Forsee's letter opposing cap-and-trade legislation draws attention

University of Missouri System President Gary Forsee has ties to businesses that oppose the legislation and others that could benefit from it.

David Mohler released from jail after posting $70,000 bond

David A. Mohler, one of the six men who allegedly sexually abused children in their family, paid a $70,000 cash bond and was released from the Lafayette County jail.

Suspect in Jefferson City killings returned to Missouri

David Russell Hosier of Jefferson City has been returned from Oklahoma, where he was arrested in September after the murders of 45-year-old Angela Gilpin of Jefferson City and 61-year-old Rodney Gilpin of Hartsburg.

MoDOT lays off 100 people statewide

The Missouri Department of Transportation is laying off 100 people statewide to increase contributions into the retirement system for its employees. Because of the struggling financial markets, MoDOT has to increase its contributions to the system by about $5.3 million a year for 15 years.

Missouri legislators seek to tighten ethics rules

Senate President Pro Tem Charlie Shields filed a bill Tuesday that would prohibit lobbyists from contributing to incumbents during a legislative session. It would also establish an independent investigator within the Ethics Commission.

Bond funds reallocated to pay for new Columbia elementary school

In the bond election to go before voters in April, the cost of building the new high school is lower than originally estimated and funds for other projects reworked, making it possible to pay for a new elementary school.

Voluntary Action Center matches individuals, families with Christmas sponsors

Sponsors signed up earlier than usual for the Voluntary Action Center's Christmas program. The center matched more than 1,000 Boone County families and individuals with sponsors from the community.

Missouri lawmakers seek to expand texting while driving law

Two representatives filed proposals that would make the law banning texting while driving in Missouri apply to all motorists, not just those 21 and younger.

Monthly state revenue increases for first time this fiscal year

Despite a positive number in November, state revenue remains lower than in previous years and even the November figure is misleading, an official says.

Prosecutor: Woman handed out Halloween candy at sex offender's house

A Missouri proscutor has accused a Mexico, Mo., sex offender of violating a 2008 law after police spotted a woman handing out candy from his house on Halloween.

Missouri law enforcement agencies get $1 million grant for equipment

The $1 million in federal stimulus grants to buy new equipment will be divided among 131 agencies, including state agencies, police departments, sheriffs' offices and university police forces.

Sen. Schaefer appointed vice chairman of Missouri Senate Appropriations Committee

The committee funds MU, the single biggest employer in Schaefer's district. The budget process will begin on Dec. 7 with hearings by the Senate Appropriations Committee.

Missouri appeals court vacancy draws 44 applicants

The retirement of Judge Hal Lowenstein in August has brought forth 44 people applying for the vacancy, which will be narrowed to three finalists before Gov. Jay Nixon makes his selection.

Anti-abortion group seeks action against McCaskill in Catholic Church

An anti-abortion group called Insurrecta Nex is calling for the denial of Holy Communion to Sen. McCaskill and Catholic lawmakers if they support the public funding of abortion.

UPDATE: Fort Hood suspect to undergo mental exam

Maj. Nidal Hasan, the Army psychiatrist charged with 13 counts of premeditated murder after the Fort Hood shooting, has been charged with an additional 32 counts of attempted premeditated murder.

Palin brings book tour to southwest Missouri

The former vice-presidential candidate is scheduled to speak in Branson on Wednesday night.

Witnesses testify about injuries to 2-year-old

Horace Johnson's trial for second-degree murder in the beating death of his son continued Wednesday morning with testimony about 2-year-old Cortez Johnson's injuries.