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State News

'Right to Farm': Statements from supporters and opponents

If approved, the amendment would revise the state constitution and "forever guarantee" the rights of farmers and ranchers to "engage in farming and ranching practices."

Unemployment rate decreases slightly in Missouri

Revised data for May also showed an employment increase of 8,200 jobs, up from the 3,700 new jobs originally reported.

Missouri sues home repair companies

Many of the complaints involve so-called storm chasers, who follow severe storms, stay long enough to collect initial payments and rarely finish the repairs.

Senate confirms Ronnie L. White as federal judge in Missouri

White's two previous nominations to the federal bench — by President Bill Clinton in 1997 and again in 1999 — were blocked in Washington.

Pets' amenities rising trend for homebuilders

Standard Pacific Homes is building and selling homes in 27 developments from Florida to California and is believed to be the first to offer a pet suite as an option in every one.

Bavarian castle for sale in Ste. Genevieve County

The St. Mary property was initially listed for $3.2 million and included nearly 700 acres but has since been reduced to a smaller parcel for sale at $1.5 million. Or you can buy the castle, a 20-acre stocked lake and 100 acres for $850,000.

UPDATE: Missouri executes John Middleton

John Middleton, 54, died from an injection of pentobarbital, the sixth execution in Missouri this year. Only Florida and Texas, with seven each, have performed more executions.

Missouri man won't face 3rd trial in 1990 slaying

Platte County Circuit Clerk Sandra Dowd confirmed the decision Tuesday by former Clay County prosecutor Don Norris to dismiss the murder charge and four other felony charges against Mark Woodworth.

Nixon takes a pass, so 2 bills become laws

Gov. Jay Nixon on Monday declined to veto a Senate bill making it more difficult for people fired for misconduct to collect unemployment benefits.

Veterans crisis center comes to St. Louis

The American Legion opens a "crisis command center" at the Saint Louis University law school downtown starting at noon Tuesday.

Missouri man gets 14 years in sex trafficking case

Stephen Ardrey, 30, of Springfield, was sentenced to 14 years in prison for taking a developmentally delayed teenage girl from Massachusetts to a motel in Rhode Island, where he sold her to a man for $40 and two packs of cigarettes for use of sex.

Nixon endorses plan for Common Core alternative

The Democratic governor on Monday signed legislation that tasks groups of parents and educators with writing new standards to replace Common Core.

Missouri governor vetoes teacher gun legislation

The veto by the Democratic governor sets up a potential showdown with the Republican-led legislature, which could override Nixon if it gets a two-thirds vote of both chambers during a September session.

Missouri Gov. Nixon approves cannabis extract law

Patients wanting to use marijuana oil containing the chemical cannabidiol will be required to register with the state health department and also have a neurologist vouch that the patient's epilepsy hasn't responded to at least three other treatments.

Attorneys for condemned Missouri man claim innocence

An affidavit signed by a witness who came forward in February suggests that two other men were the real killer.

Nixon vetoes electronic cigarette measure

Gov. Jay Nixon called the Senate bill a "thinly disguised and cynical attempt" to exempt e-cigarettes from the state's 17 cent-per-pack cigarette tax as well as further public health restrictions.

New Joplin High School on schedule to open

Joplin school superintendent C.J. Huff said construction to replace the high school destroyed by a fatal tornado is on the fast track to meet the deadline of Aug. 25, which is when school starts.

John Ashcroft's son enters politics for first time

John Ashcroft's 41-year-old son, Jay, is seeking the Republican nomination for a state Senate seat representing St. Louis County in a three-way race on Aug. 5.

Missouri Gov. Nixon faces decision on 7 bills

Monday is the deadline for Gov. Jay Nixon to take action on bills that were passed by the legislature earlier this year. He can veto them, sign them or allow them to take effect without his signature.

Recent shootings heap new attention on Ozarks

The April shootings that killed three people at Jewish facilities in Overland Park revived negative images of the Ozarks as a place of refuge for extremists. Ozark residents are aware of the existence of these groups, but they also believe it's unfair to judge the whole area.

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