State News

Columbia City Council members take on state lawmakers' proposals

Counterclockwise: Columbia Fifth Ward Councilwoman Laura Nauser, Columbia Second Ward Councilman Michael Trapp, state Sen. Kurt Schaefer and state Rep. Caleb Rowden. In the last year, state legislators have sought to restrict cities from setting their own policies on a number of issues: plastic bag control, ride-sharing services, broadband networks, and policies similar to Columbia’s recently passed “Ban the Box” ordinance.

Legislation filed in the Missouri General Assembly seeks to undo or pre-empt ordinances passed by local governments, including Columbia.

Review of Missouri K-12 learning goals further strained

Last year, lawmakers opposed to the Common Core required a review of the standards with the goal of replacing them with standards recommended by Missouri parents and teachers.

Missouri House panel OKs traffic fine limits, court rules

The bill would limit the amount of revenue most cities can get from traffic violations to 20 percent from 30 percent.

Missouri's top lawyer to defend Senate in Sunshine lawsuit

Progress Missouri filed the lawsuit challenging the policy of some Senate committee chairman of prohibiting the group from filming hearings last week.

Group tries to save former suburban St. Louis convent

The University of Missouri in St. Louis plans to turn the convent in Bel-Nor into green space, saying it needs $11 million in rehab work.


Affordable Care Act contractor logs 13,000 hours in overtime

A spokesman said the cost of that overtime was covered under a contract and did not cost taxpayers any extra money.

St. Louis board votes to create police oversight panel

The seven-member board would investigate citizen complaints of police misconduct and review police policy and practices.

Missouri town, new mayor grapple with mass resignations

Five of six members of the police force in Parma resigned within hours of Tyus Byrd being sworn in as mayor, however many residents are hesitant to believe those actions had anything to do with racism.

Early results positive on change to field sobriety testing policy

Since November, if drivers in the county refuse to take a breathalyzer test, prosecutors can seek a warrant to draw a vial of their blood.

Audit finds UMKC business school ran up deficit to boost enrollment

The report follows an earlier audit requested by Gov. Jay Nixon after an investigation by The Kansas City Star found faculty members submitted false data as a means to get the Bloch School's entrepreneurship program in the Princeton Review's top rankings.

Missouri Republicans inch forward on Medicaid 'reforms'

Some tweaks to the state's Medicaid system are moving forward, including proposals encouraging the use of telemedicine, a raise to the asset limit for people with disabilities and more stringent policing of eligibility.

Dropped charges raise questions about police surveillance of cellphones

Defense lawyers scheduled a deposition April 9 to ask an intelligence officer under oath about a "proven law enforcement technique" that may have been a "cell phone simulator," commonly referred to as a StingRay. But the charges were dismissed April 8 against all but one defendant.

Businesses evacuated after ammonia leak on I-70 near Warrenton

A stretch of Interstate 70 in east-central Missouri was shut down because of a gas leak from two tanks that fell off a farm truck.

Missouri program helps shelter dogs and prison inmates

The program, which is in 19 of the state's 20 prisons, gives inmates the chance to be responsible and care for others.


Charges dismissed against Missouri officer in shooting

According to the Jackson County Prosecutor's findings, a witness told police three days before the shooting and immediately afterward that a man had said he would "rather shoot it out with police or make them think he had a weapon and be shot than return to jail," though that information wasn't known to prosecutors or the grand jury.

Police: Officers kill man who charged at them near St. Louis

A 23-year-old man locked his mother out of her house before charging at police with a knife.

Campaign of late Missouri auditor returns $480,000 to donors

Tom Schweich had amassed nearly $1.4 million to run for governor before his Feb. 26 death at his home in the St. Louis suburb of Clayton.

Mother who lost children — twice — becomes CASA success story

An Independence, Missouri, woman shares her story of how the Court Appointed Special Advocates of Jackson County guided her and her children to a better life after domestic violence ripped the family's life apart. She says the program has helped make her family stronger and herself a better parent.

Public gets second chance to weigh in on education standards

Lawmakers last session passed a bill to take another look at the national Common Core standards.

Missouri S&T begins to use crowdfunding

The first project of the website is to send students to a Mars rover design competition.