State News

Missouri hitches future road work to proposed statewide sales tax

Construction workers from the Missouri Department of Transportation work on the Broadway overpass above U.S. 63 on Monday in Columbia. MoDOT would receive an estimated $540 million per year from Amendment 7, a three-quarter cent sales tax increase.

The state promises $68.9 million in spending for Boone County during the 10-year life of the tax, but opponents of Amendment 7 prefer alternative financing.

Missouri Lottery gave less to education in 2014

Despite record sales, the Missouri Lottery provided less money to education during the recently concluded state budget year, leading Gov. Jay Nixon on Wednesday to order a review of the agency.

State alters transfer plan for Normandy

A new policy approved Tuesday allows students who transferred in 2013-14 to continue to transfer, regardless of where they attended in 2012-13.

Two companies moving from Kansas to Missouri

Leawood, Kan.-based Cbiz Inc. and Mayer Hoffman McCann PC have announced plans to move their headquarters and a total of about 450 employees to Kansas City, Missouri's Country Club Plaza.

Missouri sheriff resigns after inmate allegations

Court documents show Schuyler County Sheriff Josh Dole took inmates to bars in Knox and Sullivan counties and released two inmates to work at his home.

White House: Obama to visit Kansas City next week

Additional details of the visit, including the location of his speech, were not immediately available. It also isn't known if the public will be able to attend.

Mississippi River reopens after barge accident

Fifteen barges became dislodged about 4:30 a.m. Tuesday from a tow operated by Marquette Transportation Company of Paducah, Ky.

Phillips, Basye seek GOP nod in 47th House District race

Both of the first-time candidates, Elizabeth "Betsy" Phillips and Chuck Basye, hope to take on the incumbent, Rep. John Wright.

VA chief pledges end to whistleblower retaliation

Sloan Gibson vowed to crack down on whistleblower retaliation one day after a private government watchdog released a critical report on the agency's treatment of whistleblowers.

UPDATE: Supreme Court allows Arizona execution despite drug secrecy

Some of the most active death penalty states — including Texas, Florida and Missouri — have been the subject of similar lawsuits from virtually every death row inmate facing imminent execution over the past several months, but courts have rarely stepped in.

UPDATE: Body found in Mississippi River in St. Louis identified

Firefighters who were doing water training pulled the body out of the river in downtown St. Louis on Saturday near the Eads Bridge.

Man accused of Kansas City area highway shootings claims innocence

Mohammed Whitaker, 28, is charged with 20 felony counts stemming from 10 shooting incidents in March and April.

Illinois postpones river bridge closure until 2015

The Illinois Department of Transportation has delayed until next summer its planned closure of the Martin Luther King Jr. Bridge linking St. Louis to Illinois' East St. Louis.

Missouri delays vote on KC schools accreditation

Parents and students in the Kansas City School District will have to wait until the final few days before classes begin to learn whether the urban school system will remain unaccredited.

Springfield votes to allow urban beekeeping

The council approved one bill that allows two hives on city lots of at least 5,000 square feet, and one more hive for every additional 5,000 square feet.

Billboard company sues Columbia over permit denial

Lamar Advertising Co. contends in the lawsuit filed last month that the denial of the permits was "arbitrary, capricious and prohibited" and not allowed by the settlement agreement.

Racing cycles and cars block interstate traffic in northwest Missouri

More than 40 motorcycles and racing cars held up traffic while performing stunts on Interstate 435 in northwest Missouri.

Dismembered body case to be tried in Clay County

Joseph Arbeiter is charged with first-degree murder, first-degree rape and several other crimes in the death of 35-year-old Marshall resident Mandy Black.

Report: Retaliation by supervisors common at VA

Medical professionals from coast to coast have pointed out problems at the VA, only to suffer retaliation from supervisors and other high-ranking officials, according to a report Monday by a private government watchdog.

Payday lenders collecting utility bills might end

The issue has been debated in Missouri for years and came up again at a recent meeting of payday lenders, utilities and consumer groups organized by the Missouri Public Service Commission.