• Outgoing Missouri governor grants 15 pardons Posted on 9 December 2016 at 9:50pm

    JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Missouri's outgoing Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon is giving clemency to 15 people convicted of drug-related crimes or theft.

    Nixon on Friday announced the pardons. Those granted clemency were convicted of crimes including selling marijuana, stealing and burglary. Many went on to work or attend school. Those granted clemency also include Vietnam veterans, a pastor and retirees.

  • Missouri to pay $2 million to settle discrimination lawsuit Posted on 9 December 2016 at 9:36pm

    JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — A former director of Missouri's unemployment benefits agency has agreed to a $2 million settlement to drop a discrimination lawsuit against Gov. Jay Nixon's administration.

    Settlement documents provided Friday under open-records laws show the state is to pay $1.2 million to Gracia Backer and an additional $800,000 to her attorneys at Roger Brown and Associates.

  • Victim of deadly 1982 attack lobbies for inmate's freedom Posted on 9 December 2016 at 9:27pm

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A woman assaulted as a girl during a 1982 attack that killed her mother wants Missouri's governor to free the man imprisoned the past three decades for the crimes, insisting he's innocent.

    Melissa Neal DeBoer, now 42, wrote in an application for executive commutation to Gov. Jay Nixon this week that she's "heartbroken" that her now-recanted testimony helped convict Rodney Lincoln.

  • Suits over alleged harassment in Missouri prisons spur audit Posted on 9 December 2016 at 9:16pm

    JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Missouri Auditor Nicole Galloway said she's reviewing state legal payments following reports of harassment and employee lawsuits in the Department of Corrections.

    Galloway on Friday announced the audit of the state's Legal Expense Fund, which is used to make settlement payments.

  • Missouri Gov. Nixon to work as lawyer after term ends Posted on 9 December 2016 at 8:58pm

    JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon will work as a private attorney at a suburban St. Louis law firm when his term ends in January.

    Nixon spokesman Scott Holste confirmed on Friday that the outgoing governor will work for the Dowd Bennett firm in Clayton.

  • Death of 19-year-old under investigation Posted on 9 December 2016 at 8:52pm

    SIKESTON (AP) — Police are investigating the shooting death of a high school student in southeast Missouri.

    KFVS-TV reports that the fatal shooting of 19-year-old Cole Kirkpatrick of Scott County was reported as an accident. Kirkpatrick died Thursday night after being shot in the head with a shotgun.

  • Boone County house fire forces family from home Posted on 9 December 2016 at 6:17pm

    BOONE COUNTY - A fire forced a family to evacuate its Boone County home Friday afternoon.

    Firefighters responded to the house fire at 4951 Wolfe Road West around 3:30 p.m. As of 5 p.m., the home was still smoking.

  • Holts Summit man charged with multiple felonies in domestic dispute Posted on 9 December 2016 at 5:52pm

    CALLAWAY COUNTY - Prosecutors charged a Holts Summit man with multiple felonies Friday in connection to a domestic dispute.

    The Callaway County prosecuting attorney charged 33-year-old James P. Harrison with armed criminal action, unlawful use of a weapon, burglary and domestic assault.

  • Congress aims to hold campus sexual assault offenders accountable Posted on 9 December 2016 at 4:25pm

    COLUMBIA - Many students worry their peers won't pay appropriately for a sexual misconduct offense. A bill being introduced to Congress might calm their nerves.

    Right now, if a student is expelled for sexual misconduct, in every state, apart from Virginia and New York, there is nothing requiring documentation of the discipline on a transcript. 

  • After record tourism, Missouri boosts funding for 2017 Posted on 9 December 2016 at 3:35pm

    COLUMBIA - Gov. Jay Nixon announced recently visitors to the state and tourism spending are at an all-time high for fiscal year 2016.  

    According to a news release, the FY16 annual impact report by Tourism Economics, a division of Oxford Economics, showed Missouri had 41.7 million visitors, a 3.2 percent increase from the previous record of 40.4 million in Fiscal Year 2015.