State News

Supporters of Katy Bridge hope fundraiser helps kickstart renovation

Work on the Katy Bridge is set to begin next summer, with various plans to attract visitors to Boonville.

Events mark start of St. Louis Symphony season

St. Louis Symphony offers free concert Tuesday.

U.S.-Japan group calls for finishing trade pact

The association includes nine Midwest states. The group meets yearly alternating between Japan and the United States.

Missouri poised to vote on 72-hour abortion wait

Republican leaders will attempt to overrule Gov. Jay Nixon's veto of a 72-hour mandatory abortion waiting period on Wednesday. 

Missouri auditor questions Nixon's 2012 budget cuts

A report by State Auditor Tom Schweich asserts that Nixon went beyond his powers by barring spending even though state revenues exceeded estimates. Nixon's office said in a written response included in the audit that Schweich's interpretation of the state budgeting process was inaccurate.

UPDATE: Prosecutor: No charges against trooper in drowning

The finding means the Morgan County jurors saw no negligence on the part of Trooper Anthony Piercy, who had arrested Brandon Ellingson on suspicion of boating while intoxicated. A couple who saw Ellingson in the water before he drowned said they were outraged that the death was ruled accidental.

UPDATE: Serious respiratory illness hits hundreds of kids

Nearly 500 children have been treated at one hospital alone — Children's Mercy in Kansas City — and some required intensive care, according to authorities.

UPDATE: Missouri, Texas plan executions Wednesday

Earl Ringo Jr. is scheduled to die at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday in Missouri for killing two people during a robbery at a Columbia restaurant in 1998. The execution would be the eighth in the state this year.

Nearly $6 million spent on two Missouri ballot issues

Final campaign finance reports show that supporters of a proposed transportation sales tax were the biggest spenders, at $4.2 million. An opposition group spent barely $27,000. Yet voters defeated the measure by 59 percent.

UPDATE: Missouri lawmaker challenges birth control ruling

Republican state Rep. Paul Wieland is fighting the required birth control coverage in his state-sponsored insurance plan. The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in St. Louis heard arguments Monday morning in Wieland's lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and two other agencies.

Line items will likely dominate veto session

More than half the bills the House will consider when it reconvenes Wednesday are appropriations bills containing line-item vetoes. The General Assembly will examine 32 bills and $144 million worth of line items that Gov. Jay Nixon vetoed in 2014.








Hospitals restrict visitors because of outbreak

A hospital epidemiologist says it could be the same enterovirus infection that has hit St. Louis and Kansas City.

Francis Howell School District says transfer students need court order

The Pattonville, Ritenour and Ferguson-Florissant districts reversed their decisions and now enroll Normandy students. Only Francis Howell requires a court order for each student wanting to re-enroll.

Centene's Ferguson choice lauded

Centene Corp. hopes to open a new center in Ferguson in 2015, creating 200 jobs.

Kansas City celebrates Union Station centennial

After years of financial problems, the station is flourishing as a venue for traveling exhibits.

Passenger pigeons once abundant in North America; could they return?

In 1800, passenger pigeons in the United States counted into the billions. Researchers are now working to "de-extinct" the bird through genetic engineering.

Police chief: 6 St. Louis homicides apparently unrelated

The deaths pushed the city's homicide total to 95 for the year, compared to 75 at this time last year.

UPDATE: Inmate convicted in Columbia deaths wants execution halted over drug question

Attorneys for a condemned Missouri man have asked a federal court to postpone his lethal injection, claiming two top officials with the Department of Corrections lied under oath about use of the sedative midazolam in executions.

Records: Gov. Nixon kept routine after shooting

Not until the fifth day after Brown's shooting, after continued clashes between police and protesters, did Gov. Jay Nixon clear his schedule and devote his time fully to managing the crisis in Ferguson.

UPDATE: St. Joseph police: Drink specials, social media don't mix

City Attorney Lisa Robertson has asked the Missouri Department of Public Safety to clarify the law and also whether bars can get in trouble if employees or customers post prices on their own pages.