Category: Missouri News

Court revives discrimination lawsuit against MU

(COLUMBIA, Mo., AP) — A Missouri appeals court has revived a former professor’s gender discrimination lawsuit against the University of Missouri. The Western District Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday that a trial court must determine if Loreen Olson had a legal contract to become the head of the university’s communications department in 2010. Olson sued… Read more »

1 dead, 1 critically hurt in plane crash into lake

(MARYLAND HEIGHTS, Mo., AP) — The pilot of a small plane is dead and his wife critically injured after the aircraft crashed into a St. Louis County lake. The pilot is identified as 78-year-old Russell Hazelton of Factoryville, Pa. His wife, 69-year-old Suzanne Hazelton, is in critical condition. The crash happened around 8:40 p.m. Wednesday…. Read more »

University defended over allowing Nafis as student

(CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., AP) — Southeast Missouri State University officials say the university did nothing wrong in allowing Quazi Mohammad Rezwanul Ahsan Nafis be a student there last spring. Nafis is the former international student from Bangladesh charged with trying to blow up the Federal Reserve building in New York. University leaders told the Southeast… Read more »

Fire chief earns Patriot Award, council hears flood map criticism

By MICHAEL FREEMAN (WARRENSBURG, Mo., digitalBURG) – Mayor Don Butterfield and the City Council recognized Warrensburg Fire Chief Phil Johnston Monday night for receiving the Patriot Award. The U.S. Department of Defense selects Patriot Award recipients based on their dedication and support of employees serving in the military. “It’s a big honor for Phil,” Butterfield… Read more »

Legislative panel on higher ed funding convenes at UCM

(WARRENSBURG, Mo., AP) — A panel of state lawmakers holds a hearing at the University of Central Missouri this week on creation of a funding formula for higher education institutions. Tuesday’s hearing is the second of three scheduled by the Legislature’s Joint Committee on Education. A bill approved earlier this year directed the committee to… Read more »

Mo. Gov. Nixon, challenger Spence both stress jobs

By DAVID A. LIEB (JEFFERSON CITY, Mo., AP) — Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon touts over $1.5 billion in spending cuts, the elimination of 4,300 government jobs and four years of balancing a budget without tax increases during the nation’s worst economic downturn since the Great Depression. Perhaps that explains why Nixon, a Democrat, has been… Read more »

1 killed, 2 seriously hurt when truck hits diner

(NEVADA, Mo., AP) — One person is dead and two others are seriously injured after a tractor-trailer plowed into a southwest Missouri highway diner and struck several patrons. The Kansas City Star ( reports the accident happened just before 5 p.m. Friday in Nevada, Mo., about 95 miles south of Kansas City. The Missouri State… Read more »

Boy Scout ‘perversion files’ include 46 Mo. cases

(KANSAS CITY, Mo., AP) — Confidential files kept for years by Boy Scouts of America detailing allegations of sexual abuse against boys include 46 cases from Missouri. A majority of the Missouri cases included in files released Thursday come from troops in St. Louis and Kansas City or their suburbs but cases also were reported… Read more »

Missouri Gas Energy files winter rate request

(JEFFERSON CITY, Mo., AP) — Missouri Gas Energy is seeking a winter rate increase that would cost the average residential customer $5.25 more per month. The company said Wednesday it filed the request with the Public Service Commission. If the request is approved, the increase will take effect Nov. 1. MGE spokesman Jason Fulp says… Read more »

Akin rape remark highlighted in talking brochures

By DAVID A. LIEB (JEFFERSON CITY, Mo., AP) — A pro-Democratic group is mailing talking brochures to Missouri homes with an audio clip of Republican Senate candidate Todd Akin using the phrase “legitimate rape.” The group American Bridge 21st Century said the talking campaign materials could arrive in mailboxes as soon as Thursday. The brochure… Read more »