State News

Nixon's budget plan faces challenges in Missouri legislature

After the State of the State address on Wednesday, Republicans in the legislature are ready to challenge Gov. Jay Nixon's proposed budget for the next two fiscal years.

Special prosecutor re-examining Iowa man's Missouri drowning

A special prosecutor acknowledged she is reviewing the case after receiving new information.

Deaths by suicide appear to be increasing across Missouri

Data from the American Association of Suicidology show that Missouri's 2012 suicide rate climbed above the 15-per-100,000 threshold for the first time since 2000. 

Proposal would convert building into space for legislature

New bond revenues could transform the Missouri Department of Transportation building into a space for legislative and executive employees. The proposal for the project sets aside $35 million.

MU: Nurses with post-graduate training can improve health

The MU Sinclair School of Nursing issued a news release that said advance practice registered nurses provide better care when they're allowed to operate independently and consult physicians only as needed.


Proposed hiking, biking trail draws mixed response

Missouri landowners are worried about a proposal to convert an unused rail line into a cross-state biking and hiking trail.

Rep. Chuck Basye settles into office at Missouri Capitol

Since being sworn into office on Jan. 7, Rep. Chuck Basye, R-Rocheport, has attended Republican caucus meetings and had lunch with University of Missouri System President Tim Wolfe.

Nixon proposes modest increase in higher education funding

In the request, $13 million would be generated in part through expanded Medicaid funding, which has been widely criticized by Republicans.

$2 gasoline: Good times keep rolling at the pump

For the first time since 2009, most Americans are paying less than $2 per gallon of gas.

Teacher training programs face criticism and questions

As the state's department of education prepares to change teacher certification requirements, education administrators pose questions regarding proposed changes.

ACLU says Missouri town will stop ticketing headlight flashers

The town of Grain Valley will no longer ticket drivers who warn oncoming traffic of speed traps.

Mormon missionaries explain their work in Missouri

Elders Jake Fullmer and Tanner Tippetts, both of Utah are in the midst of performing  missionary work in Maryville for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The LDS Church strongly encourages missionary service for young men.

Kansas City police squad targets illegal firearms market

Kansas City's gun squad opened 100 investigations last year, and 2015 is hardly letting up.

Nixon's budget request faces future challenges

The proposed budget includes $140 million in supplemental requests, most of which would be for meeting current Medicaid needs. Republican leaders call expansion of Medicaid a "nonstarter."

Local legislators talk about higher education funding, legislative issues at forum

Reps. Stephen Webber and Kip Kendrick, D-Columbia, Reps. Caleb Jones and Caleb Rowden, R-Columbia, and Rep. Chuck Basye, R-Rocheport, each gave brief speeches at the annual event.

Senate confirms Missouri public safety director appointment

Daniel Isom II was named the public safety director by Governor Jay Nixon in August but needed Senate confirmation by early February to remain in the post.

Court blocks execution of man convicted of killing former reporter

Marcellus Williams, 46, was convicted of the 1998 murder of Lisha Gayle and would have been executed next Wednesday.

St. Louis police officers fatally shoot man armed with gun

A 19-year-old man was fatally shot after he got out of a stolen car and refused to drop a gun with an extended magazine that could hold dozens of rounds, authorities said.


Missouri car dealers sue state over Tesla's direct sales

The lawsuit claims the Missouri Department of Revenue unfairly allows Tesla Motors to sell cars directly to consumers. Tesla said buying directly from the company eliminate an unnecessary intermediary.


Missouri lawmaker proposes requiring ID for mobile payments

Democratic Rep. Joshua Peters of St. Louis says the bill will prevent fraud if the mobile device is lost or stolen.