State News

Chancellor addresses students' concerns over UMKC business school

Students questioned whether a lack of transparency and communication among school officials and students were partly to blame for the problems at the Henry W. Bloch School of Management.

Missouri House gives initial approval to tax amnesty measure

Delinquent taxpayers would need to pay their bills between July 1 and Sept. 30 to qualify.

U.S. clears officer in Ferguson case, criticizes police force

Attorney General Eric Holder called the federal report a "searing" portrait of a police department that he said functions as a collection agency for the city, with officers prioritizing revenue from fines over public safety and trouncing the constitutional rights of minorities.

Independent presidential candidate visits Missouri

Dennis Andrew Ball ran in 2012 as a write-in candidate. He's now looking toward 2016 by promoting his platform in all 50 states. 

Missouri House endorses lawsuit caps for medical malpractice

The bill caps noneconomic damages, including pain and suffering, at $350,000. The cap would not limit economic damages such as lost wages or medical bills resulting from the wrongdoing.


Southeast Missouri State names new president

Carlos Vargas-Aburto has been acting president of Kutztown University of Pennsylvania since July.

Missouri House panel OKs budget with more K-12 school money

Other changes made Tuesday include cutting more than $74,000 from the budget for Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon's office.

Missouri Republican wants to bar health insurance subsidies

The proposed bill would bar insurers in Missouri from accepting subsidies from the federal government.

Two southwest Missouri districts approve 4-day school week

The 153-day year will include longer days so students will have the same amount of instructional time.

Grizzly bear at St. Louis Zoo dies

Zoo officials say the grizzly bear "Bert" was euthanized Tuesday at age 25. He had been in ill health with age-related problems.

Man gets 18 years for sexually abusing boy in Warren County

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports 43-year-old Douglas Hahn pleaded guilty last month to two felony counts of first-degree child molestation involving a 10-year-old boy.

St. Louis officer suspended amid missing funds investigation

The suspended officer is former president of the Ethical Society of Police.

Man accused of trying to distribute prescription drugs

Brian S. Hoskins is charged with possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute, possession of a controlled substance and acting as a wholesale drug distributor without a license.

1 alderman loses in St. Louis primary election

Cara Spencer, defeated veteran Alderman Craig Schmid in the 20th Ward. Schmid had been on the board since 1995.

UPDATE: John Danforth cites political bullying in Tom Schweich eulogy

Danforth expressed "overwhelming anger that politics has gone so hideously wrong" during a memorial service  that drew many of Missouri's top elected officials and hundreds of others.

Officials: U.S. report finds racial bias in Ferguson police

The report chronicles discriminatory practices across the city's criminal justice system, detailing problems from initial encounters with patrol officers to treatment in the municipal court and jail.

Audit of Joplin School District traces issues to tornado

The Joplin School District's general fund balance is expected to drop to $4.6 million at the end of the current fiscal year after rebuilding five schools following the 2011 tornado.

Missouri panel OKs bill for sports for homeschooled students

Republican Rep. Elijah Haahr of Springfield's bill would allow homeschooled high school students to participate in activities sponsored by the Missouri State High School Activities Association.

Judge rules man will be tried in Kansas Jewish site killings

Prosecutors have said they plan to seek the death penalty if Frazier Glenn Miller is convicted.

Inmate caught after escaping from Kansas City hospital

Willie J. Sanders is being held in Jackson County on charges of kidnapping, burglary and assault in a case from last year.