State News

Lawmaker wants investigation of McCulloch about Ferguson grand jury

Rep. Karla May, a St. Louis Democrat, sent a letter Thursday to committee chairman Sen. Kurt Schaefer, asking that the investigation into Gov. Jay Nixon's use of National Guard troops be expanded to look at whether McCulloch committed prosecutorial misconduct.

Leader of Oregon's marijuana movement sets sights on Missouri

Former MU student Anthony Johnson thinks the large number of volunteers in Missouri bodes well for the Show-Me State's initiative petition.

Missouri governor to act for home care raise

The workers are currently paid a minimum of $7.50 an hour, but an agreement ratified by the state Quality Home Care Council ensures them between $8.50 and $10.15 an hour.


Nixon announces Missouri cattle summit next month

The meeting is meant to find ways to expand the industry and spur economic development in rural Missouri.

Joplin Catholic church celebrates new building

Hundreds of area residents attended the church's dedication ceremony and first Mass on Wednesday.

Missouri pares back revenue projections

The officials now are predicting Missouri revenues of $8.37 billion for the 2015 fiscal year that runs through June.

State sues 13 St. Louis County municipal courts

Attorney General Chris Koster announced the lawsuit Thursday at a St. Louis news conference.

NRC delays approval of Callaway's license renewal

A decision on extending the license for the Fulton plant was expected this month. The plant's current operating license is set to expire in 2024.

Reformers target traffic courts in Ferguson

St. Louis County's jumble of more than 80 municipal courts has been targeted by some public-interest lawyers who say the courts are virtual debtor's prisons, extracting fines and fees from poor drivers and using the money to fund local governments.

FROM READERS: Ferguson protesters more justified than one might think

The police are not blameless, and the protesters shouldn't shoulder all the blame. There are individuals on both sides making positive contributions and perpetuating the problem.

Execution date set for man who killed woman during burglary

The execution would be Missouri's first in 2015, after a state record 10 inmates were put to death this year.

Prosecutor seeks change of venue in Addison's crash

Moniteau County Prosecuting Attorney Shayne Healea said he thinks media coverage of the late October wreck in downtown Columbia will prejudice prospective jurors in his case.

Nature center planned for Missouri fish hatchery

Missouri's Education Department has a new leader

Margaret Vandeven replaces Chris Nicastro, who announced in September that she was resigning at the end of the year.

Auditor finds few faults with Missouri agriculture agency

Auditor Tom Schweich called the issues "relatively small" and said the agency has an overall "good" rating.

Missouri backs off proposed scholarship change

The Missouri Department of Higher Education has withdrawn a proposed rule change that would make scholarships available to students at Western Governors University Missouri and online-only school.

Black leaders speak against Missouri levee project

While a new Bootheel levee would protect Missouri agricultural land, it would also increase the risk of flooding black communities in Illinois.

Missouri bill would shield reporting of overdoses

Some who call an ambulance for themselves or others would be immune from charges of drug possession, but there are stipulations.

Missouri white supremacist says court-ordered evaluation found him fit for murder trial

A Missouri white supremacist accused of killing three people at Jewish sites in Kansas said he has been found fit to stand trial. Attorneys have not confirmed the statement.

Highest-ranking police officer in Pine Lawn, Missouri, fired

Lt. Steven Blakeney is accused of taking two women home after meeting them at a bar. The women said in written statements they woke up in his living room with no memory of how they got there. Blakeney said the claims are fabricated and designed to embarrass him.