State News

MU professor says complaints led to tenure denial

Dylan Kesler, an assistant professor in wildlife biology, says he didn't receive tenure after alleging colleagues were misusing research funds.

Missouri Senate to undergo historic renovation

A $750,000 renovation of the Senate is set to restore the chamber to its original appearance. Some senators are concerned over its costs and whether it should take precedence over other repairs to the Capitol.

Journal hopes to stoke interest in Midwest history

The first issue of the Middle West Review comes out in September.

Education funding goal of Missouri Lottery Commission

After Gov. Jay Nixon replaced most of its members, the Missouri Lottery Commission said it plans to refocus its efforts to providing funding to schools. 

Oct. 29 execution date set for Missouri inmate

It would be the ninth execution in Missouri this year and the 11th since November.

Authorities ID body found floating in lake

The patrol says a homeowner found the body of 55-year-old David Martin of Kaiser Wednesday in the Niangua Arm of the lake.

Missouri court upholds teacher ballot initiative

The panel of judges from the Western District appeals court turned down claims that the measure improperly seeks to amend two parts of the constitution at once and addresses multiple subjects.

Missouri authorities warn about 'grandma scam'

Con artists from overseas are exploiting the elderly by claiming emergencies, sweepstakes and more. Last year 23 cases were reported to the Federal Trade Commission from University City alone, with losses ranging to the tens of thousands.

Vaccine exemptions in Springfield have increased

Exemptions are up by 200 from four years ago. Doctors and advocates urge parents to research vaccination facts.

Missouri attorney new ambassador to Ireland

President Barack Obama nominated Kevin O'Malley to the post in June. The Senate approved the appointment Thursday on a unanimous voice vote.

Missouri officials seek to lower business fees

Jason Kander says his goal is to do away with many of the different fees charged to businesses and instead charge only a processing fee for most filings with his office.

UPDATE: Gov. Jay Nixon creates 'Office of Community Engagement'

Gov. Jay Nixon signed an executive order Thursday creating the Office of Community Engagement.

UPDATE: Police: Officers fatally shoot man near St. Louis

St. Louis County police were called to a home in Jennings twice Wednesday night by a woman who said an armed man was knocking on her door, Sgt. Brian Schellman said.

Missouri wants help testing for fatal deer disease

Hunters can take deer to regional locations for the tissue sampling between Sept. 15 and Jan. 15. The sample is free and does not reduce the value of deer.

Group seeks St. Louis County court reforms

Fees and fines, which disproportionally affect the poor, are under review.

New fund to stimulate waterfront development along Mississippi River

Several cities and towns along the Mississippi River could receive funding for waterfront developments.

UPDATE: Court ruling causes reprinting of Missouri ballots

An appeals court panel ruled earlier this week that the ballot wording approved by lawmakers for the proposed constitutional amendment was misleading.

UPDATE: Prosecutor might release audio of grand jury in Ferguson shooting case

If police officer Darren Wilson is indicted, the grand jury testimony and recordings will become potential trial evidence and will not be released. McCulloch said the investigation is expected to last into mid-October.

Holder: Feds launch policing bias study

Though the project was in the works before Ferguson, the Aug. 9 shooting death of Michael Brown by white police officer Darren Wilson spotlighted longstanding concerns about diversity in policing.

Missouri panel to review highway, water merger

The review follows the death of a 20-year-old handcuffed man who drowned May 31 in the Lake of the Ozarks.