A Catholic parish in eastern Missouri is mourning the theft of relics brought to the church from Rome more than a half-century ago.
KSDK-TV reports that nine relics were stolen from Ste. Genevieve Catholic Church sometime around Christmas. The relics were present around the time of Christmas masses, but cleaning crews noticed they were missing on Jan. 4.
St. Louis leaders are taking a tough approach to stop people from asking for money at exit ramps.
Director of Human Services Bill Siedhoff told KMOX Radio that some are so aggressive that drivers are intimidated. He says some drivers have changed their routes to avoid the ramps such as one at Interstate 64 and 14th Street.
To address the problem, the city has put up "no begging" signs at 25 locations and plans another two dozen.
Public schools could receive state money for preschool programs under a new proposal by a Missouri senator. But budget concerns could diminish its prospects of passage.
Sen. Joseph Keaveny filed two bills Thursday that would fund preschool programs through the state formula that already distributes money for K-12 education. One version would provide state aid for all preschool students; the other would pay only for lower income students.
Republican Senate leaders said Thursday that they like Keaveny's idea but it's unlikely the state can afford it.
Gov. Jay Nixon has named three people to the commission responsible for overseeing the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis.
The appointments were announced Wednesday and will require state Senate confirmation. Republicans Edward J. Tabash and Zane Yates were selected along with Democrat Bruce Thomas Sommer.
Tabash had been a partner for MRCT-Benefits Plus, a St. Louis company that provides employee benefits. Yates served in the Missouri House from 1990 to 1996 and was the assistant Republican leader. He works for Centene Corp.
A former St. Louis real estate broker faces sentencing in April after admitting in federal court that he defrauded the government and financial institutions of more than $1 million.
Authorities say 28-year-old Jerrick Hawkins pleaded guilty Wednesday to multiple fraud charges. Prosecutors say Hawkins recruited people to apply for conventional and FHA loans to buy properties in the St. Louis area and directed them to supply false employment and income information.
Monthly bills will be rising for hundreds of thousands of electricity customers in western Missouri.
The Missouri Public Service Commission said Wednesday that it approved a $64 million rate increase for Kansas City Power and Light Company and an additional $49 million rate hike for KCP and L Greater Missouri Operations Company.
Monthly bills will rise by an estimated $8.91 for a residential customer of KCP and L who uses 1,150 kilowatt hours of electricity in the summer months and 760 kilowatt hours in the winter.
The public will have a chance to hear from some of the Republicans hoping to succeed Rep. Jo Ann Emerson in the U.S. House.
Republican candidate forums are scheduled Thursday evening in Salem and Jan. 17 in Cape Girardeau.
Emerson, who was re-elected in November, plans to resign by February to take a job as director of National Rural Electric Cooperative Association. Political party committees are to nominate candidates for a special election to succeed Emerson in southeast Missouri's 8th Congressional District.
At least one lawmaker was missing when Missouri's newly elected representatives took the oath of office.
Republican House member Keith Frederick of Rolla was not at the Capitol on Wednesday for the first day of the annual session.
Frederick's office assistant, Joyce Bush, said he was in Washington, D.C., bidding his daughter goodbye as she left on a yearlong mission trip. She said Frederick plans to be back Thursday to take the oath of office in Jefferson City.