did better than the nation's capital but worse than Birmingham, Ala.

Foreclosures hit St. Louis investment properties (2008-05-01)
Foreclosed investment properties creat a lingering problem for St. Louis communities trying to rebound from the home mortgage crisis.

Missouri Senate passes Bombardier bill (2008-05-01)
The bill would give $240 million in tax breaks to Canadian aircraft maker Bombardier Aerospace if it builds a plant in Kansas City.

Sam's Club to resume food bank donations (2008-05-01)
The warehouse store that is part of the Wal-Mart chain halted the donation program two years ago in favor of giving cash, but has re-launched it in St. Louis.

Missouri senate votes to restrict 'lemon' lawsuits (2008-04-30)
The state Senate gave final approval to legislation Tuesday that would prohibit some lawsuits against wholesalers who supply vehicles to retail dealerships.

A.M.E. Church to hold convention in St. Louis (2008-04-30)
The African Methodist Episcopal Church will hold its convention in St. Louis this summer despite boycott pleas by many African-Americans unhappy with Mayor Francis Slay.

Missouri lawmakers to spend $21 million on life sciences (2008-04-30)
One lawmaker says, though, that $21 million isn't enough to compete with other states.

Missouri House endorses gas tax holiday (2008-04-30)
The proposed holiday would run from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day, but motorists would have to save their receipts to receive reimbursements.

Engineer: Technology killing good bacteria (2008-04-29)
Zhiqiang Hu, an environmental engineer at The University of Missouri says silver nanoparticles found in socks and energy-efficient washing machines may destroy bacteria used for wastewater treatment.

Two oil companies to pay Hartford residents for undergound vapors (2008-04-29)
For decades, people in the Metro East community have complained of petroleum vapors in their homes from leaky underground pipelines that link a refinery to barge terminals.

Budget negotiators approve Amtrak funding (2008-04-29)
Missouri lawmakers approve $8 million to keep twice-daily Amtrak service between St. Louis and Kansas City.

B5 bill before Missouri House committee (2008-04-29)
The bill would require that all diesel fuel sold in Missouri by 2010 be a bio-diesel blend.

Pacific wants federal government to buy flood-prone properties (2008-04-29)
The mayor of Pacific says a federal property buyout is a realistic option for coping with the city's ongoing flood problems.

Missouri lawmakers approve raises for state workers (2008-04-29)
State employees will get a 3% pay hike, as part of the 2009 state budget.

Nixon promises more college scholarships if elected governor (2008-04-29)
Attorney General Jay Nixon said Monday he wants to expand Missouri's A plus scholarship program to make more students eligible. He also wants the state to pay tuition for students to transfer from two-year programs to four-year state universities.

State rep says district residency not an issue (2008-04-29)
Missouri Representative Connie Johnson responded Monday to a lawsuit that claims she does not live in the senate district in which she's running.

Charges likely in city jail killing (2008-04-28)
Murder charges could be filed today in the killing of an inmate in the St. Louis city jail.

MODOT: Avoid I-64 & Hanley this week (2008-04-28)
The Hanley overpass will be down to one lane in each direction Tuesday, Wednesday, and possibly Thursday for resurfacing work.

VA to build Fisher House for family members of ailing veterans (2008-04-28)
The Fisher House will provide free accommodations for family members of veterans hospitalized in St. Louis.

Federal voter I.D. ruling not expected to affect Missouri (2008-04-28)
The federal ruling upheld an Indiana law requiring voters to show photo I.D.'s. A similar law in Missouri was struck down in 2006.

Robbery suspect shot dead at St. Louis restaurant (2008-04-25)
An off-duty policeman shot and killed a man who tried to rob a Denny's Restaurant early Friday.

Missouri population expected to grow to 7 million (2008-04-25)
The state of Missouri has released population projections.

Mayor gives State of the City address (2008-04-25)
In his seventh year in office Mayor Francis Slay says the city has made a lot of progress.

Lawmakers approve radio system for first responders, but some raise concerns about influence peddling (2008-04-25)
Legislative budget writers have approved a new radio system for Missouri's emergency responders.

Young scientists learn about DNA (2008-04-25)
KWMU's science reporter Julie Bierach hung out with a group of middle school kids as they took on the role of genetics researchers.

Voter group sues, claims state aid agencies aren't registering voters as required (2008-04-24)
ACORN claims public assistance agencies are not providing voter registration services as required by the federal "Motor Voter" act of 1993.

Governor touts medical malpractice caps (2008-04-24)
Missouri Governor Matt Blunt is praising limits the legislature placed on medical malpractice lawsuits back in 2005.

A rare African animal born at St. Louis Zoo (2008-04-23)
A rare, Somali wild ass has been born at the Saint Louis Zoo.

Measure would limit, clarify Missouri minimum wage hike (2008-04-23)
The measure would lower the minimum hourly wage that must be paid to tipped employees, such as waiters and waitresses.

Plea expected in baby kidnapping (2008-04-23)
Shannon Torrez, the woman accused of slashing a young mother's throat and stealing her newborn baby may be nearing a plea agreement.

Missouri lawmakers may expand Access Missouri scholarships (2008-04-23)
The needs-based scholarship may become available to students whose parents earn up to $200,000 a year.

State Senate endorses Insure Missouri (2008-04-23)
The omnibus bill includes a revised version of Gov. Blunt's program to provide health coverage to 54,000 low-income working Missourians.

No injuries after airplane bellyflop in Chesterfield (2008-04-23)
It's not clear whether there was a landing gear malfunction, or if the pilot just forgot to put it down.

Lawmakers tout legislation to combat Metro East levee problems (2008-04-23)
A group of Metro East lawmakers gathered today to tout state legislation that would enable repairs of vulnerable levees along the Mississippi River.

St. Louis County Council approves trash district plan (2008-04-23)
After two hours of impassioned testimony Tuesday night, the council rejected a bill from Councilman John Campisi that would have done away with the districts.

Bill in the Missouri House would repeal the state's E-10 mandate (2008-04-22)
The House Transportation Committee conducted a hearing on how E-10 is impacting livestock feed prices and other factors.

Missouri union workers want crack down on undocumented workers (2008-04-22)
Jay Nixon tells several hundred union workers he'll go after employers who hire illegal immigrants as "independent contractors."

St. Louis teacher accused of child molestation (2008-04-22)
Authorities say 61-year-old John A. Bender assaulted a 12-year-old female student at Gateway Elementary in September.

Plane makes emergency landing at MidAmerica Airport (2008-04-22)
A plane had to make an emergency landing at MidAmerica Airport in Mascoutah.

City still mum on red light camera enforcement (2008-04-22)
St. Louis city began using the cameras a year ago, but police still do not have the authority to arrest violators.

Ground broken on new City Garden (2008-04-22)
The City Garden is on the Gateway Mall and includes the two blocks between Eighth and Tenth and Chestnut and Market Streets.

Missouri House passes bill that would ban 'coercion' of abortion (2008-04-21)
The bill would make it a crime to coerce a woman into having an abortion.

Supporter of death row inmate Clemons gather in St. Louis (2008-04-21)
Supporters gathered today for death row inmate Reginald Clemons.

Aftershock early Monday is strongest yet, geologists say (2008-04-21)
The tremor just before 12:40 a.m. registered at 4.5 on the Richter scale.

Design firm selected for new Mississippi River bridge (2008-04-21)
HNTB Corporation of Kansas City has been chosen to design the new Mississippi River Bridge in St. Louis.

Study claims ethanol saves Missouri drivers money (2008-04-21)
The study says Missouri drivers should save 10 cents a gallon in 2008 from ethanol-blended gasoline. But a Mizzou professor questions E-10's efficiency.

Blunt calls for capital punishment for child rapists (2008-04-21)
The U.S. Supreme Court turned down the appeal of convicted murderer Michael Taylor of Kansas City.

Blunt pushes death penalty for child rape (2008-04-21)
The governor's proposal would apply to those who rape a child younger than 12.

Fire department says chemical spill prompted evacuation of police dispatch center (2008-04-21)
Captain Derrick Phillips of the St. Louis Fire Department said the odor came from chemical solvents spilled into the sewer system. He said the source was probably a metal plating plant in the Central West End.

Moderate quake centered in southeastern Illinois shakes Midwest (2008-04-18)
The tremor measured 5.2 on the Richter Scale. There were no injuries, and only minor damage was reported. An aftershock at 10:14 a.m. measured 4.2.

Swoboda returns to Kirkwood City Hall (2008-04-18)
An overflow crowd of well-wishers packed into Kirkwood City Hall on Thursday to see Kirkwood Mayor Mike Swoboda.

Arrest in murder of woman found under bridge (2008-04-18)
A north St. Louis County man has been arrested in death of a woman found under bridge.

FBI investigating racial incident at St. Louis sewer plant (2008-04-17)
Last week someone hung a stuffed monkey in the locker of an African-American Metropolitan Sewer District worker.

Hazelwood approves plan for Ford plant site; school leader says tax break will hurt (2008-04-17)
Mayor T.R. Carr says it will create jobs and generate revenue for the city. But Hazelwood School District Superintendent Chris Wright said the deal is too generous to the developer.

Auditor says low income housing tax credit inefficient (2008-04-17)
An audit released by Susan Montee's office Thursday found that just 35 cents of each dollar spent on the program goes directly to housing.

Hi-Pointe theater to shut down temporarily (2008-04-17)
Landmark Theaters has operated the Hi-Pointe for the past few years, but decided not to renew its lease.

Missouri House votes to criminalize "coercion" of abortion (2008-04-16)
Anyone who threatens to fire a woman or take away college scholarships to get her to have an abortion would be charged with a misdemeanor.

Man charged with shooting letter carrier (2008-04-16)
Adrian Mabry, 23, was charged with assault, armed criminal action and unlawful use of a weapon.

Education advocate says nation has neglected high schools (2008-04-16)
Former West Virginia Governor Bob Wise says Americans need to rethink the whole concept of high school. Wise heads the Alliance for Excellent Education, and he spoke with KWMU's Matt Sepic.

Blunt, Nixon urge state supreme court to proceed with executions (2008-04-16)
Following a U.S. Supreme Court ruling upholding Kentucky's use of lethal injections, two of Missouri's top elected officials want to proceed with all pending death penalty cases.

American Airlines pilots protest at Lambert (2008-04-15)
American Airlines pilots upset with the carrier's management held demonstrations at Lambert St. Louis Airport on Tuesday.

Paper ballots required under Missouri legislation (2008-04-15)
Missouri counties would have to give voters the option of a paper ballot in every state and federal election under legislation before the General Assembly.

Filing deadline extended for taxpayers in flooded counties (2008-04-15)
If you live in one of the 35 Missouri counties declared a federal disaster area after the recent flooding, you have an extra month to file your return.

Missouri House approves proposal to change judicial selection process (2008-04-15)
Voters would be asked to change how the Missouri's judges are picked in a proposed constitutional amendment given preliminary approval Monday in the state House.

Apartment building reopens; lead-free (2008-04-14)
The owner of the rehabbed Winston Churchill Apartments, Eagle Point Companies, received $110,000 from the St. Louis Multi-Family Lead Remediation Program to remove all lead hazards.

Funeral set for St. Charles soldier killed in Iraq (2008-04-14)
Col. Stephen Scott was the ninth soldier of his rank to die in Iraq.

Media, insurance companies fear hike in price for state records (2008-04-14)
On May 1, the Department of Revenue will begin charging $7 per driving record. Now the cost is on a sliding scale, starting at $1.25.

Man accused of shooting father to death (2008-04-14)
Adam Seamon, 19, was arrested Saturday and charged with first-degree murder.

Mailman shot in south city (2008-04-14)
A 44-year old postal employee was shot in the back of the head and right shoulder while delivering mail in the Tower Grove South neighborhood, at the corner of Spring and Potomac.

State immigration laws worry business leaders (2008-04-11)
St. Louis immigration attorney Kelly Simon said in the absence of federal immigration reform, many state legislatures are shifting the burden of enforcement onto employers.

Valley Park mayor-elect wants to change course on immigration laws (2008-04-11)
Valley Park businessman Grant Young beat Jeffery Whitteaker in Tuesday's mayoral election.

Saint Louis University opens new arena (2008-04-11)
Saint Louis University President Father Lawrence Biondi said the facility will spur further development in mid-town St. Louis, and attract new students.

Missouri to offer new license plates this summer (2008-04-11)
Missouri will begin distributing the new license plates in June.

Democrats want Cunningham to apologize (2008-04-11)
Three Democratic lawmakers accuse Jane Cunningham (R, Chesterfield) of insulting two high school students last month.

Funeral prearrangement company suspends business in Missouri (2008-04-10)
Missouri's largest seller of prearranged funeral contracts is suspending sales under an agreement with the State Board of Embalmers and Funeral Directors.

Funeral fund established for family killed in Metro East fire (2008-04-10)
The blaze on Tuesday killed 24-year-old Olivia Jarillo-Gomez, her two young children and her uncle. Her husband escaped through a window.

Brown Shoe to stay in St. Louis; add new jobs (2008-04-10)
Brown Shoe had been considering a move to either Dallas or Madison, Wisconsin, where its Famous Footwear division has been headquartered for several decades.

Meramec River flooding on its way (2008-04-10)
The river is expected to crest over the weekend, and flooding will be worse downstream.

Teacher pay bill blocked in Missouri House (2008-04-10)
Majority Floor Leader Steven Tilley is blocking the bill because a scholarship/voucher allowing special needs students to switch schools was removed. The issue also triggered two near physical confrontations on the House floor.

Missouri House passes illegal immigration bills (2008-04-10)
The vote comes just one day after giving first-round approval to the wide-ranging package.

Voters cast ballots in municipal elections (2008-04-09)
Several St. Louis area communities elected new mayors. Voters also approved charter commissions and school bond issues.

St. Louis tries to curb bottled water use (2008-04-09)
The Think Outside the Bottle campaign by Corporate Accountability International has already had success in cities like Seattle and San Francisco, and now it's in St. Louis.

Missouri House endorses omnibus immigration bill (2008-04-09)
The bill includes measures barring state grants to sanctuary cities, requires state troopers to be trained to enforce immigration laws, and requires commercial driver's license tests be given in English.

Kirkwood voters head to polls for controversial mayoral election (2008-04-08)
City Council and school board elections dominate the ballots in the St. Louis area. In Kirkwood, where a shooter killed five people at city hall in February, residents are also heading to the polls.

Casino proposals turned down in Jefferson City (2008-04-08)
Two propositions that could have opened the door to casino gaming in Missouri's capital city were soundly defeated Tuesday.

Midwifery bill blocked in Missouri Senate (2008-04-08)
A State Senator from Columbia wants to amend the bill. The sponsor claims it's being filibustered.

St. Louis Public Schools facing budget woes, again (2008-04-08)
St. Louis Public School administrators are in the preliminary stages of developing a budget for the 2008/2009 school year.

Missouri Senate endorses restoring tax break (2008-04-08)
The tax deduction would be for out-of-state residents who work in Missouri. Kansas lawmakers are threatening to raise taxes on Missourians who work in their state if the deduction is not restored.

St. Louis Marathon winner sets course record (2008-04-07)
Karl Gilpin of Russellville, Missouri, won the men's full marathon for a second year in a row. Gilpin, 29, set a course record of 2:24.51.

Men indicted in attorney's murder (2008-04-07)
On Sunday, a St. Louis grand jury indicted 41-year-old Cleophus King of St. Louis and 20-year-old Ronald Johnson of Ferguson

Kirkwood businesses donate to shooting victims' families (2008-04-07)
More than 20 merchants designated Monday as "Downtown Kirkwood Donates Day." The businesses will make donations to the relatives of the victims killed on February 7.

Highway construction season in full swing (2008-04-07)
Officials at the Missouri Department of Transportation are urging drivers to slow down during the upcoming road construction season.

Route 100 to remain closed due to rain threat (2008-04-07)
The Illinois Department of Transportation made the announcement Monday saying heavy rain in the forecast makes a lingering mudslide too dangerous.

Missouri Senate passes restricted license plates (2008-04-07)
Car owners whose driver's licenses have been revoked for more than 60 days would be issued special license plates.

Spezio pleads guilty to DUI (2008-04-07)
Former Cardinal Scott Spiezio pleads guilty to DUI and gets 3 years probation.

Missouri Senate sets aside scholarship bill for disabled students (2008-04-07)
The bill would provide scholarships for disabled students to attend better-performing public or private schools.

County health officials help Bosnians kick the habit (2008-04-04)
Stress, culture, and memories of a bloody ethnic conflict are making it hard for health advocates to urge St. Louis Bosnians to put out their cigarettes.

St. Louis recieves federal funds for floodwall repair (2008-04-04)
The City of St. Louis has signed a funding agreement with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to make repairs to the downtown floodwall.

AmerenUE to seek rate increase (2008-04-04)
AmerenUE wants to raise its electric rates in Missouri by 12.1 percent or $251million a year.

Group wants policeman suspended over alleged threat (2008-04-04)
Authorities say St. Louis County Police Officer Ryan O'Connor pulled a gun and used a racial slur when a parking attendant asked him to move his vehicle during a St. Patrick's Day parade in St. Louis city.

Bite from brown recluse spider kills St. Louis County woman (2008-04-04)
Rita Brumm, who was involved in many community organizations, died Monday of complications from a bite by a brown recluse.

Missouri Senate passes illegal immigration bill (2008-04-03)
The omnibus bill would bar state grants to "sanctuary cities," require police to check the immigration status of those they arrest, and more.

DNA provides answers, and more questions, for St. Louis survivor of Bosnian War (2008-04-03)
KWMU's Matt Sepic reports for PRI's The World on Jasmin Ceric's quest for justice in the murder of his father.

Missouri House passes resolution to bar judges from raising taxes (2008-04-03)
Supporters say it would protect Missourians from "taxation without representation;" opponents say citizens' rights would be jeopardized.

Fed says flu oubreak could cost Missouri businesses (2008-04-03)
A report by The Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis says a flu pandemic could mean 50 percent revenue losses for Missouri businesses.

Lawmaker says judge shouldn't grant lesbians a divorce (2008-04-03)
Republican Senator Delbert Scott said the women violated a Massachusetts residency requirement when they moved to Missouri.

Intellectual diversity bill gets celebrity endorsement (2008-04-03)
Actor Ben Stein supports a Missouri House bill he says will help safeguard freedom of speech on college campuses.

Missouri Senate rejects transferring No-Call List authority (2008-04-02)
Senators voted 21-8 to keep authority over the No-Call List with the Attorney General's office, instead of moving it to the Public Service Commission.

Missouri House endorses casino moratorium (2008-04-02)
The bill would place a 2-year moratorium on casino licenses in Missouri, in order to monitor the development of gaming in Kansas.

Metro East man admits house explosion was suicide attempt (2008-04-02)
Wood River Fire Chief Steve Alexander says the 45-year-old man told authorities he pulled the gas lines from the furnace and water heater Friday in hopes of killing himself.

Meramec River rising again (2008-04-02)
High water is on its way back to parts of Missouri. Some areas may see minor to moderate flooding this week because of storms on Monday, and forecasters are calling for more precipitation.

Missouri House endorses motorcycle helmet repeal (2008-04-01)
The bill would allow motorcycle riders age 21 and older to go without a helmet.

Dance St. Louis to hold festival (2008-04-01)
Thirty-four dance companies will participate in Spring to Dance May 22 through 24, and tickets will cost just $10 per night.

Missouri Senate endorses illegal immigration bill (2008-04-01)
The wide-ranging bill would do several things, including forbidding employers from hiring undocumented workers and blocking state grants to "sanctuary cities."

Moratorium on death penalty in Missouri considered (2008-04-01)
A bill in the State House would place a 2-year moratorium on executions in Missouri and authorize a study on capital punishment in the state.

Missouri lawmakers may take up new midwifery bill (2008-03-31)
The measure would authorize the creation of a state licensing board to monitor midwives.

Polish church to tear down old school (2008-03-31)
Built in 1922, the St. Stanislaus school has not been used to teach elementary students since the mid 1950's.

Midwifery bill awaiting action in the Missouri Senate (2008-03-31)
The bill would authorize the creation of a board to oversee midwives in Missouri.

Lawmakers consider steroid legislation (2008-03-31)
The bill would bar sports teams from receiving tax credits, unless they suspend players caught using steroids for at least one year.

Community leaders urge support for East St. Louis' only full-scale hospital (2008-03-31)
The Southern Illinois Healthcare Foundation wants to merge some services at Kenneth Hall Regional Hospital with another hospital it owns in Centreville.

USDA says less corn will be planted this year (2008-03-31)
According to a report released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, 8% less corn will planted this year and that could result in higher bills at the grocery store.

Bush approves federal money for flooded property owners (2008-03-28)
Jefferson, Franklin, Washington and St. Francois are among the counties on the list, but St. Louis County is not.

Man charged in Metro East missing persons case (2008-03-28)
Authorities have filed charges against a 51 year-old man in the deaths of two missing Metro East residents, whose bodies were found this week.

St. Charles company settles religious discrimination claim (2008-03-28)
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission sued Client Services in St. Charles on behalf of Mariam Soultan, a Muslim woman who claimed she was fired for refusing to remove a religious head scarf.

Former Valley Park city secretary says affair with mayor prompted her firing (2008-03-27)
In a lawsuit, Roxanne Ruppel claims Mayor Jeffery Whitteaker fired her last year because city officials were upset that the two were in a relationship.

Missouri House passes state budget (2008-03-27)
The $23 billion spending plan includes over $9 billion for the Department of Social Services and more than $5 billion for K-12 schools.

FEMA taking damage assesment in wake of Missouri flood (2008-03-27)
The Federal Emergency Management Agency, FEMA, is sending damage assessment teams around Missouri as part of the recovery phase from last week's flooding.

Flood concerns prompt halt to spring rise on Missouri River (2008-03-27)
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says it heard the concerns of worried Missourians and has eliminated the spring release on the Missouri River below Kansas City.

Missouri Senate passes biodiesel bill (2008-03-27)
The bill would mandate that all diesel fuel sold in Missouri by July 2010 contain at least 5% biodiesel blend.

Centene drops out of Ballpark Village (2008-03-26)
The St. Louis Cardinals say the loss of Centene Corporation is only a minor setback for their Ballpark Village real estate development. The health care management company announced today that it will not relocate its headquarters after all.

Variable speed limits set for I-270 and I-255 (2008-03-26)
The Missouri Department of Transportation is installing 68 new digital speed limit signs beginning this week.

Federal judge approves race discrimination settlement with Walgreen's (2008-03-26)
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission said the company discriminated against blacks in hiring and assignment decisions by putting many in low-performing stores and those in predominantly black neighborhoods.

Disability advocates want name change for Missouri state agency (2008-03-26)
Hundreds attended a rally in Jefferson City calling for the words "mental retardation" to be dropped from the State Division of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities' name.

Agreement reached to explore increasing trade between Missouri and China (2008-03-26)
The agreement has the potential of turning St. Louis into a trade hub with China.

Missouri House endorses 2009 budget (2008-03-26)
G.O.P. leaders increased the amount of money to be held in reserve from $50 million to $150 million.

Corps moves ahead with spring rise on Missouri River (2008-03-26)
Though state officials tried to stop it, the Army Corps of Engineers is going ahead with a two-day release of water into the Missouri River from an upstream reservoir.

Collinsville horse track seeks change in Illinois gaming law (2008-03-26)
Owners of Fairmount Park in Collinsville say to stay in business they must put in slot machines or enter into revenue sharing agreements with casinos.

Scientists find women can't preserve muscle like men (2008-03-26)
For the first time, Washington University researchers have shown that older women have a harder time preserving muscle than men of the same age. A loss of estrogen during menopause seems to be the reason why.

Gibbons returns to work in the Missouri Senate (2008-03-25)
The Senate President Pro-tem and G.O.P. candidate for Attorney General underwent prostate cancer surgery earlier this month.

Missouri Senate opposes Army Corps of Engineers' spring rise (2008-03-25)
A non-binding resolution has been filed expressing opposition to the annual spring rise on the Missouri River.

Missouri Senate endorses child protection legislation (2008-03-25)
A bill that would toughen sentences for sexual predators received first-round approval, as did a proposed constitutional amendment allowing retroactive laws against predators.

Bucket truck hits I-64 overpass in Chesterfield (2008-03-25)
No one was injured, but MODOT spokesman Andrew Gates said damage to the Spirit of St. Louis Boulevard overpass was severe.

Missouri House takes up state budget (2008-03-25)
House members will be limited to 10 hours of debate before giving first-round approval.

Judge refuses to stop Missouri River's spring rise (2008-03-25)
Missouri Attorney General Jay Nixon filed a lawsuit Monday seeking to stop the annual spring rise. But a U.S. District Court Judge today ruled against the state.

Deadline passes for candidates in Missouri to file for August primaries (2008-03-25)
51 candidates for various offices filed on Tuesday before 5:PM with the Secretary of State's Office.

Cleanup begins along Meramec (2008-03-24)
A number of residents and business owners spent Easter Sunday surveying the damage caused by the flooded Meramec River southwest of St. Louis.

Hwy. 141 reopens in Valley Park (2008-03-24)
Traffic signal switch boxes had to be dried out, and workers used snow plows to push away the mud.

Federal, state officials begin assessing flood damage (2008-03-24)
Now that floodwaters are receding in central and southeast Missouri, the task is assessing the damage done to homes, businesses and property.

Vashon's Irons sentenced to one year (2008-03-24)
Former Vashon High basketball coach Floyd Irons was sentenced to one year in prison on Monday.

Blunt provides thousands of pages of documents to investigators (2008-03-24)
The documents are only a small portion of what investigators for Attorney General Jay Nixon have requested.

MoDOT wants more state funding for St. Louis-Kansas City passenger rail service (2008-03-24)
MoDOT is asking for $10 million to expand rail capacity between Kansas City and St. Louis, along with $500,000 for real-time passenger information displays.

MODOT to close lanes of I-44 overnight (2008-03-24)
The Missouri Department of Transportation will remove the concrete barriers used to protect the interstate from the rising Meramec River.

Meramec moves closer to I-44 (2008-03-21)
Road crews spent the night stacking concrete barriers and sandbags along Interstate 44 in Valley Park.

Workers try to keep floodwaters from swamping I-44 (2008-03-21)
It looks like the Meramec River may cover a portion of I-44 near Valley Park.

People spend another day sandbagging near Meramec River (2008-03-21)
Hundreds of volunteers have been piling sandbags and putting up barricades to get ready for the river to reach record levels Saturday.

March 2008 Flood (2008-03-21)
See a photo slideshow of the flood waters in Eureka, Fenton, and Byrnesville, MO.

Fenton prepares for record flooding (2008-03-21)
The Meramec River is expected to crest at the record level of 40 feet upstream in Valley Park some time Saturday evening.

St. Louis area prepares for major flooding (2008-03-20)
KWMU's Matt Sepic reports on how people southwest of St. Louis are preparing for the flood.

State Trooper pleads not guilty in vehicle deaths (2008-03-20)
An Illinois State Trooper today pleaded not guilty in the crash that claimed two lives in November.

Humane Society helps rescue animals in floods (2008-03-20)
The Humane Society of Missouri's Disaster Response Team is in Cape Girardeau County and Springfield Thursday helping to rescue animals in flooded areas.

Big River continues to threaten Jefferson County residents (2008-03-20)
Residents near Byrnesville and Cedar Hill are leaving their homes as the floodwaters move in.

Ameren substations in risk of flooding (2008-03-20)
The utility has 250 employees working to sandbag around the Marshall, Fenton, and Rudder substations.

Residents watch river levels rise (2008-03-20)
Thousands of Missourians are cleaning up from flooding, and thousands more around St. Louis are bracing for record flooding this weekend.

E.P.A asking for comments on contaminated landfill, again (2008-03-19)
For the second time, the Environmental Protection Agency is seeking public comment on their proposed plan for the Westlake Landfill in Bridgeton. Instead of hauling away the radioactive materials, the agency plans to cover the contaminated areas with a multi-million dollar cap.

State agencies responding to flood threat in Missouri (2008-03-19)
Sandbagging efforts underway, and health officials recommend tetanus shots for those exposed to flood waters.

Missouri Supreme Court says Arnold, other cities can use eminent domain (2008-03-18)
A lower court had ruled that third-class, non-charter cities had no right to use eminent domain for private development.

Missouri Governor's Mansion in need of repairs (2008-03-18)
Gov. Blunt wants to spend more than $3 million on various structural repairs and roof replacement.

Grandmother of fire victims stabbed to death outside hospital (2008-03-18)
Vickie Tankins, 51, was the grandmother of Rashaad Roberts, the 5-year-old boy who died in a house fire on Sunday in Bel Ridge.

Heavy rains lead to flooding in Missouri (2008-03-18)
Hundreds of people have been evacuated in southern parts of the state where up to ten inches of rain has fallen over the last 24 hours.

Burke declares two more St. Stanislaus members excommunicated (2008-03-18)
Burke sent letters to Bernice Krauze and Stan Rozanski to notify them that they are not allowed to receive church sacraments, such as communion, because they committed the canonical crime of schism.

Young boy dies in house fire (2008-03-17)
A young boy died and a 7-year-old girl was injured after a house fire in Bel-Ridge on Sunday.

St. Louis area under flood watch (2008-03-17)
A flood watch is in effect through Tuesday evening for much of the St. Louis region.

State to hold meetings on historic preservation (2008-03-17)
The State Historic Preservation Office is a part of the Department of Natural Resources, and every five years the DNR develops a new plan for the state's prehistoric and historic resources.

Illegal immigration a big issue for Republicans at Missouri Capitol (2008-03-17)
Lawmakers in Jefferson City have filed 25 bills related to a single topic: illegal immigration. It's been a high priority for Missouri Republicans, and KWMU's Marshall Griffin has a progress report halfway through the legislative session.

Police investigate vandalism at St. Louis Islamic center (2008-03-17)
Leaders of the Imam Hussin Foundation say seven windows at their building were broken. The damage is the third incident of vandalism in the last four months.

California company to redevelop old Ford plant (2008-03-17)
A development company is planning to tear down the old Ford plant in Hazelwood and put up commercial and light industrial buildings.

Missouri and Illinois health officials to conduct Anthrax exercise (2008-03-17)
The exercise will test how quickly medicines and supplies can be distributed to hospitals and public health agencies.

Lamping quits as Cardinals president (2008-03-14)
The New York Giants and Jets hired Lamping Thursday. He'll oversee construction and operations of the $1.6 billion stadium the teams building in the New Jersey Meadowlands.

New Cardinals president says Ballpark Village will happen (2008-03-14)
Despite a breakdown in negotiations with the project's main tenant, Centene Corporation, newly appointed St. Louis Cardinals Team President Bill Dewitt III says that the Ball Park Village development will go forward.

Illinois trooper faces charges of reckless homicide (2008-03-14)
A grand jury has indicted an Illinois State Trooper in the deaths of two teenage sisters.

Postal Service goofs on stamp honoring St. Louis scientist (2008-03-14)
The U.S. Postal Service has issued a stamp baring the image of Washington University biochemist Gerty Cori, the first American woman to receive a Nobel Prize. But a chemical formula that's part of the design contains an error.

Postal Service goofs on stamp honoring St. Louis Nobelist (2008-03-14)
The U. S Postal Service has issued a stamp baring the image of Nobelist Gerty Cori, a biochemist who spent most of her career at Washington University in St. Louis. But a chemical formula that's part of the stamp design contains an error.

Missouri General Assembly begins Spring Break (2008-03-13)
Lawmakers will return for the second half of the 2008 session on March 24th, the day after Easter.

Two men charged in attorney's death (2008-03-13)
St. Louis police said Cleophus King, 40, and 20-year-old Ronald Johnson killed St. Louis County Counselor's Office attorney Luke Meiners during a robbery.

Vets Homes get $4 million for generators (2008-03-13)
The appropriation is in response to the outages that affected veterans' homes over several days in July and December 2006.

Arch tram re-opens (2008-03-13)
Roughly 200 people were trapped inside the landmark for several hours last summer after a snapped cable caused a power outage.

House vote postponed on proposal to bar judges from imposing tax hikes (2008-03-13)
The vote was delayed because too many Republican House Members left town early for Spring Break.

House committee endorses local control for St. Louis Police Department (2008-03-12)
The bill would also grant local control to Kansas City's police department.

Study finds device fails to decrease anesthesia awareness (2008-03-12)
The study conducted by Washington University scientists shows that a popular device used in operating rooms does not ensure that patients will have no memories of their surgeries.

Carnahan says that voter fraud is a non-issue (2008-03-12)
Missouri Secretary of State Robin Carnahan says allegations of voter fraud are perpetuated despite evidence to the contrary.

Six charged with torture death of Alton woman (2008-03-12)
Police say 29-year-old Dorothy Dixon was beaten, and tortured with a pellet gun and hot liquid throughout December and January.

St. Louis police seek charges against suspects in murder of county attorney (2008-03-12)
The body of Luke Meiners, 38, was found Tuesday in a wooded area in Venice, Ill. St. Louis police say he was killed in a city house and his body was dumped in Illinois.

Missouri House endorses barring illegal immigrants from college (2008-03-12)
The bill would require state colleges and universities to verify they have not knowingly enrolled illegal immigrants, in order to receive state funding.

Investors expressing interest in buying Charter (2008-03-11)
The suburban St. Louis-based cable and telephone service provider says the investors have approached controlling shareholder Paul Allen about a possible deal. Allen is a billionaire and co-founder of Microsoft.

Missouri Senate endorses rating system for child care centers (2008-03-11)
The bill would set up a 5-star rating system, similar to systems used to rate hotels and restaurants.

Two workers dead in Metro East trench collapse (2008-03-11)
Emergency workers recovered the bodies of two workers killed when the sides of a trench they were working in collapsed, trapping them under mounds of dirt.

McCain supports NAFTA; criticizes Clinton and Obama (2008-03-11)
Senator John McCain was critical Tuesday of proposals by Democrats Barack Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton to use pressure tactics to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement.

Missouri House endorses barring judges from ordering tax increases (2008-03-11)
Democrats are irate as amendments and debates were cut off by G.O.P. House leadership.

City and agencies create alliance to deal with foreclosures (2008-03-11)
The St. Louis Alliance for Home Ownership Preservation includes the city along with the Urban League, Beyond Housing, Catholic Charities, ACORN, and Better Family Life.

Median guard cables credited for drop in traffic deaths (2008-03-10)
Nearly 500 miles of median guard cables along interstates 70, 44, 55 and 29 in Missouri have been installed since 2004.

McCain starts fundraising blitz in Missouri (2008-03-10)
Republican presidential candidate John McCain began a national fundraising campaign Monday in St. Louis.

Alton mayor: revenue loss at casino translate to city staff cuts (2008-03-10)
Alton Mayor Don Sandidge said at least six jobs are being cut from next year's budget partly because of a $1 million loss in revenue at the Argosy Casino.

Missouri House endorses school safety measures (2008-03-10)
The bill includes shielding teachers from lawsuits and allowing schools to require student uniforms.

Credit crunch could spell trouble for MetroLink financing (2008-03-10)
The transit agency Metro says financing its new cross-county light rail line could cost more because of the sub-prime mortgage crisis.

Minor to moderate spring flooding expected (2008-03-07)
It has been a very wet winter across the upper Midwest. And that may mean bad news for river towns north of St. Louis this spring.

Clay to hold hearing on economic development (2008-03-07)
Congressman William Lacy Clay is hosting a hearing at St. Louis City Hall Saturday on economic development of the north side.

Construction crane topples onto Clayton Rd. (2008-03-07)
Workers were removing an old bridge girder as part of the I-64 overhaul. Nobody was injured.

Another attempt to remove $500 loss limit at Missouri casinos (2008-03-07)
The sponsor of a Senate bill says removing the limit would bring in more revenue...opponents concerned about lack of funding for problem gamblers.

Soybean pest genome sequenced (2008-03-06)
Scientists at Monsanto and genomics research company Divergence have completed a comprehensive genome sequence of the soybean cyst nematode, which is the most economically significant pest for soybean production in the United States.

Missouri Senate passes cyber harassment bill (2008-03-06)
The bill would make it a felony for an adult to harass or stalk a child via the Internet.

Missouri House passes drug monitoring bill (2008-03-06)
The bill would require the tracking of all sales of pseudo-ephedrine, a key ingredient in the manufacture of Methamphetamine.

GM's Wentzville plant to stop work (2008-03-06)
The plant is expected to cease production at 10 p.m. Thursday. It will be GM's seventh plant to stop work because of a strike at a supplier.

Kreutz funeral set for Monday (2008-03-06)
Roger Kreutz, 54, died Wednesday, two days after police say he was run over by two thieves who made off with a tip jar from a Starbucks coffee shop.

Two suspects in custody in tip jar case (2008-03-06)
The Crestwood police have the two young people who allegedly grabbed the tip jar at Starbucks, then ran over a man who attempted to get it back.

Metro says it can't give free rides on east side without extra money (2008-03-05)
Last month Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich pushed the legislature to approve a state wide plan to offer free public transport for all seniors.

Steelman says Missouri loses up to $49M to illegal immigration (2008-03-05)
The State Treasurer and Republican candidate for MO Governor says illegal immigrants aren't paying income taxes.

Snowstorm packed a wallop, but didn't break records (2008-03-05)
The amount of snow that fell did not break any records. It varied widely across the area, from just a couple of inches in the northwest to about a foot elsewhere.

Burke begins process to remove St. Stanislaus priest from clergy (2008-03-05)
Archbishop Raymond Burke says Bozek is being laicized, or removed from the priesthood, because he continues to violate church teaching.

Man who tried to stop Starbucks theft dies after suspects ran him over (2008-03-05)
Police are still searching for the young couple who stole the tip jar and ran down Roger Kreutz, 54, in Crestwood on Monday afternoon.

SLPS to close four schools, open one (2008-03-05)
The Superintendent of St. Louis Public Schools says the district will only close four schools instead of eight.

Missouri Supreme Court hears midwifery lawsuit (2008-03-05)
Language allowing certified midwives to practice in Missouri was struck down last year by a Cole County judge.

Four St. Louis schools will close, down from eight (2008-03-05)
The superintendent the of St. Louis Public Schools says the district will only close four schools instead of eight.

Michael Keathley, head of Gov. Blunt's Office of Administration, dies (2008-03-05)
Keathley passed away Wednesday morning following a long battle with cancer.

Plant Science Center breaks ground on new building (2008-03-04)
The new building is the first of three that will support the scientific and business needs of emerging life sciences companies.

Winter storm warning in effect (2008-03-04)
Forecasters are calling for five to nine inches of snow accumulation.

Legislation would strictly limit Missouri Second Injury Fund eligibility (2008-03-04)
One bill would bar payments to family members of those deceased and to out-of-state residents injured in Missouri.

Clergy group calls on Metro to provide more busses for north St. Louis (2008-03-04)
An African-American clergy organization is asking the St. Louis transit agency Metro to provide more bus service for north side neighborhoods.

Missouri House passes supplemental budget (2008-03-03)
It includes an extra $31 million for the state's K-12 school system.

Missouri House considers biotech tax credits (2008-03-03)
If passed, the bill would provide up to $10 million per year in state tax breaks that recipients could use to cover research and development costs.

Rezko jury selection begins (2008-03-03)
Tony Rezko's prosecution has brought some uncomfortable attention to some of the state's top political figures.

Missouri scores well in state government study (2008-03-03)
Missouri's state government is among the nation's highest-performing according to a national report card produced by the Pew Center on the States.

Shiloh grapples with redevelopment plan (2008-03-03)
"Three Springs at Shiloh" is a proposed 270-acre development by McEagle Properties.

The best-laid plans of St. Louis: what went awry, what worked (2008-02-29)
KWMU's Maria Hickey speaks with University of Missouri-St. Louis public policy professor Mark Tranel about the new book "St. Louis Plans: the ideal and the Real St. Louis."

Jetton says Missouri Gov. Blunt and House leaders are working on Insure Missouri (2008-02-29)
Blunt postponed the program's start date over opposition from House members who are concerned about the potential cost.

New rules on judicial nominating process in Missouri take effect (2008-02-29)
The new rules allow more access to information on candidates for judicial appointments, including the Missouri Supreme Court.

Skateboarder loses leg to freight train (2008-02-29)
A 19-year-old man from Webster Groves lost a leg Thursday while trying to dodge a freight train on his skateboard.

Missouri Senate passes bill enabling professionals to become teachers (2008-02-28)
Concerns over who would qualify to teach led to a short filibuster.

Missouri House cracks down on teacher sexual misconduct (2008-02-28)
The House passed a bill that would remove the statute of limitations for school personnel who engage in sexual misconduct with students.

Missouri House passes stricter guidelines for petition workers (2008-02-28)
The bill would require those working with ballot initiatives to be Missouri residents.

Blunt and Blagojevich sign bridge agreement (2008-02-28)
The governors of Illinois and Missouri signed an agreement today to build a new four-lane, toll free bridge over the Mississippi River by 2015.

Scientists finish sequencing of corn genome (2008-02-28)
KWMU's Julie Bierach speaks with Dusty Post, who heads Monsanto's corn technology department about the company's plans for new information gleaned from Washington University's corn genome sequencing project.

'Satanic Verses' author focuses on new work, wants to leave death threats in the past (2008-02-28)
The writer Sir Salman Rushdie says while he wants to put the Satanic Verses incident behind him and work on new books, it's something that's not easy to forget (especially when talking to reporters). He spoke with KWMU's Matt Sepic ahead of his St. Louis Speakers Series appearance.

SLU scientists to investigate new TB vaccine (2008-02-27)
A third of the world has tuberculosis and some strains are drug resistant. Researchers will test an experimental vaccine to see if, when given after the standard vaccine, it helps boost the body's immune response to the disease.

Cardinals' Scott Spezio wanted for hit and run (2008-02-27)
St. Louis Cardinals player Scott Spiezio is wanted by police in Irvine, California, on charges stemming from an auto accident nearly two months ago.

Scientists claim Army Corps' 'dangerous experiments' will worsen Mississippi River floods (2008-02-27)
The group says structures such as wing dikes and chevrons meant to control water flow and aid navigation have made water levels high enough to top floodwalls and levees.

Missouri Senate passes property tax reforms (2008-02-27)
The bill would mandate rollbacks in property tax rates during years when reassessments are conducted.

Nixon, Steelman, Hulshof all file to run for Missouri governor (2008-02-26)
Nixon, the current frontrunner, accuses Hulshof and Steelman of embracing Governor Blunt's policies.

Over 300 candidates file for office in MO (2008-02-26)
Tuesday, Feb. 26th, was the first day candidates for public office could file to run.

Blagojevich named in case against campaign fundraiser (2008-02-26)
Campaign financier Tony Rezko and another man allegedly required that a contract recipient either make a $1.5 million campaign contribution to Blagojevich, or give a $2 million bribe.

Swoboda to move to rehab hospital (2008-02-26)
Kirkwood Mayor Mike Swoboda was shot twice in the head when a disgruntled citizen went on a shooting rampage at a city council meeting earlier this month.

Slay confident that bridge funding will proceed (2008-02-26)
St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay is optimistic about the construction of the new Mississippi River Bridge, despite the fact that officials in Missouri and Illinois have not said where they'll find the funding.

Democrats back collective bargaining rights for state employees (2008-02-25)
Missouri Democrats are pushing legislation that would grant collective bargaining rights to state workers.

MODOT spends $800,000 to study impact of I-64 closure (2008-02-25)
A company hired by the Missouri Department of Transportation is surveying the public, as well as business owners, on the impact of the shutdown of a five-mile section of the highway at the start of the year.

Humane Society seizes horses, dogs in Bootheel (2008-02-25)
Authorities in the Bootheel community of Caruthersville have seized eight horses and 23 dogs in an animal abuse investigation.

Missouri Senate approves measure revoking village law (2008-02-25)
The bill would revoke a provision passed last year that allows landowners to form self-governing villages.

Bill would toughen penalties for dog fight spectators (2008-02-25)
The bill would charge someone with a felony for attending a dog fight a second time.

Missouri and Illinois finally agree on new Mississippi River bridge (2008-02-25)
Transportation officials from Missouri and Illinois have agreed to the construction of a new Mississippi River Bridge.

MO Senate endorses revoking village law (2008-02-25)
The bill would revoke a provision passed last year that allows landowners to form self-governing villages.

Hot weather rule gains approval in Missouri Senate (2008-02-25)
It would forbid utility companies from cutting service to delinquent customers during extremely hot weather.

Corn Genome Mapped (2008-02-25)
Washington University scientists say the sequencing will help them develop better crop varieties and help companies like Monsanto look for genes that make corn more nutritious or more efficient for ethanol production.

Missing University City woman found dead (2008-02-22)
University City police confirm that a 22-year-old woman who was reported missing by her mother last Thursday has been found dead.

MO House Speaker defends "Lazy Missourians" comment (2008-02-22)
At a recent G.O.P. function, Rod Jetton said that he would be willing to trade Missourians who don't want to work for Mexicans who do.

Gov. Blunt's Insure Missouri program postponed (2008-02-22)
The program was to have begun in March, and would have provided health coverage to more than 54,000 low-income Missourians.

After shooting, rebuilding Kirkwood government proves contentious (2008-02-22)
The meeting began with a moment of silence, but it turned into a bitter fight over the how the community will move on.

Chinese ambassador visitis St. Louis (2008-02-21)
Chinese Ambassador Zhou Wenzhong is in St. Louis, Missouri for two days of meetings with business leaders and elected officials.

City council to meet for first time since Kirkwood shootings (2008-02-21)
Among the issues to be discussed at the 7 p.m. meeting are the vacancies created by the deaths of council members Michael Lynch and Connie Karr.

Snow, sleet close schools and make travel difficult (2008-02-21)
Another winter storm wallops Missouri and Illinois.

Ice and freezing rain expected to continue (2008-02-21)
The ice and freezing rain is expected to end briefly this evening...but forecasters warn more is on the way.

MO Senate passes economic stimulus package (2008-02-21)
The bill would provide over $33 million in tax breaks and increase Gov. Blunt's Quality Jobs Program by an extra $20 million.

Audit examines state vehicle use by MO Gov. Blunt (2008-02-21)
State Auditor Montee recommends Blunt reimburse the state or discontinue using state vehicles for political and personal trips.

Gibbons diagnosed with prostate cancer (2008-02-21)
Senate President Pro Tem Michael Gibbons, of Kirkwood, posted a message Thursday on his campaign Web site that he will have surgery in early March to remove his prostate.

Students injured in school bus crash (2008-02-20)
Authorities say the driver of the car fell asleep, crossed the center line and hit the bus so hard that it spun around.

MO Senate endorses removing contribution limits (2008-02-20)
Campaign contribution limits were restored last summer by the MO Supreme Court.

GOP leaders hit Nixon on 2nd Injury fund (2008-02-20)
Gov. Blunt accuses Atty. Gen. Jay Nixon of withholding information on who's responsible for deciding who receives payments from the fund.

Governor Blagojevich proposes tax breaks in State of the State address (2008-02-20)
Illinois lawmakers are giving a sour response to Governor Blagojevich's budget plans.

Doe Run and Forest Service swap land (2008-02-20)
The Forest Service is giving the St. Louis-based mining company 438 acres of federal land. In exchange, Doe Run is giving up 441 acres near the Bell Mountain Wilderness area and along the West Fork of the Black River.

As economy stumbles, Blagojevich prepares annual budget speech (2008-02-19)
The Governor's State of the State speech on Wednesday is expected to carry familiar themes, including health care expansion and taxing businesses to pay for it.

School districts put recalled beef on hold (2008-02-19)
Several St. Louis area school districts may have been supplied beef recently recalled by the US Department of Agriculture. The districts have put the beef on hold. The USDA says the meat likely does not pose any hazards to human health.

Protesters target Alberto Gonazales during college visit (2008-02-19)
Hundreds of protesters converged on the steps of the Washington University Music Building in St. Louis on Tuesday to demonstrate against former U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales.

Bill in MO House would create the crime of coercing a woman to have an abortion (2008-02-19)
The proposed law would make it illegal to file to divorce a pregnant woman, fire her, physically harm her, or do other things in order to force her to have an abortion.

MO Senate endorses bill that would expand schools' definition of bullying (2008-02-19)
The expanded definition would include cyber-bullying and the use of electronic devices.

Two MOHELA projects cut out of last year's legislation passes MO General Assembly this year (2008-02-18)
The projects comprise a cancer research center at the Univ. of Missouri-Columbia, and a Nursing/Pharmacy center at UMKC.

Forsee to focus on lobbying and fundraising (2008-02-18)
The new president of the University of Missouri system says he'll advocate loudly in Jefferson City and Washington D.C.

Effort afoot to lift casino loss cap (2008-02-18)
The measure would add a 1 percent tax on casinos for revenues above $40 million and repeal the $500 loss limit.

New University of Missouri President officially begins post (2008-02-18)
Gary Forsee was hired in December after resigned from Sprint Nextel.

MO Senate gives tentative approval to $30+ million economic stimulus package (2008-02-18)
The bill includes over $30 million in state tax breaks to various businesses, and would renew Gov. Blunt's Quality Jobs program.

House bill seeks to make stars more visible (2008-02-18)
The bill would require the Department of Natural Resources to monitor the amount of artificial light at night in rural protected areas.

Illinois' senators sponsor bill to improve campus safety (2008-02-18)
Senators Dick Durbin and Barack Obama are seeking to implement measure that would require every college and university t o have written emergency procedures in place.

Work on St. Louis floodwall begins soon (2008-02-15)
Elected officials and business owners today celebrated securing federal funds to help repair rusting gates in the St. Louis floodwall north of the Arch.

65 bomb threats made in Missouri in 2007, most came from high schools (2008-02-15)
State Fire Marshal says those who make such threats face serious consequences.

Two in custody after shooting at Hazelwood Central (2008-02-15)
It happened Thursday night at Hazelwood Central High School shortly following a game against rival McCluer North. No one was hurt.

Kirkwood Mayor Swoboda improves at local hospital (2008-02-15)
A family friend says Swoboda is doing "remarkably well", one week after being shot by Charles Thornton at Kirkwood City Hall.

Environmentalists, EPA, spar over St. Louis County nuclear waste site (2008-02-14)
Environmentalists want the waste removed from the West Lake Landfill, while the EPA has proposed a plan to place an engineered cap over the area.

Environmentalists await EPA's decision on landfill (2008-02-14)
The Westlake Landfill, located in North St. Louis County, is contaminated with radioactive waste that dates back to the early 1940's. Environmentalists want the contaminants removed, while the EPA has proposed a plan to cap the materials.

Woman faces charges after ambulance joyride (2008-02-14)
Authorities say Kim Flanigan of Olivette was a patient at DePaul Hospital in Bridgeton, and she walked outside to find an idling Abbott ambulance in the parking lot, and hopped in.

MO Senate gives tentative approval to funding pay raises for rural deputies (2008-02-14)
Raises for deputies in Missouri's poorer counties would be funded by adding $10 to the fees charged for subpoenas.

Researchers report new findings on lupus (2008-02-14)
Researchers at SLU hope the findings will lead to new therapies to treat the disease, which afflicts nearly $2 million people in the US.

Kirkwood City Hall killer laid to rest (2008-02-14)
Family, friends and others gathered at Kirkwood United Methodist Church Thursday for the funeral of Charles Lee "Cookie" Thornton.

MO Public Service Commission gives final approval to new tree-trimming rules for major utilities (2008-02-14)
Though approved last fall, implementation was held up due to a delay in processing the paperwork.

SAB outlines plan for reform (2008-02-13)
The Special Administrative Board of the St. Louis Public Schools is creating a new 3-5 year plan to fix the floundering urban district.

Survey shows African Americans unaware of link between heart and brain health (2008-02-13)
February is Black History Month and two organizations are teaming up to educate African Americans about the link between heart and brain health.

Missouri House committee passes bill that would create tax breaks for parents of special needs children (2008-02-13)
The bill would use tax credits to fund scholarships for special needs students to attend any school parents feel would best suit their needs.

MO Supreme Court hears arguments in wrongful death case against Brown & Williamson Tobacco (2008-02-13)
The family of a Kansas City area woman had won more than $20 million in a wrongful death suit, but the verdict was overturned on appeal.

MO Gov. Blunt endorses Peter Kinder for Lt. Governor (2008-02-12)
Blunt says he's not endorsing anyone in the governor's race, but could change his mind later on.

St. Louis Public Schools again looks for new superintendent (2008-02-12)
Current St. Louis schools chief, Diana Bourisaw, says she won't reapply for her job.

Bourisaw to leave after school year (2008-02-12)
Bourisaw made the decision after the state-appointed Special Administrative Board announced Tuesday a search campaign to find a new superintendent.

MO House passes bill restoring tax deduction for Kansas residents who work in Missouri (2008-02-12)
The deduction had been done away with by MO lawmakers last year, and Kansas lawmakers are threatening retaliatory action on Missouri residents working there.

SLU study offers relief for sleepy children (2008-02-12)
The study shows that a tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy can provide relief to children who suffer from obstructed sleep apnea.

Corps to cut service at four lakes (2008-02-12)
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says flat federal funding means fewer services at Mark Twain Lake in Missouri and Shelbyville, Carlyle and Rend Lakes in Illinois.

Bond urging the passage of surveillance legislation (2008-02-11)
Senator Kit Bond says if the legislation does not get signed, the intelligence community will go blind and deaf to terrorist communications.

Funerals set for Kirkwood shooting victims; mayor improving (2008-02-11)
The funeral for Kirkwood Public Works Director Kenneth Yost is scheduled for 2 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church in Kirkwood.

Bill in State Senate would partially repeal Missouri's motorcycle helmet law (2008-02-11)
The bill would allow those 21 or older to ride without a helmet, unless they're on an interstate highway.

Meyers resigns from Webster University (2008-02-11)
Dr. Richard Meyers resignation after 14 years as president is effective immediately.

Bill in MO Senate would once again remove campaign contribution limits (2008-02-11)
A 2006 bill did away with donation limits, but those limits were reinstated in July 2007 by the Missouri Supreme Court.

Yost laid to rest after city hall shooting spree (2008-02-11)
The first of five funeral services for the victims of the Kirkwood City Hall shooting spree was held Monday. Former Public Works Director Ken Yost was remembered as a quiet but dedicated father and public servant.

Kirkwood shootings prompt other communities to reconsider security (2008-02-11)
The Missouri Municipal League's Richard Sheets says it's a topic the organization will try to address, but he says it will not be easy.

Kinder drops out of governor's race (2008-02-09)
Kinder's departure leaves only State Treasurer Sarah Steelman and Congressman Kenny Hulshof in the Republican primary race.

Six dead, two wounded in shooting at Kirkwood council meeting (2008-02-08)
Two police officers and three civilians were shot by a lone gunman at the start of a city council meeting Thursday in Kirkwood.

Gunman kills 5 at Kirkwood City Hall (2008-02-08)
A gunman who rushed into a Kirkwood City Council meeting on Thursday killed five people before he was shot to death by police. The man reportedly had a history of disputes with city leaders and had been convicted of disorderly conduct for disrupting meetings.

Hillary Clinton & Barack Obama to evenly split most of MO's Democratic presidential delegates (2008-02-08)
Clinton and Obama will each receive 36 delegates, leaving 16 super-delegates who will reveal their choices at the Democratic National Convention in August.

Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder calling for more aid and benefits for Missouri veterans (2008-02-07)
The proposals could cost the state about $30 million per year.

MU study finds baby bottles toxic (2008-02-07)
The study, which found high levels of a toxic hormone leach from popular brands of baby bottles, has prompted environment health groups to call for a moratorium on the use of the chemical in manufacturing the bottles. The study has not yet been peer reviewed.

Obama's narrow win in Missouri could be sign of things to come (2008-02-07)
KWMU's Adam Allington examines what, if anything, Obama's narrow win in Missouri will mean for the Democrat's national campaign.

Slay says Macy's consolidation not a catastrophe (2008-02-07)
St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay says the closure of the Macy's office downtown is a disappointment, but will not have a major impact on the city's economy.

Confucius Institute to open at Webster U (2008-02-07)
Webster University will be the site of the latest Confucius Institute in partnership with the People's Republic of China.

MO-DOT says I-64 closure gone well (2008-02-07)
MoDOT says morning and evening rush periods are lasting longer, but traffic flow on interstates is flowing smoothly.

MO tops the list of meth lab seizures (2008-02-07)
The report released by a Drug Enforcement Administration office shows law enforcement busted nearly 1,300 labs in Missouri.

Curbside recycling begins in parts of St. Louis County (2008-02-06)
Curbside recycling is coming to much of St. Louis County. Recycling carts are now being delivered to more than 100,000 residences in unincorporated parts of the county.

Kenny Hulshof endorsed by several current and former Missouri House members (2008-02-06)
They include House Speaker Rod Jetton (R, Marble Hill), Speaker Pro-Tem Bryan Pratt (R, Blue Springs), and State Senator (and former House member) John Griesheimer (R, Washington).

Scientists gain better understanding of smallpox (2008-02-06)
Researchers at St. Louis University and the University of Alabama at Birmingham have uncovered new information as to how poxviruses invade the immune system, replicate and cause severe damage.

McCain, Obama win by narrow margins in Missouri (2008-02-06)
Obama beat Hillary Clinton 49 to 48 percent among Democrats. On the Republican side, John McCain beat Mike Huckabee 33 to 32 percent. Mitt Romney got 29 percent of the GOP vote.

MoDOT Director Pete Rahn delivers final State of Transportation Address (2008-02-06)
Rahn reminded Missouri lawmakers of the need to find new funding for roads by 2010, when Amendment 3 bond money will be used up.

Sales tax measure passes in city (2008-02-06)
The measure will raise the city's sales tax by a half cent to help fund police and fire department pensions, hire more police officers, and give police and firefighters raises.

MO Supreme Court Chief Justice to expand public info on judicial nominating process (2008-02-05)
Chief Justice Laura Denvir Stith made the announcement during the annual State of the Judiciary Address before the MO General Assembly.

St. Stanislaus priest meets with Archbishop Burke (2008-02-05)
Father Marek Bozek met with the Archbishop Tuesday. The priest says he offered to leave St. Stanislaus if Burke would allow the parish to be governed by its lay board.

Parolee charged in rape, murder of former Post-Dispatch editor (2008-02-04)
Brian Michael Walters faces first-degree murder, burglary and rape charges in the death of Nancy Miller.

Legislators seek local control of police department (2008-02-04)
A group of St. Louis legislators are pushing a bill in Jefferson City to give the city local control over its police department.

Primary turnout expected to be high in St. Louis region (2008-02-04)
Election officials in both the city of St. Louis and St. Louis County say that turnout could be twice as high as it was for the presidential primary in 2004.

More than a million Missouri voters expected to take part in presidential primaries (2008-02-04)
Secretary of State Robin Carnahan says voter turnout could be as high as 28%.

MO Gov. Blunt doesn't want federal tax rebate checks to go to illegal immigrants (2008-02-04)
Blunt sent a letter to Missouri's congressional delegation, asking them to insure that illegal immigrants don't receive the checks if Congress approves them as part of an economic stimulus package being debated.

Man arrested in street shooting of 80 year old (2008-02-04)
An investigation led to the arrest of Terrance Wren, who faces eight felony counts including first-degree murder, assault and unlawful use of a weapon.

MO National Guard soldier killed in Iraq (2008-02-04)
The military says Matthew Straughter of Belleville, Illinois, died Thursday in Baghdad from his wounds.

Missouri big part of race for delegates (2008-02-04)
KWMU's Maria Hickey spoke with University of Missouri-St. Louis political science professor David Robertson about why candidates are paying attention to the Show-Me State.

Presidential candidates campaign in St. Louis ahead of Super Tuesday (2008-02-04)
Mitt Romney held a rally at a Maryland Heights restaurant just before the Superbowl began, and Hillary Clinton visited an African-American church and rallied supporters at a union hall.

Obama gaining ground on Clinton in Missouri (2008-02-03)
According to polls, the head-to-head match up between Senators Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton appears to be narrowing

MO Gov. Blunt signs MoSMART bill (2008-02-01)
The bill renews funding for task forces designed to combat Meth trafficking and production.

Eight inches of snow falls on St. Louis area (2008-02-01)
It began falling Thursday afternoon, took a brief break, then hit hard overnight, falling at a rate of up to two inches per hour for a while.

U of M system president winds down his stay (2008-02-01)
Gordon Lamb is leaving his seat as University of Missouri president after serving on an interim basis.

McCain makes stop in Chesterfield (2008-02-01)
Republican presidential hopeful Senator John McCain made a brief campaign stop in the St. Louis suburb of Chesterfield on Friday

Former MO House Speaker Steve Gaw running for Congress (2008-02-01)
Gaw is seeking the state's 9th Congressional seat, following the announcement that incumbent Kenny Hulshof will run for governor.

MO Gov. Blunt signs MoSMART bill (2008-02-01)
The bill renews funding for task forces designed to combat Meth trafficking and production.

Winter storm sweeps into St. Louis (2008-01-31)
St. Louis is experiencing the first band of a winter storm that has moved across Oklahoma, Kansas, Missouri and Illinois Thursday.

MO state and local law officers to train to enforce federal immigration laws (2008-01-31)
More than 500 state and local law officers in Missouri will attend a 5-week course, including 25 State Troopers.

MO senator/Attorney General candidate sponsors tougher Meth legislation (2008-01-31)
The bill would require mandatory minimum prison sentences for Meth producers, and mandate substance abuse treatment for those found guilty of possession.

Missourians (and millions elsewhere) to vote on Super Tuesday (2008-01-31)
KWMU's Matt Sepic reports on whether the state that prides itself on being a presidential bellwether will matter much on Super Tuesday.

Madison County offers free transit for seniors and disabled (2008-01-31)
Starting Monday, senior citizens and persons with disabilities in Madison County, Illinois, will be allowed to ride public transit for free.

St. Louis under winter storm warning (2008-01-31)
Meteorologists say heavy snow will develop over southern Missouri and Southern Illinois Thursday morning, then push eastward in the afternoon. A total of five to eight inches of snow is expected.

Bill Clinton makes campaign stop in Metro East (2008-01-30)
Former President Bill Clinton was campaigning for his wife, Hillary Rodham Clinton in the Metro East on Wednesday.

Presidential candidates (and one spouse) schedule St. Louis stops ahead of Feb. 5 (2008-01-30)
Bill Clinton, John McCain, Mitt Romney and Barack Obama will be in the St. Louis area before Super Tuesday.

Belleville man convicted for four murders (2008-01-30)
It took a Belleville jury three hours today to convict a man of shooting his ex-girlfriend, her infant son and two others to death with a shotgun.

New group wants change in how MO judges picked (2008-01-30)
A new group called Better Courts for Missouri is pushing for changes in the way judges are chosen in Missouri.

Bond won't endorse GOP Governor candidate yet (2008-01-30)
U.S. Senator Kit Bond says he is not ready to throw his support behind any of the three Republican candidates for Missouri governor.

Three killed in stolen car crash (2008-01-30)
Three people are dead and five others have minor injuries following a multiple-vehicle accident involving a St. Louis city bus.

Bill in MO House would do away with Missouri High School Activities Association (2008-01-30)
The bill's sponsor says MHSAA has a history of unfairly barring some students from competing in certain events because doing so may violate a rule or bylaw.

Rally at MO Capitol calls for school choice (2008-01-30)
Supporters want lawmakers to pass a bill that could enable students from poor-performing schools to attend better-performing public schools or even private schools.

Hukabee to stump in St. Louis (2008-01-29)
The former Arkansas governor will spend the day campaigning in Missouri, stopping in Jefferson City before he holds a fundraiser and an election-night watch party in St. Louis.

Hulshof announces bid for governor (2008-01-29)
Hulshof joins Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder and Treasurer Sarah Steelman in the Republican gubernatorial primary.

Rod Jetton says he will NOT run for MO governor (2008-01-29)
Jetton has instead endorsed Kenny Hulshof for governor.

Margaret Truman Daniel dead at 83 (2008-01-29)
The only child of former President Harry Truman died Tuesday at the age of 83. Margaret Truman Daniel died in Chicago following a brief illness.

Missouri first in homicides among blacks (2008-01-29)
The Violence Policy Center report says nearly 33 deaths per 100,000 blacks in Missouri were the result of homicides.

Edwards and Huckabee both campaign in MO's capital city (2008-01-29)
Both candidates held rallies at the same time just 3 miles apart from each other in Jefferson City.

MO Congresswoman Jo Ann Emerson NOT running for governor (2008-01-28)
Emerson says instead she'll seek another term in Congress.

MetroLink derailment slows system (2008-01-28)
Metro says no one but the operator was aboard, and no one was injured.

MO property tax reform bill receives favorable hearing (2008-01-28)
No one spoke in opposition during a Senate committee hearing about a bill that would mandate roll-backs of property tax rates during re-assessment years.

Details unveiled about new Gateway Mall in St. Louis (2008-01-28)
St. Louis city officials unveiled more details Monday about their plans to spruce up and add more features to downtown's Gateway Mall.

Chelsea stumps for her mom in Missouri (2008-01-28)
Former first daughter Chelsea Clinton was in Missouri Sunday night and Monday to campaign for her mother, Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton.

North side school closures anger black leaders (2008-01-28)
African American leaders are speaking out against potential school closures in north St. Louis.

Democrats set sights on Missouri (2008-01-27)
With South Carolina behind them, the three leading Democratic candidates have their sights set on Missouri.

Sarah Steelman enters Republican race for Missouri Governor (2008-01-26)
Steelman makes her decision days after announcing she would seek a second term as State Treasurer.

St. Louis RCGA lobbies lawmakers for expansion of Quality Jobs, other business-friendly programs (2008-01-26)
RCGA members also want $19 million for the Life Sciences Trust Fund, and $17 million for the Grow Me Initiative.

Missouri lawmaker charged with felony (2008-01-25)
Prosecutors say in the early hours of New Years Day, Democratic representative Brad Robinson hit a pedestrian near Bonne Terre, then took off.

Robin Carnahan considers run for governor (2008-01-25)
Missouri Secretary of State Robin Carnahan is thinking about challenging Jay Nixon for the Democratic nomination for governor.

SLPS considering more closings, reconfigurations (2008-01-25)
The St. Louis Public School District is preparing for another round of school closings and grade reconfigurations for the 2008/2009 school year.

Jack Jackson announces candidacy for MO Lt. Governor (2008-01-25)
The former State House Member and Vietnam veteran says his experience makes him a "good fit" for Lt. Governor.

Officials works to stop trash plan (2008-01-25)
Representatives Jim Lembke and Walt Bivens, along with council member John Campisi say their constituents are up in arms over the plan to bid out trash service in eight districts.

2008 Transportation Conference highlights need to fund Missouri roads (2008-01-24)
MoDOT Director says time is running out on finding new dollars before an expected steep drop in funding in 2010.

Smoking bans have negative impact on bottom line (2008-01-24)
An economist with the Federal Reserve Bank in St. Louis says that the economic impact of smoking bans may be more significant than previously thought.

Clay warns Clintons against mudslinging (2008-01-24)
Missouri Congressman William Lacy Clay supports Barack Obama for president, and he says the Clintons' mudslinging could harm the Democratic Party.

MO Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder definitely running for governor, Jetton will talk with his wife before deciding (2008-01-24)
A spokesman for Sarah Steelman confirms she is also considering entering the governor's race.

Congress approves archives facility (2008-01-24)
The National Archives and Records Administration's National Personnel Records Center will build a new facility in Spanish Lake. It's currently located in Overland.

Trooper could face charges in sisters' deaths (2008-01-23)
A St. Clair County coroner's jury Wednesday ruled the deaths of Collinsville sisters Jessica and Kelli Uhl homicides. The county's prosecutor says he's considering filing charges.

Blunt declines to endorse any Republicans in governor's race (2008-01-23)
Late Tuesday, Blunt said he would not seek a second term in office. His announcement opened up the GOP field to more than a half dozen potential candidates.

Democratic candidate for MO governor says he won't change his strategy (2008-01-23)
Jay Nixon says the eventual Republican nominee will have something in common with Matt Blunt: Support of cuts made to Medicaid system in 2005.

Blunt says he lost drive for second term (2008-01-23)
KWMU's Marshall Griffin reports on Blunt's decision and the reaction of the only Democrat in the gubernatorial race, Attorney General Jay Nixon.

Jeff City court sides with state on SLPS takeover (2008-01-23)
A Jefferson City Judge has ruled that the state of Missouri was justified in taking over the St. Louis Public School District last year.

Group files petition to increase use of renewable sources of energy (2008-01-23)
If approved by voters, the measure would require Missouri electric utilities to increase their use of renewable sources of energy by 2020.

Supreme Court: Washington University gets lab specimens (2008-01-22)
The Supreme Court has let stand a ruling that gives lab specimens to Washington University.

Metro settles cross county lawsuit for $6 million (2008-01-22)
The transit agency Metro has settled with the engineering collaborative that designed the Shrewsbury Metrolink line.

Matt Blunt announces he will not seek re-election (2008-01-22)
Blunt tells legislative leaders in a conference call that he feels he's accomplished what he set out to do and that it's time to move on.

Arch soon back to 100-percent (2008-01-22)
The south tram of the St. Louis Gateway Arch should be up and running by the end of February.

Pujols boots Fox 2 from news conference (2008-01-22)
Pujols was angry about his name being incorrectly linked to the Mitchell Report on steroids last month.

State prisons must transport inmates for abortions (2008-01-22)
An appeals court rules that the State of Missouri must transport prisoners for abortions.

House Speaker Rod Jetton may enter Missouri governor's race (2008-01-22)
He says he's been getting calls urging him to run since Matt Blunt's announcement that he would not seek re-election.

Belleville priest calls on bishop to discuss alleged misuse of funds (2008-01-22)
Last month, the diocesan finance council in Belleville sent a letter to the U.S. papal nuncio concerning the use of money from a restricted account.

East St .Louis hospital will stop treating trauma victims (2008-01-22)
The Southern Illinois Healthcare Foundation, which operates Kenneth Hall Regional Hospital, says the facility will no longer treat patients with the most serious injuries.

Protestors shout down Mayor Slay (2008-01-21)
The group prevented Mayor Francis Slay from being heard Monday as he attempted to speak during the annual Martin Luther King Day observance.

Ethical dilemma holds up ethanol plant (2008-01-21)
The investors in Show Me Ethanol include the wife of Congressman Sam Graves, the brother of Governor Matt Blunt and state House member John Quinn and his wife.

Four wounded in chainsaw attack near Jefferson City (2008-01-21)
Twenty-eight-year-old Matthew Watkins is accused of wounding four people with a chainsaw and knife Saturday at the Mid-America Care Center in New Bloomfield.

Brush fire breaks out in Metro East (2008-01-21)
About 200 acres burned just west of I-255 and south of Interstate 55/70.

Edwards, Clinton to campaign in St. Louis Saturday (2008-01-18)
ohn Edwards will be at the Carpenters' Union hall at 9.15 a.m. Then at 8 p.m. Hillary Clinton will be at McCluer North High School. Former President Bill Clinton will join her.

St. Louis woman receives heart valve without open-heart surgery (2008-01-18)
A 78 year-old woman has undergone a heart valve replacement without open-heart surgery. She's part of a nationwide clinical trial testing the effectiveness of a new device that could bring hope to 200,000 people a year who need a new heart valve.

Killer of policeman will not get third trial (2008-01-18)
Defense attorneys alleged one of the jurors failed to tell the court she knew the St. Louis County detective who was the lead crime scene investigator in the case. But a judge says that did not influence the jury's verdict.

Alleged kidnapper is registered sex offender (2008-01-17)
Authorities say the suspect walked into Lalumier Elementary School in Centreville on Tuesday and took the victim behind a dumpster outside. However a witness yelled at the suspect and he ran off. The girl was unharmed.

State senator wants constitutional amendment for highway funding (2008-01-17)
Missouri State Senator John Loudon is promoting a constitutional amendment to increase funding for highways without raising taxes.

City of St. Louis voters face tax hike proposal (2008-01-17)
Proposition-S would hike the city's retail sales tax by a half-cent, raising $18 million for the police and fire department pension funds, additional police officers and raises for police officers and firefighters.

Singapore buys 24 F-15's from Boeing (2008-01-16)
The Republic of Singapore is buying 24 F-15 fighter jets made by Boeing in St. Louis.

Blunt says health care, education are top spending priorities (2008-01-16)
lunt is proposing a $23 billion budget for the next fiscal year, with increases for elementary, secondary and higher education, as well as health care programs.

Blunt challenges AG's authority in email investigation (2008-01-16)
An independent team investigating whether Missouri Governor Matt Blunt's office violated Sunshine Laws by deleting emails says the governor is not cooperating.

State to resume audit of Metro after agency's loss in court (2008-01-16)
In 2005, Governor Matt Blunt ordered an audit of the agency following news of massive cost overruns on the new cross-county light rail line. But Metro refused to hand over some documents because officials said that would jeopardize the agency's lawsuit against a group of contractors.

Environmental engineers research new technique to create efficient biofuel (2008-01-16)
Dr. Lars Angenent is using corn fibers, a by-product of corn-to-ethanol production, to produce butanol; a biofuel said to be superior to ethanol.

Blunt says health care, education are top spending priorities (2008-01-16)
Blunt is proposing a $23 billion budget for the next fiscal year, with increases for elementary, secondary and higher education, as well as health care programs.

Homeless man's death brings attention to problem (2008-01-16)
Randy Pullen died Friday when he fell from the Arsenal Street overpass onto I-55 into traffic. The homeless man had lived under the overpass for more than a year.

On lecture circuit, Albright campaigns for Clinton (2008-01-16)
KWMU's Adam Allington speaks with former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright.

Gonzales to speak at Wash U (2008-01-15)
Former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales has been met with protests on other college campuses, and it's likely he'll face similar criticism in St. Louis.

Laws on internet bullying tough to enforce (2008-01-15)
KWMU's Matt Sepic reports for All Things Considered on legal efforts to curb internet bullying.

Chicago transit bailout leaves downstate lawmakers wanting (2008-01-15)
When Illinois lawmakers approved a public transit bailout for Chicago, some downstate legislators may have ruined their chance at funding for pet projects.

House and Senate Democrats critical of MO Gov. Matt Blunt's comments during his State of the State Address (2008-01-15)
Blunt's comment that he would "not rest until every Missourian has access to affordable health care" called embarassing, hypocritical by leading Democrats.

Blunt delivers State of the State Address (2008-01-15)
Blunt seeks spending boost and boasts of change in his annual state of the state address.

Skateboarder dies after collision with car (2008-01-14)
The accident happened Friday night at Lemay Ferry and Green Park in the Mehlville area.

Hearings begin into Governor Matt Blunt's Insure Missouri program (2008-01-14)
The program would provide more than 54,000 working parents with health coverage, but a Republican House member is concerned about the cost.

McCaskill endorses Obama (2008-01-14)
She says it was a difficult decision to support Obama because so many women support the candidacy of his main opponent for the Democratic nomination, Hillary Clinton.

State surveys Missourians on wetland value (2008-01-14)
The Missouri Department of Natural Resources is asking Missouri citizens to determine the value of the state's wetland resources.

Missouri poet laureate discusses new role (2008-01-14)
KWMU's Maria Hickey speaks with Walter Bargen, Missouri's first poet laureate. Bargen discusses his literary career, as well as a day job that has little to do with poetry.

Proposal would raise pay for sheriff's deputies (2008-01-14)
The funding would come from a $10 fee hike on all subpoenas and lawsuit summons issued in Missouri.

Scientists team up with Chrysler and Ameren to reduce mercury emissions (2008-01-14)
Washington University researchers say they will test a mercury removal process in a full-scale power plant.

Traffic deaths on the decrease in Missouri (2008-01-11)
Fewer than 1000 motorists died on Missouri roadways last year.

MO Gov. Matt Blunt avoids questions about Eckersley lawsuit (2008-01-10)
Blunt says he doesn't respond to accusations made in lawsuits, and that discussing them would be inappropriate.

MO. Gov. Matt Blunt proposes expanding use of ignition interlock devices for those convicted of driving drunk (2008-01-10)
Under the proposal, every offender would be required to have a device in their vehicle after a second conviction.

St. Louis crime reaches 35-year low (2008-01-10)
The St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department says crime in the city is at its lowest rate in 35 years.

F-15s take to the sky again (2008-01-10)
The Air Force released a report on Thursday about what caused an F-15 from the Missouri Air National Guard to crash in November.

Illegal immigrant who crashed into restaurant pleads guilty to fraud (2008-01-10)
The 23-year-old Mexican citizen faces up to five years in prison and a quarter million dollar fine. His sentencing is set for April 3rd.

Former Blunt lawyer sues governor, staffers (2008-01-10)
Scott Eckersley claims he was fired after challenging the administration's e-mail retention practices.

Krajcir will not face death penalty in one killing (2008-01-10)
Prosecutors in Williamson County, Ill. say they do not plan to seek the execution of Timothy Krajcir for the 1978 rape and murder of Virginia Lee Witte of Marion.

Judge OKs Taum Sauk settlement (2008-01-09)
The settlement agreement was reached in November, but Judge William Seay gave it his final approval Wednesday in a Centerville courtroom.

California grand jury subponeas MySpace in St. Louis area suicide case (2008-01-09)
The Los Angeles Times is reporting a federal grand jury has issued a subpoena to in a probe stemming from the suicide of a Missouri teenager.

Missouri General Assembly begins 2008 regular session (2008-01-09)
Illegal Immigration, health care, taxes, and education spending are among the top issues lawmakers will grapple with this year.

Deadline looms for voter registration (2008-01-09)
Those Missourians who have not registered to vote yet can go on-line to the Missouri Secretary of State's office and print out the federal voter registration application, but it must be postmarked Wednesday.

Property tax reform may see early action in the Missouri General Assembly (2008-01-09)
Bills regarding property tax, illegal immigration, and teacher pay may be passed by the MO House before lawmakers take their Spring Break.

St. Charles police kill robbery suspect after chase (2008-01-09)
The incident happened early Wednesday after police responded to an armed robbery at a convenience store. The suspect drove away, prompting a pursuit.

Internet Harassment Task Force recommends making cyber bullying a state crime (2008-01-08)
The task force was created in the wake of the suicide of 13-year-old Megan Meier of Dardenne Prairie in 2006.

Tornadoes kill at least 2 as storms sweep across Missouri (2008-01-08)
One of the victims was a 53-year-old woman who died when a tornado hit a group of mobile homes in a wooded area about 10 miles north of Marshfield late Monday night.

Education, health care expected to dominate new legislative session (2008-01-08)
KWMU's Marshall Griffin examines the issues lawmakers will debate in the 2008 legislative session, which begins Wednesday.

Accident on I-70 closes freeway, snarls traffic (2008-01-08)
A tractor-trailer flipped after spinning out of control in the westbound lanes near Grand Avenue early in the morning rush hour. Traffic was backed up for miles, but the freeway has been re-opened.

Last day to register to vote arrives (2008-01-08)
The deadline to register to vote ahead of the February 5th Presidential Primary is Wednesday at 5 p.m.

Cole County Judge changes language in anti-Affirmative Action ballot initiative (2008-01-07)
Judge Richard Callahan called the wording used by Secretary of State Robin Carnahan "unfair" and "insufficient." Carnahan will appeal.

MO House Democrats propose additional scholarship program for students from A+ schools (2008-01-07)
The scholarships would be available to A-plus community college graduates who go on to attend a four-year state university in Missouri.

Ag Conference in St. Louis for 1st time (2008-01-07)
Farmers from across the state are gather in St. Louis to discuss industry trends, success stories and challenges.

Proposed bill would reopen I-64 (2008-01-07)
The bill, sponsored by Republican House member Scott Muschany, could lead to the immediate reopening of I-64.

Mardi Gras season underway in St. Louis (2008-01-07)
Last night, St. Louisans gathered for the kick off of Mardi Gras in the historic Soulard district.

State Senator will work to repeal midwifery provision (2008-01-07)
State Senator John Loudon will work to repeal a provision he helped pass last year that legalizes midwifery in Missouri.

Motorists adapting to I-64 shutdown (2008-01-04)
Transportation officials say St. Louis area motorists are handling the closure of part of I-64 very well after two days.

Obama also wins unofficial "caucus" in St. Louis (2008-01-04)
Some St. Louis Democrats were also in the caucusing mood last night. Barack Obama won the unofficial, non-binding caucus in the city.

Many grocery chains giving away free prescriptions (2008-01-03)
Many supermarket chains around the country, including Schnucks in St. Louis, are giving away free prescriptions at their in-store pharmacies. KWMU's Matt Sepic reports for Marketplace.

Monsanto says first quarter earnings nearly tripled (2008-01-03)
Monsanto earned $256 million in its first quarter compared with a year-ago profit of $90 million.

I-64 closed (2008-01-02)
Road crews spent Tuesday night putting up barricades and orange cones along a five-mile section of the freeway between I-170 and Ballas Road.

Clinton's campaign won't ignore Missouri (2008-01-02)
Coordinators of presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's campaign in Missouri say that while she's now concentrating on Iowa caucuses, Missouri's February 5th primary is also important to her.

Sen. Bond stumps for Giuliani in Iowa (2008-01-02)
The Missouri Republican visited several towns in Iowa the day before the state caucuses.

Bill in Missouri Legislature would preserve 'A.D.' and 'B.C.' (2008-01-02)
The sponsor, Republican John Loudon of St. Louis County, says there's a national move to replace the initials with the secular monikers "C.E." and "B.C.E.," which stand for "Common Era" and "Before Common Era."

Missouri minimum wage goes up Jan. 1 (2007-12-31)
The minimum wage is increasing to $6.65 an hour. The change marks the first automatic adjustment for Missouri's minimum wage since voters passed a ballot measure in 2006.

Illinois smoking ban takes effect in 2008 (2007-12-31)
Smokers who break the law could face fines ranging from $100 to $250.

New year brings ethanol requirement for gasoline in Missouri (2007-12-31)
The law requires most gasoline sold here to be 10 percent ethanol or E-10. High-octane gas is exempt. So are marine and aircraft fuels.

Workers make final perparations for I-64 closure (2007-12-31)
On Wednesday, between midnight and 5 a.m., workers will shut down a 5-mile stretch of the freeway between 170 and Ballas Road.

MO Highway Patrol moves away from using unmarked cars for traffic enforcement (2007-12-28)
142 previously unmarked vehicles now have the MSHP logo on their sides.

MO Highway Patrol moves away from using unmarked cars for traffic enforcement (2007-12-28)
142 previously unmarked cars now have the MSHP logo on their sides.

Extradition delayed for accused serial killer (2007-12-28)
Timothy Krajcir's extradition to Missouri is on hold indefinitely now that the suspected serial killer has been charged with a second murder in Illinois.

Fatal wreck closes I-70 for hours (2007-12-28)
The accident happened just after 3 a.m. in the freeway's westbound lanes between Lucas & Hunt and Bermuda roads.

Judge dismisses lawsuit to stop I-64 closure (2007-12-27)
Former city school board member Bill Haas claimed state transportation officials did not take public safety and other factors into account when they planned the shutdown. US District Judge Stephen Limbaugh did not agree.

Acid-carrying train derails near Pevely, but no liquid spills (2007-12-27)
Six cars came off the tracks and fell down a 100-foot embankment. Four of them were carrying undiluted acid, but none spilled or leaked.

2007 a good year for science, but researchers concerned about funding woes ahead (2007-12-27)
KWMU science reporter Julie Bierach spoke with Marcia Mellitz, head of the Center for Emerging Technologies in St. Louis. Mellitz says 2007 was a good year for medical research, but scientists are struggling with a lack of federal funding.

Bush issues federal disaster declaration in MO (2007-12-27)
President Bush earlier declared a state of emergency in Missouri to help assist the state with the initial emergency work.

MO Gov. Blunt proposes raising pay for doctors in HealthNet program (2007-12-27)
Blunt is proposing increasing reimbursements to 65% of Medicare rates, amounting to a $53 million pay raise.

Krajcir court appearance will take place next week (2007-12-26)
Authorities in Cape Girardeau County say Timothy Krajcir will not be extradited to Missouri in time to appear in court Thursday.

Smoke causes brief evacuation of section of Lambert Airport (2007-12-26)
Smoke from a restaurant in Concourse A caused the evacuation that began about 2:20 p.m. Wednesday. Everyone was allowed to return about 25 minutes later.

Global food demand impacts hungry in the U.S. (2007-12-25)
Rising incomes in developing countries have squeezed the global food supply. As KWMU's Matt Sepic reports for The World, that's hurting food banks in the United States.

Blunt pushes more immigration legislation (2007-12-25)
If passed, the new laws would prohibit "Sanctuary Cities," change hiring procedures for public employees and further penalize state contractors who employ illegal workers.

Lawmakers to consider ignition interlocks for drunk drivers (2007-12-25)
Missouri lawmakers will debate legislation next year that would require those convicted of drunk driving to have an alcohol interlock device on their vehicles in order to get a restricted driver's license.

Blunt pardons six non-violent offenders (2007-12-24)
The five men and one woman were convicted of a range of crimes, from stealing to second-degree arson.

New anti-smoking campaign targets gays, Bosnians (2007-12-24)
The nine-year funding effort will spend more than $40 million to target specific communities with a propensity to smoke.

Furlough extended for former TWA attendants (2007-12-21)
The recall rights for 1,400 former TWA flight attendants have been extended for another two years.

Devlin gets additional 170 years in prison (2007-12-21)
Two months after receiving multiple life sentences in state prison for kidnapping and sexually assaulting two Missouri boys, a judge sentenced Michael Devlin to an additional 170 years on federal charges.

University of Missouri introduces new system president (2007-12-21)
Former Sprint-Nextel CEO Gary Forsee has accepted the unanimous endorsement of the university's board of curators.

City student injures himself with gun (2007-12-21)
Police say the gun went off when the student pulled it out to show his friends. The incident happened near the St. Louis Learning Center South.

East St. Louis policeman disciplined for alleged drunk driving (2007-12-21)
The Board of Fire and Police Commissioners has disciplined, but did not fire detective Ricky Perry.

MO Housing Development Commission approves tax breaks for various housing projects across the state (2007-12-21)
Developers have to verify the immigration status of contract workers in order to be approved.

Gundaker Commercial Group receives tax breaks for O'Fallon Lakes Apartments (2007-12-21)
Two contractors involved with the project had been cited for hiring illegal immigrants.

Giuliani hospitalized in St. Louis (2007-12-20)
A spokeswoman for the Giuliani campaign said the former New York mayor felt flu-like systems while making several campaign stops around Missouri.

Ballot initiative in MO that would restore Medicaid cuts approved for circulation (2007-12-19)
The ballot question would restore Medicaid eligibility and services to what they were before Gov. Matt Blunt's 2005 cuts.

Media companies settle on-line gambling case (2007-12-19)
Microsoft, Google, Yahoo settle with the U.S. government over charges that they promoted Internet gambling.

Loudon works to undo midwife law (2007-12-19)
State Senator John Loudon snuck a provision legalizing midwifery into an insurance bill last year and lost his leadership post. Now he's working to undo that.

Forsee likely to be next UM president (2007-12-19)
The former CEO, chairman, and president of Nextel is likely to be named the next president of the University of Missouri system on Thursday.

Lumiere Place casino opens (2007-12-19)
The Las Vegas-style casino on the riverfront is opening at 10 p.m. Wednesday.

MODOT and Missouri Bridge Partners to continue to negotiate price tag of bridge repair project (2007-12-19)
MODOT hopes to have the contracts approved my mid-February.

In Iraq, interpreters fear for their lives, but are indispensable to troops (2007-12-18)
KWMU's Adam Allington speaks with "Peter," an Iraqi man who serves as an interpreter for U.S. troops in Ramadi.

Illinois site selected for new coal-fired power plant (2007-12-18)
The small, central Illinois town of Mattoon has been selected as site of new, futuristic power plant.

Blue Ribbon Panel on Autism releases recommendations (2007-12-18)
They include proposing the creation of the Missouri Commission on Autism Spectrum Disorders, which would advise state government on ways to care for those with Autism.

Scientists find bacteria that cause UTI hiding inside bladder cells (2007-12-18)
Researchers had previously assumed bacteria did not invade cells that line the interior of the bladder. Scientists hope the new research will lead to better treatments.

Rally held in opposition to Bellefontaine plan (2007-12-17)
A group of parents and employees held a rally Monday opposing plans for privatization at the Bellefontaine Habilitation Center.

Judges hearing challenges on affirmative action, Ethics Commission (2007-12-17)
In one courtroom there is a challenge to the ballot language on a proposal that would prohibit affirmative action programs. In another, there is a challenge to the Missouri Ethics Commission's decision to hold closed hearings on whether candidates must refund campaign contributions.

Lawsuit over anti-affirmative action ballot initiative argued in Jefferson City (2007-12-17)
The lawsuit focuses on the language used to describe the initiative.

Blagojevich and family like to fly, analysis of records shows (2007-12-17)
If the IRS considers some of the flights personal, they could be taxed as fringe benefits.

Metro pushing public transit ahead of highway shutdown (2007-12-17)
Starting Monday, Metro representatives will hand out mass transit guides at Metrolink and bus stops, malls and universities in the area.

Study finds link between tantrums and depression or disruptive disorders (2007-12-14)
Researchers at Washington University conducted a study that shows that excessive tantrums in some young children could indicate the presence of psychiatric illness.

Blagojevich fundraiser indicted on corruption charges (2007-12-14)
Christopher G. Kelly is a contractor who served as finance chairman of Blagojevich's 2002 campaign.

He was among three men indicted Thursday on corruption charges related to state government.

Blunt requests more money for higher education (2007-12-14)
Among other things, Blunt said he will ask state lawmakers for a 4.4 percent increase in higher education funding,

About 70,000 still without power as snow system approaches Missouri (2007-12-14)
Conditions have improved enough, though, for National Guard troops in Barton County to be released.

Mitchell report nothing new for Cards fans (2007-12-14)
Former Cardinals slugger Mark McGwire is not on any of the lists that implicate players for using or buying steroids and performance-enhancing drugs. However former Senator George Mitchell said in the report he tried to speak with McGwire about his 2005 congressional testimony, where McGwire refused to answer questions about steroid abuse.

Planning process begins for Missouri River widlife refuge (2007-12-13)
The refuge totals 11,000 acres. But it is not a single, continuous piece of land.

Illinois boy killed by hunting arrow (2007-12-13)
Illinois State Police say the case of a teenager who was killed by a hunting arrow appears to be an accident.

Stem cell debate continues in MO, despite breakthrough (2007-12-13)
The recent announcement that scientists have found a way to reprogram ordinary human skin cells to act like embryonic stem cells is a breakthrough in stem cell research. But scientists continue to debate the necessity of a controversial stem cell technique.

Metro withdraws tax hike proposal from ballot (2007-12-13)
As part of restoring public confidence in Metro, agency leaders say the proposed half-cent sales tax will be taken off of the February ballot in St. Louis County.

Man indicted for allegedly sending threatening letters (2007-12-13)
Lonnie Sutton is accused of sending six threatening letters to various people over four years

Stem cell debate continues in MO, despite breakthrough (2007-12-13)
The recent announcement that scientists have found a way to reprogram ordinary human skin cells to act like embryonic stem cells is a breakthrough in stem cell research. But scientists continue to debate the necessity of a controversial stem cell technique.

Stem cell debate continues in MO, despite breakthrough (2007-12-13)
The recent announcement that scientists have found a way to reprogram ordinary human skin cells to act like embryonic stem cells is a breakthrough in stem cell research. But scientists continue to debate the necessity of a controversial stem cell technique.

Stem cell debate continues in MO, despite breakthrough (2007-12-13)
The recent announcement that scientists have found a way to reprogram ordinary human skin cells to act like embryonic stem cells is a breakthrough in stem cell research. But scientists continue to debate the necessity of a controversial stem cell technique.

Stem cell debate continues in MO, despite breakthrough (2007-12-13)
The recent announcement that scientists have found a way to reprogram ordinary human skin cells to act like embryonic stem cells is a breakthrough in stem cell research. But scientists continue to debate the necessity of a controversial stem cell technique.

Stem cell debate continues in MO, despite breakthrough (2007-12-13)
The recent announcement that scientists have found a way to reprogram ordinary human skin cells to act like embryonic stem cells is a breakthrough in stem cell research. But scientists continue to debate the necessity of a controversial stem cell technique.

Turner began career in St. Louis clubs (2007-12-13)
he moved to the area in 1954, and with his band the Kings of Rhythm, developed his rock 'n roll sound.

Construction of the new Taum Sauk Reservoir begins (2007-12-13)
The original reservoir collapsed two years ago, Dec. 14th, 2005, nearly wiping out Johnson's Shut-ins State Park.

Bush declares disaster in parts of Missouri hit by ice storm (2007-12-13)
The declaration means the Federal Emergency Management Agency will help state agencies remove debris and do other cleanup work.

State House member and Attorney General candidate files lawsuit against MO Ethics Commission (2007-12-12)
The suit centers on hardship hearings for candidates who want to keep over-the-limit campaign contributions.

Modern conveniences help soldiers fill down time (2007-12-12)
Things have changed somewhat since previous wars. Soldiers now have e-mail, TV and video games. But do such comforts really fill the void that family, friends and a life outside of the Army used to occupy?

Soldiers try to foster trust in local government (2007-12-11)
Reporting from Iraq, KWMU's Adam Allington looks at new challenges U.S. soldiers face now that violence is down in most major cities.

FBI investigates incident with St. Louis Fire Department (2007-12-11)
Federal investigators are looking into allegations of a hate crime involving the St. Louis fire department.

Man confesses to 9 murders going back three decades (2007-12-11)
Authorities announced charges Monday against 63-year-old Timothy Krajcir. They say he admitted to killing three women in Cape Girardeau in 1977 and two others in 1982. However the list of victims is longer.

Poll says majority of Missourians support current system of choosing judges (2007-12-11)
71% of those surveyed favor the Appellate Judicial Commission choosing nominees for court vacancies.

Reporter finds Iraqis, military welcoming (2007-12-10)
KWMU's Adam Allington speaks with KWMU News Director Bill Raack about his experience reporting from Iraq.

Email retention system could cost Missouri over a million dollars (2007-12-10)
Gov. Blunt says he'll eventually make a proposal and let lawmakers decide if it's a wise investment.

Mizzou researchers study popular African herbal remedy (2007-12-10)
Scientists say it's the first time an African traditional medicine will be the focus of a placebo-controlled clinical trial.

MO Gov. Blunt deploys 50 National Guard troops to Columbia in preparation for more ice storm damage (2007-12-10)
Additional freezing rain could worsen conditions in areas already hard-hit.

Missouri ice storm leaves thousands without power (2007-12-09)
Bad weather Sunday left tens of thousands without power, mostly in central Missouri.

I-64 to close at Kinghshighway and Missouri River this weekend (2007-12-07)
The freeway will close in both directions at Kingshighway tonight so workers can demolish the old overpass there. Also, early Saturday, MODOT will close the westbound Boone bridge between

MO Gov. Blunt proposes budget increase for Cyber Crimes Task Force (2007-12-07)
An extra $250,000 would go toward protecting children from online predators.

Warzone economics (2007-12-07)
The U.S. Army tries to reconcile cases of accidental damage and death in Iraq at Civil-Military Operations Centers, called C-MOCs. KWMU's Adam Allington takes us to a C-MOC in Al Anbar Province west of Baghdad.

Salci out as Metro CEO (2007-12-06)
Larry Salci's five-year run as the head of the transit agency Metro is over. His departure was confirmed Wednesday afternoon.

MO Gov. Blunt unveils budget proposal for K-12 schools (2007-12-06)
Blunt proposes to raise elementary and secondary school budget to just under 3 billion dollars.

Steinberg Skating Rink: a St. Louis tradition (2007-12-06)
KWMU's Maria Hickey produced an audio postcard for NPR's All Things Considered.

PsyOp soldiers wage 'battle for hearts and minds' in Iraq (2007-12-06)
KWMU's Adam Allington reports from Ramadi, Iraq about the challenges facing the Army's 10th PsyOp Battalion.

Group says elephants at St. Louis Zoo at risk for herpes (2007-12-06)
The animal protection group, In Defense of Animals, says three elephants at the St. Louis Zoo spent time at zoos contaminated with the deadly herpes virus.

Review finds tax breaks for low-income, elderly & disabled might increase (2007-12-05)
Lawmakers to have final say on future of tax breaks during 2008 legislative session.

County council votes down trash plan changes (2007-12-05)
A year ago, the council decided to slice the county into eight districts and grant a single waste hauling contract to each district.

Bill would fine retailers for not removing recalled toys (2007-12-05)
Not heeding recalls for defective toys and kids' products would become a crime in Missouri, punishable by fines against retailers.

Opposition to Metro tax hike grows (2007-12-05)
Opposition is building against Metro's proposed tax increase in St. Louis County. Voters will consider the half-cent sales tax hike in February.

State Auditor will review Jay Nixon's use of a state vehicle on campaign trips (2007-12-04)
State Auditor Susan Montee says Nixon asked her to review documents for a reimbursement to the Office of Administration.

Johanns says U.S. food supply safe (2007-12-04)
Former Secretary of Agriculture Mike Johanns was in St. Louis for a panel discussion on food safety.

Deployment is often a guessing game for reservists (2007-12-04)
Unlike most active duty soldiers, reservists face the challenge of balancing families and careers while wondering if, when, and for how long they'll be called back into service.

Hillary Clinton bashes Bush at St. Louis rally (2007-12-03)
Clinton said the era of what she called cowboy diplomacy must end, and that she would work to restore America's leadership role in the world.

Missouri avoids environmental commitments at governors summit (2007-12-03)
But Missouri was the only state not to sign any of the pro-environment initiatives, nor did state officials participate in the group's energy summit.

Traveling to a war zone (2007-12-03)
KWMU's Adam Allington learned that flying into a war zone has a few things in common with everyday travel. Adam is in Iraq to profile soldiers from St. Louis.

Legislation filed in MO House would revoke self-governing villages (2007-12-03)
Current law allows landowners to declare their property to be villages exempted from county zoning laws.

New state park comes out of Ameren settlement (2007-12-03)
Governor Matt Blunt announced Monday that a portion of the $180 million settlement over the Taum Sauk reservoir breach will be used for a new state park.

Property tax task force to hand in report (2007-12-03)
In August House Speaker Rod Jetton put together a 17-member task force to look into property tax rates. That group is scheduled to give Jetton its report Monday.

No charges in MySpace suicide case (2007-12-03)
County Prosecutor Jack Banas announced his decision at a news conference in the case of Megan Meier, the 13-year-old from Dardenne Prairie who hanged herself last year.

A gateway to the 60's (2007-12-02)
Find out what KWMU's Tom Weber found when he ripped up the carpet in his house, in this report for Weekend America.

MO Office of Administration says letter from Nixon on car usage doesn't have enough information (2007-11-30)
O.A. Commissioner says the Nixon campaign has until Dec. 7th to provide more details about use of a state car during campaign trips.

University of Missouri main campus to drop 'Columbia' from name (2007-11-30)
he designation was added when the University of Missouri system was created in 1963.

Metro loses lawsuit over Metrolink extension (2007-11-30)
Metro loses its $76 million lawsuit against contractors who worked on the transit agency's cross county Metrolink extension.

Spring rise on Missouri River will require wet winter and spring, Corps says (2007-11-30)
Last year the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers canceled plans to release water from upper reservoirs because water levels were not high enough.

2005 workers' compensation law argued before MO Supreme Court (2007-11-29)
Plaintiffs say the law makes it harder for injured workers to prove their case...the defense says it cuts back on the number of frivolous claims.

Scientists sequence DNA of Missouri cat (2007-11-29)
KWMU's science reporter Julie Bierach explains that scientists have published the DNA sequence of the Feline Genome. Researchers hope that by unveiling the genetic code of the domestic cat, they'll learn more about the 250 diseases that afflict both cats and humans.

Missouri army unit fights PsyOps war in Iraq (2007-11-28)
KWMU's Adam Allington is on his way to Iraq to report on the 307th Psychological Operations Company based in St. Louis. Before he left, Adam spoke with company commander Maj. Shawn McLain about the unit's latest mission.

Health care costs for insured Missourians will rise, report says (2007-11-28)
A report by Families USA states that over a million Missourians with insurance are in families that will spend more than 10% of their pre-tax income on health expenses in 2008.

Gaming regulators approve license for Pinnacle (2007-11-28)
The Missouri Gaming Commission today approved a casino license for Pinnacle Entertainment's new Lumiere Place facility in downtown St. Louis.

Blunt official threatens Nixon with subpoena over reimbursement of state car use (2007-11-28)
Office of Administration chief Michael Keathley wants more info on what the reimbursement covers by Dec. 7th.

Three arrested after long car chase (2007-11-28)
The chase began about 7:30 p.m. in north St. Louis County when officers saw a car that had been carjacked earlier in the evening.

Ameren and state settle over Taum Sauk (2007-11-28)
The deal requires the utility to pay $180 million for damage to the Johnson's Shut-Ins State Park and for lost tourism and tax dollars.

An interview with CNN's Christiane Amanpour (2007-11-27)
KWMU's Tom Weber speaks with CNN's Christiane Amanpour, who will speak in St. Louis Tuesday night at Powell Hall.

Hole in parking lot swallows two cars (2007-11-27)
Authorities are trying to figure out why part of a convenience store parking lot collapsed.

An interview with CNN's Christiane Amanpour (2007-11-27)
KWMU's Tom Weber speaks with CNN's Christiane Amanpour, who will speak in St. Louis Tuesday night at Powell Hall.

Missouri officials raise concerns over spring rise (2007-11-27)
Governor Matt Blunt and Attorney General Jay Nixon both sent letters to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Task force seeks to expand high-speed Internet access in Missouri's rural areas (2007-11-27)
Recommendations may include state tax credits that could be approved by lawmakers next year.

Amnesty for farm workers legislation being pushed (2007-11-27)
A St. Louis-based farm workers advocacy group is urging lawmakers in Congress to support legislation that would provide amnesty to immigrant farm workers.

Metro case goes to the jury (2007-11-26)
The closing arguments were held Monday in Metro's lawsuit alleging the Cross County Collaborative was responsible for cost overruns and delays.

Blunt and Nixon campaigns to return contributions that exceed limits reinstated by MO Supreme Court (2007-11-26)
Blunt's re-election campaign will return nearly $4.5 million, while Nixon's will return about $1.3 million.

Missouri Film Commission sees increase in tax credit applications (2007-11-26)
Movie and TV producers will be eligible for more tax breaks if they hire Missouri-based companies, crew members and actors.

Corps wants levee upgrades in St. Louis (2007-11-26)
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says some levees and floodwalls need repairs to bring them back up to the protection levels for which they were designed.

Exhibit focuses on genocide of Bosnians at Prijedor (2007-11-25)
A new exhibit at the St. Louis Holocaust Museum remembers the thousands killed at the Serb-run concentration camps around the Bosnian city of Prijedor. KWMU's Matt Sepic has the story of a couple who survived the siege of that city.

Mizzou football ranked first in the nation (2007-11-25)
The Tigers and West Virginia Mountaineers hold the top two spots in the Bowl Championship Series standings released Sunday with a week left in a topsy-turvy regular season.

Mizzou football beats #2 Kansas; in line for #1 in the nation (2007-11-25)
Chase Daniel threw for 361 yards and three touchdowns and the third-ranked Tigers handed second-ranked Kansas its first loss in a 36-28 victory.

Education and health care likely to remain major expenses in MO budget (2007-11-23)
Governor Blunt is expected to release his proposed budget during his State of the State Address in January, and education and health care are expected to remain the two most expensive items.

County Councilwoman says she will try to find a way to avoid tax increase (2007-11-23)
St. Louis County Councilwoman Colleen Wasinger says she will scrutinize the proposed budget to find ways to avoid a tax increase.

Illinois adds thousands of jobs (2007-11-23)
According to the US Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics, the state of Illinois added 37,400 new jobs since October of 2006.

Dardenne Prairie criminalizes online harassment (2007-11-22)
The move comes after a girl there killed herself after receiving a mean message from a boy she met on MySpace.

Earthquake insurance rates up, enrollees down in Missouri (2007-11-22)
The cost of earthquake insurance is going up in Missouri while the number of people buying it is going down.

McKinley's reopening, but other bridge on leaders' minds (2007-11-21)
KWMU's Maria Hickey reports on how the reopening of the McKinley Bridge is only keeping talk on that other bridge - the one that hasn't yet been built.

St. Louisan among 'Munchkins' feted in Hollywood (2007-11-21)
The last of the surviving Munchkins from "The Wizard of Oz" were on hand Tuesday to see a star added to the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Candy apple maker admits hiring undocumented workers (2007-11-21)
An eastern Missouri businesswoman faces sentencing in February after pleading guilty to federal charges of hiring undocumented workers.

New study shows post-treatment PET scans can detect cervical tumors (2007-11-21)
Washington University researchers have found that post-treatment PET scans can ensure patients are disease-free or warn that further treatment is needed.

Battle for the Bell turns 100 (2007-11-21)
KWMU's Tom Weber visits both Kirkwood and Webster Groves ahead of the annual Turkey Day game, which has now been going on for a century.

Blunt replaces chief of staff Ed Martin (2007-11-20)
Gov. Matt Blunt on Tuesday replaced Chief of Staff Ed Martin after a one-year stint during which Martin had increasingly become a focal point for criticism.

Remembering the Bosnian genocide (2007-11-20)
KWMU's Matt Sepic speaks to British journalist Ed Vulliamy, who first told the world of the atrocities at Serb-run concentration camps in 1992. He'll speak in St. Louis on Sunday.

Teen from Iraq killed after goalpost collapses in STL (2007-11-20)
Karrar Abudarb died Monday night at Wilmore Park after a makeshift steel soccer goal collapsed on him.

Part of Boone Bridge to close in December (2007-11-20)
The 72-year-old portion of the Daniel Boone Bridge over the Missouri River in Chesterfield needs to have some of its steel structure repaired.

A very vegan Thanksgiving (2007-11-19)
KWMU's Adam Allington reports for The Splendid Table about how to 'go vegan' this Thanksgiving.

Washington University will host vice-presidential debate in '08 (2007-11-19)
The debate will take place on Oct. 2 in St. Louis. The school hosted a presidential debate between President Bush and Sen. John Kerry in 2004.

Slay appoints Jenkerson as new fire chief (2007-11-19)
St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay has announced the appointment of a new fire chief. 50-year-old Dennis Jenkerson replaces Sherman George, who was demoted.

Searcb for UM President down to one finalist (2007-11-19)
The search for the next University of Missouri president is down to a single finalist, according to the Associated Press.

Wash U to host vice presidential debate (2007-11-19)
The Commission on Presidential Debates chose the St. Louis university for the fifth time in a row to host a high-level debate.

Search for UM President down to one finalist (2007-11-19)
The search for the next University of Missouri president is down to a single finalist, according to the Associated Press.

Searcb for UM President down to one finalist (2007-11-19)
The search for the next University of Missouri president is down to a single finalist, according to the Associated Press.

McKinley bridge to open in December (2007-11-16)
The dedication ceremony will take place Saturday, but officials have not scheduled a definite date for its opening.

Event aims to help St. Louisans who face foreclosure (2007-11-16)
A clinic will be held Saturday morning at Harris-Stowe State University for people who are having trouble paying mortgages as a result of the subprime mortgage scandal.

Boy, 15, sentenced to 60 years in prison for assault (2007-11-16)
A St. Louis County boy was sentenced to 60 years in prison Thursday for beating and sexually assaulting a 6-year-old girl when he was 13.

Delmar Loop getting a new hotel (2007-11-16)
KWMU's Tom Weber speaks with well-known developer Joe Edwards, whose newest project is a $23 million boutique hotel near the Pageant.

Missouri death doctor now working for feds (2007-11-16)
Last year, U.S. District Judge Fernando Gaitan Junior prohibited Dr. Alan Doerhoff from overseeing lethal injections in Missouri. Gaitan cited the doctor's dyslexia and lack of training in anesthesia.

Health experts discuss lessons of 1918 flu (2007-11-16)
Recently, economists and public health officials gathered in St. Louis to discuss ways to mitigate the affects of another pandemic, should one occur.

House committee evaluates funding needs for Missouri's veterans (2007-11-15)
Veterans testify that more money is needed to help pay for medical and housing needs.

Despite Medicaid cuts, health care access improves in St. Louis, says report (2007-11-15)
KWMU's Maria Hickey talks with Regional Health Commission CEO Robert Fruend Jr., who says access to care improved since the RHC's last report in 2002.

Blunt orders creation of 'permanent e-mail retention system' (2007-11-15)
The move comes two months after Blunt staff attorney Scott Eckersley was fired.

St. Louis County residents blast property tax system (2007-11-15)
Residents say they are buckling under steep tax hikes in the wake of recent home re-assessments, which they claim are inflated in many cases.

County voters to decide on new Metro tax (2007-11-14)
On Tuesday, the county council voted 5-2 to put a half-cent sales tax proposal before voters.

Researchers investigate link between gut bacteria and obesity (2007-11-14)
As part of our series on genetics called, "The DNA Files," KWMU's science reporter Julie Bierach explains that here in St. Louis, a group of scientists are researching not what we put into our bodies that makes our waistlines grow, but what's already living there.

State House committee to hold hearings on sexual misconduct by teachers (2007-11-14)
State Rep. Jane Cunningham cites an AP report that ranks Missouri 11th worst in the nation for teacher sexual misconduct.

CDC: St. Louis leads nation in chlamydia , gonorrhea (2007-11-14)
Nearly 7,500 cases of the two diseases were reported in 2006.

Patricia Breckenridge joins the Missouri Supreme Court (2007-11-14)
Breckenridge was sworn in as the newest member of the high court, succeeding retired judge Ronnie White.

Joint House-Senate committee reviewing Missouri tax credits (2007-11-13)
Tax credit programs are being examined in hearings to evaluate which ones are needed and which aren't.

United Way rolls out 211 service in Missouri (2007-11-13)
Missouri now has a new statewide 211 telephone service to link residents to a variety of health and charitable services.

Mountain climber follows in father's footsteps (2007-11-13)
KWMU's Bill Raack talks with adventurer Peter Hillary, the son of Everest pioneer Sir Edmund Hillary.

Council considers new MetroLink tax (2007-11-13)
The money would be used to expand and operate MetroLink. But critics say the agency that runs the light rail line cannot be trusted with the money it already has.

Two women ordained as Catholic priests at controversial ceremony (2007-11-12)
Rose Marie Dunn Hudson and Elsie Hainz McGrath are part of the Roman Catholic Womenpriests movement.

Rudy Giuliani back in Missouri (2007-11-12)
Republican presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani has made his second trip to Missouri in five weeks.

Blues defenseman to be inducted into Hockey Hall of Fame (2007-11-12)
Former St. Louis Blues defenseman Al MacInnis will be inducted into the National Hockey League's Hall of Fame Monday in Toronto.

The singing brain doctor (2007-11-12)
KWMU's Tom Weber introduces us to Arie Perry: Neuropathologist by day, classically-trained tenor by night.

State workers union calls on Gov. Blunt to negotiate with them (2007-11-12)
Demonstrators rallied in the rain outside the MO Supreme Court, then marched to the Governor's Mansion.

Five months later, school district takeover getting mixed reviews (2007-11-09)
Ahead of the takeover, critics predicted dire consequences for a school district that would not be accountable to elected board members. So what do these first 150 days tell us?

15 Missouri sites nominated to be added to National Register of Historic Places (2007-11-09)
Nearly half of the nominated sites are in the St. Louis area, and include the old Immaculate Conception Church and Rectory south of downtown.

St. Louis synagogue to host ordination of two Roman Catholic women (2007-11-09)
KWMU's Maria Hickey reports on the controversial ordination of two women into the Roman Catholic priesthood.

Jury mulls death penalty for killer of policeman (2007-11-09)
A jury has convicted Kevin Johnson of first-degree murder in the 2005 killing of Kirkwood police Sgt. William McEntee. It must now decide whether Johnson should get life in prison or the death penalty.

Charity founder commits suicide as jury nears verdict (2007-11-09)
A jury in St. Louis was deliberating the fate of Lou Sengheiser, who started Gateway to a Cure, which raises money for spinal cord research.

St. Louis public transit chief apologizes for remark about TV reporter (2007-11-09)
After a recent interview with a television reporter, Larry Salci called the reporter a 'clown,' and said he fits right in to St. Louis. Salci also used an expletive as he walked away.

MacKay hired by Santa Fe Opera (2007-11-09)
Charles MacKay will become director of the Santa Fe Opera in October 2008. He's been director at Opera Theatre of Saint Louis since 1985.

Election worker pleads guilty to vote fraud charge (2007-11-08)
Sebekhu Smith is one of three campaign workers who face charges related to their work to recall Alderman Jeffrey Boyd.

Bond votes to override veto; McCaskill to sustain (2007-11-08)
Missouri's two U.S. Senators split their vote Thursday in a Senate override of President Bush's veto of a bill that allows seven locks and dams to be rebuilt along the Mississippi and Illinois rivers

Missouri Ethics Commission votes to require return of over-the-limit campaign contributions (2007-11-08)
The Ethics Commission will notify political candidates who received donations exceeding limits restored by the MO Supreme Court that they may be in violation of state law.

Petroleum truck overturns on I-270; driver killed (2007-11-08)
The truck driver swerved to miss two stopped vehicles at 270 and St. Charles Rock Road and lost control.

George Ryan reports to Wisconsin prison (2007-11-07)
Former Illinois Governor George Ryan's six-and-a-half year prison sentence brings to a close the scandal that dogged his administration and further advanced Illinois' reputation for corruption.

MSD delays vote on rate increase (2007-11-07)
A spokesman says MSD heard from a number of groups in recent days who want the increases delayed or softened, and they'll meet with those groups.

Devlin's prison assignment still 2-3 weeks away (2007-11-07)
Missouri corrections officials say a decision on where to imprison Michael Devlin is expected in two to three weeks.

Study finds more children taking medications for chronic diseases (2007-11-07)
The study shows that more children are taking medicine for high blood pressure, cholesterol, asthma and diabetes.

House committee investigates Missouri 2nd Injury Fund (2007-11-07)
The Second Injury Fund is projected to go broke by 2009, or possibly as early as next year.

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Ryan leaves home for prison (2007-11-07)
Former Governor George Ryan left his home in Kankakee early Wednesday for the more than 250-mile trip to the prison in Oxford, Wis., where he's slated to serve his six-and-a-half-year sentence.

Sex abuse charges dropped against church leaders in southwest Mo. (2007-11-06)
Prosecutors have dropped a child sex abuse case against the leader of a southwest Missouri church commune, his wife and his sister-in-law.

Parents sue St. Louis, Clayton schools over tuition payments (2007-11-06)
Several parents from St. Louis city are suing the Clayton and St. Louis school districts. The parents say they should not have to pay for their children to attend Clayton schools.

SIUE students accused of battery with freshly baked cookies (2007-11-06)
Two students at Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville have been jailed on charges that they kidnapped, paddled and burned a man with freshly baked cookies after a drug deal went bad.

Library tax hike passes in Kirkwood; use tax fails in Brentwood (2007-11-06)
There were only four ballot questions being decided in elections Tuesday - all in St. Louis County; three of them passed.

Monsanto expanding operations in Iowa (2007-11-06)
The company says the expansions are due to the popularity of Dekalb brand seed corn.

Peabody earnings down 77%, stock prices up (2007-11-06)
High debt costs have resulted in lower profits for St. Louis-based Peabody Energy.

MODOT submits annual report to General Assembly (2007-11-06)
MODOT's annual report to Missouri lawmakers cite improvements to major paved roads and efficient use of funds.

City district unsure if it's on the hook for tuition payments (2007-11-06)
Attorneys for the St. Louis Public Schools are unsure if the district is required to pay tuition for pupils attending county schools as a result of the district's decertification.

George Ryan loses final bid to stay out of prison (2007-11-06)
Ryan is due to report to the federal correctional center at Oxford, Wisconsin, Wednesday to start serving his six-and-a-half-year racketeering and fraud sentence.

MO House Democrats want to restore Medicaid cuts (2007-11-05)
House Democrats say restoring Medicaid cuts made by Gov. Blunt in 2005 will be one of their top priorities in 2008.

TIFs are eating into St. Charles County budget, leaders say (2007-11-05)
The County Council last week received a $215 million budget for next year, which is a million dollars less than this year's.

Air Force grounds F-15s after crash in Missouri (2007-11-05)
The Air Force is suspending all non-mission critical F-15 flight operations across the country, citing a potential "structural failure" after one of the jets crashed last week in rural Missouri.

Washington University researchers help finish genetic map of common lung cancer (2007-11-05)
Scientists at Washington University's Genome Sequencing Center participated in international research that uncovered 57 genomic changes that occur frequently in lung cancer patients. Only 15 changes were previously known.

Man suffers serious injuries after collision with train (2007-11-05)
The accident happened around 4:30 Sunday afternoon near Old Monroe in Lincoln County.

Art Museum unveils plans for new space (2007-11-05)
The St. Louis Art Museum unveiled designs today for a $125 million expansion to the original 1904 building. Groundbreaking is set to begin in late 2008 with completion in 2011.

Money approved for new bridge in St. Louis County (2007-11-05)
The $6 million bridge will replace the Old Gravois Road Bridge, which was closed in August for safety reasons.

Four elections Tuesday in St. Louis County (2007-11-05)
Tuesday is an election day in Missouri, but most cities and towns have nothing on the ballot. The four St. Louis suburbs that do are Kirkwood, Brentwood, St. Ann, and Wellston.

Fighter jet crashes over Missouri (2007-11-02)
The F-15C Eagle was flying in formation with three other jets before it crashed near Salem in Dent County. It's the second jet from the 131st Fighter Wing in St. Louis to crash this year.

Cuts at Fenton Chrysler plant come earlier than expected (2007-11-02)
The second shift at the Fenton South plant will be cut on December 31.

Chrysler had previously said it would cut the second shift in the spring of 2008.

Recall rights extended for former TWA attendants (2007-11-02)
U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill says the airline has now agreed to extend those recall rights another two months. McCaskill helped broker the deal between American and the flight attendants' union.

Senator Bond endorses Rudy Giuliani (2007-11-02)
Missouri Senator Kit Bond says it's time to make Rudy Giuliani America's next president.

New cell phone parking lot at Lambert Airport (2007-11-02)
A new parking lot will be opened soon at Lambert Airport that is designed to help motorists who are picking up passengers.

Ryan ordered to be in prison by Wednesday (2007-11-01)
Ryan's attorneys have asked the U.S. Supreme Court that he be allowed to remain free on bond while the court decides if it will hear his case.

Missouri Public Service Commission enacts cold weather rules (2007-11-01)
Utilities are barred from cutting off heat to delinquent customers for the next 5 months when the temperature drops below freezing during a 24-hour period.

16 year old charged in woman's rape (2007-11-01)
The boy was charged under the juvenile code Thursday, after allegedly hiding in a St. Louis woman's closet and then sexually assaulting her in her bedroom.

Blunt says not all emails for public record (2007-11-01)
Missouri Governor Matt Blunt says some of his staff's emails could be considered public record but not all.

Three Mexicans indicted in fake ID ring (2007-10-31)
A federal grand jury is accusing three Mexican citizens of making fake ID's and other documents.

City policeman kills suspected car thief, 17 (2007-10-31)
An off-duty St. Louis police officer shot and killed a teenager early Tuesday.

Mozeliak named Cardinals' GM (2007-10-31)
The Cardinals announced Wednesday that the man who has served as interim GM since Walt Jocketty's firing October third is the permanent replacement. Mozeliak gets a three-year contract.

AIM offers new term life insurance coverage for member businesses (2007-10-31)
Associated Industries of Missouri is offering new term life insurance coverage for businesses that join or already belong to the lobbying group.

New roving trucks will help drivers in St. Louis County (2007-10-31)
The trucks are like the "Motorist Assist" trucks already on highways but these trucks will only be on secondary roads, like Page, Clayton, and Manchester.

Second trial begins for man accused of killing Kirkwood policeman (2007-10-31)
Kevin Johnson's first trial in April ended in a mistrial after jurors could not decide whether Johnson was guilty of first- or second-degree murder in the death of Sgt. William McEntee.

Corn-growers react to UN claim that biofuels are a "crime against humanity" (2007-10-30)
The Chesterfield-based, National Corn Grower's Association, is responding to a recent statement made by a United Nations independent expert claiming that food crops for biofuels are a quote "crime against humanity."

State Auditor says elected officials cannot use state-owned vehicles for personal or political trips (2007-10-30)
Susan Montee says an opinion by the Office of Administration allowing the Lt. Governor to reimburse the state for political and personal use of a state vehicle is wrong.

UM-St. Louis to open nanoscience research center (2007-10-29)
The Center for Nanoscience will be a cross-disciplinary hub where chemists, physicists, and biologists will collaborate.

Officials lock down campus after shooting at Northwest Missouri State (2007-10-29)
No one was injured in the incident. Authorities have deemed the campus safe, but are staying on high alert.

East St. Louis policeman files discrimination complaint (2007-10-29)
A policeman in East St. Louis has filed a complaint alleging the predominantly black city discriminated against him because he is white.

Missouri Highway Patrol detains illegal immigrants (2007-10-29)
Ten illegal immigrants were detained this weekend following a traffic stop in Warren County.

Youth service workers claim Missouri ranks last in pay (2007-10-29)
Representatives for Missouri's Division of Youth Services say case-workers aren't paid enough...and that fact is undermining attempts to rehabilitate troubled youth.

Western part of I-64 construction site to shut down Jan. 2 (2007-10-29)
All of Interstate 64 between Ballas Road and Interstate 170 will be shut down for a year starting Wednesday, January 2.

Carjacking suspect arrested for firing on officer (2007-10-29)
An 18 year old has been arrested for attempting to carjack an off-duty police officer Sunday.

Republican turned Democrat announces attorney general bid (2007-10-26)
Chris Koster, who was a Republican until this summer, is running in the Democratic primary.

Woman killed by shooting suspects fleeing police (2007-10-26)
Authorities say the men opened fire on officers late Thursday in south St. Louis and sped off. Moments later the suspects' vehicle slammed into a Ford Explorer.

Illegal who crashed SUV in Clayton faces federal charges (2007-10-26)
The illegal immigrant who crashed his SUV into a group of outdoor diners at a restaurant in Clayton last month is now facing federal charges.

New lighthouse to shine on Grafton riverfront (2007-10-26)
A new beacon of light will shine in the Mississippi river town of Grafton, Illinois, starting tomorrow (Saturday).

St. George mayor arrested for alleged possession of child porn (2007-10-26)
At a meeting Thursday night, city officials announced the re-arrest of Harold Goodman. On Monday, Goodman was taken into custody on a misdemeanor marijuana charge and released.

Massive bridge project moves forward (2007-10-25)
A half-billion dollar project to fix or replace 800 of Missouri's worst bridges is moving forward.

State health officials step up efforts against MRSA (2007-10-25)
KWMU's Science reporter Julie Bierach explains that health officials say it's easy to prevent MRSA by cleaning and disinfecting.

Penalty phase wraps up in baby kidnapping trial (2007-10-25)
A federal jury in Kansas City will decide whether Lisa Montgomery should be sentenced to death or to life in prison without parole.

Pilot dies two weeks after plane crash (2007-10-25)
Family members of Anthony Watts of Carterville, Ill. say he died Wednesday at Saint Louis University Hospital.

MO-DOT won't fix Cass Ave. bridge without deal on Miss. River bridge (2007-10-25)
A bridge that was shut down last month near downtown St. Louis because of safety concerns probably won't be fixed any time soon.

Uncovering clues as to what happens when we get cancer (2007-10-25)
In what's being called the second phase of the Human Genome Project, scientists are digging deep into the human genome to find out what happens when we get cancer.

Attorney creates new plan to pick judges (2007-10-25)
A Missouri attorney who opposes the current system has developed a new plan and is hoping to get it on the November 2008 ballot.

Appeals court rejects new hearing for George Ryan (2007-10-25)
Ryan already had lost his bid to have his April 2006 conviction reversed by a three-judge panel of the appeals court. But he had sought to have the case considered again by all the sitting appeals judges.

Boy charged in fake bomb threat that closed middle school (2007-10-25)
The boy allegedly called 911 to say a bomb had been planted at Northwest Middle School.

Bomb threat cancels classes at Hazelwood school (2007-10-24)
The threat was phoned into Hazelwood Northwest Middle School early Wednesday. Classes are expected to resume Thursday.

McCaskill casts first 'no' vote on federal judge nominee (2007-10-24)
For the first time since becoming a U.S. Senator, Democrat Claire McCaskill on Wednesday voted against a nominee for a federal judgeship.

Of arches and gateways: branding St. Louis (2007-10-24)
The St. Louis Convention and Visitors Commission unveiled a new marketing brand for St. Louis on Monday. Ads on billboards and in travel magazines will now include the catch phrase..."St. Lou Is: all within reach".

Air Force blames jammed cable for F-15 training crash (2007-10-23)
An Air Force report released Monday says there was nothing the pilot could do except eject from the tumbling plane.

Slay says he'll focus on job in face of recall effort (2007-10-23)
Supporters of former Fire Chief Sherman George announced the recall effort at a rally staged at City Hall on Sunday. On Tuesday, the mayor said things have improved in the city during his more than six years in office.

Bush to visit St. Louis Thursday (2007-10-23)
Bush will visit the headquarters of St. Louis-based World Wide Technology Inc., one of the nation's top-grossing black-owned businesses before heading to a GOP fundraiser.

SLU School of Public Health NOT moving, says provost (2007-10-23)
Provost Joe Weixlmann says Saint Louis University and Washington University are no longer in talks about moving SLU's School of Public Health.

UMSL might need MOHELA money for new construction (2007-10-23)
Plans at UM-St. Louis to renovate two science buildings might require building a third structure to house displaced researchers.

Jury convicts Kansas woman in baby kidnapping case (2007-10-22)
Lisa Montgomery was convicted of kidnapping resulting in death in the December 2004 attack on 23-year-old Bobbie Jo Stinnett in the northwest Missouri town of Skidmore.

Stem cell ballot language goes to court (2007-10-22)
Opponents of a stem cell research procedure say Missouri Secretary of State Robin Carnahan is infringing on their free speech rights with misleading ballot language.

Cardinals' LaRussa back for two more years (2007-10-22)
St. Louis Cardinals Manager Tony LaRussa will be back for at least two more seasons with the redbirds.

Pig cells could help diabetics, according to St. Louis scientists (2007-10-22)
Scientists at Washington University have transplanted embryonic pig pancreatic cells into diabetic monkeys, which could have major implications for the treatment of diabetes in humans.

State Senator charged with DUI (2007-10-22)
Police say the Columbia Democrat's car rear-ended a vehicle near his home late Saturday night, shoving that vehicle into a third car.

Three arrested in dogfighting raid (2007-10-22)
Authorities in rural southeast Missouri have seized 25 pit bulls and a beagle from an alleged dogfighting operation.

Tamm Ave. bridge to reopen Saturday (2007-10-19)
The first bridge that came down as part of the big I-64 reconstruction project has been rebuilt and will open Saturday, complete with a new "snakehead" that graced the old overpass.

MO Fire Marshal wants governor to have burn ban authority (2007-10-19)
State Fire Marshal Randy Cole wants lawmakers to pass legislation giving the governor authority to ban burning during droughts.

City close to tweaking its law on handicapped parking (2007-10-19)
A bill before St. Louis aldermen Friday would allow some people to get handicapped parking on the street in front of their house, even if they have a garage or other off-street parking.

Fenton North workers reject Chrysler offer (2007-10-19)
Employees at the Fenton North Assembly Plant were among the first in the country to vote on the proposal. About 80 percent of them voted against it.

State audit accuses DSS Child Support Delinquencies Office of sloppy record-keeping (2007-10-18)
State Auditor Susan Montee says office that oversees child support payments has inaccurate information on non-custodial parents.

Two dead after storm hits mobile home (2007-10-18)
The National Weather Service is still trying to determine if it was a tornado or simply high winds that struck a rural northeast Missouri mobile home, killing two people.

'Body Worlds' comes to St. Louis (2007-10-18)
Created by German anatomist Gunther von Hagens, "Body Worlds" has lured 25 million people worldwide to view the bodies that have undergone a preservation process called plastination.

UMSL employees get raises despite lawsuit (2007-10-18)
Although Reinhard Schuster and Patricia Dolan were found liable in an age discrimination lawsuit, both received new positions and raises.

No bridge agreement yet, despite some reports (2007-10-17)
Missouri and Illinois have been working since April on an idea for a four-lane bridge about a mile north of downtown St. Louis, but despite some reports, there is no agreement at this time.

MO-DOT: Major bridges need $300-500 million (2007-10-17)
MO-DOT's chief engineer is sounding another funding warning: Even with the department about to award a contract for 800 bridges, the state needs to do more to address the needs of its biggest crossings.

UAW workers in Fenton among first to vote on contract (2007-10-17)
The 1,800 members of United Auto Workers Local 136 at the North plant make Dodge Ram pickup trucks. Their ratification vote is scheduled from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday.

Collinsville man to face charges in I-270 hit-and-run pileup (2007-10-17)
The accident happened last Wednesday on Interstate 270. Missouri state troopers arrested the 53-year-old suspect Tuesday night, and he is being held in the St. Louis County jail.

New ramp at 64/170 will open Monday (2007-10-17)
MO-DOT announced today (Wednesday) that its new ramp from westbound I-64 to northbound I-170 will open Monday.

Judge rules against schools in funding suit (2007-10-17)
A judge has dismissed a lawsuit brought by nearly 300 school districts over the state of Missouri's funding and distribution of money for schools.

Homeland Security chief warns of "weary complacency" (2007-10-17)
Michael Chertoff addressed hundreds at Westminster College in Fulton, where Winston Churchill delivered his "Iron Curtain" speech.

Homeland Security chief warns of "weary complacency" (2007-10-17)
Michael Chertoff addressed hundreds at Westminster College in Fulton, where Winston Churchill delivered his "Iron Curtain" speech.

State to pay for rape exams (2007-10-17)
Missouri Governor Matt Blunt announced today that he will allocate four million dollars in next year's state budget to fund exams for rape victims.

Newpaper article raises concerns about Fenton minivan plant (2007-10-17)
An article in Tuesday's New York Times singled out the Fenton South Plant, which manufactures minivans, as possibly slated for closure.

Appeals court sides with fantasy baseball company (2007-10-17)
The Eighth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in St. Louis ruled Tuesday that CBC Distribution and Marketing does not have to pay the players, even though it profits by using their names and stats.

George says he was surprised fire chief's job was so 'political' (2007-10-16)
Deputy and battalion chiefs who want to be the next St. Louis Fire Chief had to apply before 5:00 Tuesday. Also, former chief Sherman George appeared on KWMU's "St. Louis on the Air" to discuss the matter.

Blunt campaign warchest dwarfs Nixon's (2007-10-16)
As of the end of September, Blunt's campaign said it had $6 million on hand while Nixon's campaign said it had nearly half that. However that gap could shrink if the Missouri Ethics Commission decides the candidates must return donations they received in excess of Missouri's contribution limits.

MOHELA's first payments go out to schools (2007-10-15)
Nearly $40 million in reimbursements were paid out Monday on construction projects already underway.

St. Louis teams set records for longest baseball game ever (2007-10-15)
The game lasted for 32 hours and 29 minutes breaking the previous record of 30 hours and 5 minutes set by two teams in Alliance, Nebraska.

Repairs to begin on St. Alphonsus (2007-10-15)
Repairs at St. Alphonsus 'Rock' Church should begin in earnest soon once scaffolding is completely installed.

LaRussa DUI hearing postponed (2007-10-15)
A judge in Palm Beach Florida has postponed Tony LaRussa's DUI hearing.

First MOHELA payments made to universities (2007-10-15)
Nearly $40 million from the MOHELA fund was paid Monday to six Missouri universities, one community college, and a state agency.

Eight hurt in separate school bus accidents in St. Louis (2007-10-15)
Seven students and an adult were treated for minor injuries after two separate school bus accidents in St. Louis Monday morning.

Inmate hangs himself in St. Charles County jail (2007-10-12)
Officials say the Warrenton man, identified as Kristofer Hewkin, used a bed sheet to hang himself in his cell at the St. Charles County Jail.

City might put more 'green' requirements on projects (2007-10-12)
St. Louis aldermen are moving to put more energy efficiency requirements on future municipal building projects.

Settlement paid in sexual harassment suit against Missouri over former Agriculture Director (2007-10-12)
The state has paid former Agriculture Department employee Heather Elder $82,500 to settle her suit against former Director Fred Ferrell.

Devlin may be put in protective custody (2007-10-12)
The state of Missouri may place Michael Devlin in protective custody as new details of Devlin's confession emerged that showed he was suicidal.

Audit faults Missouri student loan agency for wasteful spending (2007-10-11)
State Auditor Susan Montee says MOHELA has rewarded top executives with luxury perks and wasted money on buildings, parties and no-bid contracts.

Taxpayers to foot legal bill for Metro East lawyer convicted in child porn case (2007-10-11)
Attorney Gary Peel of Glen Carbon was convicted in March of trying to use sexually explicit photos of his former teenage sister-in-law to pressure his ex-wife into dropping financial demands during their divorce.

ConAgra recalls pot pies; 13 cases of salmonella now reported in Missouri (2007-10-11)
Thirteen salmonella cases in Missouri are believed linked to a ConAgra food plant in Marshall that makes pot pies.

George retires; files complaints over demotion (2007-10-11)
George's attorney has filed complaints with the city's Civil Service Commission, the state Human Rights Commission, and the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunities Commission.

Aldermen grill Bryson over Public Safety Department (2007-10-11)
Charles Bryson made his first appearance before a committee of St. Louis aldermen Thursday.

Monsanto to expand in Nebraska (2007-10-10)
Monsanto will build one new seed processing plant and upgrade another operation in Nebraska.

Devlin gets 73 more life sentences (2007-10-10)
Most will be served concurrently, however he is to serve 20 of the sentences back-to-back.

African-American aldermen ask Slay to reinstate fire chief (2007-10-10)
Sherman George was made deputy chief last week after he refused to make promotions based on a 2004 test. George said the exam was not a good judge of firefighters' abilities.

Odenwald named to Court of Appeals (2007-10-10)
The former St. Louis County Councilman will move offices a few blocks, from the downtown law firm where he now works to the court's offices in the Old Post Office.

Strike at Chrysler ends after six hours (2007-10-10)
United Auto Workers at Chrysler's two assembly plants in the St. Louis suburb of Fenton are reporting to work after a short walkout.

Island near Blanchette Bridge could open by Spring (2007-10-10)
A patch of land just south of the Blanchette Bridge in St. Charles could soon be opened for hikers and bikers.

Ongoing drought prompts wildfire concerns in Missouri (2007-10-10)
State and local emergency officials continue to monitor drought conditions and stay on guard against potential wildfires.

Green Building in St. Louis (2007-10-09)
KWMU's Science reporter Julie Bierach talks with Ralph Bicknese, an architect and local representative of the US Green Building Council about the benefits of "green building."

Monsanto expanding Nebraska operations (2007-10-09)
The $155 million dollar expansions will double the company's corn seed production.

Building Green (2007-10-09)
KWMU's Science reporter talks with Ralph Bicknese, an architect and local represenative of the US Green Building Council about the benefits of "green building."

Missouri Public Service Commission member under scrutiny (2007-10-09)
Commission member Lyn Appling allegedly had a private conversation with a Kansas City Power & Light executive, while the utility has asked for a rate increase.

Plane crashes near Festus (2007-10-08)
Investigators are examining a small plane which crashed near Festus this morning.

Some school bus drivers walk picket line in St. Louis (2007-10-08)
A number of bus drivers with the St. Louis Public Schools are out on strike this morning.

St. Louis school bus drivers walk out (2007-10-08)
St. Louis Public Schools are sticking to a regular schedule, despite an un-authorized strike by some Laidlaw school bus drivers.

Devlin pleads guilty to kidnapping Ben Ownby (2007-10-05)
Michael Devlin pleade guilty Monday to kidnapping 13-year-old Ben Ownby and using a gun to do it.

Tension over fire chief demotion at aldermanic meeting (2007-10-05)
The request for a moment of silence to reflect on the city's division created more strife at the Board of Alderman's meeting Friday.

Hazelwood West back in session after bomb threat (2007-10-05)
Students are back in class at Hazelwood West High School in St. Louis County, a day after a spray-painted bomb threat forced classes to be called off.

Several arrested after fight at hotel (2007-10-05)
The brawl started around 5 a.m. at the WS Hotel at Fourth and Washington.

Five children, school bus driver hurt in crash (2007-10-05)
The bus was carrying 43 students to Vineland Elementary School in De Soto when it swerved to avoid a deer and hit a utility pole.

Gov. Blunt to earmark $500K for loans to large animal veterinary students (2007-10-05)
The money would fund loans for veterinary student who will learn to treat horses, cattle, and other large animals.

Raccoon captured at the Missouri Governor's Mansion (2007-10-05)
Workers at the Governor's Mansion discovered a furry squatter up on the roof of the building Thursday evening.

Courthouses will get state money for restoration (2007-10-04)
Missouri state tax money totaling $500,000 will be divvied up for repairs and restoration on courthouses more than 50 years old but which still house government offices.

Hockey player had undetected heart defect (2007-10-04)
An undetected heart defect is blamed in the death of a high school hockey player at the Rec-Plex this week.

Classes cancelled at Hazelwood West after possible bomb threat (2007-10-04)
Authorities evacuated Hazelwood West High School in north St. Louis County Thursday morning after someone spray-painted a possible bomb threat on a walkway outside the school.

Fire Department promotions complete (2007-10-04)
Acting St. Louis Fire Department chief Steve Kotraba has promoted 28 firefighters to captains as promised.

Missouri Ethics Commission delays decision on over-the-limit contributions (2007-10-04)
Commissioners have asked their Executive Director to prepare a report before deciding what to do.

Rudy Giuliani defends position on religion and Iran (2007-10-04)
Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani is brushing off comments that he should be denied communion because of his stance on social issues like abortion.

St. Louis and Macoupin County to participate in National Children's Study (2007-10-04)
Area institutions will follow 1,000 area residents to study what causes diseases in children.

Delmar Loop named one of America's best streets (2007-10-03)
The American Planning Association named the stretch one of the ten great streets in America.

Nixon accuses Housing Development Commission members, staff of aiding developer that hired illegal workers (2007-10-03)
Nixon accuses commission staffers of a back-door plan to give extra tax breaks to Gundaker Commercial Group for a housing project in St. Charles County.

Former Alton band director pleads guilty to battery (2007-10-03)
Alton High School's former band director must spend the next year under court supervision and pay a $750 fine after pleading guilty to misdemeanor battery of a student.

Missouri's delegation reacts to S-CHIP veto (2007-10-03)
Both Senators Kit Bond and Claire McCaskill supported the funding increase for the children's health insurance program, but House members split on the issue largely along party lines.

Jocketty is out as Cardinals GM (2007-10-03)
St. Louis Cardinals general manager Walt Jocketty is out after 13 seasons with the team.

Storm, possibly from tornado, damages parts of northeast Missouri (2007-10-03)
No serious injuries were reported from the storms, but significant damage was reported in Scotland, Shelby, Monroe and Marion counties.

Several people suffer minor injuries in school bus accident (2007-10-02)
Several children and a school bus driver were taken to a hospital after an accident Monday morning in Jefferson County.

St. Louis Zoo works to preserve endangered zebras (2007-10-02)
Unlike plains zebras, which are plentiful, the Grevy's zebras are endangered.

Testimony ends in St. Louis schools' lawsuit over appointment of state-run school board (2007-10-02)
Both sides have rested in the case, and final arguements are scheduled in December.

Illinois' high court rules in favor of fired Cahokia officers (2007-10-02)
The state's high court let stand a Mount Vernon appellate court decision ordering Cahokia's Board of Fire and Police Commissioners to reconsider the firings of Matt Steinkamp and Dean Bastilla.

SLU study confirms obese pregnant women should not eat for two (2007-10-02)
St. Louis University researchers say the study confirms what they've suspected all along --that obese women should gain less than 15 pounds or no weight at all.

Fire dept. promotions made, as African-American community ramps up criticism (2007-10-02)
Five captains were made battalion chiefs Tuesday, as African-American civic leaders in St. Louis spoke out against the move to demote the department's first-ever black chief.

Deer collisions higher in Missouri in October and November (2007-10-01)
The State Highway Patrol warns motorists to beware of more deer crossing highways this time of year.

Some warn of outside influence in effort to change Missouri Plan (2007-10-01)
State Supreme Court Chief Justice Laura Denvir Stith said last week that national court observers are calling Missouri the "center of the storm."

Mitt Romney visits Missouri (2007-10-01)
Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney paid a visit to St. Louis today.

New emissions testing program begins in St. Louis (2007-10-01)
St. Louis-area motorists may now get their vehicles tested at repair shops instead of the old testing stations.

Sherman George demoted; acting fire chief named (2007-10-01)
Deputy fire chief Steve Kotraba was sworn in Monday afternoon as acting chief after Sherman George was demoted for not making promotions he had been ordered to make.

Activists hope to get dropouts back to class (2007-10-01)
State representative Jamilah Nasheed said the new initiative is a recovery effort, as opposed to a preventative plan, which she said has not worked in the past.

Trial begins for woman accused of cutting baby from womb (2007-10-01)
Prosecutors hope to prove that Montgomery's desperation for a baby led her to plan the December 2004 killing of 23-year-old Bobbie Jo Stinnett of Skidmore, Missouri.

Decision on Devlin jury postponed (2007-10-01)
A judge in one of the four jurisdictions where Michael Devlin faces kidnapping and other charges has delayed a hearing that will decide where a jury is picked.

Prosecutor reconsidering charges against daycare provider (2007-09-28)
Delea Payne is accused of leaving a child in a van during a field trip to the St. Louis Science Center.

Missing bull found in downtown St. Louis (2007-09-28)
Investigators have been searching for the bull after a truck carrying the animal overturned on a bridge.

Theater in old church offers new life (2007-09-28)
Beloved church has been transformed into a new theatre.

Less colorful fall foliage not expected to hurt tourism in Missouri (2007-09-28)
State officials expect any negative impact on tourism because of the lack of fall foliage to be minimal.

Genome exhibit unlocks mysteries of DNA (2007-09-28)
A new interactive exhibit is opening at the St. Louis Science Center on Saturday that explores the science of DNA.

Crews put out plane engine fire at Lambert (2007-09-28)
Fire crews at Lambert Airport extinguish an engine fire that started after an American Airlines MD-80 took off today from St. Louis for Chicago.

Emerson to pay for Motorola computer system (2007-09-28)
The St. Louis-based company has agreed to pay $350 million for Motorola's embedded communications computer business.

Genome Exhibit (2007-09-28)
Exhibit at the St. Louis Science center unlocks the mysteries of DNA.

Man charged in shooting pregnant woman (2007-09-27)
Authorities in St. Louis County have charged a 32-year-old man with first-degree murder for shooting his pregnant girlfriend and killing her unborn child.

Bull is loose in St. Louis after truck crash (2007-09-27)
A truck carrying a load of bulls crashes in downtown St. Louis.

Police Association votes "no confidence" in Mokwa (2007-09-27)
Fifty-six percent of those who returned ballots voted "no confidence" in the chief.

Deal could end Cahokia teachers strike (2007-09-27)
A tentative contract deal has been reached in the Cahokia school strike.

Cahokia teachers approve contract (2007-09-27)
Members of the teachers' union approved the deal 438-14 on Thursday afternoon, ending a nine-day strike.

Officers vote 'no-confidence' in Chief Mokwa (2007-09-27)
The St. Louis Police Officers Association has voted "no-confidence" in their Department Chief Joe Mokwa for failing to increase pay and staffing levels.

Three killed; eight injured in crash (2007-09-27)
Witnesses say the SUV was speeding when it ran several red lights and ran into two other vehicles. All those killed and seriously injured were in the speeding SUV.

Gov. Blunt unveils initiative to strengthen ties with faith-based charities (2007-09-27)
Missouri Governor Matt Blunt has announced a 5-member team will meet with religious charities across the state.

New downtown St. Louis development announced (2007-09-26)
Another new downtown St. Louis development project is being announced today.

New hopes of finding Steve Fosset (2007-09-26)
There are new leads in the search for adventurer Steve Fossett.

New downtown St. Louis development announced (2007-09-26)
Pyramid Companies' $450 million project is the latest development to come to downtown St. Louis.

After-school programs expanded in St. Louis (2007-09-26)
Governor Blunt and Mayor Slay announce the expansion of after-school programs in St. Louis.

MO State High School Activities Association under House scrutiny (2007-09-26)
A State House committee meets with MO State High School Activities Association officials regarding complaints that some students are unfairly barred from some extra curricular activities.

Northwest Plaza overhaul gets St. Ann's blessing (2007-09-25)
Council members Monday night approved a redevelopment agreement and a financing plan that includes so-called TIF funding.

New FBI numbers show high crime numbers for St. Louis (2007-09-25)
New FBI statistics once again show St. Louis is worst in the nation for major crimes per resident, at least in 2006.

Steve Forbes in St. Louis (2007-09-25)
KWMU's Maria Hickey speaks with publisher Steve Forbes, who will speak in St. Louis Tuesday night as part of the Maryville University Speakers Series.

Cahokia might have company with teachers' strike (2007-09-25)
Today (Tuesday) is the seventh day of canceled classes in the Cahokia School District. Now, the small Carrollton district might go on strike.

Patrol says it has possible match on hit-and-run truck (2007-09-25)
The Missouri Highway Patrol says it has a possible match on a truck that struck and killed an 11-year-old boy in Lincoln County last weekend.

No charges in baby's car death (2007-09-25)
There will be no charges against the parents of baby who died in hot car in St. Louis last month.

Obama's campaign to open office in Missouri (2007-09-25)
Democratic presidential hopeful Barack Obama's campaign announced Tuesday that offices will soon open in St. Louis and Kansas City. The campaign also named a state director.

Smith charged in fake I.D. snafu (2007-09-25)
State Senator Jeff Smith has been charged with a misdemeanor of presenting false identification at a Boonville casino.

St. Louis school board lawsuit heard in Cole County (2007-09-25)
Attorneys for the St. Louis school district accuse the state of not following due process when it stripped power from the elected school board.

UAW continues strike at GM plant in Wentzville (2007-09-25)
Workers at the General Motors plant in Wentzville are walking the picket line again today during ongoing UAW negations.

Appeals court to hear Missouri's inmate abortion suit (2007-09-24)
Attorney General Jay Nixon is appealing a federal court ruling requiring Missouri to take pregnant inmates to abortion clinics when they request the procedure.

Big lock-and-dam bill passes without McCaskill's support (2007-09-24)
Democrat Claire McCaskill said she voted against the $23 billion measure because of the way extra pet projects were slipped into the bill during negotiations between the House and Senate.

Illinois Attorney General expecting second child (2007-09-24)
Lisa Madigan and her husband have been married since 2003 and have a two-and-a-half year old daughter.

Illinois sued over use of immigrant databases (2007-09-24)
The U.S. government says a new state law undermines the use of a voluntary online federal database called E-Verify.

Consultant may be hired to study I-70 and I-44 rebuilding costs (2007-09-24)
A joint legislative committee may hire a tax consultant as it explores options for rebuilding interstates 44 and 70 in Missouri.

Missouri trying to ban abortions for prison inmates (2007-09-24)
A federal appeals court panel in St. Louis is considering whether Missouri is obligated to transport female inmates seeking an outside abortion.

Cahokia School Board to meet today (2007-09-24)
The board will meet to discuss its next move in the ongoing teachers' strike at the Metro-East district.

Small Mo. town is broke, considering disbanding (2007-09-24)
Farley, Mo. in northwest Missouri has annual revenue of $40,000, barely enough to pay for street repair, let alone other essential services.

Missouri GOP drops request for restraining order (2007-09-24)
At issue was the state Ethics Commission's decision to notify candidates they may have received contributions above limits recently reimposed by the state Supreme Court.

City aldermen again consider different curfews (2007-09-24)
Right now everyone younger than 18 has to be in by midnight during the week and a 1:00 a.m. on the weekends.

Judge issues injunction in MO abortion clinic law (2007-09-24)
The injunction prohibits the state from imposing additional regulation on abortion clinics.

Poshard confident of panel looking into plagiarism (2007-09-24)
Southern Illinois President Glenn Poshard speaks with Illinois Public Radio's Jennifer Fuller about allegations of plagiarism.

UM researchers looking into why some cancers resist drug (2007-09-24)
For years, Hannah and Stephen Alexander have examined why tumors become resistant to the drug cisplatin.

UAW on nationwide strike against GM Plants (2007-09-24)
The United Auto Workers has launched a strike against General Motors plants including those in Wentzville and Kansas City.

Police officer dragged by car; suspect still being sought (2007-09-23)
The search continues for a Belleville, Ill., man accused of dragging a police officer about 70 feet.

Centene will move headquarters downtown (2007-09-23)
The health care company said Sunday it will move its headquarters from Clayton to downtown St. Louis - to Ballpark Village.

Another bridge closes north of downtown St. Louis (2007-09-21)
Tucker Boulevard from Cole to O'Fallon Street is a three-block span that's actually a bridge.

Chef Hubert Keller to open two restaurants in St. Louis (2007-09-21)
The Burger Bar and a steakhouse called Sleek will open within Pinnacle's new casino development Lumiere Place.

Chief George faces pre-termination hearing today (2007-09-21)
That hearing is the next step in the disciplinary process for George's refusal to make more than two dozen promotions.

Fate of Chief George still uncertain after disciplinary meeting (2007-09-21)
It is still unknown whether St. Louis Fire Chief Sherman George will face disciplinary action for his failure to make controversial promotions.

Blunt calls for live buglers when possible (2007-09-21)
Governor Matt Blunt has reversed a decision by the Missouri National Guard to only use digital ceremonial bugles at military funerals.

Gov. Blunt restores live buglers to military funerals (2007-09-21)
Governor Matt Blunt has reversed a decision by the Missouri National Guard to stop using live buglers, in favor of a digital ceremonial bugle.

Blagojevich's 'embarrassing' lawsuit against clerk dismissed (2007-09-20)
A Sangamon County judge has dismissed Gov. Rod Blagojevich's "embarrassing" lawsuit against the Illinois House clerk, which the governor filed to speed up a looming fight over his budget veto.

Rally held at Old Courthouse for "Jena Six" (2007-09-20)
African-American demonstrators rallied in downtown St. Louis on Thursday in support of the so-called Jena 6.

George Ryan's wife says couple is at peace (2007-09-20)
The former first couple of Illinois were in Springfield Wednesday to sign copies of their new book about the state's Governor's mansion.

Border casinos still have to go smoke-free (2007-09-20)
An attempt to keep Illinois casinos competitive with those in surrounding states was defeated in the Illinois Senate this week.

LaRussa mum on rumors about Seattle (2007-09-20)
The Cardinals' manager says he's focused on finishing this season on a good note.

'Jena 6' rallies include St. Louis gathering (2007-09-20)
Protestors will gather at the Old Courthosue at noon today (Thursday) to show support for the so-called 'Jena 6.'

St. George policeman fired for videotaped tirade (2007-09-20)
Aldermen in the tiny town St. George voted this week to fire Sergeant James Kuehnlein.

Symphony reaches new contract (2007-09-20)
The St. Louis Symphony Orchestra has a new agreement a year before the current contract is set to expire.

Witnesses say Missouri schools are well funded (2007-09-20)
Testimony resumed in the school funding lawsuit as a Cole County judge wanted to know if the amount of state revenues meet the constitutional minimum.

Irons pleads guilty to fraud charges (2007-09-20)
Celebrated former Vashon High School basketball coach Floyd Irons entered the plea in federal court on charges of wire fraud and mail fraud.

McKinley Bridge's reopening set for Nov. 10 (2007-09-20)
The bridge over the Mississippi River between north St. Louis and Venice, Ill. was to have opened this month. The $46 million project began in 2003.

Opera Theatre of St. Louis names new artistic director (2007-09-20)
James Robinson takes the job left vacant by the April death of Colin Graham.

Driver had been in crash recently (2007-09-20)
A 23-year-old illegal immigrant whose SUV struck three diners in Clayton had been involved in another accident less than two months ago.

Health officials recommending more people get flu shot (2007-09-20)
The new recommendations include people who live in the same household as those at a high risk of developing complications of influenza.

Three sites in Washington County to be considered for Superfund (2007-09-19)
The Environmental Protection Agency is proposing three sites in Missouri's Old Lead Belt for inclusion on the national Superfund cleanup list.

Small bridge to be replaced on Hillsboro Road (2007-09-19)
The narrow, one-lane bridge will be replaced; crews expect the project will take a little more than a month.

Effort underway for new Mississippi River bridge -- in SE Missouri (2007-09-19)
Two existing crossings are old, narrow and outdated, critics say.

Ethics Commission rescinds decision on contributions (2007-09-19)
The Missouri Ethics Commission is starting from scratch in deciding how to implement a Supreme Court ruling reinstating campaign contribution limits.

Artists' vessel grounded in St. Louis (2007-09-19)
About 30 artists, musicians, and builders put together The Miss Rockaway Armada, several Styrofoam and plywood boats roped together. After floating on the Mississippi River from St. Paul, Minnesota, they ran into trouble in St. Louis.

Suspected murderer kills himself in Fairview Heights (2007-09-19)
Julian Walker was wanted in Georgia in the murders of two people; police say they found his abandoned truck this (Wed.) morning in Fairview Heights.

Grant awarded to Wash U will help bring new treatments to patients (2007-09-18)
The multi-million dollar award will form a regional consortium to translate basic science discoveries into cures for patients.

Driver of crashed SUV is illegal immigrant (2007-09-18)
Sergio Lopez told authorities he was blinded by the sun and lost control of his Ford Expedition, which crashed into Il Vicino restaurant Tuesday.

Kansas CIty police credit new law with drop in gas drive-offs (2007-09-18)
A city ordinance requiring motorists to prepay for gas has reduced the number of drive-offs from more than 1,100 in 2005 to virtually none over the past 13 months, police data show.

Blunt announces new plan for uninsured Missourians (2007-09-18)
The state of Missouri will soon have a new program to help low-income, uninsured workers find health insurance.

Driver charged in restaurant crash (2007-09-18)
At the height of lunch on Tuesday, a car lost control in downtown Clayton and crashed into an outdoor seating area at a popular restaurant.

STL civic leaders looking to Twin Cities as example (2007-09-18)
KWMU's Adam Allington reports from Minneapolis-St. Paul, as civic leaders from St. Louis tour the area and exchange ideas on promoting regional growth.

Teachers' strike in Cahokia - day two (2007-09-18)
No new talks are planned between striking teachers and the administration.

Nixon calls for new payday loan laws (2007-09-18)
Attorney General Jay Nixon held a press conference Tuesday with several St. Louis area Democrats calling for caps on interest charged by payday loan businesses in the state.

Family gets $12 million for firefighter's death (2007-09-18)
Derek Martin and fellow firefighter Robert Morrison both died in a fire at a small commercial structure in May, 2002.

Odenwald among nominees for judgeship (2007-09-18)
The Appellate Judicial Commission sent three nominees to Governor Matt Blunt to fill the vacancy in the Missouri Court of Appeals Eastern District.

St. Louis native powers US team to World Cup win (2007-09-18)
The U.S. defeated Nigeria this (Tuesday) morning 1-0 in China; the lone goal came from St. Louis's own Lori Chalupny.

No school in Cahokia; teachers on strike (2007-09-17)
Classes have been canceled in the Metro-East district, as teachers headed for the picket line.

Project underway to redevelop 14th Street Mall (2007-09-17)
The two-block pedestrian mall has sat as a mostly vacant eyesore for years. It will soon become residential and commerical units.

Report: More money missing from City police evidence room (2007-09-17)
The Post-Dispatch reports that as much as $40,000 in cash is missing from the evidence room at St. Louis city police headquarters.

George disciplinary action could start today (2007-09-17)
The process could get underway today (Monday) to suspend, demote, or fire St. Louis fire chief Sherman George.

Lab design conference being held this week in St. Louis (2007-09-17)
Scientists, architects and builders will discuss green lab design

Illinois casinos will make one last bid to keep allowing smoking (2007-09-17)
With a state law scheduled to take effect the first of the year to prohibit smoking in Illinois workplaces, casinos are making one last push to be left out.

MoDOT closes Cass Ave. bridge in downtown STL (2007-09-17)
MO-DOT is closing the Cass Avenue Bridge in St. Louis because it is deteriorating.

Teen seat belt use up slightly in Missouri (2007-09-17)
A survey of over 16,000 Missouri teenagers shows more of them are buckling up.

13-year old to spend five years in juvie for murder (2007-09-17)
The boy was convicted in juvenile court of murder in the stabbing of his 13-year-old neighbor, Alexus Purtty, in July.

Missouri GOP sues Ethics Commission (2007-09-17)
Republicans have filed a lawsuit against the Missouri Ethics Commission alleging it violated the state's open meetings law when deciding to require candidates to return money over reinstated campaign contribution limits.

Fire chief appeals judge's decision (2007-09-17)
St. Louis Fire Chief Sherman George is still seeking a judge's order to prevent the city from forcing him to make promotions. His attorney filed a writ of prohibition in the Court of Appeals Monday.

Hincapie wins first-ever Tour of Missouri (2007-09-16)
George Hincapie is the winner of the first-ever Tour of Missouri, which ended Sunday in St. Louis. He raced for the Discovery Channel team, which was also making its swan song.

Detroit project suggests I-64 delays might not be so bad (2007-09-14)
KWMU's Tom Weber recently traveled to Detroit to see how commuters there were dealing with their own highway closure.

SIU won't challenge ruling over access to contracts (2007-09-14)
The case was filed by two southern Illinois newspapers after the university denied a Freedom of Information Act request.

Deadline tonight for George to make fire promotions (2007-09-14)
George has balked at making promotions because of allegations that the promotions test was unfair and racially biased.

They Might Be Giants at The Pageant (2007-09-14)
KWMU's Adam Allington speaks with John Flansburgh, a founding member of They Might Be Giants. The band will be at the Pageant Saturday night.

Highway rest areas named Missouri's top travel destination (2007-09-14)
Missouri's 19 rest areas receive more visitors than the Gateway Arch, Branson, and the Lake of the Ozarks combined.

Another baby dies after being left in hot car (2007-09-14)
Police in Bowling Green say a father accidentally left his 4-month old in a car yesterday for six hours.

Deadline passes and George makes no promotions (2007-09-14)
St. Louis fire chief Sherman George was given until 5 p.m. on Friday to make the promotions. Earlier in the day a judge denied his request for an injunction.

MOHELA funds transferred to state of Missouri (2007-09-14)
$230 million dollars in MOHELA funds have been transferred to the state, to begin paying for Governor Blunt's college construction plan.

Tests show Casino Queen air is smoky (2007-09-14)
The American Lung Association says recent tests of the air inside the Casino Queen in East St. Louis show that it is unhealthy because of cigarette smoke.

Monsanto being investigated by Iowa Attorney General (2007-09-13)
The agricultural firm says it will comply with a Civil Investigative Demand seeking information about it's business practices.

Effort in Illinois would honor Adlai Stevenson (2007-09-13)
The former Illinois governor and two-time presidential candidate was raised in Bloomington and was buried there after his death in 1965.

Landowners along Grant's Trail still looking for compensation (2007-09-13)
Two St. Louis area Congressmen met Thursday night with landowners whose property has been used to convert former railroad lines into recreational trails.

MODOT unveils new message boards, road conditions web page (2007-09-13)
The Missouri Dept. of Transportation has set up 48 new electronic message boards along I-70 and I-44.

Fire tears through warehouse in Warrenton (2007-09-13)
The building houses the Warrenton Oil Company; it caught fire around 6:00 Thursday morning.

Russ Carnahan gets challenger for '08 (2007-09-13)
Chris Sander plans to run as a Republican; he's never won political office

St. Louis Aldermanic meeting cancelled (2007-09-13)
The meeting was cancelled due to the death of Alderman Joseph Vollmer's father.

Veto session wraps up, new leaders chosen (2007-09-12)
House members chose not to override the three vetoes issued by Gov. Blunt this year, and some new leaders were chosen.

Illinois lawmakers hold hearings on budget cuts (2007-09-12)
Lawmakers say they intend to focus on such cuts as emergency equipment for firefighters, a small-town ambulance and services for elderly veterans.

Missouri lawmakers let vetoes stand (2007-09-12)
The Missouri General Assembly's veto session ended with no action against the three vetoes issued by Governor Matt Blunt this year.

Ameren PR department airs pseudo-documentary on Channel 5 (2007-09-12)
The St. Louis utility company Ameren-UE has purchased one-half hour of airtime from KSDK Channel 5 to broadcast their version of the Taum Sauk Reservoir collapse tonight.

Ameren PR department airs pseudo-documentary on Ch. 5 (2007-09-12)
The St. Louis utility company Ameren-UE has purchased one-half hour of airtime from KSDK Channel 5 to broadcast their version of the Taum Sauk Reservoir collapse tonight.

Bob Barker inducted into Hall of Famous Missourians (2007-09-12)
A bust of the long-time "Price is Right" host is now on display at the State Capitol in Jefferson City.

Why do you own a gun? Book finds owners in their homes (2007-09-12)
KWMU's Adam Allington speaks with Kyle Cassidy about his new book "Armed America."

Armadillo thwarts Ballwin native's run in Tour of Missouri (2007-09-12)
Ballwin native Dan Schmatz is now out of the inaugural Tour of Missouri bicycle race after hitting an armadillo Wednesday and breaking his collarbone.

UM-St. Louis to start exchange program in Bosnia (2007-09-12)
Students will have the opportunity to study at the University of Sarajevo or the University of Tuzla.

Arrest and charges in murder of retired minister (2007-09-12)
Kevin Coley faces a first degree murder charge for the killing of 67-year-old Reverend Raymond Trimble.

St. Louis Zoo gets $1.7 million donation for children's zoo (2007-09-12)
The money will help endow a curator's position at the children's zoo.

St. Louis Art Museum gets Degas painting (2007-09-12)
The work, painted sometime around 1898, went on view Wednesday in the impressionist galleries at the museum in Forest Park.

Washington University buys old CBC building (2007-09-12)
CBC moved out of the old high school six years ago and has since bene owned by Concordia Seminary.

Cahokia teachers say they'll strike Monday (2007-09-12)
The union and administrators at the Metro-East school district plan to meet all weekend, if needed, to reach an agreement.

Shimkus, back from Afghanistan, says he's optimistic (2007-09-11)
Congressman John Shimkus of Collinsville is back from Afghanistan and praising the NATO mission to secure and reconstruct the country.

Judge allows MOHELA sale to go forward (2007-09-11)
An attorney for Missouri's student loan agency says MOHELA plans to transfer $230 million to the state by Friday, now that a judge has ruled in the agency's favor.

Ethics Commission weighs in on contributions (2007-09-11)
The commission voted Tuesday to notify candidates who got contributions above the reinstated limits. But the commission says they'll review each on a case-by-case basis.

Report finds more disaster preparation needed (2007-09-11)
Focus St. Louis brought together a task force of 29 professionals to study the issue over the last year.

Two Alton High seniors arrested for fake bomb threat (2007-09-11)
Authorities say footage from the school's surveillance cameras was instrumental in identifying the teens.

Chief Justice appears before Missouri Senate committee (2007-09-11)
Chief Justice Laura Denvir Stith defended the judicial selection process before the Senate Rules Committee.

Blunt's chief of staff under fire for comment about Mexicans (2007-09-11)
At issue is a remark Martin made during an Aug. 17 meeting of the Missouri Housing Development Commission while Martin was representing Blunt as a member of the board.

Collinsville agrees to negotiate for soccer stadium land (2007-09-11)
A prominent Metro East lawyer's push to bring professional soccer to Collinsville is taking a big step forward.

New plagiarism allegations surround Poshard (2007-09-11)
The Chronicle of Higher Education now claims Poshard copied sections of his 1975 master's thesis.

10-month old baby safe after carjacking (2007-09-11)
Police spent the night looking for a baby that was in the back of a Lincoln Navigator that was carjacked last night.

Rebate checks on the way for Illinois Ameren customers (2007-09-10)
St. Louis-based Ameren said it would begin mailing the checks Wednesday to its Illinois customers.

St. Louis doubles number of 'ozone days' (2007-09-10)
The St. Louis metro region exceeded the Environmental Protection Agency's safety standard for ozone 63 times on 20 separate days.

Architects among those who testify at abortion hearing (2007-09-10)
Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri and a private practice doctor are challenging a law that was to take effect Aug. 28.

Collinsville city leaders to discuss pro soccer plan tonight (2007-09-10)
Attorney Jeff Cooper is heading up the effort to attract a professional soccer team to the Metro-East by 2009.

MO National Guard to add infantry batallion (2007-09-10)
The new units will bring the total size of Missouri's Army National Guard up to 9,500 soldiers.

Sam Simon resigns as City Public Safety director (2007-09-10)
Charles Bryson has been named replacement for Simon, who has been in the middle of an ongoing impasse between the mayor and fire chief over promotions.

SLU wants to give hypothermia to those with brain injuries (2007-09-10)
The study will try to determine whether patients with acute brain injuries heal better while in a state of mild hypothermia.

Immigrant rights groups ask Blunt for names (2007-09-10)
The groups say the governor's new initiatives to crack down in illegal immigration will lead to racial profiling.

Hearing today on new Missouri abortion law (2007-09-10)
Planned parenthood sued to stop the law from taking effect.

Dozens fall ill at MADD conference (2007-09-10)
Nine of the conventioneers were treated at a hospital and released.

Record freshmen enrollment at SIUE (2007-09-09)
The school says 1,829 first-time freshmen enrolled for this fall.

Blunt appoints Breckenridge to Supreme Court (2007-09-07)
Governor Matt Blunt has appointed appeals court Judge Patricia Breckenridge to the Missouri Supreme Court.

Presidential math panel meeting in St. Louis (2007-09-07)
KWMU's science reporter Julie Bierach speaks with the chairman of a presidential-appointed panel studying math education in the U.S.

Ankiel got growth hormones, paper reports (2007-09-07)
The New York Daily News is reporting today that Cardinals' outfielder Rick Ankiel got a year's supply of human growth hormone in 2004.

City of St. Louis workers accused of theft (2007-09-07)
The St. Louis Circuit Attorney charges four city employees with theft.

St. Louis City gets a new neighborhood (2007-09-07)
The Upper West End will include blocks that the well-known Roberts Brothers have been redeveloping.

Tour of Missouri bike race starts Tuesday (2007-09-07)
KWMU's Tom Weber speaks with Lt. Governor Peter Kinder about the upcoming Tour of Missouri.

Missouri National Guard troops to deploy to Kosovo (2007-09-06)
The Guard says it will be the state's largest single unit deployment since World War I.

Missouri and St. Louis join fight against poverty (2007-09-06)
Missouri Governor Matt Blunt and St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay signed on to an effort called One: a Campaign to Make Poverty History.

Fire chief given new ultimatum (2007-09-06)
The public safety director for the City of St. Louis has ordered Fire Chief Sherman George to promote officers within the fire department or face consequences.

State bars trucks from mid-Missouri bridge (2007-09-06)
The bridge takes Highway 17 over the Osage River and was inspected after the recent bridge collapse in Minnesota.

Genome sequence could lead to better control of harmful fungus (2007-09-06)
Researchers say the fungus is devastating to wheat and barley crops in the Midwest.

Gov't gives preliminary ok to pipeline that will end near STL (2007-09-06)
The proposed pipeline would carry crude oil across Saskatchewan and Manitoba, and through North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri, on the way to Patoka, Ill.

UMSL student detained in Russia returns to St. Louis (2007-09-06)
Roxana Contreras was detained for nearly three months for buying some old medals and currency at a flea market.

SIU department won't get involved with Poshard review (2007-09-06)
A spokesman for SIU says the refusal puts the review process in limbo.

Tour of Missouri race may slow traffic (2007-09-06)
It's going to be a busy sports day in downtown St. Louis one week from Sunday and that could mean major traffic troubles for fans.

Not to worry - Charlie is back home (2007-09-06)
The 70-pound tortoise meandered, sauntered, and crawled his way to a daring escape nine days ago. He was found about a half-mile away.

Grocery workers approve three-year contract (2007-09-06)
The Schnucks, Dierbergs, and Shop N Save workers will get pay raises but will also for the first time have to pay a portion of health care costs.

Extra scholarship applicants means smaller awards (2007-09-06)
The Access Missouri scholarship was created by lawmakers this year to replace two separate financial-needs-based scholarships.

Report ranks St. Louis low for loan disparity (2007-09-05)
The Association of Community Organizers for Reform Now---or ACORN---looked at data available through the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act for 2006.

Fairview Heights bans adult businesses (2007-09-05)
The law was passed even after the city's attorney said the ordinance would be unconstitutional.

Dempsey wins special election for state Senate (2007-09-05)
The St. Charles Republican will assume the Senate seat recently left open by the resignation of Chuck Gross.

Roxana teachers' vote delayed to Thursday (2007-09-05)
The vote was to be held Tuesday but was pushed back to Thursday.

Adventurer, Wash. U. alum Steve Fossett missing (2007-09-05)
Many in St. Louis are waiting for word because of Fossett's history with the area.

Roxana teachers vote today on new contract (2007-09-04)
Teachers in the Roxana School District in the Metro-East will vote today (Tuesday) on a new contract.

Plans for Praxair site to be revealed tonight (2007-09-04)
The plot of land is best known for a huge fire two years ago in which on site gas cannisters were launched like missiles into the nearby Lafayette Square neighborhood.

Monsanto, Iowa State resolve soybean patent dispute (2007-09-04)
A lawsuit had claimed Monsanto began a soybean program of its own that was based on a low-acid bean invented at Iowa State.

Slay still waiting on fire department promotions (2007-09-04)
St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay has renewed his request to Fire Chief Sherman George to proceed with department promotions stemming from a controversial 2004 officer test.

St. Charles again keeps fireworks issue from voters (2007-09-04)
The proposal that was voted down Tuesday night in St. Charles would have put a question on the April ballot.

Illinois House back in session today, for one vote (2007-09-04)
The state budget is not on the agenda today for the Illinois; a bailout for Chicago-area mass transit agencies is.

Gov. Blunt signs economic development bill (2007-09-04)
Missouri Governor Matt Blunt has signed a scaled-down version of the economic development bill into law.

Daniel Boone Bridge found to be in "fair condition" (2007-09-04)
The Missouri Department of Transportation has completed its inspection of the Daniel Boone Bridge.

Edwardsville names new police chief (2007-09-04)
A veteran police officer from the Chicago area will head the Metro-East police force.

Northwest Plaza overhaul goes before St. Ann aldermen (2007-09-04)
Northwest Plaza, one of the region's oldest malls, is up for a facelift and the new owners doing the work are up for tax breaks.

SLU researcher: China's one-baby policy will harm aging population (2007-09-04)
Dr. Joe Flaherty researches geriatrics at St. Louis University and visited hospitals and nursing homes in Beijing, Shanghai and Chengdu.

Des Peres company to close Krispy Kreme locations (2007-09-04)
A Des Peres company that operates Krispy Kreme franchises has filed for bankruptcy and plans to close half of its stores.

Encarnacion's eyesight, career threatened after foul ball injury (2007-09-03)
The Cardinals' team doctor said Sunday the damaged done to Juan Encarnacion's eye was the worst trauma he's seen.

Special election in St. Charles Tuesday (2007-09-03)
St. Charles will hold a special election for the state senate seat left open when Chuck Gross recently resigned.

Illinois giveaway to help promote internet safety (2007-09-03)
Illinois officials hope the giveaway will help kids stay safe while using the internet.

Start of new MO emissions testing delayed (2007-09-03)
Missouri Department of Natural Resources officials say the new Gateway Vehicle Inspection Program will now being October 1st.

Russian court allows UMSL student to return to U.S. (2007-09-01)
Roxana Contreras had faced a possible 7-year prison sentence on charges related to buying old currency and military medals as souvenirs from a street vendor.

Bosnian President in St. Louis to visit ethnic community (2007-08-31)
President Zeljko Komsic arrived Thursday; he'll speak at the World Affairs Council of St. Louis.

Police in Carbondale say they've solved 25 year old murder (2007-08-31)
Sheppard was a 23-year-old senior from Olympia Fields when her naked body was found on the floor of her apartment in Carbondale.

Ground broken for new housing shelter (2007-08-31)
The building will be on the site of the current Rosati House on the 4200 block of Grand.

Passenger on St. Louis-bound bus dies in Ohio (2007-08-31)
The New York-St. Louis bus was stopped in Ohio; a man who stepped off for a smoke was struck by a car.

Mokwa faces no-confidence vote from rank-and-file (2007-08-31)
Union president Kevin Ahlbrand says they don't necessarily want police chief Joe Mokwa fired, they just want to express their frustration with a number of issues.

Spokesman: Poshard has no plans to quit SIU Presidency (2007-08-31)
SIU Spokesman David Gross says resigning "is not an option" to Glenn Poshard, after allegations surfaced of plagarism.

Retired police officers protest rising healthcare costs (2007-08-31)
Retired St. Louis police officers were protesting the rising cost of healthcare outside of City Hall and Police Headquarters Friday.

'Cool spell' helps St. Louis avoid hottest August ever (2007-08-31)
It was so hot this month in St. Louis, the temperature went above 90 degrees during 26 of the 31 days.

Deadly crossing in southern Illinois will get gates (2007-08-31)
The Illinois Commerce Commission has signed off on gates for a railroad crossing in the town of Marissa.

SIU board president stands by Poshard (2007-08-30)
Chairman of Southern Illinois University's board of trustees, Sam Goldman, says although Poshard may have erred, there was no intent.

Missouri special session ends (2007-08-30)
Missouri lawmakers have finished their special session and sent two bills to Governor Matt Blunt.

Blunt withdraws controversial nominations--temporarily (2007-08-30)
Missouri Governor Matt Blunt has temporarily withdrawn the appointments of Rick Sullivan to the St. Louis Schools Special Advisory Board, and Derio Gambaro to the State Board of Education.

Researcher helps find out why bugs become resistant to antibiotics (2007-08-30)
A local scientist is part of a group of researchers that have discovered a copy of the entire genome of a parasite inside the genome of some insects.

Teachers in Cahokia vote to strike (2007-08-30)
Employees in the Cahokia School District voted to strike September 17th if the district and union can't reach an agreement.

Tax credit bill passes Senate after long debate (2007-08-30)
After 10 hours of debate, Missouri senate passes the bill which includes $66 million in tax credits.

Police looking for pair who've robbed six gas stations (2007-08-30)
See a map of where the five gas stations are that have been targeted in similar ways during the past two weeks.

Park Service 'respectfully disagrees' that City should control Arch grounds (2007-08-30)
The National Park Service, which runs the Gateway Arch, says it's not ready to jump on board with a report presented Wednesday.

Blagojevich moves forward with health care plan (2007-08-30)
Governor Rod Blagojevich plans to expand health care by about $460 million, although he doesn't have approval from Illinois lawmakers.

Bridge repair bill heads to Blunt (2007-08-30)
The project had already been underway before the bridge collapse in Minnesota.

That incident, though, helped speed up the call for a special session to make a needed change to the project's bidding process.

Hispanic groups criticize Blunt's immigration crackdown (2007-08-30)
Hispanic business owners and professionals worry the new statewide initiative will target them for immigration checks just because of their ethnicity.

Poshard says he didn't plagarize dissertation (2007-08-30)
SIU President Glenn Poshard is disputing claims that he lifted sections of his paper in 1984 without attributing them.

Judge rules against schools in funding lawsuit (2007-08-29)
The case, brought by half of Missouri's public school districts, alleged that it is a violation of the Missouri State Constitution for poorer districts to receive less funding then richer ones.

Judge overturns school's plea for equal funding (2007-08-29)
A judge has upheld Missouri's school funding method, rejecting claims by some schools that it distributes money unfairly and inadequately.

Census figures show drop in health coverage following Missouri Medicaid cuts (2007-08-29)
The first figures to reflect the effect of 2005 statewide Medicaid cuts show the number of uninsured Missourians increased by more than 103,000 last year.

Ethics Commission member says court should decide (2007-08-29)
Ken Legan is the newest member of the Missouri Ethics Commission, and he believes the court should decide whether candidates have to return contributions above reinstated limits.

Lawyers ask court to rehear Ryan's appeal (2007-08-29)
Lawyers for former Governor George Ryan have asked the entire U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago to hear an appeal of his racketeering and fraud conviction.

Blunt targets illegal immigration in directive (2007-08-29)
The directive came one day after the Republican asked state law enforcement agencies to check the immigration status of people they arrest.

Missouri chief justice will testify before lawmakers (2007-08-29)
Missouri's chief justice has agreed to testify before a legislative committee about how a judicial commission came up with a slate of candidates to fill a vacancy on the state Supreme Court.

Missouri project would speed up repairs for bad bridges (2007-08-29)
Missouri plans to quadruple the pace of its bridge repairs by awarding a single 30-year contract to fix and maintain 802 of its worst bridges.

MO Ethics Commission's position on contribution give-back unclear (2007-08-28)
The six-member Missouri Ethics Commission's executive director says a brief filed on their behalf was not voted on by members. The commission will meet Thursday.

Man dies in head-on collision with school bus (2007-08-28)
None of the 57 children on the bus was seriously injured.

State audit of Missouri Department of Conservation calls for better planning and record-keeping (2007-08-28)
The Missouri Department of Conservation is not keeping adequate records or doing adequate planning for new building and renovation projects.

Danforth Plant Science Center breaks ground on greenhouse (2007-08-28)
The 15,000-square-foot greenhouse will more than double the Center's existing greenhouse capacity.

State task force to investigate property tax assessment (2007-08-28)
The 17-member task force will look at how assessments are done and what other states are doing to ease the pain of rising tax rates.

New laws take effect in Missouri (2007-08-28)
August 28 is the date many new laws take effect in Missouri including the new Missouri HealthNet.

Man accused in church massacre faces new charges (2007-08-28)
Eiken Elam Saimon of Neosho also is charged with sexual assault of a 14-year old girl.

Phase-in of Missouri HealthNet begins (2007-08-28)
Tuesday was the first day Missouri's reshaped Medicaid program begins under the new name MO HealthNet, but not everyone is happy with the change.

Blagojevich signs electric rate relief but says it's not enough (2007-08-28)
The measure is aimed at soaring electric rates, and it ends a yearlong tug of war between the needs of consumers and power companies.

EPA asks Ameren to investigate PCBs in Metro East (2007-08-28)
The U.S. EPA is asking the power company Ameren and its subsidiaries to expand an investigation of PCB-contaminated liquids found in natural gas distribution systems in Alton and East St. Louis.

Missouri Senate committee passes revised tax credit package (2007-08-28)
Among other things, the bill contains a provision that would allow sports fans to resell tickets they've already purchased, commonly known as scalping.

Judge blocks new Missouri abortion law (2007-08-28)
Planned Parenthood says the law would infringe on abortion rights because it would have to halt abortions at its Columbia and Kansas City offices.

New laws take effect in Missouri (2007-08-28)
In Missouri, August 28th marks the day new state laws take effect, including the new Missouri HealthNet program.

Court rules on returning campaign funds (2007-08-27)
The Missouri Supreme Court issued its opinion Monday, but interpretations of the ruling differed widely.

St. Louis mayor wants homeless out of parks (2007-08-27)
The City of St. Louis opened the first of four "drop-in centers" for homeless at a ribbon cutting on Monday.

Off-duty policewoman shoots, kills teen robbery suspect (2007-08-27)
Authorities say the incident happened late Saturday, after the teen and another youth tried to rob the 22-year-old officer at gunpoint near her home in south St. Louis.

Man charged in pickup hit and run (2007-08-27)
Mark Taylor has been charged for allegedly hitting two teenagers last Friday with his pickup truck, then attempting to flee.

Law streamlines marriage licensing in Missouri (2007-08-27)
Missouri counties may now drop a three-day waiting period for getting marriage licenses.

IL governor sues House speaker (2007-08-27)
Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich is angry that Speaker Michael Madigan has defied his proclamations requiring the Legislature to meet in special session. He filed suit Friday and announced the move Monday.

Des Peres residents to weigh in on development proposal (2007-08-27)
The project, across the street from the West County Mall and Edward Jones headquarters, would include a Schnucks supermarket, Office Depot, a bank and a restaurant.

Bond defends new wiretap law (2007-08-24)
The new FISA law allows intelligence agencies to intercept suspect foreign calls that are routed through the United States without getting a warrant.

Students injured after being hit by pickup (2007-08-24)
The accident happened around noon Friday as the students were crossing the street at Grand and Page.

St. Louis zoo receives baby flamingos (2007-08-24)
See photos of the flamingo hatchlings at the St. Louis Zoo; the animals aren't yet on public display.

Former policeman convicted of killing other officer (2007-08-24)
A Jefferson County jury Thursday convicted Robert rooks and recommended he be sentenced to life in prison plus 75 years in last year's slaying of Normandy officer Amanda Cates.

Blagojevich's budget cuts target mostly his critics (2007-08-24)
Some of the governor's harshest critics were hit by spending cuts when Gov. Rod Blagojevich vetoed part of the state budget Thursday.

Baby left in car dies from heat (2007-08-23)
Passers-by tried to save the seven-month-old by breaking a car window and trying to revive the child, but she was pronounced dead at the scene.

Land assemblage passes with larger tax credit bill (2007-08-23)
The Distressed Areas Land Assemblage Tax Credit, which critics have said would benefit only one developer, passed as part of the economic development bill on a vote of 129 to 20.

Blagojevich signs Illinois budget with some cuts (2007-08-23)
Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich approves most of the Illinois state budget while cutting 'pork'.

House okays tax credits and bridge bills (2007-08-23)
But Democrats are unhappy that most of their amendments were not considered because of the narrow focus of the special session.

Mississippi River flooding possible north of St. Louis (2007-08-23)
A flood warning has been issued for the Mississippi River north of Clarksville, Missouri.

Two Missourians among 14 killed in Iraq helicopter crash (2007-08-23)
Ricky Bell was due to come home next month on leave; Jessy Pollard had been excited to join the military, according to family.

Former U.S. Attorney for western Missouri leaves Justice Dept. (2007-08-23)
Bradley Schlozman, the former U.S. Attorney who defended his decision to bring a Missouri voter fraud case just days before the 2006 election, has resigned from his post at the Justice Department.

Man accused of threatening state senator freed to get cancer treatment (2007-08-23)
Authorities say Steve Rain was arrested after someone overheard him making the threat against Illinois Democrat Bill Haine.

Rangers' onslaught helps Missouri dump dubious mark (2007-08-23)
The Texas Rangers set a modern major league baseball record Wed. by scoring 30 runs. The old record had been a black mark in the history of the St. Louis Browns & Kansas City A's.

UAW workers back House bill on fuel standards (2007-08-22)
The Hill-Terry bill would require light trucks to get 32 miles per gallon by 2022 and cars, 35 miles per gallon by the same year. The Senate passed tougher standards in June.

New ballot initiative goes after form of stem cell research (2007-08-22)
It's sponsored by a group calling itself Cures Without Cloning that says the initiative will prohibit human cloning without barring stem cell research.

City reports 7th heat-related death (2007-08-22)
Officials say a 74-year old man found two days ago had an air conditioner, but it was turned off.

Ryan's lawyers now trying to keep client out of prison (2007-08-22)
The former Illinois governor got bad news on Tuesday as a three-judge appeals panel upheld his conviction.

Drummond fires Nixon as lawyer in case over abortion law (2007-08-22)
Health Director Jane Drummond says she does not trust Attorney General Jay Nixon to defend the department against Planned Parenthood's lawsuit.

EPA asks DNR to ensure protection from lead at state park (2007-08-22)
The Environmental Protection Agency is scrutinizing St. Joe State Park as part of a remediation program to address lead contamination in St. Francois County.

Pfizer breaks ground on lab expansion in Chesterfield (2007-08-22)
KWMU's science reporter Julie Bierach reports on how the new labs in west County will put St. Louis in the middle of cutting edge research.

IL Supreme Court: Philip Morris case is over (2007-08-22)
The court Wednesday put a halt to a Madison County judge's efforts to revisit his overturned $10 billion judgment against Philip Morris.

Alton High grad is lone survivor of crash in Arizona (2007-08-22)
Marine Lance Corporal Brian Stahlhut is in stable condition in San Diego following the crash last week of a military search-and-rescue helicopter

Court date set for UMSL student detained in Russia (2007-08-22)
Roxana Contreras purchased old currency and medals from a street vendor, in violation of Russian law that she was apparently unaware of.

East St. Louis among biggest losers with latest money roadblock (2007-08-22)
Gov. Rod Blagojevich says he can't release $150 million in construction money for schools and says lawmakers should instead pass a larger school construction bill.

At least one dead after rain in southwest MO (2007-08-21)
Up to 11 inches of rain fell within just a few hours Monday in counties including Dade, Lawrence and Laclede.

Court upholds Ryan's conviction (2007-08-21)
Attorneys George Ryan had argued that the jury deliberations were flawed during the former Illinois governor's corruption trial.

USDA orders St. Louis Zoo to pay fine (2007-08-21)
St. Louis Zoo will pay fine to settle charges it violated the Animal Welfare Act in relation to the deaths of two polar bears in 2005.

Task Force releases campus security recommendations (2007-08-21)
A state task force is recommending steps for better campus security. To read the report, click here.

Groundbreaking in fall or winter, after state okays Ballpark Village aid (2007-08-21)
The state of Missouri has approved aid for the St. Louis Cardinals' Ballpark Village project, a project that now includes condos.

Ballpark Village tax credits might get vote today (2007-08-21)
The Missouri Development Finance Board meets in Jefferson City today; tax credits for Ballpark Village are on the agenda.

Special session bills pass Missouri House committees (2007-08-21)
One bill would offer more than $70 million in tax breaks, and also includes includes the governor's Quality Jobs program.

New sign for Powell Hall officially debuts Monday (2007-08-21)
The new sign is actually the third big marquee to hang from the building, though only the first since the late 1960's.

I-64 reopens after weekend closure (2007-08-20)
Crews spent the weekend removing three bridges as part of the big I-64 reconstruction project.

UMSL student held in Russia over medals, currency (2007-08-20)
Roxana Contreras is from Chile but she's getting her PhD at UM-St. Louis. Last month she was detained in Russia.

Officer's funeral concludes today with procession (2007-08-20)
Hundreds crammed into a church Sunday night for Norvelle Brown's funeral.

Monsanto faces challenges in battle against weeds (2007-08-20)
NPR's Dan Charles reports for Morning Edition on farmers who say the 30-year old Roundup isn't as effective anymore, meaning they have to change their practices.

Bray questions narrowness of special session (2007-08-20)
As lawmakers convene for a special session, St. Louis Democrat Joan Bray is questioning how the session is being run.

Suit filed over new abortion law (2007-08-20)
Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri filed suit Monday against the state of Missouri over part of a new abortion law.

New restrictions for teen drivers in Illinois now law (2007-08-20)
See what new restrictions face Illinois' youngest drivers.

Teachers with criminal backgrounds still in classrooms, audit finds (2007-08-20)
A new state audit finds background checks aren't netting teachers who have criminal pasts that include child abuse or neglect.

Missouri special session starts today (2007-08-20)
Governor Blunt wants lawmakers to pass a paired-down version of the tax credit bill he vetoed and fix a glitch that's delayed the rewarding of a contract to repair bridges.

Murdered city officer laid to rest (2007-08-20)
A long line of police cars from a number of departments made up a bulk of the funeral motorcade this morning.

New law will mean more loans for nursing students (2007-08-19)
The program had been limited to those who work at public and non-profit health care facilities, but starting next week nurses working at any clinic or hospital where there's a shortage may qualify.

Commission approves MSD rate increase (2007-08-17)
The Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District's 15-member Rate Commission approved the recommended increases earlier this week.

NAACP calls on cop killer to turn himself in (2007-08-17)
Flags across St. Louis are flying at half-staff in memory of Norvelle Brown, the 22-year old St. Louis police officer who was gunned down on patrol Wednesday night.

Party cove off limits to Ft. Leonard Wood soldiers, again (2007-08-17)
For the second time this year, Maj. Gen. Bill McCoy has declared Party Cove off-limits to all military personnel.

I-64 to shut down tonight (2007-08-17)
See a map of the detour routes for getting past the closure this weekend.

Historic church heavily damaged by fire (2007-08-17)
St. Alphonsus Catholic Church is widely known as "the Rock." It caught fire Thursday night after a lightning strike.

Zombie Squad to the rescue (2007-08-17)
KWMU's Adam Allington goes inside the Zombie Squad (and he gets his blood drawn in the process)

Republicans have their day at the Illinois State Fair (2007-08-16)
Playing second fiddle has been a common thing for Illinois Republicans of late, but it's something they're trying to change.

CEO defends Ameren at Taum Sauk hearing (2007-08-16)
Tom Voss went before the Missouri Public Service Commission Thursday to defend his company's actions before and after the Taum Sauk reservoir collapse.

Local lawmakers want changes to tax credit bill (2007-08-16)
The proposed Distressed Areas Land Assemblage Tax Credit would provide $100 million in aid to developers who bring together more than 100 acres in distressed areas. State and local lawmakers from St. Louis say there need to be changes.

Democrats show off disunity at Illinois State Fair (2007-08-16)
IL Public Radio's Sean Crawford reports on "Governor's Day" at the State Fair on Wednesday, meant to show of party unity but fell far short.

Pugs and other dogs rescued from breeder (2007-08-16)
The Humane Society says the breeder could no longer care for the 36 animals, which are mostly pugs.

John Wright to be named Normandy interim superintendent (2007-08-16)
Wright is retired, but served for years as assistant superintendent at the Ferguson-Florissant district.

City police officer killed during arrest (2007-08-16)
Police Chief Joe Mokwa say Norvelle Brown, 22, had worked with the department for less than a year and was responding to a call Wednesday night when he was shot.

Dougherty Ferry bridge to reopen early (2007-08-16)
There will be a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Monday to mark the end of construction.

Ten charged in Madison County burglary ring (2007-08-16)
Madison County officials say most of the ten are teenagers; seven of them are in custody.

SEMO to spend $30,000 for temporary air conditioning (2007-08-16)
Dearmont Hall is the only dorm on campus that doesn't have air conditioning.

PSC wants tree-trimming rules in place by spring (2007-08-15)
The Missouri Public Service Commission heard new proposed rules for utilities that include inspecting power poles over 15 years old at least once every 10 years, and visually inspecting energized conductors every two years.

Five at-risk levees identified along Mississippi (2007-08-15)
As development continues to spread on the flood plains of the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers, flood control is more important than ever before.

ACT scores hold steady in Missouri, Illinois (2007-08-15)
New data show Missouri students scored an average of 21.6 out of a possible 36. Illinois students scored a 20.5. Those two numbers are the same as last year's.

Trying to lower car emissions during I-64 project (2007-08-15)
The St. Louis Regional Clean Air Partnership along with the Missouri Department of Transportation and several other organizations are challenging commuters to carpool, use public transit, and find alternative routes.

Group gives St. Louis Schools an 'F' for lunch menu (2007-08-15)
Lunches at city schools are among the least nutritious, according to a new study

Blagojevich plans to cut $500 million from budget (2007-08-14)
Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich said Tuesday that he will cut $500 million from the state budget and use the money to expand health care for the uninsured.

New "Freaks" exhibit at World Aquarium (2007-08-14)
In memory of "WE", the beloved two-headed snake who died in June, the World Aquarium is showcasing some other "unique" animals.

Paralyzed veterans meet in St. Louis (2007-08-14)
The outgoing Secretary of Veteran's Affairs, Jim Nichols addressed the National Conference of Paralyzed Veterans of America in St. Louis on Tuesday.

Post office will be named for Harriett Woods (2007-08-14)
President Bush last week signed legislation into law that re-names the post office in University City after the former Missouri Lt. Governor and KWMU commentator.

Man drowns, ambulance went to wrong place (2007-08-14)
Barry Dorsey worked at the Glen Echo Country Club, which was holding a staff appreciation Monday night.

Seven deaths in St. Louis region now blamed on heat (2007-08-14)
The state has also opened some office buildings as cooling centers. See the complete list of cooling sites here.

Cooper officially resigns from MO House after guilty plea (2007-08-14)
Republican Nathan Cooper, an immigration lawyer, pleaded guilty last week to felony charges in a scheme to help foreign truck drivers enter the U.S. illegally.

Man charged in Southwest Missouri church shooting (2007-08-13)
Prosecutors in Newton County charged 52 year-old man with four counts of murder. Man also suspected in sexual assault.

Suspected church shooter pleads not guilty; community stunned (2007-08-13)
Eiken Elam Saimon pleaded not guilty Monday to charges including first-degree murder, assault, felonious restraint and armed criminal action.

Blagojevich in no hurry to sign state budget (2007-08-13)
The Illinois governor offered no hints Monday on how quickly he'll decide whether to sign the state's spending plan into law.

Three city of St. Louis residents die from heat (2007-08-13)
Three city of St. Louis residents have died from the current heat wave.

Storm knocks out power in North St. Louis County (2007-08-13)
Over 60,000 people were without power due to the Monday night storm.

Attendance low for special legislative sessions in Illinois (2007-08-13)
Only 11 Illinois lawmakers showed up Sunday for special sessions ordered by Governor Rod Blagojevich.

Former ESL councilman gets a year-plus for environmental crimes (2007-08-13)
Charles Powell, Jr. is already serving time for a vote-fraud scheme; he now must add more than a year to that for environmental infractions.

Storms knock out power in North St. Louis County; Hazelwood schools delay first day (2007-08-13)
A line of thunderstorms that moved through the St. Louis area late last night knocked out power to more than 50-thousand Ameren customers.

Three dead in southwest Missouri church shooting (2007-08-13)
A southwest Missouri church pastor was one of the three people shot to death when a gunman opened fire in the sanctuary Sunday.

Boy, 15, drowns in Meramec River (2007-08-13)
Isaiah Green was swimming at Castlewood State Park in St. Louis County.

Ameren workers say computers showed nothing unusual at Taum Sauk (2007-08-13)
Attorneys quizzed the man who ordered the power plant to operate and the one who actually manned its computerized controls as the Missouri Public Service Commission on Monday embarked on its third week of investigatory hearings into the collapse of the Taum Sauk reservoir.

Illinois House approves state budget (2007-08-10)
The Illinois House has approved a state budget today that increases education spending and hires about 1,100 new government employees.

Demand for energy puts Ameren to test (2007-08-10)
As the heat wave continues in the region, Ameren U-E is experiencing an increase in demand on its system.

Four St. Louis-area malls to be sold (2007-08-10)
The Australian shopping mall company Westfield Group is giving up control of four St. Louis-area malls to CBL and Associates Properties as part of a $1 billion deal.

Effort to pass new Illinois budget stalls (2007-08-10)
The Illinois Senate began preparing to consider health care, a Chicago casino and a major construction program before adjourning abruptly after midnight.

Professional soccer hopes are alive in St. Louis area (2007-08-10)
A group hoping to bring Major League Soccer to Collinsville, near St. Louis, is moving ahead.

Missouri lawmakers called back for special session (2007-08-10)
Missouri lawmakers will return to Jefferson City August 20th for a special legislative session.

Grand jury indicts SIUE student on threat charges (2007-08-09)
A Southern Illinois University Edwardsville student accused of writing a note threatening an attack similar to the deadly Virginia Tech rampage has been indicted by a grand jury.

Spiezio entering treatment program (2007-08-09)
St. Louis Cardinal Scott Spiezio is voluntarily entering a treatment program for a problem that the team did not specify.

Ethanol demand sparks expansion of Abengoa headquarters (2007-08-09)
The biofuel producer says the expansion is due to an increase demand for the corn-based clean-burning fuel around the world.

House approves possible Illinois budget despite governor's concerns (2007-08-09)
After weeks of gridlock, the Illinois House approved a possible state budget Thursday.

Some Illinoisans not running A/C because of electric rates (2007-08-09)
The heat wave that has settled on the Metro region is causing considerable hardship in Southern Illinois where utility rate increases have raised the cost of air conditioning.

State lawmaker pleads guilty to immigration fraud (2007-08-09)
State representative Nathan Cooper of Cape Girardeau pleaded guilty to immigration fraud charges.

Landmark drive-in theatre in Belleville might close (2007-08-09)
The drive-in has been on and off the market for five years, but this is the first time there have been two potential buyers, according to a co-owner.

Legal questions raised over Blunt's commission pick (2007-08-09)
The issue is not over that the governor picked Becky Plattner to be on the Conservation Commission; the question focuses on when he appointed her.

Kansas City might again visit light rail issue (2007-08-08)
A group is trying to put another question to voters to repeal a light rail issue they approved last year.

Death row inmate who asked for parole dies of throat cancer (2007-08-08)
Brian Kinder last month asked to be released to the care of his family, but the Missouri parole board denied that request.

Schneider wins Overland Mayor's job (2007-08-08)
One of the handful of elections held Tuesday was held to replace Ann Purzner, who was recalled earlier this year as Overland Mayor.

Long-time appellate judge to retire (2007-08-08)
Gary Gaertner will turn age 70 on Saturday; that's the mandatory retirement age for judges under the state constitution.

Judge strikes down MO midwifery law (2007-08-08)
A Cole County judge has struck down part of a new state law that legalized midwifery in Missouri.

Appeals court denies Missouri death penalty case (2007-08-08)
A federal appeals court has dealt a major blow to condemned killer Michael Taylor's death penalty case.

No one hurt in electrical fire at Des Peres hospital (2007-08-08)
Patients near the site of the fire were evacuated to the main lobby, but were able to return to their rooms early this morning.

Two fired state workers reinstated (2007-08-08)
Gov. Rod Blaogojevich held Dawn DeFraties and Michael Casey up as examples of how his office is weeding out corruption; but a judge has found the governor's Civil Service Commission botched their work.

St. Louis Community College names interim chancellor (2007-08-08)
Zelema Harris will take over as interim chancellor on Aug. 20. She'll lead the community college until a permanent replacement for Henry Shannon is found.

UM to interview candidates for President Thursday (2007-08-08)
Curators will meet at the Renaissance Suites Hotel and are immediately expected to go into closed session for the interviews.

SLU expert agrees earthquake an unlikely cause of Utah mine collapse (2007-08-08)
A St. Louis University earthquake expert says seismologists should soon know for sure whether a minor earthquake caused the Utah mine collapse that has left six miners trapped.

New downtown St. Louis plaza design unveiled (2007-08-08)
See renderings of the big plans for a new plaza near the Old Post Office in downtown St. Louis.

Ozarks bridge gets clean billing from state (2007-08-08)
Work crews with the Missouri Department of Transportation have finished inspecting a major bridge over the Lake of the Ozarks, while work continues on a second bridge and begins on a third.

Republican calls on judicial committee to release details (2007-08-07)
A Missouri lawmaker is accusing Chief Justice Laura Denvir Stith and the commission that chooses State Supreme Court nominees of breaking the state's sunshine law.

Glen Carbon, Edwardsville ask residents to conserve water (2007-08-07)
The towns' water problems began Friday when a computer glitch at a Glen Carbon pump station made it impossible to pump water into a village tower.

St. Louis officials fear heat will claim victims (2007-08-07)
City of St. Louis officials say there is a strong likelihood that there will be heat-related deaths in the city this week.

Regions Air sues FAA, Durbin (2007-08-07)
Regions-Air filed the lawsuit Monday in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims in Washington, D-C, seeking $11.6 million plus interest.

New Wildwood campus is ready for electric cars (2007-08-07)
The campus has installed dozens of plug-ins at the base of lamp posts in the parking lot, so students can charge their cars while in class.

Death at prison being investigated as possible murder (2007-08-07)
Inmate Pleasant Hurst died Saturday after a fight in the gymnasium of the South Central Correctional Center in Licking, Mo.

Slay, George might meet this week to discuss promotions (2007-08-07)
A spokesman says Mayor Francis Slay will try to meet this week with Fire Chief Sherman George to discuss long delayed department promotions.

A handful of elections today in St. Louis (2007-08-07)
Today is an election day in Missouri, but only five issues are on ballots in the St. Louis region.

Building the nation's first private commercial airport, in Branson (2007-08-07)
Missy Shelton reports for NPR's Morning Edition about the effort by developers in Branson to build a privately-owned commercial airport.

Missouri, Illinois say Mississippi River Bridge must happen (2007-08-07)
Transportation officials from Missouri and Illinois met in St. Louis on Tuesday to renew their discussion about a new Interstate 70 Bridge over the Mississippi River.

More bridge inspections today in Missouri (2007-08-06)
Initial inspections by MO-DOT found 11 bridges with similar designs as the bridge in Minnesota that collapsed last week.

Cooling centers open across St. Louis region (2007-08-06)
There's an excessive heat warning in effect; highs could top 100 by week's end.

See a list of cooling centers

Is Fluffy causing staph infections? Mizzou vets studying (2007-08-06)
Doctors are seeing a dramatic increase in community acquired staph infections. That's where an antibiotic-resistant bacteria was not contracted as a result of surgery or hospitalization.

Ozarks bridge getting good reviews after inspection (2007-08-06)
Missouri Department of Transportation workers are inspecting three bridges this week, looking for possible problems that exist following last week's collapse of an interstate highway bridge in Minneapolis.

Jury will be imported for Devlin's trial in Washington County (2007-08-06)
Accused kidnapper Devlin also faces charges in Franklin County, in St. Louis County, and in the federal system.

Mo. public safety director calls for 911 fee on cell phones (2007-08-06)
Half of Missouri's counties lack the ability to track cell phone callers' locations at all. Only 20 statewide can pinpoint a caller's location, while some can find a general area.

Trapshooting Championship starts today in Sparta, Ill. (2007-08-06)
Organizers expect 7,000 competitors and 100,000 spectators during the event.

Couple on boat rescued after carbon monoxide poisoning (2007-08-05)
The Water Patrol says Mary Reichert was seen screaming for help aboard a 42-foot-long houseboat near an island at St. Charles.

UM wants to drop "Columbia" from name (2007-08-04)
The University of Missouri-Columbia wants to go back to its old name.

St. Louis state senator cited in casino incident (2007-08-03)
Sen. Jeff Smith, D-St. Louis said he was on a legislative tour of the Isle of Capri Casino in Boonville and later to gamble. Smith acknowledged using someone else's access card to enter the gaming area.

Missouri farmers hurting for hay (2007-08-03)
Farmers in Missouri may soon be in the midst of devastating hay shortage.

Crop eating insects worry Missouri soybean producers (2007-08-03)
The large population of the tiny insects were blown down from parts of Iowa and Minnesota.

Fire chief agrees to review promotion lists (2007-08-03)
The St. Louis fire chief says he will begin reviewing promotions from a list that was the subject of a lawsuit.

Elderly woman gives up license after fatal car crash kills 8-year-old boy (2007-08-03)
Gracie Keim pleaded guilty to a traffic citation, agreeing to a $500 fine and the loss of her driver's license, but prosecutors do not plan to file any other charges.

Slay orders inspections of seven bridges (2007-08-02)
City engineers will look at the Eads Bridge over the Mississippi River, along with three pedestrian truss bridges and three other similar bridges.

Second Injury Fund study finds no differences (2007-08-02)
A study of Missouri's Second Injury fund requested by Governor Matt Blunt agrees for the most part with a state audit conducted earlier this year.

Local researchers develop program to access mars images (2007-08-02)
The software allows everyone to view the hi-resolution photos.

Illinois to inspect bridges in wake of collapse (2007-08-02)
Governor Rod Blagojevich has ordered the state's Transportation Department to examine Illinois bridges that are similar in design to the Minnesota span that collapsed last night.

MO-DOT will immediately inspect 11 bridges (2007-08-02)
11 Missouri bridges will be inspected immediately. They have similar designs to the bridge that collapsed in Minneapolis.

Officials have big hopes for Tour of Missouri (2007-08-02)
The professional bicycle race will take place September 11-16 in six parts across Missouri.

Political campaign contributions in limbo in Missouri (2007-08-02)
KWMU's Tom Weber reports for Morning Edition on the recent Missouri Supreme Court ruling that has politicians wondering if they'll have to give any money back.

Koster switches parties ahead of AG run (2007-08-01)
The Republican State Senator plans to run for Missouri Attorney General next year as a Democrat.

Monsanto to release new genetically-engineered soybean (2007-08-01)
The new beans are called Roundup Ready-Two-Yield and are expect to go on sale in limited U.S. markets in 2009.

Parkinson's patients tango their way to treatment (2007-08-01)
KWMU science reporter Julie Bierach explores how researchers at Washington University are using dance to help people with Parkinson's.

State workers still report for work, even without IL budget (2007-08-01)
IL Public Radio's Sean Crawford reports on the lack of a budget for Illinois state government, and what that really means for people.

Koster switches parties (2007-08-01)
State Senator Chris Koster is leaving the Republican Party to become a Democrat and is preparing for a likely run for attorney general.

Riverboat closes and new casino opens (2007-08-01)
The Casino Queen's new facility opens in East St. Louis Thursday at 8 p.m. It's the first of Illinois' nine casinos to move inland with the new boat-in-a-moat legislation.

Workers evacuated in Maryland Heights (2007-08-01)
Firefighters were called to Delta Gases Incorporated this morning.

Accused SIUE student wants bond lowered (2007-08-01)
Authorities contend they found a note in his car threatening a rampage similar to the one at Virginia Tech if he wasn't paid $50,000.

Slay orders fire chief to stop holding back promotions (2007-08-01)
St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay has ordered Fire Chief Sherman George to stop holding up department promotions from a 2004 officer test.

Teachers contract talks in Roxana head for mediation (2007-08-01)
The two sides have been collectively bargaining since April over a new contract.

Two state workers plead guilty to identity theft (2007-08-01)
Erica Kelley and Brenda Adams were among seven people accused in a May 31st indictment of using personal data stolen from Missourians to set up fake telephone accounts for state prison inmates.

Services will be cut with ESL hospital merger (2007-07-31)
Kenneth Hall Hospital will continue offering emergency room services, as will Touchette Regional in Centreville.

Lack of power hampers city wi-fi system (2007-07-31)
A St. Louis city official says free wireless internet will likely be available downtown this fall, once technicians figure out how to power it up.

Accused baby kidnapper to ask for change of venue (2007-07-31)
Shannon Torrez is accused of slashing the throat of Stephanie Oschenbine and kidnapping ten-day-old Abby Woods last September.

Six officers on leave in southwest Mo. after stun gun incident (2007-07-31)
An investigation is underway to determine what happened when a stun gun was used to subdue a woman who was banging her head on a jail floor in Barry County in southwest Missouri.

Blunt questions Supreme Court applicants (2007-07-31)
Today his top lawyer wrote to Supreme Court Chief Justice Laura Stith, saying the judicial panel did not provide him with complete applications of the three finalists for the job.

High school coach resigns following sex abuse allegations (2007-07-31)
A man recently hired to coach football at Highland High School in the Metro East has resigned following allegations of sex abuse.

Blagojevich tells state workers to show up tomorrow (2007-07-31)
The governor's office says contingency plans are being worked on in case the budget impasse continues.

Committee looks at MO highway funding (2007-07-31)
The bulk of the discussion focused on the looming shortfall of highway funding, which will be cut in half in the year 2010 when a constitutional amendment expires.

Sales tax holiday starts Friday in Missouri (2007-07-31)
People will be able to buy computers, clothes and other school supplies this weekend without paying state sales tax.

Secretary of State defends ballot language (2007-07-30)
A group that's calling itself the Missouri Civil Rights Initiative filed suit last week against Secretary of State Robin Carnahan over the ballot language for an initiative that seeks to end affirmative action in the state.

Funeral for firefighter will be Wednesday (2007-07-30)
James Miller was struck by a Greyhound bus last week on I-57.

16-year old electrocuted in south County (2007-07-30)
Police say the boy's body was found early this (Mon.) morning on the construction site where a casino is being built in south St. Louis County.

Hummel inducted into Baseball Hall of Fame (2007-07-30)
The longtime Post-Dispatch writer received the J-G Spink Award.

Shanahans plead not guilty to securities fraud (2007-07-30)
Mike Shanahan, Sr. and Jr. both pleaded not guilty Monday to charges they illegally backdated stock options at Engineered Support Systems.

Illinois hospitals waiting for promised funds (2007-07-30)
The federal government has provided a windfall to Illinois' poorer hospitals, but Gov. Blagojevich hasn't yet signed the bill that would trigger those funds.

Prison guard cleared of inmate assault charges (2007-07-30)
Federal jurors in East St. Louis acquitted Eric Newsome of Vandalia last week of filing a false report, striking inmate John Clark and lying to a federal investigator of the matter.

Gibbons calls for cut in property tax rates (2007-07-30)
Missouri State Senator Mike Gibbons wants the hundreds of local taxing districts around the St. Louis area to drop their tax rates as property values rise.

Lawmaker wants drivers' education courses online (2007-07-30)
Democrat Judy Baker of Columbia says her proposal would make driver's ed curriculum available online 24/7 to all high school students in Missouri.

Illinois government shutdown looms (2007-07-30)
A temporary state budget runs out Tuesday and there's been no permanent budget for the fiscal year passed.

Anti-affirmative action group sues Secretary of State (2007-07-30)
Backers of an anti-affirmative action measure in Missouri are suing Secretary of State Robin Carnahan over ballot language.

Hancock family drops wrongful death lawsuit (2007-07-30)
The defendants included Mike Shannon's restaurant, tow truck driver Jacob Hargrove, and Justin Tolar, the driver of the disabled vehicle that Hargrove had stopped to help at the time of the accident.

Mike Shannon's wife dies (2007-07-29)
Judy Shannon, the wife of Cardinals' broadcaster Mike Shannon, had brain cancer.

Canoeists raise money for spinal research (2007-07-27)
Three childhood friends are canoeing the 2,341 miles of the Mississippi River to raise aware of spinal injuries.

Blagojevich wants another temporary state budget (2007-07-27)
The governor and legislative leaders haven't been able to agree on a budget for the full year.

Illinois electric rate relief heads to governor (2007-07-27)
After months of squabbling, lawmakers Thursday signed off on a $1 billion package aimed at softening the blow of high electric rates in Illinois.

Firefighter killed along I-57 in southern Illinois (2007-07-27)
State police say the firefighter was responding to a call when he was struck by a Greyhound bus.

Four presidential candidates address Urban League in St. Louis (2007-07-27)
All four candidates who appeared at the America's Center are Democrats; the two Republicans who had said they'd appear cancelled.

MO Lt. Governor Says Tour of MO Race Safeguarded Against Doping (2007-07-27)
Missouri Lt. Governor Peter Kinder says he's committed to making sure the doping scandal surrounding the Tour de France bicycle race doesn't repeat itself when the Tour of Missouri debuts in September. KWMU's Marshall Griffin reports

Mizzou retracts fraudulent study (2007-07-27)
Today's issue of Science Magazine includes the retraction of what's now known to be a fraudulent study from the University of Missouri. (READ THE RETRACTION)

Girl struck by car is now brain dead (2007-07-26)
Aryanna Coleman was crossing Kingshighway with her grandfather Wednesday when they were struck by a car.

MO Supreme Court selection gets scrutiny (2007-07-26)
The day after three nominees for the Missouri Supreme Court were named, two groups had very different reactions.

Illinois Congressman Ray LaHood to retire (2007-07-26)
The Peoria Republican will formally announce his retirement during news conferences Friday in Peoria, Jacksonville and Springfield.

Former Mehlville Schools workers gets 11 years for child porn (2007-07-26)
Prosecutors say Thomas Mantle sent graphic images from his computer at the Mehlville School District in St. Louis County where he worked.

SIUE student pleads not guilty to 'rampage' charges (2007-07-26)
Proseuctors say Olutosin Oduwole wrote a note that threatens a "murderous rampage" similar to the Virginia Tech shootings. (Read the charges)

Washington, Mo. girl being treated for rabies after bat bite (2007-07-26)
State Veterinarian Howard Pue says 23 animals have tested positive for rabies in Missouri this year; 20 of them are bats, along with two skunks and a horse.

Sharpton blasts Republicans for no-show (2007-07-26)
Hear part of a panel discussion, held Thursday at the Urban League conference, about whether black voters will be taken for granted in 2008

Special session might deal with overtime glitch (2007-07-26)
If Missouri Governor Matt Blunt calls a special session to deal with tax breaks, House Democrats want him to also take up a glitch in overtime pay for police and firefighters.

Consultant accused of stealing from college campaign fund (2007-07-25)
Steven Wyatt Earp was hired to help St. Louis Community College win a property tax increase last year; that vote failed.

SIUE student jailed for making Virginia Tech-like threats (2007-07-25)
Court documents show Olutosin Oduwole wrote a note demanding $50,000 to a Pay-Pal account and threatening violence if the money wasn't deposited.

Nixon says candidates should give back contributions (2007-07-25)
The Missouri Supreme Court last week threw out a law that had removed contribution limits as of January.

Bloomberg to kick off Urban League gathering in St. Louis (2007-07-25)
The event will feautre appearances from six presidential candidates.

Vince Schoemehl named to Metro board (2007-07-25)
The former St. Louis mayor and school board member will serve on the board that runs the region's mass transit agency.

Washington University scientists discover itch gene (2007-07-25)
Researchers hope the finding will lead to the development of new drugs for severe and chronic itching.

Bloomberg says he won't run for president (2007-07-25)
Hear New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg's speech Wednesday that he gave to the National Urban League conference in St. Louis. Afterwards, he reiterated his intention to not run for president.

Wellston police chief injured in crash (2007-07-25)
The accident happened Tuesday night when the patrol car Robert Cossia was in was hit by a bus.

Taum Sauk testimony continues today (2007-07-25)
The first day of testimony on Tuesday included accusations from both Ameren and the Public Service Commission.

Illinois lawmakers break record for longest session (2007-07-25)
Hear a report from Illinois Public Radio's Sean Crawford about the dubious record being set today (Wed.) in Springfield.

McCaskill hopes SCHIP bill can pass (2007-07-25)
U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill of Missouri says she hopes there can be brief bi-partisanship in Congress to expand the children's health insurance program called S-CHIP.

Illinois moves to raise cigarette taxes (2007-07-25)
The measure would generate about $328 million a year for construction projects.

Blunt get three choices for MO Supreme Court vacancy (2007-07-25)
The governor could also choose not to hire one of the three finalists, in which case a special judicial commission would select the next State Supreme Court judge.

4-year old dies in house fire in Washington Park, Ill. (2007-07-25)
Firefighters say they found Toryuntae Franklin's body in a second-floor bedroom.

Bomb call at post office a hoax (2007-07-25)
Postal inspectors along with members of the Metro Police Bomb squad were dispatched Wednesday morning and took several hours before ruling that the threat was a hoax.

Ameren's tree-trimming improved, PSC says (2007-07-24)
A state utility regulator in Missouri says AmerenUE has made changes since last summer's costly storm knocked out electricity to thousands and reliability should improve over time.

Appeals court dismisses Katy bridge case (2007-07-24)
An appeals court has upheld the dismissal of a lawsuit by environmentalists trying to save an old Katy Railroad bridge at Boonville.

City ended last fiscal year with $3 million surplus (2007-07-24)
Most of the extra money is the result of departments not spending all the funds they were budgeted.

Two dead in suspected murder-suicide in Sullivan, Mo. (2007-07-24)
Investigators believe Harry Lackey shot his wife, then drove to a parking lot and shot himself.

UM administrator named chancellor of Minnesota school (2007-07-24)
Stephen Lehmkuhle will serve as the first chancellor of the University of Minnesota-Rochester.

Missouri leads the way in traffic death declines (2007-07-24)
Traffic deaths in the U.S. fell to their lowest total in five years last year, according to a new report.


Arch will operate only one tram for next two months (2007-07-24)
Officials want to repalce all nine cables that take the south tram to the top of the Arch, and that's going to take a while.

Studying snakes where the suburbs meet the woods (2007-07-24)
KWMU's science reporter Julie Bierach goes searching for snakes in St. Louis County. Also, see photos of the critters she found.

Six presidential candidates attend Urban League conference in St. Louis (2007-07-23)
Democrats in attendance include Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, John Edwards, Dennis Kucinich as well as Republicans Mike Huckabee and Duncan Hunter.

Trolley through Delmar Loop could be running in 3-4 years (2007-07-23)
Efforts are chugging along to get a trolley from University City into the Loop and around the Missouri History Museum.

IL leaders tout rate relief proposal (2007-07-23)
Senate President Emil Jones and House Speaker Mike Madigan announced the deal Monday. It would require Ameren to give a half a billion dollars in rate relief to customers by the end of the year.

Illinois smoking ban signed into law (2007-07-23)
Governor Rod Blagojevich was surrounded by dozens of anti-smoking advocates in Chicago today when he signed a law that will ban smoking statewide in all public places, starting January First.

Missouri gets $17 million federal grant for emergency communications (2007-07-23)
Missouri has been awarded a federal grant worth more than $17 million to help upgrade emergency communications throughout the state.

Arch Coal lowers forecasts, shares drop in early trading (2007-07-23)
The St. Louis-based coal company cited high inventory levels and weak pricing in saying it now expects earnings per share to range from $1-$1.30.

Illinois smoking ban will also include casinos (2007-07-23)
Some lawmakers are concerned Illinois boats will lose business to neighboring states.

Des Peres, Edward Jones reach deal on expansion (2007-07-23)
The investment firm's planned expansion will stay in the County, but not as many new jobs will be created. Also, see renderings of the before-and-after construction plans.

Drury University president named to MO Water Commission (2007-07-23)
Todd Parnell currently is the university's interim president.

Arch superintendnet wants snapped cable investigated (2007-07-23)
Power briefly went out again Sunday for about 15 minutes after the Arch had reopened to the public.

Missouri gets funding for emergency services (2007-07-23)
Missouri has been awarded a federal grant worth more than $17 million to help upgrade emergency communications throughout the state.

Democrats choose new leader in MO House (2007-07-22)
Paul LeVota will replace Jeff Harris, who is stepping down from leadership to focus on a run for Missouri Attorney General.

Former Brown Rollie Stiles dies at 100 (2007-07-22)
Stiles was believed to be the oldest living former major league baseball player. He died Sunday.

Minor league coach, who once played for Cardinals, killed by line drive (2007-07-22)
Tulsa Drillers coach Mike Coolbaugh died Sunday night after being struck in the head by a line drive as he stood in the first-base coach's box.

Power outage leaves 200 trapped inside Arch (2007-07-21)
About 200 people were trapped inside the 630-foot Gateway Arch for about two hours after an apparent power outage, authorities said.

Politicians might have to return money, after ruling (2007-07-20)
Political candidates in Missouri may have to return some of their donations, now that the State Supreme Court has reinstated campaign contribution limits.

Donnelly to run for attorney general (2007-07-20)
Democratic House member Margaret Donnelly announced Friday that she is running for attorney general.

Audit shows ever-more transportation districts being created (2007-07-20)
A similar audit conducted last year recommended the Legislature change some of the rules on setting up the districts; this year's audit maintains that recommendation.

MU learns why it lost major research facility (2007-07-20)
The NBAF would have brought major researchers and grants to Missouri.

Former officials at St. Louis defense contractor indicted on stock fraud charges (2007-07-20)
A federal grand jury has indicted three former top officials of St. Louis defense contractor Engineered Support Systems.

New Pulitzer exhibition makes a splash (2007-07-20)
KWMU's Maria Hickey previews the latest exhibit at the Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts.

Missouri Supreme Court restores campaign finance limits (2007-07-19)
The court unanimously overturned a lower-court judge who threw out a fund-raising ban for elected officials during the legislative session.

Lawmakers agree on smaller tax credit bill (2007-07-19)
The new package contains about 70 million dollars worth of tax breaks, compared to 200 million in the original bill.

Deal reached on Laclede Gas rate hike (2007-07-19)
Laclede said it would use the new proceeds to maintain and operate its gas storage network which serves more than 600,000 customers.

Slay says 'no' to 'Ike Turner Day' (2007-07-19)
Organizers of the Big Muddy Blues Festival were hoping Sep. 2 could be made 'Ike Turner Day' in St. Louis.

Mizzou awarded biotech grant (2007-07-19)
The research could lead to improved development of crops resistant to viruses, bacteria and herbicides.

Mokwa's daughter arrested on three felony counts (2007-07-19)
Officials say Aimie Mokwa of Wright City was arrested Monday as part of an investigation into thefts from family members.

Daughter of police chief pleads not guilty to 3 felony counts (2007-07-19)
Aimie Mokwa, 32, of Wright City was charged with stealing a credit card, possession of a controlled substance and endangering the welfare of a child.

Blunt names first African-American to Conservation Commission (2007-07-18)
Don Johnson, of Festus, has been named to the panel that oversees the state's Conservation Department.

MO officials discuss Capitol security after Colorado incident (2007-07-18)
Public Safety Director Mark James says the state currently doesn't have the money to install metal detectors, but he plans to ask for it next year.

Elected St. Louis School Board admits it's not in charge (2007-07-18)
Suggestions made at Tuesday's meeting include foregoing meetings until a legal dispute is resolved.

Anheuser-Busch ventures into water business (2007-07-18)
The deal marks the first time the St. Louis-based brewer has ventured into bottled water, an industry with U.S. sales of nearly $11 billion.

City aldermen hire new clerk (2007-07-18)
In a closed meeting this morning the St. Louis Board of Aldermen unanimously voted in favor of hiring Denise Watson-Wesley Coleman.

More Missourians getting abortions, but more are out of state (2007-07-18)
The gap is largely accounted for by Missourians who go to neighboring Kansas for abortions.

Missouri looking to change welfare rules (2007-07-18)
The idea is to try and meet stricter federal requirements on how many recipients must be working, or trying to.

New Ozarks lanes will offer alternate passing (2007-07-18)
The state Highway Commission is expected to approve a project today (Wed.) that would incorporate a widely-used European road design in southwest Missouri.

KC Zoo says boys taunted hippos and survived (2007-07-18)
The Kansas City Zoo says it will press charges against two St. Louis boys who are accused of climbing into the hippo exhibit and throwing rocks at the animals, all in an effort to impress a girl.

Former Olympian, Mizzou track star Dick Ault dies (2007-07-18)
A St. Louis native, Ault won consecutive Big Six Conference titles in the 220-yard hurdles in 1946 and 1947, and Big Seven Conference titles in the event the next two years.

Blunt, Nixon lobbing ethics accusations (2007-07-18)
Even though Missouri is still 16 months away from next years gubernatorial elections, candidates Matt Blunt and Jay Nixon are busy filling their campaign war chests.

Bond, McCaskill split on Iraq vote (2007-07-18)
Senator Kit Bond of Missouri was among the Republicans who helped scuttle a Democratic proposal on Iraq Wednesday morning.

Illinois House approves incentives for big coal project (2007-07-17)
The $1.5 billion project, dubbed FutureGen, would burn coal but eliminate air pollution by storing emissions deep underground.

Task force looking for Devlin link disbanded (2007-07-17)
Relatives of two missing boys say they are disappointed that a task force looking into possible links to Michael Devlin has closed its command center.

Soldier from northeast Missouri dies in Iraq (2007-07-17)
The Army says 24-year-old Robert Varga of Monroe City died Sunday in Baghdad, but no other details are known.

Tax breaks for Ballpark Village go before state board today (2007-07-17)
Leaders hope most of Ballpark Village will be done by summer 2009. That's when St. Louis will host baseball's All-Star Game.

Valley Park vote - again - to repeal immigration law (2007-07-17)
Another showdown appears to be brewing over immigration in the St. Louis suburb of Valley Park.

St. Louis County being sued for racial discrimination (2007-07-17)
The lawsuit alleges the suburban Robertson Fire Protection District practiced racial discrimination and retaliation against black former fire inspectors.

Illinois nears deal on electric rates (2007-07-17)
Many Ameren customers in southern and central Illinois have been waiting for relief since January when electric bills spiked after a decade-long rate freeze

City asks state for money for Ballpark Village (2007-07-17)
St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay originally wanted $36 million from the state, but state officials are recommending $27 million.

Former Green Party leader Willie Marshall dies (2007-07-17)
The party says Willie Marshall died over the weekend after a long bout with lung and heart problems.

Blunt contemplates special session (2007-07-17)
MO Gov. Matt Blunt considers calling a special session to discuss taxes and transportation.

Mizzou dismisses Grimes after arrest (2007-07-17)
The dismissal comes a week after the Tigers' leading rebounder was charged with assault for allegedly hitting a man in the face with the butt end of a loaded shotgun.

St. Louis group seeks best sports mustache of all time (2007-07-17)
Did the "Mad Hungarian" or Rollie Fingers have a better mustache? What about Hulk Hogan or Pete Weber? Voting is open.

American drops St. Louis flights to Love Field (2007-07-16)
People can still fly American Airlines to Dallas, but they'll fly Dallas-Fort Worth Airport, not Love Field.

Missouri could get new state park (2007-07-16)
An 850-acre site along the Current River might be transferred from the Missouri Department of Conservation to the state Department of Natural Resources.

Blunt ahead of Nixon in money race (2007-07-16)
The Republican governor reported bringing in $1.7 million dollars in the latest quarter, while his likely opponent, state Attorney General Jay Nixon raised about $1 million.

Differing opinions on how to spend state's extra cash (2007-07-16)
The budget surplus is estimated at about $320 million , up from $200 million when lawmakers passed the state budget back in May.

Feds looking into another state-run hab center (2007-07-16)
Federal investigators are looking into another state-run mental health center in suburban St. Louis. This time, they're looking into conditions at the Northwest Habilitation Center.

Election officials to share cell phones (2007-07-16)
St. Louis Board of Election Commissioners help emergency workers head off communication problems.

Kieschnick re-elected president of Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod (2007-07-16)
Gerald Kieschnick was re-elected Sunday at the church's convention in Houston.

Devlin attorneys will try for another change of venue (2007-07-16)
Attorneys for accused kidnapper Michael Devlin say their client can't get an impartial jury because of all the attention from the case.

3-year old becomes eighth drowning at Lake of the Ozarks in '07 (2007-07-16)
The boy was from Rockford, Ill. and was reportedly left along on the dock while vacationing with his aunt and uncle.

New judge assigned in Devlin case (2007-07-16)
Judge Kenneth Pratte approved a change of judge, assigning the case to Judge Sandy Martinez.

Illinois offers rebates for hybrid car purchases (2007-07-16)
People who buy new hybrid cars in Illinois can now get a $1,000 tax rebate.

Expert says St. Louis's emergency prepardeness is better (2007-07-16)
One year ago this week, many St. Louis area residents spent several days without power after a major storm struck the region.

Money for federal courthouse in Jeff. City advances in Congress (2007-07-16)
If the money gains final approval, construction could begin next year at the site of the old Missouri State Penitentiary.

Cards hand Phillies their 10,000th loss in team history (2007-07-15)
The Cardinals on Sunday beat the Phillies 10-2, giving Philly its 10,000th loss in franchise history. No American pro team in any sport has ever reach that mark.

Board passes doggie dining bill (2007-07-13)
It's now legal for restaurants to allow dogs to sit at diners' feet in sidewalk cafes and patios. The bill passed 25 to 1 Friday morning.

Judge gives transitional board financial reins (2007-07-13)
Cole County Judge Richard Callahan has ruled that the state-appointed transitional board has the authority to write checks on behalf of St. Louis city schools.

St. Louis businessman runs for president--again (2007-07-13)
St. Louis entrepreneur and businessman Blake Ashby is tossing his hat in the ring as and independent candidate for the 2008 Presidential Election.

Walgreen's to pay $20 million to settle lawsuit (2007-07-13)
Walgreen Co. will pay $20 million to settle a federal lawsuit alleging widespread racial bias at the nation's largest drugstore chain under the terms of a proposed deal announced Thursday.

Four months after theft charges, Riverview Gardens fires superintendent (2007-07-13)
The unanimous vote followed an eight-hour, closed-door hearing.

Hiring debate highlights Board's split (2007-07-13)
The St. Louis Board of Aldermen's meeting Friday ended abruptly after a heated debate on whether to discuss hiring a clerk behind closed doors or in public.

Energizer plans purchase of Playtex (2007-07-13)
Energizer Holdings Incorporated is offering $18.30 per share in cash.

Fish and amphibian biologists meet in St. Louis (2007-07-12)
Ichthyologists, or fish biologists, and herpetologists, those that study reptiles and amphibians, are sharing their research on everything from amphibian conservation to recent findings in the evolution of the animals.

Ameren announces one billion in upgrades (2007-07-12)
AmerenUE has announced plans to invest one billion dollars over the next three years to upgrade service in Missouri.

Columbia, MO loses out on federal bioresearch lab (2007-07-12)
On Wednesday, the Department of Homeland Security named five finalists for a new biological research lab, and MU was not on that list.

Laclede Gas asks for rate hike (2007-07-12)
The Missouri Public Service Commission heard testimony Thursday afternoon on a proposed rate hike by Laclede Gas

New investigation confirms guilt of St. Louis man executed in 1995 (2007-07-12)
Death penalty opponents have long cited Larry Griffin as a leading example of an innocent man wrongfully put to death. However a two-year investigation confirms his guilt.

Governor signs domestic violence protection bill (2007-07-12)
Governor Blunt signed a law giving new help to victims of sex crimes and domestic violence.

Gold courses as wildlife refuge (2007-07-11)
A researcher at the University of Missouri has co-authored a study that suggests, with a few changes, golf-courses could serve as wildlife sanctuaries.

Jetton is optimistic about tax credit bill (2007-07-11)
House Speaker Rod Jetton says he's met with economic chairmen from both chambers and the smaller version Governor Matt Blunt has asked for is possible.

Wash U performs first mouse lung transplant (2007-07-11)
Researchers at Washington University hope the mouse model of lung transplantation will lead to the development of new drugs that will help prevent transplant rejection in people.

City district to open special schools (2007-07-11)
The program is called Big Picture Schools, and will serve over 200 elementary, middle and high school students.

Mizzou basketball player charged with assault (2007-07-11)
Kalen Grimes has been accused of using the butt of a shotgun to strike a man in the face during a fight in Florissant on Saturday.

Demolition at SLU sparks concern among preservationists (2007-07-11)
St. Louis University's demolition of a building on Locust Street is causing some to call for the protection of other university-owned buildings.

Blunt names parole board chair (2007-07-11)
Blunt appointed Steve Long to the top job. Long replaces William Seibert, who resigned.

Bourisaw says law requires her to work with new board (2007-07-11)
Superintendent Diana Bourisaw says she wants to cooperate with the old board, but as she understands it, the law requires her to serve the CEO of the new Transitional School Board.

Feds investigate St. Louis breast cancer charity (2007-07-10)
Authorities are looking into the Judy Ride Foundation and its board of directors.

Six face charges after wedding brawl (2007-07-10)
The fight happened Saturday in the parking lot of the Foundry Art Centre in St. Charles.

St. Louis music book publisher celebrates 60 years (2007-07-10)
NPR's John Ydstie talks with Bill Bay, the son of Mel Bay, who founded Mel Bay Publications in St. Louis in 1947.

Special education teacher pleads no contest to child sex charges (2007-07-10)
Cathy Heminghaus of Ferguson will be sentenced in September. The 47-year-old was a special needs teacher at Ferguson Middle School.

Man remains jailed on drunk driving charges in death of highway worker (2007-07-09)
Gavin Bradford Donohue, 22, died early Saturday after being struck on Interstate 64 in west St. Louis County.

Former Missouri Supreme Court Justice Ronnie White joins St. Louis law firm (2007-07-09)
KWMU's Maria Hickey spoke with Ronnie White about his decision to leave the court.

After reservoir collapse, Johnson's Shut-Ins reopens to swimmers (2007-07-09)
KWMU's Marshall Griffin visited Johnson's Shut-Ins recently to see how much progress has been made in restoring the park.

Illinois lawmakers still far apart after special Sunday budget meeting (2007-07-09)
Illinois lawmakers remain divided on a new state budget after meeting with Governor Rod Blagojevich to look over numbers that show a significant gap between state spending and revenue.

Road work in Illinois will mean more delays on I-64 (2007-07-09)
The work is near the Poplar Street Bridge, and is not part of the major highway overhaul.

Bridge contracts put on hold (2007-07-09)
An effort to replace and repair hundreds of bridges has been delayed because the bonds required are not available.

Three teens arrested for setting school fire (2007-07-06)
The fire at Fox Elementary School caused an estimated $1 million in damage.

Contemporary Art Museum reaches challenge goal (2007-07-06)
The Contemporary Art Museum in St. Louis is on better financial footing after meeting a challenge grant.

New law will increase oversight of MO abortion clinics (2007-07-06)
Gov. Matt Blunt is signing legislation placing more abortion clinics under government oversight by classifying them as ambulatory surgical centers.

Blunt signs abortion bill (2007-07-06)
The new law would force Planned Parenthood to spend at least 1-point-5 million dollars to upgrade its clinic in Columbia to meet the new standards.

Blunt vetoes big tax credit bill (2007-07-06)
Among other things, the legislation would have provided $100 million in aid for developers to assemble large tracts of land in distressed urban areas.

13-year old stabbed; 12-year old arrested (2007-07-06)
A 12-year old boy is in custody after police say he stabbed a 13-year old girl to death last night in St. Louis.

Piasa Bird cleanup might begin by end of month (2007-07-06)
The Piasa Bird painted on the limestone bluffs in this Mississippi River city may be repainted and cleaned with a new cryogenic blasting technique, after vandals threw tar-dipped sticks at the local landmark.

Blunt signs tax cut for Social Security benefits (2007-07-05)
The tax cut begins this year, and will be phased in completely by 2012.

Principal fired amid false attendance allegations (2007-07-05)
Officials say Nancy Barker ordered her staff to makr all students 'present' during the last week of class.

Six people shot in St. Louis Wednesday night (2007-07-05)
Police say gunshots wounded six people in St. Louis Wednesday night as revelers celebrated the Fourth of July.

Blagojevich avoids special legislative session he ordered (2007-07-05)
Illinois lawmakers met Thursday in a special session ordered by Governor Rod Blagojevich, but the governor did not take part.

Gephardt endorsing Hillary Clinton's bid (2007-07-05)
The former Missouri Congressman, who made two runs for president himself, plans to back Hillary Clinton's own bid for White House.

Costello playing key role in FAA reauthorization (2007-07-05)
Democrat Jerry Costello chairs the House subcommittee that oversees the FAA. Last week, that committee approved the agency's re-authorization.

Bill Clinton to speak in Independence, Mo. today (2007-07-05)
He'll speak at the 50th anniversary of the Truman Presidential Museum and Library.

Horse slaughterhouse in Illinois to stay closed (2007-07-05)
A federal judge has upheld a state law that bans slaughtering horses for human consumption.

Twain Forest's buildings listed as 'endangered' (2007-07-05)
Missouri's Mark Twain National Forest is one of the nation's 11 Most Endangered Historic Places, not for its trees but for its buildings.

Springfields competing to host 'Simpsons' premiere (2007-07-05)
Springfield, Illinois and Missouri are up against a dozen other Springfields to host the new "Simpsons" movie when it premieres later this month.

Illinois special session starts today; will cost thousands a day (2007-07-05)
By calling lawmakers into special session, instead of continuing their current overtime session, taxpayers will now have to pay thousands of extra dollars.

Construction takes a break during holiday (2007-07-04)
Motorists are getting a break today on St. Louis area interstates. Work crews have put construction projects on hold for the holiday.

Harris steps down from leadership post (2007-07-04)
The top-ranking Democrat in the Missouri House will leave that leadership position to run for Attorney General.

Vaughn now in jail in Illinois (2007-07-04)
A man who had been jailed on murder charges in St. Charles is now in a jail outside of Chicago.

Suspect in Motomart killing dies (2007-07-04)
Police suspect Justin Nelson shot and killed Kevin Henderson at a MotoMart in Pacific early last Tuesday.

Judge bars midwives language from becoming law (2007-07-03)
The midwives provision was secretly attached to a bill intended to make health insurance more affordable and accessible.

'Castle doctrine' to be signed into law today (2007-07-03)
The bill removes the requirement that a person has to flee before using deadly force to defend him or herself from an intruder in their home.

Police think they've nabbed convenience store killer (2007-07-03)
A man who police wanted to talk to Tuesday night about the killing in Pacific, Mo. shot himself after a long standoff.

Water Patrol to crack down on drugs, sex parties at Lake of the Ozarks (2007-07-03)
The patrol says it's using undercover officers and surveillance at areas where boaters gather, such as the infamous Party Cove.

Death row inmate with cancer seeks parole (2007-07-03)
Brian Kinder has appealed to the Missouri Parole Board for early release to a medical facility, claiming he is not receiving adequate care in prison.

Downs: no changes before school year starts (2007-07-03)
St. Louis Public Schools Board president Peter Downs is asking the three-member transitional board to maintain the status quo before the start of school.

Fair St. Louis continues today at Arch grounds (2007-07-03)
Fireworks and free concerts are on tap for the mid-week celebration, so is the Veiled Prophet parade.

Program proposed for Illinois veterans (2007-07-03)
The services would be geared towards psychological needs and brain injuries.

Bond supports Libby commutation (2007-07-03)
The Missouri Republican Kit Bond says the judge's decision was too severe and commuting Libby's sentence was necessary.

Missouri executioners to remain secret (2007-07-02)
Governor Matt Blunt signed the bill into law Monday. It allows civil lawsuits to be brought against anyone who reveals the identity of those involved in executing a Death Row inmate.

Taum Sauk investigation now includes EPA (2007-07-02)
Criminal investigators at the Environmental Protection Agency are looking into a 2005 reservoir collapse that flooded a state park, injuring the park superintendent and his family, documents show.

Full Appeals court asked to consider lethal injection method (2007-07-02)
The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has been asked to consider whether Missouri's lethal injection method is constitutional.

Fireworks might be to blame for fire at school (2007-07-02)
Investigators think stray fireworks might have caused a fire at Fox Elementary School in Arnold.

Blunt signs Missouri Healthnet bill into law (2007-07-02)
The legislation puts more emphasis on healthy living for the 825,000 people on Medicaid, but it still has many critics who note it does little for those who lost coverage two years ago.

Just one Cardinal (Albert) will play in All-Star Game (2007-07-02)
The manager of the National League will be Cardinals' skipper Tony LaRussa, but the only familiar face in the dugout will be first baseman Albert Pujols.

Permanent replacement for 'Amshack' will run $3 million over in costs (2007-07-02)
Planners say construction of a new multimodal transportation facility downtown is going well, despite a few delays and cost overruns.

A-B protests Wisconsin brewery's #1 claim (2007-07-01)
Capital Brewery in Middleton, Wisconsin has called itself "America's Number One Rated Brewery" for almost ten years -- and now it wants to make the title official by trademarking the phrase.

Minimum wage increases by $1 in Illinois (2007-07-01)
The state's minimum wage jumped to $7.50 an hour Sunday with the start of the fiscal year.

Bridge overhaul project delayed (2007-07-01)
MO-DOT Director Pete Rahn says repair work on 800 of the state's substandard bridges will be delayed until September or October.

Run for president keeps Obama away from Senate votes (2007-07-01)
The U.S. Senate has taken 238 votes this year. Obama missed 23, or about 10% of them.

New fiscal year starts; Illinois only has a temporary budget (2007-07-01)
Lawmakers still haven't passed a full year's budget because top Democratic leaders haven't agreed on what that spending plan should look like.

State to take no action against Mike Shannon's (2007-06-29)
The Missouri Division of Alcohol and Tobacco Control will take no action against a bar that served St. Louis Cardinals' pitcher Josh Hancock. The 29 year old died April 29th when he drove his SUV into the back of a tow truck.

All Missouri counties qualify for federal disaster assistance (2007-06-29)
As a result of last April's record breaking frost all 114 of Missouri's counties have qualified as "disaster areas" by the USDA.

County police to patrol streets of Clarkson Valley (2007-06-29)
The west county suburb is paying for the 24-hour service.

The story of a man and his inflatable movie screen (2007-06-29)
KWMU's Maria Hickey has the story of Martin Casas, who has created his own kind of film festival.

Al MacInnis elected to NHL Hall of Fame (2007-06-29)
Mark Messier, Ron Francis, Al MacInnis and Scott Stevens all were elected in their first year of eligibility.

St. Louisan found after being kicked off train (2007-06-29)
Amtrak officials say they thought Roosevelt Sims was drunk when they kicked him off the train this weekend. His relatives say he was probably in diabetic shock.

Stowers Institute halts expansion plans, but buys more land (2007-06-28)
Citing a continuing controversy over stem cell research in Missouri, officials with the Stowers Institute for Medical Research announced Thursday that plans for a major expansion have been suspended.

Regulators deny Ameren request for new electric rate hearing (2007-06-28)
The Missouri Public Service Commission has denied Ameren UE's request for another hearing on how much the utility is allowed to charge for electricity.

Tattooing cows to keep track of them (2007-06-28)
KWMU's science reporter Robert Frederick reports on a new way to identify livestock with tattoos.

McCaskill, Bond vote against immigration bill (2007-06-28)
McCaskill says the bill did not address the underlying problem - ineffective penalties for employers who hire illegal aliens.

Group says transportation funding crisis is looming in MO (2007-06-28)
Among other findings: By the year 2030, travel delays in St. Louis will nearly double from 22-42% unless the city's roadway capacity is expanded.

Three dead in plane crash northwest of St. Louis (2007-06-28)
The aircraft reportedly took off from Spirit of St. Louis Airport this (Thu.) morning and went down near the northwestern corner of Montgomery County.

City to spend $3 million on traffic light upgrades (2007-06-28)
It's part of an effort to ease congestion during the reconstruction of Interstate 64.

Records center will stay in St. Louis; Fed cuts jobs (2007-06-27)
A new building in north County will house the National Personnel Records Center. The Fed, meanwhile, will cut about 100 jobs in St. Louis.

Three children killed, two other people injured in crash (2007-06-27)
A minivan crossed into the path of a tanker truck Tuesday in Lincoln County, claiming the lives of three children, and critically injuring a mother and her son.

Governor signs $21.5 billion state budget (2007-06-27)
Blunt used his line-item veto power to eliminate two provisions, including $156,000 to cover parking expenses for public defenders.

St. Louis hosts major ethanol conference (2007-06-27)
The International Fuel Ethanol Workshop is a three-day event directed at ethanol producers and biofuel service industries.

Wash. U. loses out on bioenergy center (2007-06-27)
Washington University had applied to be home to one of three federal bioenergy centers that will be built to research and develop new sources of fuel.

Chemical spill evacuates Mallinckrodt plant (2007-06-27)
The company says an employee and two contractors were evaluated at a hospital and released.

Laura Denvir Stith to take over as Missouri's top judge (2007-06-27)
Former Governor Bob Holden appointed her to the state's highest court in 2001, and she was retained by voters a year later to serve a 12-year term.

Vianney High settles lawsuit against sex abuse accuser (2007-06-27)
The teen accused the school's former president of molesting him two years ago when he was a student.

Missouri sees biggest prison population decline in U.S. (2007-06-27)
Missouri's decline bucks a national trend, which saw prisons and jails add more than 42,000 inmates last year, the largest increase since 2000.

Two Metro-East hospitals to merge (2007-06-27)
Kenneth Hall Hospital in East St. Louis and Touche Hospital in Centreville are about five miles apart and owned by the same foundation.

SIU investigating dental students (2007-06-27)
The grades of all 52 first-year students at SIU's Dental School have been suspended, pending a probe of possible academic misconduct.

New law makes it easier to replace stolen license stickers (2007-06-26)
Governor Matt Blunt signed a bill into law Tuesday that requires only an affidavit from a license office to get free replacements.

Vatican denies Catholic teachers' union efforts (2007-06-26)
The highest court in the Roman Catholic Church has upheld Archbishop Raymond Burke's decision in 2004 to reject the unionization efforts of the Association of Catholic Elementary Educators Local 1312.

Vaughn will stay in St. Charles for now (2007-06-26)
The man accused of killing his wife and children is fighting his extradition to Illinois.

ESL Mayor wants sheriff's help with patrols (2007-06-26)
Alvin Parks says the city's police department doesn't have enough officers to patrol the streets.

Marching band director fired over inappropriate contact (2007-06-26)
Alton's school board unanimously voted Tuesday night to fire David Drillinger as a tenured teacher.

Levick resigns as SLU's athletic director (2007-06-26)
Levick's future at SLU had been in doubt ever since basketball coach Brad Soderberg was fired in April over her objections.

KWMU among stations affected by emergency system glitch (2007-06-26)
The Federal Communications Commission is investigating a series of glitches at broadcast stations across Illinois this morning, as well as in the St. Louis area.

St. Louis soldier killed in roadside bombing (2007-06-26)
The Defense Department identified the St. Louis man as 24-year-old First Lieutenant Daniel Riordan.

Special election set for St. Charles Senate seat (2007-06-26)
St. Charles County voters will determine their next state senator at a special election just after Labor Day.

Blunt travels frequently, compared to past governors (2007-06-25)
Since taking office two and a half years ago, the Republican governor has taken six trips outside the U.S. on official visits, plus a seventh for vacation.

St. Louis has best city tap water in U.S. (2007-06-25)
The city of St. Louis has best tasting city water in the country. At least, that's according to a blind taste test by hundreds of mayors.

Woolworth's Building to get new life (2007-06-25)
The sale of the old Woolworth's Building in Grand Center is expected to close in the next few weeks.

Gephardt joins telecom's board of directors (2007-06-25)
Telecommunications company Embarq Corporation has named former Missouri Congressman Richard Gephardt to its board of directors.

University of Missouri offers credit protection (2007-06-25)
The action follows a security breach last month in which a hacker got names and social security numbers of past and present employees.

Lincoln University raises tuition 19% (2007-06-25)
For Missouri residents, undergraduate tuition per credit hour will rise to $183.50 from the current $154.43.

GAO says Fox appointment wasn't illegal (2007-06-25)
Sam Fox can continue serving as U.S. Ambassador to Belgium, but he can't draw a government salary.

Blunt signs new goals for renewable energy in Missouri (2007-06-25)
Missouri electric companies now have targets to shoot for in increasing their use of renewable resources, such as wind or solar power, to generate electricity.

Extradition orders signed for Vaughn (2007-06-25)
The governors of Missouri and Illinois have signed an order to return a man to Illinois to face charges that he killed his wife and three children.

New money will let crime lab be built in Springfield, Mo. (2007-06-25)
Southwest Missouri will get the state's second major crime lab as planned, after Gov. Matt Blunt announced Monday that his administration will spend $400,000 to cover a funding gap.

Schneider will stay on ballot in race for Overland mayor (2007-06-25)
A judge this morning (Monday) ruled that councilman Mike Schneider can stay on the ballot, after a lawsuit was filed claiming Schneider had been delinquent on taxes.

Warm weather means dangerous weather (2007-06-24)
The National Weather Service is giving tips this week during Missouri Summer Weather Safety Week.

Father arrested in wife, childrens' murders (2007-06-23)
Police initially said Christopher Vaughn, 32, was not a suspect in the killings that were discovered June 14 after Vaughn flagged down a motorist on a service road in Channahon, Ill.

Concerns were raised about Taum Sauk staffing 40 years before collapse (2007-06-23)
As Union Electric Co. prepared to open a mountaintop hydroelectric plant in 1963, some workers raised concerns about a staffing schedule that left no one onsite overnight to prevent potential problems from escalating into a disaster.

Blunt signs Amber Alert changes into law (2007-06-22)
Upgrades will be made to Missouri's Amber Alert system, while a similar system will be used for missing adults.

Six Flags St. Louis shuts down Superman ride (2007-06-22)
The Superman Tower of Power ride is being shut as a safety precaution after a girl was injured on the same ride in Kentucky.

Former judge, congressman Hungate dies (2007-06-22)
The Democrat represented Missouri's Ninth District in Congress from November of 1964 to January of 1977.

He served on the committee that investigated the pardon of Richard Nixon.

Urban garden approved for Gateway Mall (2007-06-22)
A new public garden located in downtown St. Louis got final approval today by the city's Board of Aldermen.

Aldermen approve city budget (2007-06-22)
The $867 million in spending is 4.5% more than the current fiscal year.

Police nab Piasa Bird vandals (2007-06-22)
The bird is a mythological beast painted on the bluffs along the Mississippi River. Sticks that were dipped in tar were thrown at the bird, and tar was dripped on the park's patio and walkway.

St. Louis City considers bonding to pay pension obligations (2007-06-22)
The St. Louis Board of Aldermen is being asked to approve a bond issue to help pay down the city's ballooning pension obligations.

Riverview Gardens Schools lose accreditation (2007-06-21)
The state Board of Education has voted to remove accreditation for the Riverview Gardens School District, in north County.

Vision tests now required for public school children (2007-06-21)
Governor Matt Blunt signed legislation into law on Thursday that will require children to get eye exams before starting school.

Wash. U. wins court ruling over blood and tissue samples (2007-06-21)
A federal appeals court says biological materials donated to the university are the property of the institution - and not the donors or a researcher who helped collect them.

Feds join whistleblower suit against St. Louis nursing homes (2007-06-21)
U.S. Attorney Catherine Hanaway said Texas-based Cathedral Rock Corporation failed to provide proper care and sent false bills to the government.

Webster University plans upgrades after nasty virus (2007-06-21)
A computer virus wreaked havoc on the Webster University main campus in Webster Groves this spring.

Devlin jurors will come from outside of Franklin County (2007-06-21)
A Franklin County Circuit Court judge will allow jurors to be selected from outside of the county for the trial of accused kidnapper Michael Devlin.

St. Louis 'Oz' Munchkin among those honored in Hollywood (2007-06-21)
NPR's Melissa Block talks with Mickey Carroll of St. Louis, one of the munchkins, and Ted Bulthaup, a theater owner in Woodridge, Ill. who led a campaign for the Walk of Fame star.

Blagojevich's day trips to Springfield have cost taxpayers $76,000 (2007-06-21)
An Associated Press analysis finds the governor has spent $76,000 in taxpayer money on flights since late May, when budget talks heated up.

MO Supreme Court hears campaign finance arguments (2007-06-21)
A law passed last year removed individual contribution limits and also barred lawmakers from raising money while the general assembly was in session.

Two-headed snake at City Museum dies (2007-06-20)
WE the snake died of natural causes, according to the World Aquarium at the City Museum.

Transtional board seeks community input (2007-06-20)
The new Transitional School Board held their second meeting yesterday.

Missouri colleges agree to student loan code of conduct (2007-06-20)
The agreements follow a national investigation led by New York's attorney general into loan arrangements that he says favored banks and schools over students.

ACLU hands out video cameras to keep an eye on police (2007-06-20)
The American Civil Liberties Union is arming some residents of north St. Louis with video cameras to record interactions with police officers.

Tow truck driver plans countersuit against Hancock family (2007-06-20)
The other driver involved in the Josh Hancock's fatal crash plans to countersue if the Hancock family doesn't drop its suit against him.

Brown Shoe expands in China (2007-06-20)
The company announced a joint venture with a shoe company in China to start marketing Brown shoes and open more than 400 stores in the next five years.

Opinions differ on whether to expand food stamp program (2007-06-20)
The federal Food Stamp program must be reauthorized by September 30th, and opinions differ as to whether the program should be expanded.

Collinsville looking for $5 million to fix roads (2007-06-20)
A city report says as many as a fifth of the roads are in such bad shape they need repaving now.

Cable TV bill heads to Blagojevich (2007-06-20)
Legislation now headed to Gov. Rod Blagojevich's desk would let phone companies in Illinois provide cable television through their phone lines.

It's similar to legislation that passed in Missouri earlier this year.

Key lawmakers say deal is near on Illinois electric relief (2007-06-19)
Key state lawmakers are promising that the monthslong debate over consumers' soaring electric rates is nearing an end.

Emergency responders practice for major New Madrid earthquake (2007-06-19)
The three-day training session focuses on a series of oil spills resulting from such a quake.

Missouri State Medical Association plans lawsuit to stop midwife law (2007-06-19)
The group argues the legislation violates the state constitution's ban on bills containing multiple subjects because the midwife provision is part of an insurance law.

Peabody to start building Ill. plant this fall; considering another plant in Ky. (2007-06-19)
The St. Louis-based company says construction on its nearly $3 billion plant in Washington County, Ill. should start this fall.

Officials voice support for Branson-style resort in southern Illinois (2007-06-19)
Toney Watkins Company wants to swap 2,000 acres of land near Pinckneyville for a chunk of the nearby Pyramid state park in hopes of building a resort similar to one in Branson, Missouri.

Gasometer now gone; condos to go in (2007-06-19)
A landmark that was an eyesore for many in south St. Louis for more than a century is gone.

Monsanto completes divestitures of Stoneville and NexGen (2007-06-19)
The St. Louis-based agribusiness giant needed to sell off some of its assets before it could complete a merger with cottonseed company Delta and Pine Land Co.

In St. Louis, Gingrich pushes health plan (2007-06-19)
Dubbed the "Missouri Project", the plan would place more responsibility on individuals to adopt healthier living practices and make their own medical choices.

Rams' games will stay on 103.3 FM (2007-06-18)
The team announced Monday that it will continue to be heard on 103.3 FM

Tornado causes minor damage in Ozark, Mo. (2007-06-18)
Police say the tornado touched down briefly Monday night; no one was hurt.

Impacted businesses ask to join state's lawsuit against Ameren (2007-06-18)
A lawyer representing them says inns, shops and restaurants lost business after widespread damage to the Johnson's Shut-Ins state park.

Blunt in France to promote defense industry (2007-06-18)
The governor is attending the Paris Air Show, the world's largest air show.

Former lawmaker named to MO Ethics Commission (2007-06-18)
Ken Legan will replace John King, who resigned in April.

Health officials examining brain injuries in Missouri (2007-06-18)
The state is working to reduce the number of traumatic brain injuries after a Missouri Health Department report showed a 15% increase in these injuries.

McCaskill wraps up trip to Middle East (2007-06-18)
The Missouri Democrat wants a special Senate Delegation to investigate defense department spending practices.

MSD rate hike includes change to storm water fee (2007-06-18)
MSD is moving a rate increase proposal through the approval process; sewer bills won't go up until January at the earliest.

Alcohol a factor in all seven deaths at Lake of the Ozarks this year (2007-06-18)
At the current pace, though, the State Water Patrol says 2007 could be the deadliest year yet.

New law makes it harder for schools to start year early (2007-06-18)
A bill signed into law on Monday requires schools to begin their school year no sooner than 10 days before Labor Day.

Nodler gains budget committee post (2007-06-17)
The Missouri Senate has a new budget chairman. Republican Gary Nodler of Joplin takes over from former Senator Chuck Gross, who left to become Director of Administration for St. Charles County.

Plan for LaBarque Creek to be offered (2007-06-17)
LaBarque Creek empties into the Meramec River not far from Eureka; it's been singled out as one of the cleanest waterways in Missouri.

Employees in Illinois Treasurer's office now get domestic partner benefits (2007-06-17)
There are about 200 people who work for Illinois Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias who will now be able to extend benefits to domestic partners.

Measure in Illinois would keep administrators out of college newspapers (2007-06-17)
State lawmakers are entering the fight over college journalists' right to do their jobs without interference from administrators.

More than 65,000 race for a cure (2007-06-16)
It was a record turnout for the St. Louis branch of the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure.

Shelton pleads guilty, is sentenced to 20 years (2007-06-15)
Samson Shelton pleads guilty to attempted murder of teenager Ashley Reeves and is sentenced to 20 years in prison.

St. Louis Schools debate raises focuses on charter schools (2007-06-15)
With the state takeover of the St. Louis School District now in effect, KWMU's Adam Allington reports on another choice for parents: charter schools.

Judge refuses to step in; state of Missouri now controls St. Louis Schools (2007-06-15)
The state takeover of the St. Louis public school system is now in effect, after a judge Thursday night refused to issue a temporary restraining order.

Transitional school board holds first meeting in St. Louis (2007-06-15)
Members of the new three-member board overseeing St. Louis Public Schools held their first meeting today.

MLB appeals fantasy baseball ruling (2007-06-14)
Attorneys representing Major League Baseball say that online fantasy baseball companies can't operate without paying license fees to the league.

Campus police warn of textbook scam (2007-06-14)
Bookstores at universities and colleges around the St. Louis area are coordinating efforts to nab a group of people selling back stolen textbooks.

Judge says horse slaughtering facility in Illinois can stay open (2007-06-14)
A judge on Thursday ruled that a horse slaughtering plant in northern Illinois can continue operating while it challenges a new state law.

Sculpture garden, dog measures advance at City Hall (2007-06-14)
Plans for a plant and sculpture garden in downtown St. Louis have taken another step forward. So, too, has legislation that will allow people to take dogs to outdoor cafes.

Slay, Reed name appointments to transitional board (2007-06-14)
Melanie Adams and Richard Gaines will serve on the three-person transitional board that's scheduled to take over the St. Louis School District on Friday.

Rupert Murdoch puts KTVI on selling block (2007-06-14)
Media mogul Rupert Murdoch said on Wednesday he will sell nine of the 35 stations his News Corp. owns in the U.S., including St. Louis's Channel 2.

Judge considers St. Louis schools takeover (2007-06-13)
Cole County Circuit Judge Richard Callahan heard arguments Wednesday in a case seeking to keep an appointed board from running the district starting Friday.

Judge considers St. Louis schools takeover (2007-06-13)
Cole County Circuit Judge Richard Callahan heard arguments Wednesday in a case seeking to keep an appointed board from running the district starting Friday.

Authorities offer $5,000 reward in stolen explosives case (2007-06-13)
Authorities in St. Louis are offering a $5,000 reward for information about whoever stole explosives from a bunker at the St. Charles County Sheriff's Department training center.

Fire destroys construction site in Central West End (2007-06-13)
A development on the site of the old Salad Bowl restaurant burned to the ground early Wednesday.

Piasa Bird vandalized; reward fund started (2007-06-13)
The Piasa Bird, a mythological beast painted on the bluffs along the Mississippi River, was damaged last weekend when vandals threw tar-dipped sticks at the bird.

Opponents will keep trying to change Missouri Plan (2007-06-13)
KWMU's Maria Hickey reports on the effort to change the way some judges become judges in Missouri.

SLPS court hearing today; Downs named president of board (2007-06-13)
A judge will hear arguments today in the case of whether the state should take over the St. Louis School District.

Limbaugh up for federal judgeship (2007-06-13)
Missouri Supreme Court justice Stephen Limbaugh, Jr. is up for a federal judgeship, according to one prosecutor who was interviewed as part of a background check on Limbaugh.

Humane Society seizes record number of animals (2007-06-13)
The Humane Society says it has rescued the largest number of animals in the history of its Longmeadow Rescue Ranch.

Brick rustling on the rise in St. Louis (2007-06-13)
KWMU's Matt Sepic reports for Marketplace how the crime of 'brick rustling' is on the rise in St. Louis.

Local political newspaper will end publication (2007-06-12)
Publisher Dave Drebes says this month's issue of the 'Arch City Chronicle' will be the last.

Armadillos expanding into northern Missouri (2007-06-12)
The number of Armadillos in Missouri is increasing. Armadillos are native to Central America, but have steadily migrated northward and are now showing up north of the Missouri River.

Court rules against Clayton in eminent domain case (2007-06-12)
The Missouri Supreme Court ruled that land given to Centene Redevelopment Corporation for an office and retail complex could not be considered blighted.

Businesses get ready for I-64 project (2007-06-12)
KWMU's Tom Weber reports for Marketplace about how businesses are preparing for the closures the I-64 project will bring.

City loses lawsuit against lead paint manufacturers (2007-06-12)
A divided Missouri Supreme Court has ruled against the city of St. Louis in a fight over who should pay to clean up lead paint in homes.

Auditor says accountability should accompany any new state money for Metro (2007-06-12)
In a letter to Governor Matt Blunt Tuesday she requested help in forcing Metro to comply with a state audit request.

Ronnie White's retirement date assures boosted pension (2007-06-12)
Ronnie White's decision to retire from the Missouri Supreme Court on July Sixth will mean $5,000 more in his pension check.

St. Louis Public Schools lose appeal (2007-06-11)
Missouri Commissioner of Education Kent King has denied an appeal by the St. Louis Public School District to reverse the state's decision to de-certify the city district.

Peruvian religious leaders urge Doe Run to clean up lead plant (2007-06-11)
The interfaith group said nearly all the children La Oroya, Peru have high levels of lead in their blood because of the Doe Run smelter.

MODOT pushes for expansion of I44, I-70 (2007-06-11)
Two state lawmakers and the head of the Missouri Department of Transportation spent the morning trying to persuade business owners and economic officials that I-70 and I-44 must be expanded to 8 lanes.

Illinois lawmakers consider allowing TV over phone lines (2007-06-11)
AT&T and others want to deliver TV channels through phone lines. The effort has gained support in the state House, and still needs the blessing of the senate and governor.

O'Fallon drops plan to annex wildlife area (2007-06-11)
City administrator Bob Lowery said the plan had become too divisive to move forward.

Bond co-sponsors vision screening bill (2007-06-11)
The Centers for Disease Control says only a third of students get a vision test before going to school and many who are tested don't get the recommended follow up care.

St. Louis blood supply very short (2007-06-11)
Red Cross officials hope to get back to having 3-5 days of blood supply on hand. Right now, there is less than one day's supply for area hospitals.

MSD sued by state, EPA (2007-06-11)
The lawsuit says the sewer district has illegally discharged raw sewage and violated state permits for such discharges.

Group formed to try to save Bald Knob cross (2007-06-10)
The 111-foot tall cross towers over the southern Illinois landscape in the town of Alto Pass, just south of Carbondale.

I-255 at Telegraph will close tonight (2007-06-09)
Crews are removing part of the bridge that takes Telegraph Road over I-255 this weekend.

I-255 at Telegraph will close tonight (2007-06-09)
Crews are removing part of the bridge that takes Telegraph Road over I-255 this weekend.

Gateway Foundation to fund downtown sculpture garden (2007-06-08)
The Gateway Foundation is funding the $20 million project located just north of Market Street between Eighth and Tenth Streets.

Gateway Foundation to fund downtown sculpture garden (2007-06-08)
The Gateway Foundation is funding the $20 million project located just north of Market Street between Eighth and Tenth Streets.

I-255 at Telegraph will close tonight (2007-06-08)
Crews are removing part of the bridge that takes Telegraph Road over I-255 this weekend.

Head of MO workers' comp. office forced to resign (2007-06-08)
Pat Secrest says she was forced out, but declined to say why -- noting only that she serves at the pleasure of the governor.

Gambaro named to Missouri Board of Education (2007-06-08)
Gov. Matt Blunt's next pick for the state Board of Education is former state representative Derio Gambaro.

PSC asked to investigate Ameren's plant safety record (2007-06-08)
Friday's formal request to the Missouri Public Service Commission cites new concerns about the safety of Ameren's Taum Sauk reservoir, which collapsed in December 2005.

Nixon seeks to resume executions in Missouri (2007-06-08)
On Friday, Nixon asked the State Supreme Court to set execution dates for ten death row inmates.

Nixon's office hands over sex offenders names (2007-06-08)
The action gives the state's Highway Patrol the names of 178 registered sex offender who have been using the personal website network MySpace.

Express Scripts cuts ribbon on new headquarters at UM-St. Louis (2007-06-08)
The pharmacy benefit management firm is the largest company in the country based on a college campus.

Lawmakers head home with no budget (2007-06-07)
Illinois lawmakers left the Capitol Thursday with little progress made toward a new budget.

Blunt asks feds for money for flooded farmers (2007-06-07)
Blunt says crops in western and central Missouri were damaged by water and fields littered with debris and silt.

Man charged in 2-year old's death (2007-06-07)
Randall Gabler, 22, was arrested after he reported Adin Choi missing. The boy was later found dead.

Campus security task force meets in St. Louis (2007-06-07)
The 25-member panel will make policy recommendations on how the state's colleges and universities can better prepare for potential emergencies.

Ameren denies tampering claim (2007-06-07)
The utility's COO says workers did not tamper with evidence when they removed crucial gauges after the Taum Sauk reservoir collapsed in 2005.

Black bears head out of hibernation (2007-06-07)
Sighting of black bears increase during the summer in Missouri.

St. Louis police investigating fire department (2007-06-06)
The inquiry began last week after a complaint surfaced that new fire department recruits were doing personal work for top fire officials on department time.

Child dies from tick-borne disease (2007-06-06)
Health officials say a child from Northeastern Missouri died May 23rd from ehrlichia chaffeensis. The state has recorded more than double the number of cases this year than in the past five years.

ACORN wants tighter regulation on sub-prime loans (2007-06-06)
The community non-profit group ACORN has launched a national campaign pushing for stiffer regulation of the sub-prime loan industry. The group held a rally at the Federal Reserve Bank in St. Louis on Wednesday.

Tow truck driver in Hancock crash has post-traumatic stress (2007-06-06)
Jacob Hargrove says he remembers seeing Josh Hancock's truck speeding toward him without showing any signs of slowing down.

Newborn screenings in Missouri now include cystic fibrosis (2007-06-06)
Cystic fibrosis is the latest to be added to more than two dozen tests that all newborns get for rare but serious health conditions.

McCaskill thinks immigration bill is falling apart (2007-06-06)
Both McCaskill and her Republican counterpart, Kit Bond, oppose the immigration bill.

Snyder gets new coaching job (2007-06-06)
The former Mizzou basketball coach will now coach the Austin Toros, a kind-of NBA minor league team.

Disagreement continues over endangered fish project (2007-06-06)
The pallid sturgeon is an endangered species that lives in the Missouri River, and the Corps had been working on habitat projects for the fish near Boonville.

St. Louis author examines troubled U.S. power grid (2007-06-05)
KWMU's Matt Sepic talks with Jason Makansi about major problems the nation's electricity supply. Makansi is a consultant to the power industry who just wrote a book called Lights Out.

Proposal would require utilities to pay back for outages (2007-06-05)
A proposal before the Missouri Public Service Commission would require utilities to provide credits to customers who endure prolonged or frequent power outages.

Blagojevich contributor in court today (2007-06-05)
Ali Ata was a major campaign contributor to the governor, putting tens of thousands of dollars into Blagojevich's campaign fund.

Clean coal plant near Springfield, Ill. gets approval (2007-06-05)
A planned $2 billion plant that would turn high-sulfur Illinois coal into a synthetic gas for use to generate electricity has gotten the go-ahead to begin construction.

Midwives law likely to end up in court (2007-06-05)
The Missouri State Medical Association will likely file a lawsuit over a new law that allows midwives to practice in the state.

State audit begins in St. Peters (2007-06-05)
Organizers of the petition drive that triggered the audit say they want a full accounting of how their city officials have been spending public money.

The next Branson, in southern Illinois? (2007-06-05)
Illinois lawmakers are working to clear the way for a major theme park in southern Illinois.

Executions will resume in Missouri (2007-06-04)
The Eighth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals found that Missouri's three-drug lethal injection is not cruel or unusual punishment.

Girl possibly electrocuted in Metro-East (2007-06-04)
Madison County's coroner says 12-year-old Caitlyn MacKenzie of Edwardsville fell unconscious at her friend's house in Troy and later died at a Maryville hospital.

Durbin urges state lawmakers to pass construction bill (2007-06-04)
Illinois' senior U.S. Senator says state lawmakers need to pass a construction spending bill or risk Illinois losing billions in federal dollars.

Report: Ameren moved sensors on Taum Sauk reservoir (2007-06-04)
Ameren employees told Missouri Highway Patrol investigators that the so-called 'Warrick Probes' were raised up so high that water never touched them in December, 2005 when the reservoir overfilled and collapsed.

Page enters race for Lt. Governor (2007-06-04)
Sam Page is the first Democrat to formally enter the race for Lt. Governor to challenge Peter Kinder next year.

Long-time Post-Dispatch correspondent James Deakin dies (2007-06-03)
Deakin's critical reporting earned him a spot on Richard Nixon's 'enemies list.'

Former military family gets $24.5 million for botched delivery (2007-06-02)
District Judge Patrick Murphy last week called the delivery of Toby Tremain in 2003 an "unhappy story" that led to the child being profoundly impaired.

McCaskill ends week-long tour of MO VAs (2007-06-01)
McCaskill visited 15 cities throughout the state, speaking with veterans about their experiences accessing healthcare through the V.A.

Blunt signs bill requiring sprinklers in long-term care facilities (2007-06-01)
While the new law requires all facilities to have modern alarm systems, lawmakers chose to exempt facilities with 20 or fewer residents from installing sprinklers.

Obama gives $5,000 contribution from indicted state official to charity (2007-06-01)
Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama is donating to charity a $5,000 contribution from a recently indicted former Illinois official.

St. Louis public defender accused in federal marriage sham case (2007-06-01)
The former head of the state public defender's office in St. Louis faces federal charges for allegedly arranging a sham marriage to keep his boyfriend in the United States.

Callaway Nuclear Plant passes annual inspection (2007-06-01)
The Callaway Plant, near Fulton, supplies electricity to both Central Missouri and the St. Louis metro area.

Another indictment in connection with Rezko, Blagojevich (2007-06-01)
Ali Ata's indictment is significant because it adds yet another link between the charges against Tony Rezko and the governor's administration.

Urban League scores Obama, Clinton for national conference in St. Louis (2007-06-01)
The Urban League said Thursday that its national convention next month in St. Louis will include appearances from the two announced presidential candidates.

Report still shows minorities stopped more than whites (2007-06-01)
The report found black drivers were 57% more likely to be stopped than whites last year; Hispanic drivers were 15% more likely.

No budget means Illinois lawmakers go into overtime (2007-06-01)
Illinois Public Radio's Sean Crawford reports on how Republicans how might get to have more say in Springfield.

MICDS student eliminated from national spelling bee in 6th round (2007-05-31)
Caroline Rouse was one of 59 spellers left in the National Spelling Bee this morning in Washington, D.C. A correct spelling of 'beccafico' moved her into the sixth round, but that's where her run ended.

State says restaurant not responsible for Hancock's death (2007-05-31)
The Missouri State Division of Alcohol and Tobacco Control will charge Mike Shannon's Restaurant in connection with Josh Hancock's death

A.G. Edwards sold to Wachovia for $6.8 billion (2007-05-31)
The deal announced this (Thu.) morning will see Wachovia buy the St. Louis-based brokerage firm in a cash-and-stock purchase.

Illinois electric rate freeze still in limbo (2007-05-31)
Illinois Public Radio's Amanda Vinicky reports on the uncertainty over whether lawmakers will address steep rate hikes.

Mississippi River closed at St. Louis after barge sinks (2007-05-31)
The barge was one of 15 that broke loose from the tow boat John M. Rivers. The other barges have all been secured.

Illinois sues Ameren over discount program (2007-05-30)
Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan says AmerenCIPS and AmerenIP continued to sign customers up for an all-electric discount program long after they knew the program would be discontinued.

Judge rules against retroactive sex offender law (2007-05-30)
A sex offender in the St. Louis area had sued, claiming it's wrong for the state to make him move from his home because the legal standard later changed, and a judge agreed.

City cop out of hospital after accident (2007-05-30)
Authorities say the officer was at a traffic stop Tuesday night when a van rear-ended his police cruiser.

Teach for America might leave St. Louis Public Schools (2007-05-30)
The city School Board voted this week to cancel its contract with the program if staff need to be cut to balance the budget.

MICDS student will need her encephalon in national spelling bee bid (2007-05-30)
Caroline Rouse is finishing 8th grade at Mary Institute-Country Day School by participating in the national spelling bee in Washington D.C.

F-15 fighter jet from St. Louis crashes in Indiana (2007-05-30)
The jet was from the Missouri Air National Guard's 131st Fighter Wing, based at Lambert Field in St. Louis. The pilot ejected safely.

St. Louis School Board gives no-bid contract to local radio host (2007-05-30)
A company with ties to Lizz Brown will get $25,000 for an anti-charter school PR campaign.

Lane restrictions on Kingshighway start tonight (2007-05-30)
Crews are getting ready to rebuild the I-64/Kingshighway interchange; a key component to the big I-64 reconstruction project.

Effort in Illinois to boost emission requirements (2007-05-29)
Illinois lawmakers are considering tougher emission standards for vehicles than the federal government.

Apartment where Devlin lived goes on market (2007-05-29)
The apartment where a man is suspected of keeping two kidnapped boys until their rescue in January is going on the market.

MO Supreme Court rules public employees have bargaining rights (2007-05-29)
Labor unions scored a big win Tuesday; the state Supreme Court ruled that public sector employees - including teachers - can engage in collective bargaining.

11 deaths in Missouri over Memorial Day weekend (2007-05-29)
Eleven people died in traffic crashes in Missouri during the Memorial Day holiday period, compared to 12 last year.

McCaskill starts tour of vet town hall meetings (2007-05-29)
The recent scandal at Walter Reed Medical Center put VA hospitals into the spotlight.

I-270 bridge at Dougherty Ferry closes (2007-05-29)
All of I-270 will be shut down this weekend at that exit so crews can remove the bridge.

St. Louis Archdiocese sues to keep records confidential (2007-05-29)
The archdiocese says there was an agreement that documents would remain confidential until all mediation was completed.

Cattle ranchers target of one of many tax breaks (2007-05-28)
Supporters of a tax break for cattle farmers and ranchers hope it will spur a cattle-feeding industry in Missouri.

Kansas City man torches books to protest declining support of the printed word (2007-05-28)
Tom Wayne decided to torch the books after libraries and thrift stores turned down his efforts to donate them.

Man disappears in Lake of the Ozarks' 'Party Cove' (2007-05-28)
The man disappeared Saturday while diving to search for two pairs of sunglasses. He found the first pair and then went under water again. A witness says he never resurfaced.

Last day to enroll in Missouri online school program (2007-05-28)
Monday (5/28) is the last day for Missouri students to register for the new Virtual Instruction Program.

Deadline approaches for state takeover (2007-05-28)
KWMU's Adam Allington reports for NPR's All Things Considered about the looming state takeover of the St. Louis School District, and how parents are coping.

Old bank in Okawville gets special designation (2007-05-28)
Officials from the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency have identified the Old Exchange National Bank in Okawville as a Mesker building.

Big bike ride this Saturday celebrates Route 66 in Illinois (2007-05-28)
Bicyclists are being invited to help break in new sections of historic Route 66 this Saturday.

North siders worry about big tax break plan (2007-05-25)
KWMU's Matt Sepic reports on legislation on Gov. Blunt's desk that would allow for big tax breaks for big developers who buy big parcels of land.

St. Louis County mails commercial property assessments (2007-05-24)
Homeowners across the region have already gotten their new property reassessments; now it's businesses turn.

St. Louis-area Congressmen split on Iraq vote (2007-05-24)
The two votes in Congress Thursday to fund the Iraq war included some Missouri Democrats joining a mostly-unified Republican front.

Hancock's father sues Mike Shannon's restaurant, other drivers (2007-05-24)
Pitcher Josh Hancock was drunk when he slammed into the back of a tow truck that had stopped on I-64 last month.

Metro-Easter gets class ring back, after 40 years (2007-05-24)
Jim Setzer, Cahokia High Class of '68, lost track of his class ring after giving it to a girlfriend.

Task force speaks with Virginia Tech officials about campus safety (2007-05-24)
Missouri's Campus Security Task Force met in Jefferson City Thursday with Virginia State Police and federal ATF agents investigating the mass shootings at Virginia Tech last month.

Horse slaughtering for human consumption now illegal in Illinois (2007-05-24)
Gov. Rod Blagojevich signed the measure into law on Thursday, saying it's "past time to stop slaughtering horses in Illinois."

Will new Blagojevich subpoena stall Illinois state budget? (2007-05-24)
Illinois Public Radio's Sean Crawford reports on how a state budget might be tougher to pass because of news over a federal corruption investigation.

Special session to fix overtime glitch unlikely (2007-05-24)
A special legislative session appears doubtful to deal with a fix for Missouri's new minimum wage law.

Study: St. Louis - Springfield, MO line would have problems (2007-05-23)
A study by Amtrak that MoDot requested said the proposed route had strategic merit, including serving Missouri's third largest city and connecting it to the national Amtrak network that runs through St. Louis.

Report: Blagojevich's campaign fund subpoenaed (2007-05-23)
The Chicago Tribune is reporting the latest move in a corruption investigation focusing on the governor's fundraising.

Former aide says Graves' case should be separate (2007-05-23)
A former top Justice Department aide says the replacement of Kansas City U.S. Attorney Todd Graves should not be lumped into the probe of eight other fired prosecutors.

Blunt signs major college construction plan into law (2007-05-23)
In St. Louis Wednesday, Governor Matt Blunt signed a bill that lets the state sell off student loan assets and use the money for higher education.

Judge orders EPA to issue or deny permit for waste incinerator (2007-05-23)
The former Onyx Facility in Sauget, now owned by Veolia Environmental Services, applied for a Clean Air permit in 1995, but the EPA has not acted on the request.

Tougher teen driving standards sent to Illinois Governor (2007-05-23)
Legislation headed to Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich would also put more limits on teens once they get those licenses.

Parents of city students wondering what to do (2007-05-23)
KWMU's Adam Allington reports on the "perfect storm" of problems facing district leaders and parents.

Hulshof confirms he's a finalist for UM Presidency (2007-05-23)
Congressman Kenny Hulshof confirmed Wednesday what he had called a "poorly guarded secret": that he's seeking the job of University of Missouri President.

Commission still trying to keep Army jobs in St. Louis (2007-05-23)
The BRAC Commission from a couple years ago recommended moving the Army's Human Resources Command to Fort Knox.

Slay pushes area employers to hire city kids (2007-05-22)
The Mayor says area businesses and other organizations have set aside 300 positions for the new Youth Summer Jobs Initiative, but he wants 200 more.

SIU President names choice for Carbondale chancellor (2007-05-22)
SIU's president on Monday named his pick to head the school's campus in Carbondale. Fernando Trevino still needs approval from SIU trustees, but that is expected.

MO Supreme Court hears arguments over Centene (2007-05-22)
Lawyers for Centene Plaza Redevelopment claim the Clayton property in question is blighted, and the city's board of aldermen agrees. But several property owners say that's not the case.

Judge: DNR can't intervene in Ameren lawsuit (2007-05-22)
A Reynolds County judge ruled Tuesday that Missouri's Department of Natural Resources will not be allowed to intervene in a lawsuit filed over the Taum Sauk reservoir collapse.

Contaminated field gets 'all clean' billing (2007-05-22)
Next week, the Army Corps of Engineers will mark the formal end of the removal of radioactive contamination dating back to the development of atomic weapons for World War II.

Poshard to announce choice for SIUC Chancellor (2007-05-22)
The SIU President will make his choice known at a news conference Tuesday.

Wash. U. expert not so sure about new Avandia study (2007-05-22)
After the New England Journal published a report linking Avandia to increased risk of heart attack, industry analyst's pointed to the drug as another Vioxx-like example of the government failing to protect the public from an unsafe drug.

The St. Louis munchkin (2007-05-22)
KWMU's Tom Weber visits with Mickey Carroll, one of the last surviving munchkins from 'The Wizard of Oz'

Ameren electric rate hike approved (2007-05-22)
Missouri's Public Service Commission voted Tuesday to allow AmerenUE to raise its electric rates, but only by one-tenth of its original request.

Devlin pleads not guilty to charges he kidnapped and abused Shawn Hornbeck (2007-05-21)
Devlin's arraignment in Potosi Monday was the first time he has left the Franklin County jail since he was arrested January 12.

Lawmakers fail to fix overtime glitch for fire fighters, police (2007-05-21)
Some lawmakers are calling on Gov. Blunt to call a special session to address the issue.

Regulators expected to approve Ameren rate increase (2007-05-21)
If commissioners follow a scenario they outlined, Ameren's revenues would rise by about $45 million annually. That would result in a 3.4 rate increase for the average residential customer.

State park in northwest Missouri stays closed after flooding (2007-05-21)
Big Lake State Park in northwest Missouri will remain closed through the Memorial Day weekend because of flood damage.

Blunt considers eliminating fuel taxes for Metro buses (2007-05-21)
Metro says the $900,000 in savings mean there will be no cuts to bus service because of a budget shortfall.

Royals announce plans for updated Kaufmann Stadium (2007-05-21)
The distinctive crowned scoreboard that's towered behind center field since Kauffman Stadium opened in 1973 will tower much taller.

Survey: Floods damaged 600 homes, businesses in MO (2007-05-21)
That's the estimate Monday from the state Public Safety Department.

McCaskill blames FEMA after floods (2007-05-20)
McCaskill says she plans to meet with FEMA officials about the matter, and suggested that a Senate hearing might also be in order.

Boeing machinists approve new contract (2007-05-20)
The contract covers about 2,500 employees of Boeing's Integrated Defense Systems division, based in St. Louis.

Man arrested in attack on former Sen. Carol Moseley-Braun (2007-05-20)
The former senator and presidential candidate picked the suspect out of a lineup, police say.

Northern Illinois gets ready for month of noisy bugs (2007-05-20)
Billions of cicadas are expected any day now to emerge in parts of the Midwest after spending 17 years underground.

List of bills that passed Missouri General Assembly this year (2007-05-19)
Lawmakers passed a number of pieces of legislation this spring.

Ronnie White to retire from the Missouri Supreme Court (2007-05-18)
White was the first African-American appointed to the state's high court. He took a turn as chief justice from 2003 to 2005.

Former deputy found not guilty in shooting deaths (2007-05-18)
Nicholas Forler had said he feared for his life when a truck that Michael Brown and Tyler Teasley were in rolled back towards him after he had pulled them over.

Report: Schnuck's will open downtown store (2007-05-18)
The St. Louis Business-Journal reports that Schnuck's will open a grocery store downtown.

Legislature sends Medicaid overhaul to Blunt (2007-05-18)
The final vote was 92-67 and fell largely along party lines, with primary support from Republicans.

Clayco pulls bid to build Ballpark Village (2007-05-18)
Clayco had been interested in becoming the general contractor for the $387 million development, but chairman Bob Clark said the firm decided to focus on other projects instead.

Missouri Senate sends anti-abortion bill to governor (2007-05-18)
The most controversial provision bans Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers from teaching sex education in public schools, in favor of abstinence-based courses.

Ameren will not face criminal charges in reservoir collapse (2007-05-18)
Attorney General Jay Nixon announced Friday that he will not seek criminal charges against Ameren for the December 2005 breach.

Deal reached on Missouri HealthNet (2007-05-18)
Lawmakers will have to rush to approve the plan, which would replace Medicaid.

Bevy of bills pass, sent to governor

Resolution would bring control of St. Louis Police Department back to city (2007-05-17)
The St. Louis Aldermanic Black Caucus has drafted a resolution asking the state to hand control of the St. Louis Police Department back to the city after nearly 150 years.

Marti Frumhoff, linchpin of historic rehab movement, dies at 50 (2007-05-17)
Marti Frumhoff started up the St. Louis Rehabbers' Club in 2000, and later founded the nonprofit ReVitalize St. Louis. She passed away Wednesday.

State of Missouri gets into charter school business (2007-05-17)
Until now, charters schools were sponsored by universities or local school districts.

Anheuser-Busch will stop selling Spykes (2007-05-17)
Spykes measures 12% alcohol by volume, and also contains caffeine, ginseng and guarana.

Bevy of bills passed address hunting, domestic violence, student loans (2007-05-17)
Missouri lawmakers spent a busy Thursday sending a number of pieces of legislation to Gov. Matt Blunt.

Hulshof not commenting on UM Presidency rumors (2007-05-17)
Speculation about the Missouri Republican increased this week with news that his long-time chief of staff resigned for another job.

Supreme Court to hear eminent domain case next week (2007-05-17)
The Missouri Supreme Court will hear oral arguments Tuesday in an eminent domain case involving Centene Plaza and several Clayton property owners.

McCaskill urges Missouri to capture federal dollars (2007-05-17)
SCHIP, the federal healthcare program for poor children, could get $50 billion more. If Congress authorizes the increase, that would mean $967 for Missouri, if the state spends the matching dollars to get the federal money.

Illinois Senators vote to ban horse slaughtering (2007-05-17)
The move means the future of a horse processing plant in northern Illinois is in jeopardy.

Boeing, machinists reach tentative agreement (2007-05-17)
The more than 2,600 union members in St. Louis will vote Sunday on whether to accept the new three-year contract.

Solutia files new bankruptcy plan (2007-05-17)
The St. Louis-based spinoff of Monsanto said Wednesday night it will emerge from bankruptcy by the end of the year.

Missouri likely won't pass bill to apologize for slavery (2007-05-17)
House Floor Leader Tom Dempsey says there are too many other bills that have to be heard before the 2007 session ends Friday at 6 p.m.

Judge revokes Shelton's bond (2007-05-16)
Circuit Judge Milton Wharton also ordered Samson Shelton to undergo testing to determine his fitness to be tried in July.

'HealthNet' opponents protest at Blunt's office (2007-05-16)
Some protestors held signs comparing Missouri HealthNet to a fishing net full of holes.

Civil rights groups angry that officers won't face charges (2007-05-16)
The Justice Department says there's not enough evidence against three Maplewood officers and one St. Louis officer to file criminal charges over the violent arrest of Edmon Burns in January 2006.

Long-delayed lock and dam bill clears U.S. Senate (2007-05-16)
The legislation, which would authorize a massive effort to rebuild and update locks and dams along the Mississippi and Illinois Rivers, is closer than it's ever been to passing.

Illinois state fire marshall arrested for DUI (2007-05-16)
David Foreman, 60, was stopped for failing to signal and because Foreman's passenger was not wearing a safety belt.

'Castle Doctrine' bill heading to Gov. Blunt (2007-05-16)
Missouri lawmakers on Tuesday gave final approval to legislation that would let a person at home use deadly force against intruders.

New compromise reached over charter for SLU's student newspaper (2007-05-16)
Administrators at St. Louis University appear to have reached a compromise with student editors over a new charter for the University News.

Another St. Louis school gets a threat, but McCleur High will stay open (2007-05-16)
Officials at McCleur High School in Florissant say they found a message written on a bathroom wall Tuesday; it was the second time in four days they had found a message.

MO House passes partial birth abortion bill (2007-05-15)
The amendment would make it a crime for a doctor to perform abortions that involve partially extracting a fetus from the mother's body.

Preservationists work to save Mullanphy Emigrant Home (2007-05-15)
The Old North St. Louis Restoration Group bought the 1867 building last year and are working to raise money to save it.

Threat closes Rockwood Summit, Francis Howell North High School (2007-05-15)
Students at the school in Fenton were sent home after an administrator got a voice mail that included a bomb threat.

Jury selection begins today in deputy's trial over two deaths (2007-05-15)
Nic Forler is accused of involuntary manslaughter in the deaths of Michael Brown and Tyler Teasley.

Maplewood officers won't face charges for violent arrest (2007-05-15)
The Justice Department says video of the arrest isn't enough evidence to charge the officers, and state charges are also unlikely.

Police, firefighters beg Missouri lawmakers for fix to pay glitch (2007-05-15)
With time running out on this year's legislative session, police and firefighters are hoping Missouri lawmakers will fix a problem with the new minimum wage.

U.S. House passes legislation to name post office for Woods (2007-05-15)
Woods was the first woman to ever serve as Missouri Lt. Governor. She died in February of leukemia.

Illinois lawmakers approve earlier primary to help Obama (2007-05-15)
Illinois voters will pick presidential nominees on Feb. 5, thanks to legislation that is expected to be signed into law.

McCaskill joins Levin in targeting abusive credit card practices (2007-05-15)
Sens Claire McCaskill and Carl Levin have introduced legislation they say will address things like unannounced interest rate hikes, charging interest on credit card transaction fees, and credit limits that can be exceeded.

Coleman wants St. Louisan on State Board of Education (2007-05-14)
Missouri Senate Minority Leader Maida Coleman is calling on Governor Matt Blunt to appoint someone from St. Louis to the State Board of Education.

Sheriff says fugitive was just feet away at times (2007-05-14)
The sheriff of Texas County, Mo. says Neldon Neal was once just hiding a few feet away in a hollow tree while officers were looking for him.

Bogus threat closes Mascoutah High School (2007-05-14)
Someone scrawled the threat on a Mascoutah High School wall on Friday.

Chrysler buyout shouldn't affect Fenton plant in short term (2007-05-14)
Fenton Mayor Dennis Hancock says that Chrysler officials have reassured him that the two plants that make trucks and minivans are not in danger of closing.

MO lawmakers have one week left in session (2007-05-14)
KWMU's Marshall Griffin reports on the looming debate over a replacement for Medicaid.

Another project - not related to I-64 - will close busy bridge (2007-05-14)
The bridge that takes Jefferson Avenue over a railyard just south of I-64 will close in August or September.

Former Kansas City mayor enters race for Congress (2007-05-14)
Kay Barnes will enter the race as a high-profile challenge to incumbent Republican Sam Graves.

Building demolition will mean closed bridge, Metrolink changes (2007-05-14)
The Switzer Building on Laclede's Landing is coming down because it's not salvageable after it was heavily damaged in a storm last summer.

Senator loses leadership post after sneaking midwifery into bill (2007-05-14)
Senator John Loudon added language last week to insurance legislation that would make it legal for midwives to deliver babies in Missouri.

Missouri Athletic Club gets historic designation (2007-05-14)
The building at 4th & Washington was completed in 1916 after the original building was destroyed by fire.

Indian mounds might overlook a growing landfill (2007-05-13)
KWMU's Maria Hickey reports for NPR's Weekend Edition about the effort in the Metro-East to expand a landfill, to the chagrin of preservationists.

Pelosi pitches a peace theme to Webster grads (2007-05-12)
The California Democrat got a warm reception in what was her first commencement speech since becoming House Speaker.

Flooding wreaks havoc with train service (2007-05-11)
The Union Pacific Railroad says many of its tracks are out of service in central and western Missouri because of flooding.

St. Louis School Board asks other districts not to take city kids (2007-05-11)
The board passed a resolution Friday aimed at keeping city students in city schools.

Barge breaks loose, runs aground near Jeff. City (2007-05-11)
A runaway barge had police ready to shut down a bridge this morning over the flooded Missouri river at Jefferson City. But that barge appears to have run aground.

An interview with Davis Guggenheim (2007-05-11)
KWMU's Tom Weber speaks with Davis Guggenheim, the executive producer of "An Inconvenient Truth."

Social Security break sent to Blunt (2007-05-11)
The legislation will exempt hundreds of thousands of Missouri seniors from paying state income taxes on Social Security and other retirement benefits.

An interview with Davis Guggenheim (2007-05-11)
KWMU's Tom Weber speaks with Davis Guggenheim, the executive producer of "An Inconvenient Truth."

Riverview Gardens superintendent indicted (2007-05-11)
Henry Williams, 65, stands accused of stealing and income tax evasion. Prosecutors allege Williams stole more than $100,000 from district coffers.

Bond says he was unaware of aide's effort to remove Graves (2007-05-11)
This week the Senate Judiciary Committee said it will investigate whether Todd Graves was on a list of federal prosecutors the Bush Administration forced out for political reasons.

Johanns praises Farm Bill (2007-05-10)
U.S. Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns praised this year's Farm Bill during a visit to St. Louis Thursday.

Blunt sends out flood assessment teams (2007-05-10)
The damage assessment teams will be sent to 17 counties along the Missouri River.

Soccer great Gino Pariani dead (2007-05-10)
Gino Pariani grew up in St. Louis and played on the 1950 US World Cup Soccer team.

Aide to Sen. Bond suggested Graves' firing in Kansas City (2007-05-10)
U.S. Senator Kit Bond's office says one of his aides urged the White House two years ago to consider replacing U.S. Attorney Todd Graves.

Missouri lawmakers send state budget to governor (2007-05-10)
The budget includes spending increases in for schools, colleges, the governor's Missouri HealthNet program, and for pay raises for most state employees.

Three campaign workers charged with fraud (2007-05-10)
The circuit attorney's office says the three submitted pages of petitions with questionable entries in the effort to remove Jeffrey Boyd of the 22nd Ward.

Ansel Adams exhibit opens at Washington University (2007-05-10)
A retrospective of Ansel Adams' photography opens Friday at Washington University's Kemper Art Museum. KWMU's Matt Sepic has a preview.

Blagojevich tax hike plan gets huge rejection in IL House (2007-05-10)
The governor's plan would create the largest tax increase in Illinois history. A non-binding vote on Thursday got zero votes in favor.

Three campaign workers charged with fraud (2007-05-10)
The circuit attorney's office says the three submitted pages of petitions with questionable entries in the effort to remove Jeffrey Boyd of the 22nd Ward.

Second woman to be released from prison for killing husband (2007-05-10)
Lynda Branch will walk about of prison today (Thu.), the second woman this week to be freed after the Missouri Supreme Court ruled they had served enough time for the deaths of their abusive husbands.

Blagojevich makes another pitch for business tax (2007-05-10)
Illinois Public Radio's Sean Crawford reports on the governor's latest effort to gain support for his huge tax increase.

Bundle of big tax breaks heads to Blunt (2007-05-10)
The biggest provision would provide $100 million dollars in tax credits to companies that redevelop at least 75 acres in low-income areas.

Three campaign workers charged with fraud (2007-05-10)
The circuit attorney's office says the three submitted pages of petitions with questionable entries in the effort to remove Jeffrey Boyd of the 22nd Ward.

Blunt and Nixon to meet over Taum Sauk (2007-05-09)
Governor Matt Blunt and Attorney General Jay Nixon will hold a sit-down meeting in the governor's office to try and reach a final settlement offer over the Taum Sauk reservoir collapse.

Jefferson City airport will be flooded; push on to save highway (2007-05-09)
The race is on to keep U.S. Highway 63 dry as waters rise along the Missouri River.

MO House lawmakers voting on state budget (2007-05-09)
Much of businesses Wednesday and Thursday has been set aside for approving bills that will fund state government for the next fiscal year.

Flooding continues in western MO; forecasts improve in eastern MO (2007-05-09)
Kelly Weiss reports for NPR's All Things Considered on the levees keeping some people dry and others under water.

Levees break in western MO, forecasts downgraded (2007-05-09)
KWMU's Tom Weber reports on flooding across Missouri, and preparations by some cities for the water that's on the way.

Springfield, MO community college helps first-generation college students (2007-05-09)
Missy Shelton reports on a support group that helps first-generation college students.

Baseball coach in Hardin, Ill. charged with DUI (2007-05-09)
Authorities say Casey Longnecker was arrested after a crash in Hardin early Sunday.

St. Charles businesses won't be flooded (2007-05-09)
Some towns along the Missouri River continue to get more good news, as forecasters further downgraded their flood predictions.

Republican accuses auditor of conflict of interest (2007-05-08)
The Second Injury fund provides money for already disabled workers who are injured again on the job.

Hackers get into University of Missouri computer (2007-05-08)
Hackers with Chinese and Australian internet addresses got into the system early Thursday. Technicians confirmed the attack and stopped it a day later.

Shigellosis cases up in St. Louis County (2007-05-08)
Shigellosis, also known as shigella, is a highly contagious bacterial infection that affects children in daycare facilities.

Shimkus pushes technology for coal in cars (2007-05-08)
Coal, when turned into a liquid, burns cleaner than gasoline, but it also emits carbon dioxide.

Flooding in western Missouri heading towards St. Louis (2007-05-08)
Forecasters are predicting some of the worst flooding along the Missouri River since the 1993 floods.

The ongoing search for clean water (2007-05-08)
KWMU's Robert Frederick reports on the strategy many cities are taking to recycle water.

Nash autopsy inconclusive, says death was natural (2007-05-08)
A medical examiner says former Mizzou running back and St. Louisan Damien Nash died a natural death in February.

Former teacher, accused of attempted murder, tries to kill himself (2007-05-08)
Police in the Metro-East say Samson Shelton tried to kill himself on Tuesday. Shelton faces a trial in July for trying to kill Ashley Reeves.

Fingers crossed at Fairmount Park for slot legislation (2007-05-07)
The majority owner of Fairmount Park is offering to donate proceeds to charity if lawmakers vote to allow slot machines at horse racing tracks.

Lawmakers pass Blunt's college construction plan (2007-05-07)
The plan will take money from the Missouri Higher Education Loan Authority to finance building projects at public colleges and universities around the state.

Teachers union and district at odds over retirement option (2007-05-07)
Opposition from the St. Louis Teachers Union has temporarily blocked an early retirement package the district wants to offer senior teaching staff.

Study suggests Missouri parents want more school choice (2007-05-07)
A new study released today says that most Missouri residents think that parents should have more control over where their children go to school.

Social service agencies feel pinch of Illinois' higher electric rates (2007-05-07)
Illinois Public Radio's Amanda Vinicky has a look at how big electric bill increases in Illinois are affecting social service agencies.

Department of Natural Resources, Nixon may work together on Taum Sauk (2007-05-07)
A letter from Attorney General Jay Nixon outlines "essential elements" of a settlement between Ameren and the state.

Teen on go-cart hits school bus, dies (2007-05-07)
Authorities say a minibike was pulling the go-cart and ran a red light.

McCaskill booked for another commencement speech (2007-05-07)
Missouri's junior U.S. Senator was recently uninvited to speak at her daughter's catholic high school graduation because of her views on abortion and stem cell research.

MOHELA plan would mean money for more than just colleges (2007-05-06)
The Missouri House will vote this week on Gov. Matt Blunt's plan to use student loan assets for campus construction projects.

Obama gets Secret Service protection (2007-05-04)
A senior federal law enforcement official says several factors raised concerns. They include racist chatter on white supremacist web sites.

Doctors in Missouri House push final Medicaid changes (2007-05-04)
KWMU's Maria Hickey discusses the Medicaid overhaul with Missouri State Representatives Rob Schaaf, R-St. Joseph, and Sam Page, D-Creve Coeur. Both lawmakers are also doctors.

Hancock drunk, speeding and using cell phone before fatal wreck (2007-05-04)
Police say he did not even try to swerve out of the way before he hit the stopped tow truck.

Elderly driver panicked before killing boy, police say (2007-05-04)
A police report released Thursday shows that the 85-year-old woman whose car plowed into a Metro East elementary school in January lost control of her car.

Woman convicted of killing abusive husband released from prison (2007-05-03)
Shirley Lute has been released after more than 25 years behind bars for killing a man she says regularly abused her.

Obama to pass hat in St. Louis (2007-05-03)
Illinois Senator Barack Obama has scheduled a fundraising visit to St. Louis.

I-44 reopened after fatal wrong-way accident (2007-05-03)
The accident involved a wrong-way driver, who was killed along with a second motorist.

Spring finally arrives for plants that suffered freeze (2007-05-03)
Below-freezing temperatures in early April killed off buds that sprouted during the unseasonable warmth a few weeks earlier.

Suburban policemen plead guilty to jail beating (2007-05-03)
Former Velda City police Sergeant Lewis McGee and former detective Mark Winger both pleaded guilty to conspiracy to violate the civil rights of a jailed man.

Suspect arrested in attack on woman in Alton (2007-05-03)
Forty-one-year-old Michael Wood of Hardin was arrested in Bethalto, a day after Madison County prosecutors charged him with attempted aggravated criminal sexual assault and armed criminal violence.

UMSL picks 'Tritons' to replace 'Rivermen' as nickname (2007-05-02)
The nickname for the University of Missouri at St. Louis could soon change from the "Rivermen" to the "Tritons".

Hancock to be laid to rest today (2007-05-02)
Today's private burial will come before a bigger ceremony planned for Thursday.

Illinois smoking ban sent to governor (2007-05-02)
Illinois is in line to become the 19th state to ban indoor smoking in public places. The state House passed the measure yesterday, which sends it to Gov. Rod Blagojevich. Blagojevich has said he probably will sign it.

Blunt picks woman to lead agriculture department (2007-05-02)
Blunt named Katie Smith of Platte City as the new director. The former director, 66-year-old Fred Ferrell, was forced to resign after an employee accused him of sexual harassment.

DNR steps up attack on Nixon in Taum Sauk case (2007-05-02)
At a news conference Tuesday in front of Ameren's St. Louis headquarters, DNR Director Doyle Childers rejected the company's latest settlement offer.

Two bills sent to Gov. Blunt (2007-05-01)
One would let schools that had to cancel classes because of storms in January not make those days up. The other would increase what the state pays sheltered workshops.

Stem cell effort fails in Missouri committee (2007-05-01)
A proposed contitutional amendment that would undo some of the constitutional amendment that was passed last year by Missourians on stem cell research is likely dead for this year.

Dyslexic death doctor dumped (2007-05-01)
The state of Missouri says it will not continue using the services of a dyslexic surgeon to oversee any future executions.

Kinder calls on Nixon to make a decision (2007-05-01)
Missouri Lieutenant Governor Peter Kinder has renewed pressure on State Attorney General Jay Nixon to conclude his investigation of Ameren for their role in the Taum Sauk Reservoir collapse.

Convicted murderers get parole from state board (2007-05-01)
The state Supreme Court already had ordered one of the women freed, and told the state parole board to consider whether the second also should be released.

McCaskill un-invited to speech at daughter's graduation (2007-05-01)
Senator Claire McCaskill was uninvited from speaking at her daughter's Catholic high school commencement this month.

Gasometer being scrapped to make way for condos (2007-05-01)
Workers are dismantling a giant steel tank known as a gasometer that was once used to store natural gas.

Missouri Supreme Court upholds abortion law (2007-05-01)
The 2005 state law allows lawsuits against those who "intentionally cause, aid, or assist" a minor in getting an abortion without parental consent or a court order.

Hancock's crash was second since Thursday (2007-05-01)
The Post-Dispatch also reports that witnesses say Hancock couldn't complete sentences because he drank so much Saturday night.

Passer-by picks winner of election in Swansea (2007-05-01)
A once-tied race for a trustee's seat in Swansea has been decided in an uncommon way -- by a passer-by.

St. Louis ranks among ten worst cities for air quality (2007-05-01)
A report released on Tuesday by the American Lung Association rated St. Louis as having the 10th worst air in the country so far in 2007.

Attorney General 'reviewing' accident report in Taum Sauk Reservoir case (2007-04-30)
Lieutenant Governor Peter Kinder and the utility company Ameren UE say that portions of Johnson's Shut Ins state park could be open by this summer, if Nixon drops the threat of criminal charges for the hydroelectric reservoir's collapse.

Kansas City shooter had worked at Target (2007-04-30)
Police Sgt. John Jackson says Logsdon worked at the store for a couple of months, but failed to become a security guard because of outstanding warrants.

Illegal pills found in vacuum cleaner (2007-04-30)
Bobby Tierce was arrested Friday night on a charge of being a felon in possession of ammunition. Authorities then found the pills in his house.

Cardinals return to field after Hancock's death (2007-04-30)
As fans gathered at Busch Stadium to leave notes and flowers at a temporary memorial, Cardinal players will wear Josh Hancock's number tonight in Milwaukee.

St. Clair County Board settles sexual abuse case for $900,000 (2007-04-30)
Thomas O'Donnell, Jr. is accused of abusing a 14-year-old male detainee at the juvenile center where O'Donnell was a guard.

New SLU basketball coach says past health problems won't hamper him (2007-04-30)
Rick Majerus said he does not expect past health problems to interfere with his new job as Saint Louis University's men's basketball coach.

MCT buses to use designated stops in downtown STL (2007-04-30)
Riders can currently catch one of MCT's green buses at just about any street corner, but next week they'll have to go to designated stops.

Great Rivers Byway named a "wonder" of Illinois (2007-04-30)
The Great Rivers Scenic Byway in the Metro-East has been listed as one of the "Seven Wonders of Illinois."

Three dead at Kansas City mall shooting (2007-04-29)
Three people died at a mall in Kansas City after a gunman opened fire, apparently targeting victims at random.

Cardinals pitcher Josh Hancock killed in car crash (2007-04-29)
The reliever was on westbound I-64 last night near the Grand exit when he struck his car struck a tow truck that had stopped to help a motorist.

Security stepped up at Pattonville HS after shooting (2007-04-29)
A dozen students were asked to stay home today (Monday) until their role in the fight can be determined. The school is also adding extra police officers.

SLU hires Majerus for basketball job (2007-04-28)
Rick Majerus agreed Friday to a six-year contract with Saint Louis University, after working hte past three years as an analyst for ESPN.

Slay pushes controversial tax credit bill; legislation would encourage 'assembly' of large city land tracts (2007-04-27)
The mayor voiced his support for a bill in the Missouri legislature that would give developers tax credits for purchasing large tracts of city land.

St. Louis Archdiocese discourages giving to Komen (2007-04-27)
The Archdiocese's Respect Life Apostolate sent out a position statement encouraging Catholics not to give to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure. The statement claims Komen gives grants to Planned Parenthood and support embryonic stem cell research.

Last call for Ben Abell (2007-04-27)
KWMU's Tom Weber has a report on Ben Abell, who is delivering his final forecasts for KWMU today.

Former charity director gets more than three years for child porn (2007-04-27)
Sandra Batte tearfully apologized during her sentencing today (Friday) and told the judge she would spend the rest of her life seeking forgiveness.

MSU sex offender professor put on leave (2007-04-27)
Missouri State wants to check reports that Eugene Michael Hendrix had contact with schoolchildren and didn't comply with state sex offender registry laws.

Serial car thief pleads guilty (2007-04-26)
A Metro East man has pleaded guilty to stealing more than 83 cars and close to a million dollars in property.

Judge finds man guilty of suffocating children (2007-04-26)
St. Louis Circuit Judge Joan Burger rejected an insanity defense and found Anthony Moore guilty of two counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of his two children.

Burke quits charity board to protest rocker Sheryl Crow (2007-04-26)
The Archbishop of St. Louis says the Catholic charity shouldn't have booked Crow for an event because she supports abortion rights.

St. Louis School Board approves school closings, reconfiguration (2007-04-26)
The schools slated for closing are Euclid Montessori, Lafayette 9th grade Center, Webster Middle School, Ashland Elementary Annex and Turner Branch.

An interview with Ari Fleischer (2007-04-26)
KWMU's Maria Hickey speaks with former White House spokesman Ari Fleischer, who will speak at Powell Hall on Thursday night.

Blunt and Jetton endorse Romney for President (2007-04-26)
Blunt says he's supporting Romney in part because he stood up for conservative values in a strongly liberal state.

MOHELA forgives loans for 9,300 students (2007-04-26)
The Missouri Higher Education Loan Authority announced Thursday that it will ease the debt of 93-hundred college freshmen.

Biondi stays mum about Soderberg firing (2007-04-26)
The president of Saint Louis University is still not saying why the school fired basketball coach Brad Soderberg last week.

Smoking ban for Illinois could pass next week (2007-04-26)
Supporters of a public smoking ban say they believe they have the needed votes to win approval in Springfield.

Horse born, baby cheetahs make debut (2007-04-25)
Two animal groups in St. Louis made separate baby announcements today: Three cheetahs born last year are on display, and a horse has been born at the Humane Society.

Special workers' comp fund insolvent (2007-04-25)
An audit conducted by the state finds the so-called Second Injury Fund has been impacted by changes made two years ago to worker compensation laws.

Toddler dies after mom's car backs over him (2007-04-25)
Police say the woman thought the child was with her husband and out of harm's way. Instead, the boy was behind her in the driveway as she backed out.

Judge extends restraining order against Valley Park (2007-04-25)
A judge in St. Louis County has extended a temporary restraining order that prevents the suburb of Valley Park from enforcing its most recent law aimed at illegal immigrants.

MOHELA bill heads to Missouri House (2007-04-25)
The plan calls for using student loan assets to fund new buildings on Missouri's college campuses. Democrats have been critical, calling the final Senate version a collection of pork barrel projects.

Initiative to limit affirmative action underway (2007-04-25)
A group called the Missouri Civil Rights Initiative aims to put a question on the November 2008 ballot asking Missourians to prohibit discrimination and preferential treatment based on race or gender.

Johnson's Shut-Ins will stay closed this year (2007-04-24)
The park flooded in late 2005 when Ameren's Taum Sauk hydroelectric reservoir failed.

Gun charges against third Illinois trooper dropped (2007-04-24)
Federal prosecutors on Tuesday dismissed a charge of illegal possession of a machine gun against Special Agent John Yard, of Collinsville.

5-year old girl left on bus; driver faces firing (2007-04-24)
A bus driver in the Parkway School District might be fired after leaving a five-year old special education student on a bus after his work day had ended.

Clay asks for information on fallen St. Louis soldier (2007-04-24)
In addition to hearing testimony on Tuesday about the death of Army Ranger Pat Tillman, the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform also asked the military to release information about the death of a St. Louis soldier.

Monument dedicated for killed Cahokia police officer (2007-04-24)
Jeremy Chambers was the first officer in village history to die in the line of duty when he was killed in a car crash a year ago.

Gambling bill nudges past Missouri Senate (2007-04-24)
After 12 hours of debate, the Senate voted Tuesday night to get rid of Missouri's limit on losses at casinos.

Akin asks MoDOT for phase-in on Hwy 40 (2007-04-24)
Missouri Congressman Todd Akin says next year's construction closures on Highway 40 should be phased in rather than done abruptly.

New Clayton mayor sworn in (2007-04-24)
Linda Goldstein became the first woman to be mayor of Clayton in city history on Tuesday night.

Property owners win court round in Clayton condemnation case (2007-04-24)
A state appeals court ruled Tuesday that Centene should not be able to use condemnation to acquire Clayton property for its new headquarters.

Supreme Court orders Missouri abortion law back on the books (2007-04-23)
In the wake of last week's Supreme Court ruling banning certain abortion procedures the nation's high court has ordered that a 1999 Missouri law be put back on the books.

After investigation, Washington University changes student loan practices (2007-04-23)
Missouri Attorney General Jay Nixon and Andrew Cuomo of New York found Washington University had a revenue sharing agreement with California-based Education Finance Partners.

U.S. Supreme Court orders partial birth abortion ruling to apply in Missouri case (2007-04-23)
Today's two-sentence order threw out a 2005 ruling from a federal appeals court that struck down a Missouri ban on certain late-term abortions.

Lakin faces federal drug, sex charges (2007-04-23)
The government is also trying to seize Tom Lakin's East Alton home, alleging it was used for cocaine dealing and consumption.

Hanley exit closes; I-64 reopens at Tamm (2007-04-23)
I-64 re-opened Sunday sooner than expected between Hampton and Oakland; today, an entrance ramp from Hanley to I-64 will close for the next three years.

Hrabko takes over as airport chief (2007-04-23)
Monday is the first day on the job for Richard Hrabko, who has spent more than 40 years at the Spirit of St. Louis Airport in Chesterfield.

Shannon retires as St. Louis Community College Chancellor (2007-04-23)
Henry Shannon will step down from the St. Louis post at the end of August and take a new job as president of Chaffey College in California.

MO House votes to allow dogs to find wounded deer (2007-04-23)
Dogs would be allowed to help track wounded deer, under legislation being moved through the General Assembly in Jefferson City.

Bill would add state control over abortion clinics, sex education (2007-04-23)
The bill would bar Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers from teaching sex-ed in schools, while allowing schools to choose abstinence based curriculum.

GOP expects Democratic slow-down this week in MO Senate (2007-04-23)
Relations between Senate Democrats and Republicans have been strained by the fight over the MOHELA bill. Majority Floor Leader Charlie Shields says Democrats might try to retaliate this week.

UM search committee to keep finalists' names for president secret (2007-04-23)
Committee members held an organizational meeting Monday and set guidelines and a timeline for the search to replace Elson Floyd.

State of Illinois to plant 2 million trees (2007-04-22)
The state's Department of Transportation used Earth Day Sunday to announce a plan to plant more than two million trees across Illinois in the next year.

Boeing machinists in STL authorize strike (2007-04-22)
Negotiations between the company and the union will continue; the workers' current contract expires May 20.

Maneuver puts rate freeze legislation into limbo in Illinois (2007-04-21)
Democratic leaders of the Illinois Senate on Friday used a parliamentary maneuver that some say further clouds the chances of bringing down electric rates.

Day of mourning today in Missouri, Illinois (2007-04-20)
Virginia's Governor on Thursday asked all the states' governors to declare Friday a day of mourning.

Bond blames EPA for small engine plant closure (2007-04-20)
Senator Kit Bond of Missouri said EPA emissions standards are hurting American industry. Bond pointed to the impending closure of a Briggs and Stratton small engine plant in Rolla as evidence.

Winnie the Pooh causes post office evacuation in Wright City (2007-04-20)
A man who had ordered a Winnie the Pooh telephone online went to pick it up Thursday but he heard it ticking, not ringing.

Blunt taps 25 to serve on campus security task force (2007-04-20)
Missouri Governor Matt Blunt nominated 25 people today to serve on a state-wide campus security task force.

Joyce explains decision not to charge police in World Series ticket case (2007-04-20)
NPR's Robert Siegel talks with St. Louis Circuit Attorney Jennifer Joyce about her decision not to prosecute the city police officers who used World Series tickets seized from scalpers.

Wounded Missouri lawmaker gets Bronze Star (2007-04-20)
State Rep. Jason Brown (R-Platte City) is an Army reservist, and last October he was shot in the lung by a sniper during a mission in Iraq.

Tamm Avenue overpass to come down late Friday (2007-04-20)
Crews will be removing the Tamm Avenue overpass, which is the first bridge that will be replaced as part of the big I-64 reconstruction project.

House pushes Missouri State to fire sex offender (2007-04-19)
House Speaker Pro-tem Carl Bearden says an amendment to a tax bill approved Thursday would financially punish parents if they send their kids to a college that employs sex offenders as instructors.

City population shows modest growth, but officials exaggerate figures (2007-04-19)
Approximately 353,837 people called St. Louis city home as of July 2006.

Republicans shut down MOHELA debate in Senate (2007-04-19)
The proposal would use student loan assets to fund new college construction projects.

State office building in Springfield, Ill. locked down (2007-04-19)
It turned out to be nothing, but the Willard Ice Building in the Illinois capital was locked down after an unknown powder was found.

Slay endorses Hillary Clinton for President (2007-04-19)
Sen. Clinton's campaign sent word Thursday morning that she has the support of Mayor Francis Slay.

Locally-made movie gets not-so-anonymous acclaim (2007-04-19)
KWMU's Maria Hickey reports on the movie "A. (Anonymous)," which has just been released on DVD.

MO Senate confirms big donor appointee (2007-04-19)
Democrats questioned whether there was a connection between a $50,000 contribution to Gov. Blunt by Rudolph Farber and Farber's appointment to the state's highway commission.

Black churches preach 'prosperity gospel' (2007-04-18)
KWMU's Adam Allington reports on a new trend among African-American churches in St. Louis.

Demotions approved for police officers who used seized World Series tickets (2007-04-18)
The St. Louis Police Board of Commissioners has approved demotions for the eight St. Louis police officers who admitted to using seized World Series tickets.

Slavery apology bill moves forward in Missouri Legislature (2007-04-18)
The main reason the measure is moving forward is because the word "atone" was removed from the text of the resolution.

McCaskill's new knee making her 'cranky' (2007-04-18)
U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill says her new knee is 'driving her nuts' because of how much it's slowed her down.

St. Charles native Buehrle tosses no-hitter for White Sox (2007-04-18)
The Francis Howell North grad faced the minimum 27 batters in the 6-0 win over Texas.

Officer unseated as ESL Mayor; school issues pass (2007-04-18)
Carl Officer was voted out Tuesday after one term, while the mayors of Collinsville and Fairview Heights won. School referenda in Edwardsville & O'Fallon passed.

Construction on new Edwardsville schools will start soon (2007-04-18)
Edwardsville Superintendent Ed Hightower says construction on two new elementary schools is on a fast-track, after voters this week approved a bond issue.

MO Senate to take up MOHELA again, maybe today (2007-04-17)
The legislation, backed by Governor Matt Blunt, would use about $350 million from the state's student loan agency to build on college campuses.

Tamm Ave. overpass closed; will be torn down Friday (2007-04-17)
It's the first of a number of overpasses that will come down and be re-built as part of the big I-64 reconstruction project.

Missouri Supreme Court sides with SLU in arena funding case (2007-04-17)
The university wants to use $8 million in tax-increment financing to pay for part of the project.

Lewis Reed sworn in as aldermanic president (2007-04-17)
The first-ever African-American president of the St. Louis Board of Aldermen was sworn in Tuesday.

St. Charles County man electrocuted after crash (2007-04-17)
Leon Schneider was driving his SUV on Highway 94 in Warren County Tuesday afternoon when it struck a utility pole.

New charges against Devlin, investigators appeal for more information (2007-04-17)
Authorities in Washington County say kidnapping suspect Michael Devlin tried to kill Shawn Hornbeck.

Bills in Jefferson City focus on reducing abortions (2007-04-17)
The bills, if passed, would require more state oversight of most abortion clinics, and would bar Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers from teaching sex education classes in public schools.

Task force will look into campus safety in Missouri (2007-04-17)
Governor Matt Blunt has announced the formation of a task force that will study how colleges can respond to on-campus violence.

Former plumbing inspector gets 18 months for bribes (2007-04-17)
Bill Beckemeyer pleaded guilty in January; he was one of four city officials indicted on federal bribery charges last year.

Soderberg fired as SLU men's basketball coach (2007-04-17)
Soderberg had been coach for five years but the team has failed to make the postseason of late.

He had a 80-74 record during his five seasons at SLU.

Former St. Peters mayor begins prison term (2007-04-16)
Brown resigned as mayor of the St. Charles County town in October after admitting he solicited and accepted a bribe of nearly $300,000.

NRA expresses condolences to families of dead at Va. Tech, but withholds comments (2007-04-16)
The NRA board met in St. Louis following the group's annual convention.

Voter ID effort renewed in Missouri (2007-04-16)
A similar law passed last year was declared unconstitutional. This year's proposal does have some changes.

Fire in Quincy, Ill. kills five children; man arrested (2007-04-16)
Zachary Meeks was arrested Sunday and faces preliminary charges of first-degree murder, aggravated arson and arson.

Ballot question in Ritenour School District will probably return (2007-04-16)
Voters two weeks ago rejected a bond issue and tax increase that would have raised $32 million, most of which would have gone for a new auditorium.

Missouri lawmakers hold moment of silence for Virginia shooting victims (2007-04-16)
Missouri House and Senate members paused Monday afternoon to remember the victims of the massacre at Virginia Tech.

Voters in O'Fallon, Ill. to decide school bond issue Tuesday (2007-04-16)
This school would only be for ninth-graders, whereas the plan two years ago would have included a new four-year school.

Express Scripts begins moving in at new UMSL digs (2007-04-16)
A company spokesman says some departments have started moving into the new building and expect to be finished during the first week of June.

Blunt far outpaces Nixon in fundraising (2007-04-16)
Gov. Blunt has about $4.5 million in the bank for his re-election bid in 2008, while Democrat Jay Nixon has about $1.9 million.

Maag drops defamation lawsuit (2007-04-16)
The former candidate for Illinois Supreme Court was seeking $110 million from two groups that distributed campaign flyers against him in 2004.

NRA convention sets a record (2007-04-16)
More than 60,000 people attended the NRA convention this weekend, which makes it the city's largest-ever convention. KWMU's Matt Sepic speaks with the group's top lobbyist.

Family of three dies in plane crash (2007-04-15)
The single-engine Piper Cherokee was en route from Jefferson City to Muscle Shoals, Ala., when controllers lost contact around 8:45 a.m. Saturday.

Woman and her three children killed in fire in Cahokia (2007-04-13)
Firefighters say they arrived at the home to find flames coming from three sides of the house.

Blunt welcomes NRA to St. Louis with bill signing (2007-04-13)
Governor Matt Blunt has approved legislation that prohibits authorities from seizing Missourians' firearms during a civil emergency.

Future of Mississippi River Bridge uncertain (2007-04-13)
Regional politicians and business leaders are exploring alternate means of funding to jumpstart the stalled Mississippi River Bridge project.

St. Louis marathon kicks off this weekend (2007-04-13)
A weekend of races and fitness events gets underway on Friday and culminates Sunday with the St. Louis Marathon and Half-Marathon.

Shrewsbury steps down as aldermanic president (2007-04-12)
KWMU's Matt Sepic speaks with outgoing Aldermanic President Jim Shrewsbury.

School board ousts O'Brien as president; votes to fight state takeover (2007-04-12)
O'Brien has been a controversial figure for her support of a state takeover of the district and her repeated swipes at Superintendent Diana Bourisaw.

School board ousts O'Brien as president; votes to fight state takeover (2007-04-12)
O'Brien has been a controversial figure for her support of a state takeover of the district and her repeated swipes at Superintendent Diana Bourisaw.

Missouri Baptists fire executive director (2007-04-12)
The Reverend David Clippard was fired Tuesday in Jefferson City after heading the convention since 2002.

MO House passes mandatory death penalty law (2007-04-12)
Governor Matt Blunt called for legislation that would require the death penalty for people who kill police officers during his State of the State Address this year.

NRA gathering could be St. Louis' largest convention ever (2007-04-12)
tourism officials say the expected 55,000 attendees could set a record.

St. Peters gets new mayor (2007-04-12)
KWMU's Tom Weber speaks with Len Pagano, who was sworn in Thursday as mayor of St. Peters.

SIU trustees to approve tuition increase today (2007-04-12)
Students at SIUE pay the same tuition all four years; this fall's rate will be about $5,200 a year for undergrads.

Proposal ensures Missourians' guns during emergencies (2007-04-12)
The Missouri House Thursday sent Gov. Blunt legislation to make it illegal for police to seize firearms from people during a state of emergency.

MO Supreme Court to hears arguments in lead paint case (2007-04-12)
The court will hear arguments over whether paint manufacturers can be held accountable for costs to remove lead paint from St. Louis homes, even if the city can't prove who made the paint.

Blunt announces mentor program (2007-04-11)
Governor Matt Blunt signed an executive order Wednesday creating a pilot program that will make it easier for state workers to make time in their schedules to mentor kids.

Senate passes MO HealthNet (2007-04-11)
The legislation overhauls Missouri's Medicaid program, placing more emphasis on preventative care and rewarding health lifestyles.

MO House approves intellectual diversity bill (2007-04-11)
The bill would require all public colleges and universities to issue an annual report that details what they're doing to guarantee students are not harassed or flunked by their professors for having a different opinions.

O'Brien likely out soon as School Board President (2007-04-11)
The St. Louis Board has scheduled a meeting for Thursday morning, and the second order of business on the meeting agenda reads "vote to remove current President from office."

Wetland rehabilitation at Columbia Bottom (2007-04-11)
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Missouri Department of Conservation are teaming up to rehabilitate wetland habitat along the Missouri River.

Yo La Tengo on the road (2007-04-11)
KWMU's Adam Allington speaks with the lead singer of Yo La Tengo, Ira Kaplan. The indie rock band will play at the Pageant Thursday night.

Bond: National Guard needs $38 billion (2007-04-11)
The Missouri Republican says there are enough soldiers and airmen in the guard, but overseas deployments in Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere have taken a toll on equipment.

Bill would allow domestic violence victims to keep addresses secret (2007-04-10)
The State Senate has given initial approval to a bill that would beef up protection of victims of domestic violence and sex crimes.

Lambert bomb detection program expands to other airports (2007-04-10)
The Transportation Security Administration announced Tuesday that 300 Bomb Appraisal Officers will be hired at about 100 airports over the next year and a half.

Wentzville schools face growing pains (2007-04-10)
One of Missouri's fastest-growing school districts faces new challenges after a bond issue failed there last week.

St. Louis man gets two years probation for posing as a Marine (2007-04-10)
Michael Gerald Weilbacher will also serve 120 days community service at a military organization and pay a $3,000 fine as part of his sentence.

Proposal in Illinois would allow for coyote chasing sport (2007-04-10)
One Illinois lawmaker wants to expand a sport called 'hound running' to include coyotes. It's already done with foxes.

MO agriculture officials pleased with exports to Vietnam (2007-04-10)
Vietnam accounts for only a small fraction of Missouri exports, but getting in now might mean larger returns in the future.

MO Senators not sure if state can help with crop damage (2007-04-10)
It will likely take a few more days to fully assess the amount of crop damage in Missouri caused by freezing temperatures over the Easter weekend.

Audit finds Illinois hunting permits went to politcally-connected (2007-04-10)
There are often more hunters who want to bag a deer than what the State feels is a proper amount. To be fair, Illinois has for years held a lottery to decide who gets a permit.

Fire damages buildings in downtown Granite City (2007-04-10)
The fire started at about 3:30 this (Tuesday) morning and damaged part of State Street.

Convicted attorney jailed pending sentencing (2007-04-09)
Metro East attorney Gary Peel has surrendered to be jailed pending his June sentencing for trying to blackmail his former wife with naked pictures of her sister.

Cold takes bite out of Missouri fruit and grain (2007-04-09)
The prolonged frost means entire crops of Missouri fruit and grain could be a loss for farmers.

Car dealer pleads not guilty to tax evasion charges (2007-04-09)
James Auffenberg has been accused of evading more than $8.5 million in income taxes by becoming a partner in a tax shelter in the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Transportation options limited for students who want to leave city schools (2007-04-09)
Superintendent Diana Bourisaw says the city schools only have to pay to transport kids to one suburban district; students who go elsewhere will have to find their own ride.

Remains from WWII include man from Missouri (2007-04-09)
A Missouri man is among ten airmen missing since World War II whose remains have been identified and are being returned to family.

Ladue Schools' major facelift will start in summer '08 (2007-04-09)
After voters approved a bond issue last week, a host of renovation projects now has the green light to proceed, including major upgrades to Ladue Middle School.

Frost damages plenty of fruit crops in MO, IL (2007-04-09)
Owners of vineyards in Missouri and Illinois are licking their wounds after this weekend's cold snap.

MO lawmakers might take back power over vaccines (2007-04-08)
A change in the law eleven years ago gave that power to the Department of Health and Senior Services.

First highway closure this week from I-64 project (2007-04-08)
Interstate 170 will be closed near the I-64 interchange on Wednesday night so crews can remove a pedestrian bridge.

Jetton worried some bills might not pass (2007-04-07)
With only 6 weeks left in the spring session, it's possible the session could end before the work is done.

Fatal crash shuts down I-270 during morning rush hour (2007-04-06)
Police are still looking for the driver of a truck who caused a fatal crash overnight in north St. Louis County.

St. Louis City property reassessments go in the mail today (2007-04-06)
By state law all real estate must be reassessed every two years to reflect changes in market value.

Long-time St. Louis opera director dies at 75 (2007-04-06)
Colin Graham had been sick for a while with respiratory and heart problems.

Curators name Gordon Lamb UM's interim president (2007-04-06)
Lamb, 72, previously served as interim chancellor of UM-Kansas City in 1999-2000.

Ameren applies for permit for nuclear plant (2007-04-05)
Ameren UE announced Thursday that it plans to file an application with the federal government for a new nuclear plant.

Operation Brightside celebrates 25th (2007-04-05)
The not-for-profit that works to clean up St. Louis is marking its anniversary with a road-side flower dispay.

North St. Louis landmark suffers second wall collapse in Saturday storm (2007-04-05)
The Mullanphy Emigrant Home was built in 1867 to provide temporary housing to newcomers passing through the city.

AT&T vows to keep jobs in St. Louis (2007-04-05)
AT&T announced Thursday it plans to keep its phone book publishing business headquartered in St. Louis.

St. Louis Zoo acquires brother and sister lions (2007-04-05)
The two lions are 16 months old, and came from the Basel Zoo in Switzerland. Zoo officials say they represent new genes important to breeding future generations in North America.

Valley Park's immigration efforts blocked a third time (2007-04-05)
At issue is an ordinance requiring the city to check the citizenship status of prospective renters before it issues occupancy permits.

Judge throws out law that would have helped Fairmount Park (2007-04-05)
The law required Illinois' four richest casinos to share profits with horse racing tracks, including Fairmount Park.

Michigan State, Boston College advance in Frozen Four (2007-04-05)
College hockey's champion will be crowned Saturday night at the Scottrade Center.

MO Senate approves Medicaid replacement (2007-04-05)
KWMU's Maria Hickey reports on how a proposed overhaul of Medicaid in Missouri will affect the hundreds of thousands who lost coverage two years ago.

Cold snap could mean trouble for Missouri growers (2007-04-05)
The combination of above normal temperatures in March followed by freezing temperatures in this month could have disastrous consequences for Missouri fruit growers.

In Alton, Blagojevich pushes health insurance plan (2007-04-04)
The Governor wants to offer low-cost health insurance to the 1.4 million Illinoisians he says are not covered. To pay for it, Blagojevich wants more than $8.5 billion in new business taxes.

Police identify man they shot downtown (2007-04-04)
A man killed by police Tuesday night was Damien Conner, of Swansea, Ill. He had shot at officers before they opened fire, authorities say.

Senate committee repeals MO helmet law (2007-04-04)
A Senate committee today (Wednesday)endorsed a bill to repeal the requirement for anyone 21 or older to wear a helmet. The measure cleared the House a couple weeks ago.

Seat belt debate heats up in MO House (2007-04-04)
A 2-hour debate was suspended last night (Wednesday) and may resume later today (Thursday).

Police shoot man in downtown St. Louis (2007-04-04)
Dozens of people witnessed the shootout near the Federal Reserve Bank; one said he heard 10-15 shots.

Presidential candidate Huckabee visits St. Louis (2007-04-04)
Huckabee, the former Arkansas Governor, is one of nine Republicans will participate in an early GOP debates in May.

Mokwa demotes officers, doesn't fire them (2007-04-04)
The disciplinary action was taken against officers who took World Series tickets seized from scalpers and sent friends or family to the games.

Blunt ends freeze on new state cars (2007-04-04)
Gov. Blunt put a freeze on buying new cars when he took office two years ago. Now, money in his proposed state budget would allow for some to be purchased.

Fox gets ambassadorship, after all (2007-04-04)
President Bush bypassed Congress on Wednesday by making a recess appointment; that will allow Sam Fox to be the next Ambassador to Belgium.

'Frozen Four' tournament comes to St. Louis (2007-04-03)
The NCAA's Frozen Four hockey tournament begins Thursday at the ScottTrade Center.

Man gets 12 years in prison for $4 million fraud case (2007-04-03)
James Knight used investors' money to gamble at casinos in Missouri and Illinois.

Purzner recalled; Pagano wins St. Peters Mayorship; City parks vote passes (2007-04-03)
Overland will need a new mayor after Ann Purzner was recalled Tuesday. Also, Len Pagano won a 6-way race for St. Peters mayor, and St. Louis City voters approved a question on parks.

Lambert loses director; replacement named (2007-04-03)
St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay announced that Kevin Dolliole has resigned as director of the Lambert Airport and Richard Hrabko will take over.

Bond says VA hospital in St. Louis needs parking (2007-04-03)
Missouri's senior U.S. Senator is visiting veterans' facilities throughout the state, in the wake of the scandal at Walter Reed Army Hospital.

Move in date for Express Scripts pushed back (2007-04-03)
Completion of the new headquarters of Express Scripts is being pushed back. Express Scripts had hoped to begin moving into their new facility in March. Now they'll have to wait at least until the end of April.

House OKs keeping executioners' names secret (2007-04-03)
The bill makes it illegal for anyone to knowingly disclose the identity of those on a team that carries out executions.

Mistrial declared for man accused of killing officer (2007-04-03)
A judge declared a mistrial Tuesday in a case where the suspect admitted on the stand that he shot and killed a suburban St. Louis police officer.

In reversal, Valley Park aldermen fail to override veto (2007-04-03)
On Monday night, aldermen voted not to override a veto from Mayor Jeffrey Whitteaker, on legislation dealing with immigration.

Washington University bids for '08 debate (2007-04-03)
The campus has hosted three Presidential debates in the past 15 years; it's now one of 19 potential sites for an '08 event.

Valley Park alderman could override immigration veto tonight (2007-04-02)
The aldermen two weeks ago voted to get rid of a law that had banned landlords from renting to illegals, after a judge threw the law out.

Tuesday's elections include recall vote in Overland (2007-04-02)
Current Mayor Ann Purzner has come under fire for trying to remove the city's Police Chief without the City Council's approval.

Pipe bomb found under bridge (2007-04-02)
Sheriff Gary Toelke says a local highway department worker found the bomb and reported it to authorities around noon Monday.

Pinnacle says it's improving minority inclusion (2007-04-02)
The Las Vegas-based company says its minority participation rate is now greater than 20% on the project to build a new casino in downtown St. Louis.

School board president calls again for superintendent's firing (2007-04-02)
St. Louis School Board President Veronica O'Brien is reiterating her call for superintendent Diana Bourisaw to be fired.

Cards open 2007 season with 6-1 loss to Mets (2007-04-02)
The Cardinals were feted before the game for their World Series win last fall, but the Mets had the last laugh with a 6-1 win.

Small tornado touches down in south St. Louis (2007-04-02)
The twister was so small, that it took meteorologists until late Sunday to confirm what actually happened.

Legislation targets sex offenders in college (2007-04-02)
A bill in the Missouri House seeks to prevent registered sex offenders who attend college from living on campus.

Does Tuesday's city School Board election matter? (2007-04-02)
KWMU's Adam Allington explores what impact, if any, the St. Louis School Board election will have Tuesday, given the state is a few months from taking over the district.

Blagojevich takes his tax increase plan to the people (2007-04-02)
IL Public Radio's Sean Crawford reports on the governor's trip this week across the state to try to pitch his plan for a tax increase on businesses.

Senate begins debate on HealthNet bill (2007-04-02)
The Missouri Senate has begun the first debate of the Governor's Missouri HealthNet proposal, which is set to replace the state's current Medicaid system

Bill could get vote this week to allow school board recall elections (2007-04-01)
A Senate committee is considering a bill that would establish recall elections for school board members in Missouri.

In St. Louis, Durbin and McCaskill push for more veterans funding (2007-03-30)
Claire McCaskill of Missouri and Dick Durbin of Illinois say the country needs to do more for injured war veterans.

McCaskill will have right knee replaced next week (2007-03-30)
The Missouri Democrat says the knee has bothered her for years, but campaigns for Governor and Senate prevented it earlier.

Baker wraps up 28 years in St. Louis County government (2007-03-30)
KWMU's Tom Weber speaks with Jim Baker, whose last day as St. Louis County Director of Administration is today (Friday).

Enterprise to buy rival car rental company (2007-03-30)
St. Louis-based Enterprise is the largest American rental car company.

Missouri House passes state budget plan (2007-03-29)
The $21 billion budget includes more money for education and health care but does not return Medicaid coverage to those cut off two years ago.

St. Louis man exonerated after decade in prison (2007-03-29)
Antonio Beaver spent 10 years and seven months in the Missouri prison system before a DNA test proved his innocence.

Metro says it will comply with audit, but not until August (2007-03-29)
Former Auditor Claire McCaskill began investigating Metro in 2005, after the agency reported $126 million in cost overruns with the MetroLink extension project.

Mizzou surgeon operates on tiger (2007-03-29)
Last week surgeons at the University of Missouri Medical Teaching Hospital completed a six hour operation to repair a tiger's deformed front legs.

More homes come down today as part of I-64 rebuild (2007-03-29)
The homes are being razed to make room for a new interchange between I-64 and I-170.

Blues moving back to KMOX; team gets minority owner (2007-03-29)
The change marks a return of pro sports to the station that last year was without Cardinals baseball for the first time in 51 seasons.

Illinois Senate approves statewide smoking ban (2007-03-29)
The measure would replace the patchwork of local smoking ordinances across Illinois with a single policy meant to protect people from secondhand smoke in the workplace.

Lawmaker wants tax increase for improved I-70 (2007-03-29)
Sponsor Neal St. Onge, of Ellisville, says he doesn't expect the bill to pass this year; he just wants to start the discussion.

Head of charity charged with fraud (2007-03-29)
Authorities say Carl Sengheiser, who ran Gateway to a Cure, set up fake raffles and pocketed most of the proceeds.

McCaskill-Obama amendment stripped from Iraq funding bill (2007-03-29)
The wartime spending bill that passed in the Senate Thursday did not include an amendment to provide more funding for wounded veterans.

Bush withdraws Sam Fox nomination to be ambassador (2007-03-28)
The St. Louis businessman had come under fire from some Democrats for his donation in 2004 to the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth.

Montee wants to sue Metro, says agency not cooperating with audit (2007-03-28)
Missouri State Auditor Susan Montee said Metro has refused to hand over key documents, and a lawsuit is the only way to get them.

MSD rate increase to be decided in June (2007-03-28)
The average residential customer pays about $22 a month for wastewater services. Under the proposal the average bill would go up to nearly $37 a month by 2011.

Bills would revamp St. Louis city schools (2007-03-28)
Democrat Jeff Smith is sponoring legislation that got a hearing in a committee on Wednesday; the bill would make sweeping changes to St. Louis schools.

MO House votes to cut Amtrak funding (2007-03-28)
The House took away more than $6 million from the passenger rail service through a series of changes to the state's $20 billion budget.

Trial opens in killing of Kirkwood police officer (2007-03-28)
Twenty-one-year-old Kevin Johnson could face the death penalty if convicted.

McCaskill will try to add Walter Reed language to Iraq bill (2007-03-28)
McCaskill says the amendment would fund certain parts of the Dignity for Wounded Warriors Act, which she introduced with Illinois Senator Barack Obama in late February.

Committee to hear bills today related to STL Schools (2007-03-28)
The St. Louis School District will be the subject of a committee hearing this afternoon in Jefferson City.

Citgo stations about to go away in Missouri (2007-03-28)
The company says agreements to supply Citgo gas will end at the end of March; the move affects 233 stations in Missouri.

Illinois House votes to allow illegals to drive (2007-03-28)
The plan would create special driving certificates that people could obtain without a Social Security number.

MO House votes to cut Amtrak funding (2007-03-28)
The House took away more than $6 million from the passenger rail service through a series of changes to the state's $20 billion budget.

Third day of walkouts at Riverview Gardens High School (2007-03-28)
About 75 students were marching to district headquarters this (Wed.) morning as they continue to protest the reassignment of principal Marshall Peeples.

Madison County jury sides with Merck in Vioxx trial (2007-03-27)
A jury in Madison County has cleared the company that makes the painkiller Vioxx of responsibility for the 2003 heart attack that killed a 52-year-old Granite City woman.

Madison County jury sides with Merck in Vioxx trial (2007-03-27)
A jury in Madison County has cleared the company that makes the painkiller Vioxx of responsibility for the 2003 heart attack that killed a 52-year-old Granite City woman.

Illinois lawmakers to debate drivers licenses for illegal immigrants (2007-03-27)
Illinois Public Radio's Sean Crawford reports on the debate in Springfield over whether illegal immigrants should have driving privileges.

Related story: Missouri House votes on police immigration bill

MO Senate votes to require sprinklers in nursing homes (2007-03-27)
The legislation is in response to a fire that gutted a group home in Anderson last November and killed 11 people.

Riverview Gardens students walk out to protest reassignment of principal (2007-03-27)
Dozens of students stayed out of classes Tuesday morning. The district eventually called off classes and sent students home at 11:30.

Lawmaker's absence allows for stem cell vote (2007-03-27)
A committee pushed a bill through Tuesday that would prevent a procedure used in embryonic stem cell research in Missouri.

Kerry still questions Sam Fox nomination, as vote nears (2007-03-27)
A senate panel is expected to vote Wednesday on the nomination of Sam Fox of St. Louis to become ambassador to Belgium, but Sen. John Kerry says he's still concerned about a political donation Fox made in 2004.

National survey: St. Louis has lowest gas prices (2007-03-26)
The latest Lundberg survey puts the average price of regular unleaded gas at $2.34 a gallon in St. Louis.

After two years, audit of Metro still unfinished (2007-03-26)
Revelations two years ago that the MetroLink extension project was $126 million over budget caused calls for a state audit. There still isn't one, which has a long-time critic of the agency crying foul.

MAP tests begin for Missouri students (2007-03-26)
Students across the state are required to take the MAP to gauge proficiency in communication arts and math.

Car dealer Auffenberg charged with fraud (2007-03-26)
James Auffenburg, whose name adorns a number of car dealerships in O'Fallon and Belleville, Ill., is accused of running a tax scheme with three other men.

Former Engineered Support CFO charged with securities fraud (2007-03-26)
Gary Gerhardt of St. Charles is accused of backdating stock options at the company.

Metro East car dealer indicted in Virgin Islands tax scheme (2007-03-26)
James Auffenberg Jr. of Swansea, Illinois is accused of running a tax scheme in the U.S. Virgin Islands along with three other men.

Closing arguments today in Madison County Vioxx trial (2007-03-26)
Closing arguments are expected today (Monday) in the Madison County trial featuring the once-popular painkiller Vioxx.

Experts say problems with tests in Illinois will continue (2007-03-26)
Companies that write and distribute standardized tests are struggling with a workload that's exploded since 2002 when President Bush signed the No Child Left Behind education law.

MO House votes to make police ask for immigration status (2007-03-26)
The legislation's sponsor says it's not profiling for police to ask someone being arrested whether they are legal citizens.

Blunt in Italy for trade trip (2007-03-26)
Gov. Matt Blunt is in Italy for a trip designed to trumpet Missouri to businesses over there.

Jurors begin deliberations in Midwest's first Vioxx trial (2007-03-26)
Jurors began weighing whether a 52-year-old Metro East woman's fatal 2003 heart attack was the result of her poor health or the painkiller Vioxx.

Head of Illinois lottery dies of breast cancer (2007-03-26)
Carolyn Adams, who had been the Lottery's superintendent since 2003, waws 44.

Overpass that collapsed getting repairs today (2007-03-26)
A 70-foot-long section of the walkway of the Delor overpass fell onto the roadway March first, injuring one motorist.

Ingram to be buried today (2007-03-26)
The rhythm and blues singer died in Belleville last week at the age of 69.

St. Louis regional sends Florida to NCAA Final Four (2007-03-25)
The Gators beat Oregon on Sunday at the Edward Jones Dome to advance to the Final Four, being played in Atlanta.

Faulk will officially retire Monday (2007-03-23)
The Rams running back sat out last season with a knee injury that had already threatened to end his career.

UM-Rolla proposes a name change (2007-03-23)
The University of Missouri-Rolla is now making a pitch to be called MST, the Missouri University of Science and Technology. UM curators will decide whether that happens.

St. Louis schools lose accreditation; students protest in Jefferson City (2007-03-22)
KWMU's Adam Allington reports on the state school board's vote Thursday to strip accreditation from the St. Louis school district.

Gonzales says he will not resign (2007-03-22)
U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales was in St. Louis Thursday to discuss how to prevent sex crimes against children. During the visit he said he would not resign his position amid criticism over the firings of eight U.S. attorneys.

Gonzales says he will not resign (2007-03-22)
U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales was in St. Louis Thursday to discuss how to prevent sex crimes against children. During the visit he said he would not resign his position amid criticism over the firings of eight U.S. attorneys.

LaRussa arrested in Florida for DUI (2007-03-22)
Police say LaRussa was cooperative. He was released from jail this (Thursday) morning after being arrested not far from where the Cardinals play spring training home games, in Jupiter.

Judgment day for St. Louis Public Schools (2007-03-22)
KWMU's Adam Allington reports on the runup to the state's decision to put an appointed panel in charge of the St. Louis Public Schools.

Blunt signs cable TV bill into law (2007-03-22)
The legislation is aimed at offering customers more choice for their cable television.

In St. Louis, Attorney General vows to stay in job amid firing flap (2007-03-22)
Gonzalez traveled to St. Louis Thursday to promote efforts to crack down on child sex abuse.

Students meet with King; leave unhappy (2007-03-21)
The students traveled to Jefferson City to meet with DESE Commissioner Kent King about the possible take-over of the St. Louis School District.

Supreme Courts hears Missouri death penalty case (2007-03-21)
During William Weaver's trial, a prosecutor told jurors to send a message to drug dealers by returning a death sentence. The Supreme Court will decide whether the remarks unfairly inflamed the jury.

Alberto Gonzales to visit St. Louis Thursday (2007-03-21)
The embattled Attorney General will be leading a discussion about sexual predators and is not expected to address the controversy surrounding the firings of eight federal prosecutors.

Gamblers sue Ameristar claiming casino cheated them on reward points (2007-03-21)
The suit was filed Tuesday against Ameristar. The plaintiffs want $150 million in damages.

Missouri Supreme Court tosses second death sentence for St. Louis man (2007-03-21)
The Missouri Supreme Court has again tossed out a St. Louis man's murder conviction and death sentence, ruling the prosecutor improperly excluded potential jurors because of their race.

Talent takes job at Fleishman-Hillard PR firm (2007-03-21)
The former U.S. Senator will work out of both St. Louis and Washington for the company's Government Relations subsidiary.

Downtown St. Louis prepares for collegiate crowds (2007-03-21)
The city of St. Louis will again be in the national sports spotlight this weekend.

Preservationists fight landfill request near Cahokia Mounds (2007-03-21)
Hundreds of years ago, a group of Native Americans celebrated the arrival of Spring by gathering atop a man-made hill in what is now Southwestern Illinois.

Bush visits Kansas City-area automakers (2007-03-20)
President Bush told workers at Ford's Claycomo plant Tuesday afternoon that the new energy efficient vehicles they're assembling will help the U.S. become less dependent on foreign oil.

Cancer treatments: not just for humans any more (2007-03-20)
Cancer treatments such as radiation and chemotherapy are being used more often on pets.

Bill would ban use of Amyl Nitrite (2007-03-20)
A bill in the Missouri House would ban recreational use of amyl nitrite, a solvent sometimes known as "Rush" or "Poppers."

Courthouse killer sentenced to death following new trial (2007-03-20)
Following a jury's recommendation, St. Charles County Circuit Judge Lucy Rauch handed down the death penalty for Kenneth Baumruk.

Valley Park aldermen repeal immigration ordinance (2007-03-20)
A law on the books there had required the city to verify the citizenship of anyone wanting to rent property in the community.

Luther Ingram dead at 69 (2007-03-20)
Best-known for his 1972 hit, "If Loving You Is Wrong (I Don't Want to Be Right)," the 69-year-old died Monday in Belleville.

Teens will need chaperones at Galleria Mall (2007-03-19)
Shopping center managers announced the new policy Monday, but it will not go into effect until April 20.

Blunt pulls money for Planned Parenthood clinics (2007-03-19)
The money was being used for breast cancer and cervical cancer screenings; the governor says two other organizations in Missouri will step in to offer those services.

I-64 rebuild starts today, with a groundbreaking ceremony (2007-03-19)
MO-DOT says the major delays won't really happen until next year, when I-64 is shut down between I-170 and Spoede Road.

Isle of Capri to buy state-run casino in Caruthersville (2007-03-19)
The St. Louis-based casino company will buy the casino in the Missouri Bootheel for about $45 million.

MODOT breaks ground on Highway 40 overhaul (2007-03-19)
Crews will shut down individual lanes as needed this year. But in 2008, they will close all lanes between 170 and Spoede Rd.

SIU advances to Sweet Sixteen (2007-03-18)
It's the second trip to the Sweet Sixteen for the Salukis, after beating Virginia Tech on Sunday.

Scholarship bill still alive, despite defeat in House (2007-03-18)
The Senate version of the bill that would create the Betty Thompson Scholarship Fund is awaiting floor action.

Vigil in downtown St. Louis protests war on 4th anniversary (2007-03-18)
The protestors plan to march to Sen. Claire McCaskill's office today; they say Democrats who oppose the war should not vote for more funding. The anti-war activists say Democrats who oppose the war should not vote for more funding.

Sit-in at St. Louis City Hall ends (2007-03-18)
The students and adults were protesting to voice concerns over the possible loss of accreditation for the St. Louis School District.

Madigan asks feds to investigate electricity prices (2007-03-16)
Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan alleges that corporate manipulation caused the huge jump in electric rates that consumers are facing.

Riverview superintendant faces criminal charges (2007-03-16)
Riverview Gardens school superintendant Henry Williams, who was suspended from his job this week, is now facing criminal charges related to financial irregularities.

Express Scripts out of running for Caremark (2007-03-16)
At a meeting in Nashville Friday morning, shareholders of Caremark Rx approved a $26.5 billion buyout by CVS. The vote ends St. Louis-based Express Scripts' bid.

Missouri TV viewers may get more options (2007-03-16)
The Missouri House has passed a bill that will make it easier for AT&T and other phone companies to offer TV service to their customers.

Riverview Gardens superintendent suspended following school district audit (2007-03-16)
Missouri auditor Susan Montee released the findings of the probe Thursday.

Back wages? State won't say (2007-03-15)
The state of Missouri is not saying whether employers are on the hook for back wages after creating confusion over tipped workers' hourly wages.

Missouri lawmakers wrap up first half of session (2007-03-15)
The first half of the 2007 session is over, and lawmakers are leaving town for their annual spring break.

Express Scripts awaits results of two key votes (2007-03-15)
Shareholders of CVS and Caremark will vote Thursday and Friday on whether to approve a merger of their companies. However, Express also wants to buy Caremark.

Riverview Gardens Schools to receive audit results (2007-03-15)
Aside from having a state audit delivered Thursday, the Riverview Gardens School Board might also reveal the fate of Superintendent Henry Williams.

CVS shareholders approve Caremark merger (2007-03-15)
The vote leaves St. Louis-based Express Scripts with one last chance to scuttle a CVS-Caremark merger.

(Earlier story: Express awaits two votes)

District residents wait to hear about Williams (2007-03-14)
After a closed meeting Tuesday, people in the Riverview Gardens School District were left wondering if superintendent Henry Williams has been or will be fired.

ACLU criticizes prison policy in Missouri over pen pals (2007-03-14)
The ACLU is criticizing a new policy of the Missouri Department of Corrections that prevents prisoners from seeking pen pals on the Internet.

MOHELA bill stalled again; Blunt criticizes Democrats (2007-03-14)
A filibuster by Senate Democrats forced Republican leaders to come up with a compromise bill on the MOHELA plan, but it was rejected, and now the proposal is in limbo.

Tipped workers to get raises in Missouri (2007-03-14)
Governor Matt Blunt Wednesday ordered the state's Labor Department to reverse and earlier interpretation that had kept many tipped employees from receiving the recently increased minimum wage.

Student sit-in protests possible state takeover (2007-03-14)
Several community activists and school board members joined them for a sit-in at Mayor Francis Slay's office.

MO Senate committee debates immigration measures (2007-03-14)
A Senate committee held a hearing Wednesday on a group of bills aimed at discouraging illegal immigrants from coming to Missouri.

Zoo euthanizes Clara the elephant (2007-03-14)
The 54-year old animal was not responding to medicine to treat her arthritis and other ailments, officials say.

Gold particles used for detecting cancer (2007-03-14)
UM-Columbia researchers have found that the future of cancer detection and treatment might be in microscopic particles of gold.

Blunt reverses position, offers plan to keep Bellefontaine open (2007-03-13)
Gov. Matt Blunt Tuesday offered a plan to keep Bellefontaine, the mental health facility in north St. Louis County, open. That comes after two years of calling for its closure.

New rules limit booze on two popular rivers (2007-03-13)
People who want to party on Missouri's scenic riverways could be up a creek this summer.

MO Supreme Court grants more rights for abuse suspects (2007-03-13)
The court Tuesday ruled that Missouri's procedures for adding people to the child abuse registry are unconstitutional.

Blunt wants state to cover sickle cell costs (2007-03-13)
Gov. Matt Blunt said Monday he wants to expand a state Medicaid program so it will be available to people with sickle cell anemia.

MO Senate pulls all-nighter over MOHELA plan (2007-03-13)
Senators debated all night and through the morning on a plan to spend $350 million on construction projects at college campuses.

Judge throws out old Valley Park immigration laws (2007-03-13)
KWMU's Matt Sepic reports on the debate over whether Monday's ruling will set any precedent, or become a legal footnote.

U of I trustees officially get rid of Illiniwek (2007-03-13)
A resolution approved by University of Illinois trustees Tuesday officially retires Chief Illiniwek's name, regalia and image.

Federal hearing held on Taum Sauk collapse (2007-03-12)
Members of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission held a hearing today in Jefferson City on Ameren's plans to rebuild the Taum Sauk Reservoir.

Lawmakers want amendment related to sex offenders (2007-03-12)
Several lawmakers are pushing for a constitutional amendment to force past sex offenders to register.

Hearings start today on Ameren electric rate hike (2007-03-12)
Missouri's utility regulator will start as many as three weeks of hearings today to study Ameren's request for a rate increase.

Express Scripts says its latest offer is final (2007-03-12)
The St. Louis-based prescription drug benefits manager is trying to buy rival Caremark.

Missourians getting calls soon for health study (2007-03-11)
The state is gathering data from all parts of the state in what will be the largest adult health survey in Missouri history.

George pleased with UMSL funding change from MOHELA (2007-03-11)
UMSL Chancellor Thomas George says he's pleased that two science buildings might get more money for renovations.

Emergency freeway bridge repairs to begin Monday (2007-03-09)
Last week an overhanging concrete sidewalk fell into Interstate 55 from the Delor Street overpass in south St. Louis because its steel pins had rusted through.

Groups ask Nixon to stop state takeover of city schools (2007-03-09)
The International Urban Institute, the Teachers Union and the Organization for Black Struggle sent a letter to Attorney General Jay Nixon Friday.

Republican joins opposition to state sexual harassment legislation (2007-03-09)
Democrats in the Missouri Senate have been actively opposing a bill they say would make it harder for sexual harassment victims to get justice.

KWMU meteorologist Ben Abell to retire (2007-03-09)
Ben Abell's weather updates have been on KWMU ever since the station went on the air in 1972. His final forecast will be on April 27.

Detroit School District taps Normandy superintendent for top job (2007-03-09)
The Detroit School Board voted Thursday night to hire Connie Calloway to be the district's new superintendent.

Southwest Airlines to add flights in St. Louis (2007-03-08)
Southwest Airlines announced Thursday it is adding 18 flights in 15 cities this summer - including St. Louis - as the discount carrier continues to expand its fleet of aircraft.

Forum draws concerned parents of city schoolchildren (2007-03-08)
Wednesday's was the first of five forums; another is planned for tonight (Thu.) at 6:00 at Webster Middle School.

Blunt alters MOHELA plan, removes life sciences projects (2007-03-08)
The state's student loan agency, MOHELA, is planning to sell $350 million in loans to raise cash for the projects, but there was disagreement from opponents of stem cell research.

Blagojevich faces new scandal (2007-03-08)
A woman with close ties to Illinois Gov. Rod Blagoejvich has been charged with cheating the state out of more than a million dollars.

Missouri House rejects scholarship legislation (2007-03-08)
Gov. Blunt had pushed for the scholarships but could only stand and watch the votes go against him in the House chamber on Wednesday.

Security guard accused of rape at Roosevelt High School (2007-03-08)
The security officer's name has not been released, but he is suspended after being accused of raping a student Tuesday during school hours.

Missouri Democrats want harassment investigation (2007-03-08)
Missouri House Minority Leader Jeff Harris is calling for the creation of a special committee that would investigate the sexual harassment case that led to the ouster of former State Agriculture Director Fred Ferrell.

New minimum wage in Missouri sparks questions about tips (2007-03-08)
Until Missouri raised its minimum wage on Jan. 1, tipped workers were paid half the federally required $5.15 wage, or $2.57

Casino Queen not getting a new owner, after all (2007-03-08)
The Metro East riverboat casino says it had ended its buyout agreement with Columbia Sussex Corporation.

Devlin's lawyer dismisses suggested plea deal (2007-03-08)
Attorney Ethan Corlija says the broad outlines of the package already make it a nonstarter.

McCaskill calls for meetings on veterans' treatment (2007-03-07)
U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill of Missouri wants to hold town hall meetings in the state to hear from military veterans about their medical treatment.

Anti-cloning advocates rally at state capitol (2007-03-07)
Hundreds of people rallied at the State Capitol today in opposition to stem cell research and human cloning.

Missourians will soon have bluebird license plates (2007-03-07)
State officials unveiled on Wednesday what Missouri's new license plate will look like.

Raid in Jefferson City nets illegal immigrants (2007-03-07)
Over a dozen suspected illegal aliens were detained last night (Tue) in Jefferson City, and the company that employed them has had its state contract revoked.

Illinois governor calls for more corporate taxes (2007-03-07)
IL Public Radio's Sean Crawford reports on Governor Rod Blagojevich's call for $7 billion in new corporate taxes.

Walgreens sued over discrimination (2007-03-07)
The EEOC is accussing the company of discriminating against thousands of African-Americans in promotions and store assignments.

Blagojevich to outline budget plan today (2007-03-07)
Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich will propose a big tax increase to pay for more spending spending on health care and schools.

Indictment in K. City accuses five of sending money to Iraq (2007-03-07)
The U.S. Attorney in Kansas City said Wednesday that four associates of a Missouri-based Islamic charity and a fifth man in the Middle East were indicted on charges that they illegally sent money to Iraq.

Shrewsbury, Reed disagree over choice for board (2007-03-07)
With Lewis Reed's win as Board of Alderman President, there's debate over who gets to name a person to a new three-person board that could soon be running St. Louis Schools.

Baby elephant gets the name 'Jade' (2007-03-07)
About 13,000 votes were cast to the name the newest member of the St. Louis Zoo's elephant herd.

Plea deal possible for Devlin (2007-03-06)
Prosecutors from three Missouri counties and the federal government are considering offering a plea deal that would put kidnapping suspect Michael Devlin in prison for the rest of his life.

Reed makes history in unseating Shrewsbury (2007-03-06)
Alderman Lewis Reed scored an upset victory over incumbent Jim Shrewsbury Tuesday, which will make him the first black Aldermanic President in city history.

Missouri beekeepers on lookout for honeybee blight (2007-03-06)
Beekeepers across Missouri are on high alert for a mysterious blight called "Colony Collapse Disorder".

Blunt touts Missouri job growth (2007-03-06)
Governor Matt Blunt says nearly 80,000 new jobs were created in Missouri during the first two years of his administration.

Some already opposed to Blagojevich tax increase (2007-03-06)
It hasn't yet been proposed, but Illinois Public Radio's Sean Crawford reports on the opposition already lining up against a huge tax increase in Illinois.

MO-DOT: 60 more bridges need fixing (2007-03-06)
Further inspections were ordered last week after a chunk of the Delor Street overpass fell onto I-55 last week and injured one woman.

Illinois House passes second electric rate freeze (2007-03-06)
The Illinois House voted 92-to-5 Tuesday to roll back rate increases that took effect in January and freeze rates for three years.

Documents show Ferrell settlement would have been kept secret (2007-03-05)
The Department of Agriculture released a series of e-mails, letters and settlement proposals Monday revealing the unsuccessful efforts to quietly resolve complaints against Agriculture Director Fred Ferrell.

Bill would create private scholarship fund in Missouri (2007-03-05)
The Betty L. Thompson scholarship bill would allow low-income students in failing school districts to apply for scholarships to attend better-performing nearby public schools or even private schools.

Arraignment set in Joplin school shooting (2007-03-05)
Nobody was injured, but 14-year-old Thomas White has been charged as an adult with firing the gun into a ceiling and pointing it at school administrators.

Alton girl dies after aunt accidentally strikes her with car (2007-03-05)
Police say the case appears to be a tragedy, and they don't anticipate filing any charges.

One dead in Madison County plane crash (2007-03-05)
Madison County Deputy Coroner Bob Lewis said the pilot was the only occupant of the plane.

City taxpayers, write those checks to someone else (2007-03-05)
Monday was Gregg Daly's first day as St. Louis Collector of Revenue, which means city residents have to start making checks for water bills out to him.

Today's the last day to vote on license plate design (2007-03-05)
The redesign of the plates is required by a law approved in 2004. There are three designs up for consideration.

Effort to make Soldier's Memorial federal property passes House (2007-03-05)
The U.S. House passed legislation Monday to force a study of whether the Soldier's Memorial in downtown St. Louis should be part of the National Parks System.

Race for STL Aldermanic President reaches last day (2007-03-05)
KWMU's Tom Weber reports on the campaign between incumbent Jim Shrewsbury and Ald. Lewis Reed.

RegionsAir resumes service at Lambert (2007-03-04)
A conflict with the Federal Aviation Administration forced cancellation of all three-dozen flights to be cancelled on Saturday.

Former U.S. Senator Tom Eagleton dies at 77 (2007-03-04)
The well-known Democrat had been ill for several months with various heart and respiratory problems.

Friends, family pack funeral for football star Damien Nash (2007-03-04)
Services were held Monday for the former Mizzou football star and Denver Broncos running back, who died after a charity basketball game.

Opponents of state takeover of schools protest at St. Louis City Hall (2007-03-02)
Groups opposed to a state takeover of the St. Louis Public Schools held a protest at city hall Friday.

Funeral today for John Bass (2007-03-02)
Most of the St. Louis political scene is likely to turn out this (Friday) morning to remember John Bass, who served as Comptroller, Alderman, and State Senator.

Corrosion caused partial bridge collapse (2007-03-02)
A section of the Delor Street overpass sidewalk fell onto Interstate 55, injuring one motorist and stopping traffic for hours.

Forest Park lease gets final approval (2007-03-02)
The St. Louis Board of Aldermen gave its final approval to the Forest Park lease deal Friday morning. A group that opposed the deal says it will continue to work for the passing of Proposition P.

Parents sue Troy School District because of daughter's injury (2007-03-02)
Amie Twellman was injured in December in the accident at Cappel Elementary School in Lincoln County. A steel beam fell through the ceiling of her classroom.

Forest Park lease nears completion (2007-03-01)
A vote today (Friday) by St. Louis City Aldermen will mark the final approval of a plan to lease some of Forest Park to Barnes Jewish Hospital.

Devlin indicted on federal charges (2007-03-01)
A federal grand jury has indicted Michael Devlin on charges that he took pornographic pictures and videos of one of the victims.

Severe weather reaches St. Louis (2007-03-01)
Some tornadoes were reported overnight in Kansas and Missouri, and forecasters say the storms are heading for St. Louis this (Thursday) morning.

Judge hears arguments in Valley Park immigration case (2007-03-01)
A St. Louis County judge heard arguments Thursday over two laws in the suburb of Valley Park that are meant to curb illegal immigration.

Girl killed in tornado in southern Missouri (2007-03-01)
Elizabeth Croney died when a twister spawned by an early morning line of storms shredded her family's mobile home Thursday on a remote country road, injuring her parents and two older brothers.

Part of overpass collapses along I-55 (2007-03-01)
The concrete that fell from the Delor Street overpass in south ST. Louis spread across all four northbound lanes.

New program aims to help keep kids safe online (2007-03-01)
A new program called 'I Know Better' aims to keep kids safe when they use the Internet.

Express Scripts asks judge for another delay to Caremark vote (2007-03-01)
Express Scripts says Caremark hasn't fully complied with the judge's ruling requiring additional disclosures to shareholders about Caremark's planned merger with the CVS drug store chain.

Hynes gives another bleak budget outlook for Illinois (2007-03-01)
The Illinois Comptroller says the state's budget defecit is smaller, but not because of anything Gov. Rod Blagojevich has done.

Valley Park aldermen vote to enforce new immigration law (2007-02-28)
Among other things, the ordinance requires the city to verify the citizenship and immigration status of anyone wanting to lease rental property in Valley Park.

Ameren, grilled by Illinois lawmakers, offers concessions (2007-02-28)
IL Public Radio's Amanda Vinicky reports on Tuesday's special session of the Illinois House, in which lawmakers lobbed a host of criticisms at St. Louis-based Ameren.

Steelman questions settlement in Ferrell's resignation (2007-02-28)
State Treasurer Sarah Steelman wants to know why Missouri's Agriculture Department authorized a $70,000 payment to settle allegations against its director, Fred Ferrell.

Kerry goes after Sam Fox at confirmation hearing (2007-02-28)
Fox, a St. Louis businessman and big contributor to the Republican Party, was supposed to have an easy confirmation process in the U.S. Senate to become the nation's new ambassador to Belgium.

SLU continues fight for public money (2007-02-28)
KWMU's Matt Sepic reports for NPR's All Things Considered on the effort by Saint Louis University to secure public funds for its new arena.

Blunt defends handling of Ferrell firing (2007-02-28)
Governor Matt Blunt says he handled sexual harassment allegations against Missouri's Agriculture director correctly.

SLU names arena for alumnus (2007-02-28)
Richard Chaifetz graduated from SLU in 1975 with a psychology degree. He later became a neuropsychologist and founded the ComPsych Corporation.

An interview with Michael Medved (2007-02-28)
KWMU's Adam Allington speaks with conservative talk show host Michael Medved, who will speak in St. Louis tonight (Thursday).

MO House votes to ban illegal immigrants from colleges & universities (2007-02-28)
Lawmakers endorsed the bill on Wednesday by a vote of 122-35.

SIU-Edwardsville closer to NCAA Division One status (2007-02-28)
Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville is another step closer to NCAA Division One status.

New baby elephant separated from mother (2007-02-27)
The St. Louis Zoo says it's not uncommon for a first-time mother like Rani to have some discomfort around her calf.

Bill in Jefferson City would prevent state takeover of SLPS (2007-02-27)
A St. Louis lawmaker has filed a bill that, if passed, would block the state from taking over the city's embattled school district.

U-M curators to hold public forums for presidental search (2007-02-27)
University of Missouri's board of curators will conduct six public forums across the state during the month of March.

Missouri agriculture director resigns amid harassment allegations (2007-02-27)
Fred Ferrell has resigned as Missouri's Agriculture Director, following accusations of sexual harassment and gender discrimination.

Police arrest student for U-M Rolla bomb scare (2007-02-27)
Police used a stun gun to subdue a student armed with a knife who said he had a bomb and anthrax in a building at the University of Missouri-Rolla.

Mayor says homelessness decreases in St. Louis (2007-02-27)
The number of homeless in the city of St. Louis is on the way down, according to a recent count.

Danforth Science Center receives $25 million from Enterprise (2007-02-26)
The Danforth Plant Science Center in St. Louis is the recipient of a 25 million dollar grant to speed up development of renewable biofuels.

Missouri public defenders may drop new clients because of overwhelming caseload (2007-02-26)
Public defenders in Missouri are so overworked that they may stop accepting new clients.

Students suffer minor injuries in school bus accident (2007-02-26)
The Highway Patrol says it appears that a tire on the bus went off the roadway and the driver was unable to regain control, causing the bus to overturn onto its side.

Lambert to undergo 100 million dollar facelift (2007-02-26)
Lambert Airport is scheduled for the largest renovation in the airport's history.

Another baby elephant born at St. Louis Zoo (2007-02-26)
It's another girl for the St. Louis Zoo's elephant family. Rani gave birth Sunday night to a 236-pound baby.

Environmental group says city lead program is lax (2007-02-26)
A new report from the Gateway Green Alliance says the Lead Safe St. Louis program is failing to direct funds toward high risk areas such as north St. Louis.

New laws would help rape victims in Missouri (2007-02-26)
A bill currently before the state Senate aims to reverse a long standing double-standard concerning crimes of sexual violence.

Forest Park deal heads to Bd. of Aldermen (2007-02-23)
After much wrangling Comptroller Darlene Green voted in favor of the plan in the three-member Board of Estimate, along with Mayor Francis Slay. Alderman Jim Shrewsbury remains opposed.

Washington University researchers tackle invasive plants (2007-02-23)
A Washington University research team has received federal funding to study new methods of controlling and eliminating invasive species.

Rape victim changes story, says she was not carjacked (2007-02-23)
A woman originally told police she was abducted at gunpoint from her car at a stoplight at Hampton and Chippewa on the city's south side, then raped. She later admitted the abduction scenario was a lie, but stood by the rape allegation.

Police find body after victim's relatives chase car (2007-02-23)
Police say the relatives of a missing woman recognized her stolen car and pursued it.

Former Komen Foundation chief pleads guilty to child porn charges (2007-02-23)
A woman who was the former president of the St. Louis chapter of a national breast cancer organization pleaded guilty to federal child porn charges Thursday.

Tax breaks grow to $285 million (2007-02-22)
The bill that originally exempted elderly Missourians from paying state income taxes on their Social Security benefits has grown to include interest on retirement plans, disability, and other exemptions.

Missouri HealthNet would replace Medicaid (2007-02-22)
Missouri HealthNet is being sponsored in the senate by Republican Charlie Shields of St. Joseph.

Re-examining the death penalty in Missouri (2007-02-21)
Opponents of the death penalty in Missouri have been lobbying lawmakers on Tuesday to place a moratorium on executions in the state.

Amendment would ban Missouri judges from increasing taxes (2007-02-21)
A proposed constitutional amendment that would bar Missouri judges from ordering tax increases has received preliminary House approval.

Illinois and Missouri still divided on bridge (2007-02-21)
The vote of the East-West Gateway Council of Governments on a resolution for a coupler bridge was 12-10 with Illinois officials supporting it and Missouri officials against.

Forest Park-BJC deal revived (2007-02-21)
Comptroller Darlene Green has called a special meeting of the St. Louis Board of Estimate and Apportionment for Friday. Green has been meeting with officials from BJC and Citizens to Protect Forest Park.

Legislators aim to penalize businesses that hire illegal immigrants (2007-02-21)
Businesses in Missouri that knowingly hire illegal immigrants would lose tax breaks, under an amendment added to a jobs bill in the Missouri House Wednesday.

Missouri Supreme Court hears arguments in SLU arena case (2007-02-21)
The state Supreme Court will decide whether Saint Louis University, which is Catholic, should receive $8 million in public money for its new basketball arena.

Five Metro East students home because of single mumps case at high school (2007-02-20)
Edwardsville Superintendent Ed Hightower says they could be contagious.

SLU arena suit centers on issues of church and state (2007-02-20)
In a lawsuit over public financing for its new basketball arena, SLU attorneys are arguing that the university is not controlled by a religious creed.

New bridge plan meets old opposition (2007-02-20)
Texas-based Zachry American Infrastructure made what Missouri officials say was an unsolicited proposal for a privately-run toll bridge at St. Louis. But Illinois officials remain opposed to tolls.

Ameren says rate rollbacks are unfeasible (2007-02-20)
Responding to criticism over recent electric rate hikes in Illinois, Ameren says that rate rollbacks are not an option.

Symphony president resigns after six years (2007-02-20)
Randy Adams has been with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra since 2001. He'll remain in the position through June.

Top Democrat drops support for MOHELA plan (2007-02-20)
The governor wants to use $350 million dollars from MOHELA, Missouri's student loan agency, for building projects at public colleges and universities.

Three dead in car-train collision (2007-02-19)
A railroad spokesman says the car was in the railroad crossing and the 42-car train wasn't able to stop in time.

State senator wants permits for stun guns (2007-02-19)
Missourians would need a permit to buy a Taser or stun gun, if a bill in the State Senate becomes law.

Illinois utility board says rate hikes will cost 20,000 jobs (2007-02-19)
An impact study by the Citizens Utility Board (CUB) claim that electrical rate hikes which took effect in January will result in the loss of some 20,000 Illinois jobs.

Steelman calls for terror-free pension investments (2007-02-19)
Missouri Treasurer Sarah Steelman is calling on the state's pension funds not to invest in companies that do business with Iran, North Korea, Sudan and other countries that sponsor terrorism.

Work on Highway 40 to begin soon (2007-02-19)
The $535 million project to rebuild all pavement, bridges and interchanges on I-64 between Kingshighway and Spoede Road will begin in earnest in the a few weeks.

Red light cameras are up and snapping (2007-02-16)
The enforcement cameras at Hampton and Wilson and Hampton and Chippewa became operational Friday. Fines could range from $100 to $125.

Blunt supports transitional board for SLPS (2007-02-16)
Governor Matt Blunt says he supports the states move to establish St. Louis Public Schools as a transitional school district.

Anheuser-Busch reportedly in merger talks with another brewer (2007-02-16)
Both Anheuser-Busch and Belgium-based InBev declined to comment Thursday on the report in the Brazilian paper.

Judge denies motion to move Devlin to St. Louis County (2007-02-16)
Associate Circuit Judge David Tobben says housing Devlin in Franklin County poses no security risk.

Nonbinding vote on troop increase falls along on party lines from Missouri delegation (2007-02-16)
Missouri Democrats plan to vote for it and the Republicans are all against it.

St. Louis attorney takes over Missouri Democratic party (2007-02-16)
John Temporiti takes the reins from former Governor Roger Wilson, who shepherded Democrats to some success in November's election.

State board of education votes for transitional school board (2007-02-15)
The State Board of Education voted 5-2 on Thursday in favor of establishing a transitional school board for St. Louis Public Schools.

Fenton van plant to lose one shift in Chrysler cuts; pickup truck plant unaffected (2007-02-14)
Chrysler plans to eliminate a shift at it's Fenton South Assembly Plant next year.

Temporiti named Missouri Democratic chairman (2007-02-14)
St. Louis attorney John Temporiti will succeed former Governor Roger Wilson as the Democrats' chairman.

Nasal flu vaccine works better than shot, says SLU study (2007-02-14)
A world-wide study has concluded that children are fifty-five percent less likely to come down with flu when given a nasal spray vaccine.

MOHELA construction projects restored (2007-02-14)
The six university construction projects had been removed by Republicans concerned that the facilities might house embryonic stem cell research that they consider human cloning. Democrats complained all the projects were in their districts.

Winter storm swirls through region (2007-02-13)
The St. Louis area received between three to five inches Tuesday, making roads slick and slowing travel.

Missouri says no to financing help in proposed bridge (2007-02-13)
Illinois officials offered to help Missouri finance its share of the proposed Mississippi River Bridge, but a letter sent from Governor Blunt's office says that's not a possibility.

Devlin's belongings removed from apartment (2007-02-13)
Workers carted out boxes of toys, video games and skateboarding equipment Monday, exactly a month after police raided the home and found two missing boys.

St. Louis readies for winter weather (2007-02-13)
The snow will taper off late today, with up to eight inches expected in northeast Missouri.

Sandra Day O'Connor hears faith-based appeal in St. Louis (2007-02-13)
A faith-based prison ministry is appealing a court ruling that would ban their program from receiving state funding.

Obama takes campaign to New Hampshire (2007-02-12)
New Hampshire traditionally hosts the country's first primary

Democrats call for reform of mental health system (2007-02-12)
Missouri House Democrats have introduced several bills to raising standards at private and public mental health facilities and to require professional standards for caseload levels of mental health caseworkers.

Downtown residents focus on community improvement (2007-02-12)
Residents living in downtown St. Louis are meeting this week to focus on ways to develop their neighborhood.

Harriett Woods dies at 79 (2007-02-09)
Woods was elected Lieutenant Governor in 1984, and left office in 1989. She was also a commentator for KWMU.

Scholarship bill targets St. Louis and Kansas City (2007-02-09)
Students in failing schools in St. Louis and Kansas City would be eligible for scholarships to attend better public schools or even private schools under proposed legislation in the Missouri House.

Red light cameras are installed in St. Louis (2007-02-09)
The traffic cameras are going up in St. Louis and are expected to begin operating next Friday.

Gibbon's chief-of-staff arrested for DWI (2007-02-09)
Neal English was arrested early Thursday morning for driving while intoxicated. Gibbons says English is taking time off to undergo treatment for alcoholism.

Board approves Ballpark Village (2007-02-09)
The project will go where Busch stadium once stood and received about $115 million in state and local tax incentives.

State Utilicare bill passes General Assembly (2007-02-08)
Utilicare bill passes General Assembly-makes funds available to help needy Missourians pay their heating bills

Blunt's college construction projects cut because of stem cell concerns (2007-02-08)
Six of Governor Blunt's MOHELA funded college construction projects have been removed from a senate bill because of concerns about possible stem cell research

Water mains break across frigid St. Louis (2007-02-08)
As temperatures remain below freezing in the St. Louis area, water mains are breaking at an alarming rate.

Bourisaw calls for fifty-percent raise to SLPS budget (2007-02-08)
St. Louis Public School Superintendent Diana Bourisaw says the district needs an additional 194 million to effectively manage the district.

Democrats say dropped projects in their districts (2007-02-08)
While the Democratic lawmakers don't favor the idea of MOHELA dollars being used to fund construction projects on college campuses, they think it's unfair that all of the eliminated projects were in their districts.

Pujols now an American citizen (2007-02-08)
St. Louis Cardinals slugger Albert Pujols took the citizenship oath Wednesday. He scored 100% on his citizenship test.

Airport, Bridgeton settle suits over runway expansion (2007-02-07)
Airport Director Kevin Dolliole and Bridgeton Mayor Conrad Bowers announced Wednesday that they've tentatively agreed to resolve all the legal issues surrounding the buyout.

MO-DOT director addressed General Assembly (2007-02-07)
MO-DOT director Pete Rahn addresses legislature about funding and seat belts

Forest Park lease deal stalls (2007-02-07)
The proposal to lease 9.4 acres of Forest Park to Barnes-Jewish Hospital did not get through the Board of Estimate and Apportionment on Wednesday.

STL Journalism Review readies for new (old) ownership (2007-02-07)
KWMU's Matt Sepic reports on the future of the St. Louis Journalism Review, which Webster University is giving up and returning to its founder.

Gieseke, York advance in St. Charles Mayor's race (2007-02-07)
Councilman John Gieseke and Mayor Patti York will face off in the April election for mayor, after Tuesday's run-off.

Jury recommends death for Baumruk (2007-02-06)
A jury said Tuesday that Kenneth Baumruk should get the death penalty for killing his wife and shooting four others at the St. Louis County Courthouse in 1992.

Lawmaker wants to mandate prison tours for students (2007-02-06)
Democrat Tim Green says all high school freshmen should tour a prison to show them crime doesn't pay.

Boys survive fall in icy lake in Overland (2007-02-06)
The boys who were rescued from an icy lake in Wild Acres Park are expected to make a full recovery.

Study suggests mayoral control for St. Louis schools (2007-02-06)
The Show-Me Institute compares districts where school boards run things with cities where mayors control the schools.

A few elections today (2007-02-06)
There are just a handful of elections today, including a run-off in the race for St. Charles mayor.

Illinois parental notify law for abortions delayed (2007-02-06)
A federal judge has ruled underage women in Illinois can get abortions without notifying a parent, at least for the time being.

Missouri legislation targets NFL's video policy (2007-02-06)
Two state Senators from the Kansas City area want to allow more local TV photographers to be on the sidelines during Chiefs and Rams games.

Metal detectors could return to Missouri Captiol (2007-02-06)
Governor Matt Blunt's public safety director is proposing to re-install metal detectors.

Blues are cutting ticket prices (2007-02-06)
St. Louis Blues ownership said Tuesday they will lower ticket prices, reversing a move they made shortly after they bought the team.

Bush budget calls for new barge fees (2007-02-06)
The Bush administration wants to impose a new user fee on commercial barges to help pay for the soaring cost of maintaining the nation's river channels.

Committee chair removed over attempted repeal of sodomy law (2007-02-06)
House Speaker Rod Jetton says he removed Scott Lipke as committee chairman of the Crime Prevention and Public Safety Committee because House Republicans no longer trust him.

St. Louis lawmaker wants Missouri to apologize for slavery (2007-02-06)
T.D. El-Amin (D-St. Louis) plans to introduce a resolution in the Missouri House calling for an apology.

Reports of falling objects were probably meteor bits, NORAD says (2007-02-05)
There were reports Sunday night from dozens of people in Missouri and Illinois of flaming objects falling from the sky.

Ameren wants to rebuild reservoir; lawmakers bemoan delay (2007-02-05)
Ameren Corporation plans to rebuild the Taum Sauk reservoir, which collapsed in 2005. Some lawmakers say there's been too much delay, though, in the state and utility settling a pending lawsuit.

Pentagon confirms death of soldier from St. Louis (2007-02-05)
Sergeant Milton Gist Jr. and another soldier died January 30th when a bomb exploded near them in Ramadi.

Valley Park passes third immigration ordinance (2007-02-05)
Aldermen in the St. Louis suburb of Valley Park passed two more ordinances Monday night aimed at keeping illegal immigrants out of the community.

Chief Justice John Roberts in St. Louis on Tuesday (2007-02-05)
The nation's chief justice, John Roberts, will be in St. Louis Tuesday to preside over a moot court competition at Washington University's law school.

Lawmakers near Taum Sauk want legal settlement (2007-02-05)
Ameren's plan to rebuild the reservoir is welcome news to Senator Kevin Engler, R-Farmington. But he's still frustrated that there's been no legal resolution.

Devlin faces 71 new charges, this time in STL County (2007-02-05)
The new charges include two kidnapping counts; the remainder allege forcible sodomy. It's the first time Devlin has been accused of sexually abusing the two boys that were found in his apartment last month.

SLPS establishes scholarship program (2007-02-05)
A new program in the St. Louis School District has a goal of sending all current 9th graders to college in 2010.

Valley Park aldermen to consider third immigration ordinance (2007-02-05)
The city has twice passed legislation to ban illegal immigrants from doing certain things, like renting an apartment.

Man who escaped prison gets another year's sentence (2007-02-05)
An East St. Louis man who escaped from a minimum-security work camp in southern Illinois in 2005 has been sentenced to a year in prison.

Funeral today for one of Blues' original owners (2007-02-04)
Robert Wolfson died Friday at the age of 88. He and two others were the original three owners of the Blues when the NHL awarded the city a new franchise in 1966.

Effort to increase funding for network of sex abuse experts in MO (2007-02-04)
A St. Louis lawmaker hopes to increase state funding for the Safe Care Network, which consists of doctors who are experts in spotting child sexual abuse.

Former Cardinal Roger Wehrli now a Football Hall of Famer (2007-02-03)
Wehrli becomes the fourth St. Louis Cardinal elected to the National Football League Hall of Fame.

Baumruk found guilty of courthouse murders (2007-02-03)
A St. Charles County jury on Saturday found Kenneth Baumruk guilty of fatally shooting his wife and wounding four others during the couple's divorce hearing in 1992.

Jetton supports bill to require credits for customers with power outages (2007-02-02)
Legislation that would crack down on St. Louis-based Ameren and other electric companies for long power outages is getting praise from the leader of the Missouri House.

Kinkaid resigns as Health Department director, racial slur alleged (2007-02-02)
Mayor Francis Slay's office won't say why William Kincaid resigned Thursday, but one alderman says he's heard complaints that Kincaid made a racial slur.

Animal shelter approved; Shrewsbury put on spot (2007-02-02)
The Board of Aldermen Friday approved a bill to open an animal shelter in Arsenal-Ellendale Park.

Talent joins Romney presidential campaign as adviser (2007-02-02)
The former Massachusetts governor says Talent will chair a task force that helps him on domestic policy.

Aldermanic committee to investigate Ameren (2007-02-02)
The Board of Aldermen passed a resolution Friday to set up a special committee to look into Ameren's recent power outages and how to force more tree trimming.

Black caucus called for Kincaid's resignation (2007-02-02)
Alderman Gregory Carter says employees with the public health department approached him about Kincaid's comment. Carter says the mayor's office initially asked for time to deal with the matter, but he says a one-week suspension was not good enough.

Baby penguin makes debut at St. Louis Zoo (2007-02-01)
A king penguin chick named "Tut" is now on display at the zoo's Penguin & Puffin Coast.

Expert says Missouri needs to spend $800 million more on schools (2007-02-01)
An expert who testified Thursday in a lawsuit over Missouri's education funding formula says the state should spend $800 million more than it does on schools.

Task force still looking into possible links between Devlin, other abductions (2007-02-01)
Members of a task force that includes police, the Highway Patrol, and the FBI spoke with reporters on Thursday about their investigation.

Committee okays partial restoration of working disabled program (2007-02-01)
A bill that would restore health coverage to the working disabled in Missouri was unanimously approved by a House committee on Wednesday.

Bowman will stay in Legislature despite indictment (2007-02-01)
The Democrat from north St. Louis County told the Associated Press he won't step down as a state Representative. He and 16 others were indicted this week in a bank fraud scheme.

Funeral today for 8-year old boy who died at school (2007-02-01)
Ryan Wesling died this when a car crashed into the Shiloh Elementary School cafeteria in the Metro-East.

Man pleads guilty to wearing medals he didn't earn (2007-02-01)
U.S. Attorney Catherine Hanaway announced the plea Thursday by Michael Gerald Weilbacher. Sentencing is set for April 13th.

An interview with Paul Bremmer (2007-02-01)
KWMU's Tom Weber speaks with Paul Bremmer, the man who ran things in Iraq for a year after the U.S. led invasion. Bremmer will speak in St. Louis tonight.

Illinois woman gets 10-year sentence for role in drownings (2007-02-01)
A judge in central Illinois has handed down a ten-year prison sentence for a Clinton woman convicted of child endangerment in the 2003 drowning deaths of her three children.

Man charged in case of toddler's shooting death (2007-01-31)
The owner of a gun used by one child to kill a two-year-old girl in a Metro East apartment is charged with child endangerment and illegally having a weapon as a felon.

Donations to Talent, McCaskill questioned (2007-01-31)
The U.S. Senate campaigns of Democrat Claire McCaskill and Republican Jim Talent might have collected more money than federal law allows during the 2006 election.

MODOT chief skeptical of bridge study (2007-01-31)
The study concluded that tolling would likely fall short of filling the funding gap to pay for the bridge, but MODOT Director Pete Rahn is not convinced.

UMSL seeks ideas for nickname (2007-01-31)
The school has a committee that is studying whether to keep the current nickname, the Rivermen (and women), or replace it.

Express Scripts asks for more time on Caremark deal (2007-01-31)
St. Louis-based Express Scripts is seeking more time for federal review of its hostile takeover bid for Caremark, its rival in the prescription drug insurance business Caremark.

Report: Tolls wouldn't cover funding gaps for new bridge (2007-01-31)
A much-awaited report to be made public today (Wednesday) says the funding gap for a new Mississippi River bridge would not be filled with tolls alone.

Crowd of 1,200 turns out to weigh in on SLPS (2007-01-31)
KWMU's Adam Allington reports on Tuesday's public forum, which included testimony that mostly opposed a state takeover.

18 hurt in 37-vehicle crash near Kansas City (2007-01-31)
The crash happened during a snowstorm in the Kansas City area, where about an inch of snow is forecast. Police said a semi went out of control and other vehicles piled into it.

Blunt names restaurateur Bommarito to Police Board (2007-01-31)
Vince Bommarito replaces Michael Quinn; it marks the first time a majority of the St. Louis Police Board will be made of members appointed by Gov. Matt Blunt.

Obama will make announcement at Old State Capitol (2007-01-30)
Barack Obama plans to announce his presidential bid next month on the steps of the old State Capitol in Springfield.

EEOC sues Schwan's over hiring discrimination (2007-01-30)
A federal lawsuit filed by U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission alleges discrimination by the frozen food firm Schwan Food Company.

First of three open houses tonight on I-64 reconstruction (2007-01-30)
Gateway Constructors, the firm that will rebuild 10 miles of I-64, will host three open houses to let people see more specific plans for construction.

84-year old who struck school was en route to driving lesson (2007-01-30)
The elderly woman who crashed into Shiloh Elementary killing 8-year-old Ryan Wesling was on her way to a driving lesson at a senior citizen center.

School bus overturns in Jefferson County, children okay (2007-01-30)
Bumps and bruises appear to be the worst of the injuries to 26 children involved in a bus accident Tuesday morning.

State Rep. Bowman indicted in bank fraud scheme (2007-01-30)
State Representative John Bowman (D-St. Louis County) was one of 17 people indicted on charges related to a kickback scheme involving a former bank vice president.

School Board votes to strip O'Brien of some power (2007-01-30)
The St. Louis School Board voted Monday to allow the Board Secretary Flint Fowler to sign all previously approved contracts.

Committee hears bill related to dumping Social Security taxes (2007-01-30)
A State House Committee heard arguments Tuesday for and against doing away with taxing Social Security income.

First forum held on new I-64/40 plans (2007-01-30)
People interested in the particulars of the big Highway 40 rebuild got a chance Tuesday to talk with project engineers.

St. Louis family wins $254 million Powerball jackpot (2007-01-29)
The jackpot is the largest ever won in Missouri, and the seventh biggest since Powerball began.

Former St. Peters Mayor Shawn Brown sentenced to 18 months (2007-01-29)
Brown also must pay $2,750 in restitution for demanding a bribe from a company that was to install red light cameras in St. Peters.

Hearing Monday might peek into Blagojevich hiring practices (2007-01-29)
A hearing is scheduled Monday in Springfield for a pair of former state workers; they were fired for allegedly rigging the hiring process to help politically connected people get government jobs.

Arts groups happy with proposed budget (2007-01-29)
When the Kansas City Symphony filed suit against the state over arts funding last month, some arts organizations feared that it might put future funding at risk.

A band tax? One City alderman considers it (2007-01-29)
St. Louis City voters might get to decide whether to spend tax money on community bands.

Ice storm this month cost local governments $103 million (2007-01-29)
The ice storm in early January came with a big price tag as thousands lost power; some for several days.

Officials hope ice storms get people prepared for earthquakes (2007-01-29)
Recent ice storms left thousands without power for as long as a week, but an earthquake would knock more people out for much longer, experts say.

'Rent-A-Pet' boosts adoptions at one shelter (2007-01-29)
KWMU's Adam Allington reports on a kind of rent-to-own program at Stray Rescue, a shelter that finds homes for street dogs in St. Louis.

Proposal would make it harder to change Missouri Constitution (2007-01-29)
State Sen. Chuck Gross (R-St. Charles) says the constitution should be a framework for government, not a dumping ground for specific issues.

Raffle organizers must pay $3.7 million (2007-01-29)
A St. Louis County judge on Monday also barred Gateway to a Cure from holding any other raffles.

Car hits school in Shiloh, kills 8-year old boy (2007-01-29)
St. Clair County's coroner said Monday Ryan Wesling died of head and chest injuries about an hour after the accident.

Former Cards' GM Bing Devine dies (2007-01-28)
Bing Devine helped build the Cardinals of the '60s, which won two World Series. He died Saturday at the age of 90.

Wilson surprises Democrats with resignation (2007-01-27)
Former Gov. Roger Wilson stepped down Saturday as chairman of the Missouri Democratic Party.

Aldermen approve Forest Park lease deal (2007-01-26)
The Board of Aldermen voted 22-2 Friday to approve the lease of nine acres of Forest Park land to Barnes-Jewish Hospital.

IDOT chief Timothy Martin resigns (2007-01-26)
Timothy Martin, whose agency is part of a federal investigation and which was hit by scandal over a pressure-washing contract, resigned Friday.

Forest Park/BJC deal goes before full Board of Aldermen today (2007-01-26)
KWMU's Maria Hickey takes a look at who benefits from the deal to lease a patch of Forest Park to BJC.

Study will determine whether St. Louis region could go wi-fi (2007-01-26)
An ongoing study will try to figure out how to install wireless internet, wi-fi, across St. Louis County. And there are even grander hopes to make the entire region wireless.

Girl Scout selling cookies threatened with gun (2007-01-26)
City firefighter Terry Tedder took his daughter out to sell cookies Tuesday night in their neighborhood. An elderly woman reportedly came out of one house with a shotgun.

Performance-based funding proposed for Missouri colleges (2007-01-26)
Governor Matt Blunt wants funding for higher education to be based on how well colleges and universities meet certain criteria.

Two officers, former police employee charged with beating prisoner (2007-01-26)
Authorities say detective Mark Winger and Sergeant Lewis McGee assaulted a man who was being detained on a traffic violation.

Blunt's budget includes $36 million for life science research (2007-01-25)
The budget Governor Matt Blunt presented this week calls for spending nearly $36 million on animal and plant sciences research.

Bush comes to Missouri to promote health plan (2007-01-25)
The president was in Lee's Summit Thursday for a discussion of the proposal he made Tuesday in his State of the Union address.

I-64 reconstruction firm puts off one closure (2007-01-25)
Gateway Constructors says St. Louis County asked them to hold off closing two ramps from Hanley to westbound I-64.

$254 million Powerball ticket was sold in south County (2007-01-25)
Lottery officials say the winning Powerball ticket, worth $254 million, was sold at the Dierberg's store on Tesson Ferry in south St. Louis County.

University of Missouri moves toward selecting a new president (2007-01-25)
The University of Missouri takes steps toward narrowing the search for a new president

Critics say Blunt health plan falls short (2007-01-25)
Blunt's opponents say his proposal will not help those cut from Medicaid in 2005.

Two new UM curators confirmed despite partisan controversy (2007-01-25)
The Senate today confirmed the appointments of Judith Haggard of Kennett, and Buford Fraser of Columbia. But it was not without some controversy.

President Bush heads to Kansas City to talk about health care (2007-01-25)
Missouri will be the backdrop Thursday when President Bush promotes his new health care coverage plan.

Boy who spotted truck gets props during Governor's speech (2007-01-25)
Gov. Matt Blunt's guest at Wednesday's State of the State speech was Mitchell Hults, the teen who spotted the truck that helped police find two missing boys.

Blunt pitches new health care plan in budget speech (2007-01-25)
KWMU's Marshall Griffin reports on the governor's State of the State speech Wednesday night.

Governor gives mention to boy who spotted truck

Legislation targets illegal immigrants in Missouri (2007-01-24)
New legislation in the Missouri Senate would crack down on businesses that hire or provide housing to illegal immigrants.

Tougher rules for young drivers proposed in Illinois (2007-01-24)
Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White wants lawmakers to pass more restrictions on young drivers.

Ameren grilled by Illinois regulators (2007-01-24)
Illinois regulators say they want Ameren to fix problems that contribute to power outages, and the utility says it will cooperate.

McCaskill says defense waste will be top priority (2007-01-24)
Missouri U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill says fighting Defense Department waste will be one of her first priorities in Washington.

Committee okays BJC/Forest Park deal (2007-01-24)
City aldermen on the Parks Committee approved the deal to lease more than nine acres to Barnes-Jewish Hospital for $2 million annually.

Study: Replace City earnings tax with land tax (2007-01-24)
KWMU's Tom Weber speaks with Joseph Haslag about his report that suggests a way for St. Louis City to get rid of the earnings tax.

Baumruk re-trial starts today (2007-01-24)
A re-trial begins today (Wednesday) for the man accused of killing his wife and shooting four others inside the St. Louis County Courthouse 15 years ago.

Blunt to deliver budget, State of the State tonight (2007-01-24)
It'll be the governor's third address, and the third to be delivered in prime time.

Education will be a key component of the speech, after the governor Tuesday announced he'll recommend another boost in school spending.

Missouri student loan agency selling off $750 million worth of loans (2007-01-23)
The profits from the loan sales have been combined with other agency funds to form a $175 million pool of money that could be transferred to the state.

Audit: First Steps program has improved, could do more (2007-01-23)
State Auditor Susan Montee says The First Steps Program is not serving enough children, and part of the reason why is that the program is underfunded.

Arbitrator orders Post-Dispatch to revoke reporter's suspension (2007-01-23)
The newspaper suspended investigative reporter Carolyn Tuft after editors found factual errors in a series she wrote on the Joyce Meyer Ministries in 2005.

Former ESL councilman, party boss faces more charges (2007-01-23)
Charles Powell is already in prison for vote fraud. Now he faces environment-related charges over a building he renovated in 2002.

Blunt calls for more investment in math and science (2007-01-23)
Governor Blunt is proposing nearly four million dollars in extra funding for math and science education.

Missouri Democrats unveil crime-fighting proposals (2007-01-23)
House Democrats in Jefferson City unveiled several crime-fighting proposals Monday.

Energizer shares reach new high (2007-01-23)
The maker of Energizer batteries and Schick-Wilkinson Sword shaving products reported net income of $122.3 million during the quarter.

UM Curators pick search firm to find Floyd's replacement (2007-01-22)
An Atlanta-based company called Baker-Parker will get $125,000 for its work.

Proposal would require Illinois students be tested for HIV (2007-01-22)
State Representative Mary Flowers (D-Chicago) is sponsoring a bill that would require children to be tested during their three state-required school physicals, before kindergarten, 5th and 8th grades.

Blunt mum on plans for re-election (2007-01-22)
Matt Blunt is downplaying speculation that he does not plan to seek a second term as Missouri's governor.

Former Missouri Chief Justice Blackmar dies (2007-01-22)
Judge Charles Blackmar died Friday in Florida after a brief illness. He served as chief justice from 1989 until 1991 and retired one year later.

More details on I-64 reconstruction released (2007-01-22)
Gateway Constructors says the $535 million project will begin next month when several houses are demolished at I-64 and I-170.

Lawyers will try to move Devlin after reporter gains access (2007-01-22)
There's an effort to move accused kidnapper Michael Devlin out of the Franklin County jail after a reporter got into the building this weekend for an interview.

State treasurer pushes college savings plan (2007-01-22)
Missouri Treasurer Sarah Steelman is promoting legislation to help middle and low income families participate in the state's college savings plan

State tourism officials happy with funding boost (2007-01-22)
Gov. Matt Blunt will propose to lawmakers this week a budget that boosts tourism funding by nearly $3 million.

Blunt mum on plans for re-election campaign (2007-01-22)
Matt Blunt is downplaying speculation that he does not plan to seek a second term as Missouri's governor.

Tab for recent ice storm be in the millions (2007-01-22)
For the Springfield area alone early estimates reach $25 million in damages and recovery costs.

KDHX considered 'at risk;' in line for $240k grant (2007-01-21)
St. Louis's community radio station is one of 10 finalists competing for five grants from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

Horses from September crash now up for adoption (2007-01-20)
About two dozen horses that survived a trailer wreck are ready for adoption. The animals were headed to an Illinois slaughterhouse in September when the truck overturned on I-44 in Franklin County.

First filibuster of the year over stem cell research (2007-01-19)
Missouri state Senators were kept in session until just before 3:30 this morning because of an effort to block a nomination for the University of Missouri Board of Curators.

U.S. Department of Education signs off on Missouri Teachers (2007-01-19)
The U.S. Department of Education has approved Missouri's plan for increasing the percentage of public schoolteachers who are "highly qualified" under federal law.

Aldermen consider Forest Park-BJC deal (2007-01-19)
The ordinance introduced Friday would require the hospital to pay $2 million a year for the nine acres east of Kingshighway.

Mississippi Nights to close after more than 20 years (2007-01-19)
The well-known night spot has become a bit of a "you-name-them-they've-played-there" kind of concert venue.

Feds OK Missouri plan for school improvement (2007-01-19)
The government's decision resolves a disagreement that started last summer when Missouri failed to submit adequate information about teachers working in public schools.

Republican Emerson especially supportive of Dems' 100 Hours bills (2007-01-19)
See a rundown of how each St. Louis area Congressman voted for the six bills that were passed during the Democrats' '100 Hours.'

Task force will probe Devlin's past (2007-01-19)
It will include the FBI, Missouri State Highway Patrol, sheriff's departments in Franklin, Washington and Lincoln counties, and police in St. Charles and Kirkwood.

Devlin will make first court appearance today; Hornbeck, family on 'Oprah' (2007-01-18)
Michael Devlin, accused of kidnapping two boys who were found last week, will be linked by video to a courtroom today.
Also today, Shawn Hornbeck and his parents will speak with Oprah Winfrey in their first extended public comments.

New rules will give GOP more control in Missouri House (2007-01-18)
Some Democrats in the Missouri House are unhappy with new rules implemented Thursday by the Republican majority.

With grant, Wash. U. scientists will study emphysema (2007-01-18)
Emphysema is a disease usually associated with smoking, but researchers want to know how genetics might also predisposition someone.

New proposal on BJC lease goes to aldermen (2007-01-18)
The new plan calls for 9.4 acres of Forest Park east of Kingshighway to be leased to Barnes-Jewish Hospital for $2 million a year. But Citizens to Protect Forest Park aren't happy with the new plan either.

Parents think Shawn Hornbeck was sexually assaulted (2007-01-18)
Craig and Pam Akers told Oprah Winfrey in an interview aring today that they believe their son was sexually abused, and that he'll eventually talk about it.

Devlin pleads not guilty in Ben Ownby kidnapping (2007-01-18)
Michael Devlin pleaded not guilty this morning to charges he kidnapped Ben Ownby. He is also accused of kidnapping Shawn Hornbeck; both boys are appearing today on the Oprah Winfrey show.

Marine from Madison, Ill. will plead guilty in murder case (2007-01-18)
Venice High School alum Trent Thomas is one of seven Marines and a Navy corpsman who were charged in June with killing an Iraqi man.

Questions linger in wake of kidnapping arrest (2007-01-18)
KWMU's Matt Sepic reports on the Shawn Hornbeck and Ben Ownby cases for NPR's Morning Edition.

Blunt endorses idea of 'health care homes' (2007-01-18)
Health Care Homes will be more of a concept than an actual physical structure; it's a way to get medical services to low-income Missourians.

Blunt might send in more National Guard troops with more bad weather (2007-01-18)
Forecasts for the weekend call for heavy, wet snow in parts of Missouri, and if it happens, Gov. Blunt says he might call out more troops.

Devlin faces charges in Hornbeck case (2007-01-17)
Washington County prosecutors have charged Devlin with kidnapping and armed criminal action.

With investigation looming, Blagojevich announces new hiring system (2007-01-17)
The administration says it wants to move the state's hiring system online, which means applicants who want jobs with the state would apply over the Internet.

Mokwa offers crime stats, plan of action (2007-01-17)
Overall crime was up in St. Louis by nearly 6% last year over 2005. Police Chief Joe Mokwa presented the stats to the Board of Police Commissioners, along with initiatives he hopes will curb crime.

Pay raises for Missouri judges, others seems likely (2007-01-17)
Various judges and attorneys from across Missouri testified on Wednesday before a Senate committee, pleading their case for pay raises.

More charges possible today against Devlin (2007-01-17)
Michael Devlin is so far only charged with kidnapping Ben Ownby in Franklin County. But the prosecutor in Washington County, where Shawn Hornbeck was abducted, is holding a press conference today.

Grant will help buy HPV vaccine for STL-area women (2007-01-17)
The Missouri Foundation for Health is giving an $11 million grant to help prevent cervical cancer.

Cardinals get White House kudos (2007-01-17)
President Bush paid tribute to the World Series champion Cardinals on Tuesday.

Obama forms exploratory committee for presidential run (2007-01-16)
Illinois' junior U.S. Senator is taking the first step in running for President.

UM Curators want more oversight of sports (2007-01-16)
Finding a successor to President Elson Floyd will likely top curators' agenda at their next meeting, but some curators also want a task force created to study intercollegiate sports.

Blunt: Storm costing state at least $100,000 a day (2007-01-16)
The $100,000 tab is just to keep National Guard troops in communities to check on residents and help clear debris.

White House declares disaster in Missouri counties (2007-01-16)
The declaration makes the counties eligible for federal disaster money.

More tussling between Express Scripts, Caremark (2007-01-16)
Hours after Express Scripts offered to buy outstanding shares of its rival Caremark, Caremark upped its offer to keep shareholders desiring a merger instead with CVS.

Express ramps up offer for Caremark (2007-01-16)
Express wants to buy rival Caremark, but Caremark is so far sticking with an earlier deal to merge with the CVS drug store chain.

Selig: St. Louis will host 2009 baseball All-Star game (2007-01-16)
Commissioner Bud Selig announced Monday that the 2009 All-Star game will be played at Busch Stadium.

Illinois community colleges will try to award bachelor's degrees (2007-01-15)
There's an effort in Illinois to let community colleges offer a limited number of Bachelor's degrees, but universities continue to oppose such a move.

Governor visits St. Charles following storm (2007-01-15)
Governor Matt Blunt spent time in Springfield and St. Charles on Monday after ice storms left many Missourians without power.

Cleanup, power restoration continues after weekend storms (2007-01-15)
KWMU's Matt Sepic reports for NPR's Morning Edition on the weekend storms that left hundreds of thousands of customers without power.

Chouteau bridge in City reopens on Friday (2007-01-15)
After being closed for nearly two years, the Chouteau Avenue viaduct in south St. Louis will reopen on Friday.

Officers credit luck with finding missing boys (2007-01-15)
Kirkwood officers Gary Wagster & Chris Nelson saw a white pickup truck at an apartment complex that had been on the news regarding Ben Ownby's abduction.

IL GOP tries again to remove Kjellander, who refuses to leave (2007-01-14)
Republican National Committeeman Bob Kjellander has reportedly refused a request by the party's Illinois Central Committee that he resign his post.

Two missing boys reunited with familes (2007-01-13)
KWMU's Tom Weber reports for NPR's Weekend Edition about the stunning discovery Friday of not one, but two, missing boys in a Kirkwood apartment.

Parents meet media, discuss reuniting with missing boys (2007-01-13)
KWMU's Tom Weber reports for NPR's All Things Considered about the latest on Shawn Hornbeck & Ben Ownby.

Cloning opponents will ramp up efforts in March (2007-01-13)
Amendment Two opponents will return to Jefferson City later in the legislative session to persuade lawmakers to ban what they call human cloning.

DNR asks lawmakers to fix Water Commission law (2007-01-12)
A quirk in state law says the Clean Water Commission cannot have any more than three members of the same party, and there are currently four Republicans on the panel.

I-170 interchange to be first major part of Highway 40 project (2007-01-12)
When the $535 million overhaul begins in the spring the first major construction zone will be the interchange between I-170 and I-64.

Former Berkeley city manager sentenced to nearly four years in bribery case (2007-01-12)
Joseph King was also ordered to pay more than $27,000 in restitution for taking bribes from an insurance broker.

Jetton wants Social Security tax break for seniors (2007-01-12)
The Missouri House Speaker says seniors shouldn't have to be taxed twice, which is what happens when Social Security beneifts are taxed. But critics say the plan will only help the wealthy.

Ice storm warning in effect for St. Louis area (2007-01-12)
Temperatures will drop below freezing Friday evening as the rain continues. Ice accumulations of up to an inch are expected.

Ownby found alive along with boy missing since 2002 (2007-01-12)
Authorities have found a 13-year-old boy missing since Monday and another boy who has been missing since 2002 alive in a suburban St. Louis apartment.

Illinois proposal would ban smoking statewide (2007-01-12)
Concerns over second hand smoke are fueling an effort to pass a statewide smoking ban in Illinois.

State Education Board meets today to discuss STL Schools (2007-01-11)
The Missouri Board of Education's meeting today could be the first step towards a state takeover of the St. Louis School District.

KMOX urges listeners to 'erase the school board' (2007-01-11)
KMOX radio broadcast an announcement yesterday calling for the St. Louis Public School District to be erased.

UM Curators begin search for next system president (2007-01-11)
The University of Missouri board of curators met in Columbia Thursday to begin the search for a new system president to replace Elson Floyd.

Illinois might move presidential primary to help Obama (2007-01-11)
An effort in Illinois would have state's presidential primary in 2008 held earlier as a way to help Sen. Barack Obama, if he runs.

Six Flags St. Louis not on company's 'sell' list (2007-01-11)
Six Flags Inc. is selling nearly a quarter of its 30 North American theme parks, but the one near St. Louis is not among them.

Priest leaves St. Ambrose parish after protests (2007-01-11)
Darell Mitchell cites personal reasons for his departure from the parish in St. Louis's Hill neighborhood.

No vote, but State Board moving towards takeover of STL schools (2007-01-11)
The state of Missiouri is moving closer to implementing a transitional school board to run the St. Louis School District.

Blunt welcomes MOHELA audit (2007-01-10)
The governor says he thinks Auditor Susan Montee's report will help him make his case for selling assets for construction projects.

New animal shelter expected to break ground in 2008 (2007-01-10)
The City of St. Louis, together with the Animal House Fund have teamed up for the construction of a $4million, LEED certified animal shelter.

Union joins NAACP in calling for universal health care in MO (2007-01-10)
The Service Employees International Union and the NAACP say Missouri should follow the lead of California and Massachusetts and offer health insurance everyone can afford.

MO Supreme Court to consider STL police, fire pensions (2007-01-10)
The two pension systems sued after they say the city didn't put enough money a few budgets ago. Missouri Supreme Court justices will consider the case today.

STL School Board rejects push for lawsuit (2007-01-10)
The board voted 4-3 Tuesday against forcing the district's lawyers to sue if the state takes over the district.

St. Louis lawmaker wants to rename Mark McGwire Highway (2007-01-10)
State Representative T.D. El-Amin's legislation would rename several miles of I-70 "The John Bass Highway." Bass is a former State Senator and retired educator.

Missouri plans quicker improvements on state highways (2007-01-10)
It's part of a new goal to have 85 percent of the state's busiest roads in good condition in five years.

Budget battle begins in Illinois legislature (2007-01-10)
The top officials in the Illinois Legislature outlined sharply different priorities today as the new General Assembly was sworn in.

Missouri death penalty case in court again today (2007-01-10)
A federal appeals court in St. Louis will hear arguments today (Wednesday) in the case that effectively has halted executions in Missouri for the past year.

More than 200 leads in missing boy case (2007-01-10)
Franklin County Sheriff Gary Toelke says police have received more than 200 leads in the case of Ben Ownby, who's been missing since Monday.

New Illinois Treasurer puts ethics policy into place (2007-01-09)
The first order of business for Illinois' new state Treasurer, Alexi Giannoulias, is an ethics policy for his office.

Hall of Fame voters say no to McGwire (2007-01-09)
The votes are in, and Mark McGwire is not headed to baseball's Hall of Fame.

Amber Alert continues for missing Franklin Co. boy (2007-01-09)
William "Ben" Ownby was last seen getting off a school bus with a friend in the Franklin County town of Beaufort Monday. A witness saw the boy being pushed into a small white truck.

Gloria Connors, mother of tennis great, dies in Belleville (2007-01-09)
Gloria Connors herself was a tennis player; she died this week at the age of 82 with her son, Jimmy, at her side.

Blagojevich sworn in for second term (2007-01-09)
Gov. Rod Blagojevich on Monday became the first Democrat since 1965 to start a second term as Illinois Governor.

Blunt proposes funding increase for early childhood program (2007-01-09)
Parents as Teachers puts parents of newborns to kindergartners in touch with nearby schools and gives parents ways to better their own children's development.

Prosecutor says DNA evidence has helped solve 2002 rape case (2007-01-09)
More than four years after a jogger was abducted and raped in suburban Chesterfield, DNA evidence has lead to charges.

Governor requests slight funding boost for utility aid program (2007-01-09)
The Governor says he wants to raise funding for the program from its current $6.1 million to $6.3 million.

House Dems proposed new district-drawing system for MO (2007-01-08)
Democrats in the Missouri House on Monday unveiled a proposal they say would remove political considerations from the drawing of legislative districts.

Experts from around the country to mull new bridge today (2007-01-08)
Illinois and Missouri are at an impasse over how to fund a bridge, so the East-West Gateway Council is conducting a study in the hopes of jump-starting the process.

Study: Drivers would use other bridges, rather than pay toll (2007-01-08)
Consultants hired by the East-West Gateway Council of Governments released a report today aimed at finding compromise between Missouri and Illinois on a new bridge.

Sierra Club says Water Commission is too Republican-heavy (2007-01-08)
The environmental group has filed a complaint with Governor Matt Blunt, who appoints the commission's seven members.

Montee, Blagojevich sworn in today (2007-01-08)
Susan Montee will be sworn in as Missouri's new Auditor; Rod Blagojevich's second four-year term starts today, as well.

Judge blocks Missouri campaign finance law (2007-01-08)
A judge in Jefferson City temporarily blocked a new state law Monday that bans fundraising by lawmakers, statewide officials and candidates during the legislative session.

Caremark rejects Express Scripts offer, will seek deal with CVS (2007-01-08)
Nashville-based Caremark says the deal is in not in the best interests of its shareholders and that it will continue pursuing a deal with CVS.

A-B, Czech beer Budvar form alliance, despite legal fights (2007-01-08)
St. Louis-based Anheuser-Busch and Czech beer maker Budvar have fought for years over use of the brand name Budweiser, which is a flagship product for both.

Caremark board rejects Express Scripts bid (2007-01-07)
Caremark originally agreed to a merger with the drug store chain CVS, but Express later made a hostile bid for Caremark.

Chrysler's new 2008 minivans to be built in Fenton (2007-01-07)
That announcement appears to calm fears that the Fenton plant might have been on a list of possible closures, even though there are plans to invest $1 billion there for upgrades.

Eagles return to St. Lous area (2007-01-05)
This weekend marks the kick-off of "Eagle Days" in Alton.

Bond says intel chief needs more power (2007-01-05)
John Negroponte is leaving the post now that President Bush has nominated him Deputy Secretary of State.

MO Sen. Budget chair not so sure about a surplus (2007-01-05)
Missouri doesn't really have a budget surplus, according to the chairman of the State Senate's Appropriations Committee.

Bond: rumor about MU presidency is 'dead dog' (2007-01-05)
President Elson Floyd is leaving Columbia to become president of Washington State University.

St. Louis exhibition looks at portraiture (2007-01-05)
KWMU's Maria Hickey heads to the Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts in St. Louis to speak to director Matthias Wascheck.

Following on sex offender law, Missouri legislators consider 'meth registry' (2007-01-05)
Republican State Representative David Sater of Cassville is sponsoring a bill that would create a statewide database of people convicted of crimes involving the sale or manufacture of methamphetamine.

McCaskill sworn in as U.S. Senator (2007-01-04)
Newly sworn-in U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill says she is open to working with Republicans to accomplish things like ethics reform and a minimum wage increase.

Blunt to name new chair for St. Louis Election Board (2007-01-04)
Carol Wilson, a former election board member who resigned a few years ago to run for alderman, will be named the panel's chair.

Group home owners appeal loss of license (2007-01-04)
Joplin River of Life Ministries says it has no plans to reopen its four businesses; it just wants the licenses to make it easier to sell them.

STL Schools targeted on opening day in Jeff. City (2007-01-04)
Republican leaders in the Missouri Senate have expressed concern over the state of public schools in St. Louis.

Special census will count Mascoutah's population (2007-01-04)
Mayor Jerry Daugherty estimates the population of the Metro-East town has increased by 1,000 since 2000.

St. Charles School Board hires new Superintendent (2007-01-04)
Randal Charles will take the job in July, nearly a year after the most recent permanent superintendent, James Cale, died.

Ameren lists ideas for improving electrical service during storms (2007-01-04)
The company's suggestions include boosting the tree trimming budget by $15 million, burying some power lines, and rebuilding certain distribution circuits.

Blunt asks USDA for farm aid (2007-01-04)
Missouri Governor Matt Blunt is asking the U.S. Department of Agriculture to declare 14 counties in central Missouri agricultural disaster areas due to last year's severe winter storms.

Watchdog group sues to get access to Blagojevich subpoenas (2007-01-04)
A government watchdog group in Illinois sued Thursday to try to force Governor Rod Blagojevich's office to release information related to an investigation of the office's hiring practices.

Compromise still evades Illinois lawmakers over electric rates (2007-01-04)
Large power rate increases took effect the first of the year for customers of Ameren, ComEd, and their subsidiaries.

With little partisanship, Missouri Legislature begins 2007 session (2007-01-03)
Democratic Senator Tim Green, D-Spanish Lake, cast the only "no" vote when Republican Michael Gibbons, R-Kirkwood, was elected Senate President Pro-tem.

Missouri lawmakers open spring session today (2007-01-03)
There will also be ceremonies for new state Senators and Representatives, who will be sworn in.

Caremark Rx leans toward CVS deal (2007-01-03)
St. Louis-based Express Scripts, which is building a new headquarters at UM-St. Louis, made a bid for Caremark, but Caremark says a deal with CVS already has federal approval.

Bourisaw survives ouster vote (2007-01-03)
St. Louis School Superintendent Diana Bourisaw avoided losing her job Tuesday night by one vote.

Lawsuit challenges new campaign finance law in Missouri (2007-01-03)
A part of a new law in Missouri prohibits any contributions to candidates while lawmakers are in session. That fundraising blackout is the target of James Trout's litigation.

Trial over Missouri school funding begins (2007-01-03)
Public schools suing the state argued that the funding is unfair and inadequate in opening arguments, but the assistant attorney general says the suit is not about spending but whether the Legislature is meeting its constitutional requirement.

Experts say lead is still a major problem in St. Louis (2007-01-03)
Certain parts of St. Louis, particularly north St. Louis are showing higher then average levels of lead poisoning among children.

Trial over Missouri school funding starts today (2007-01-03)
About half of the state's school districts have sued, arguing the state is not spending enough on public education and not distributing the money fairly.

Recall of Overland mayor on April ballot (2007-01-03)
The St. Louis County Board of Election Commissions certified signatures for the recall question in November and Overland City Council passed a motion to put the matter on the ballot.

New campaign finance law challenged (2007-01-02)
A Democrat who ran for a seat in the Missouri state house contends prohibiting contributions during Legislative sessions violates free speech rights.

Bill requires pharmacists to give customers alternative (2007-01-02)
Representative Mike Talboy sponsored the bill that allows pharmacists to refuse filling prescriptions for birth control and emergency contraceptives, but also requires them to put the customer in touch with a pharmacy that will fill the prescription.

First two hearings today over Ameren's proposed rate hikes (2007-01-02)
There will be two hearings today (Tuesday) on the question of whether Ameren should get to raise rates in Missouri.

Ameren customers protest proposed rate hike at state hearing (2007-01-02)
The company wants to raise rates nearly 18 percent. State officials said the average residential customer would pay another six dollars per month.

State Senate leader pushes for changes to Medicaid (2007-01-02)
Republican Senator Michael Gibbons of Kirkwood said a broad-based package of health care reform will focus on empowering individuals and moving away from big providers and big insurers.

250,000 Missourians get a raise (2007-01-02)
Voters approved a minimum wage hike in November; it went into effect Jan. 1.