State News

Prescription drug database bill endorsed by Missouri House

The House gave initial approval to the bill creating a prescription drug database to identify potential abuses by a vote of 105- 46.

Execution date set for Missouri inmate Andre Cole

Cole killed a man in 1998 out of anger over a child support payment.

Missouri man convicted of wife's death wins legal victory

The Missouri Court of Appeals ruled that newly discovered evidence could produce a different outcome at a new trial.

Court appearance set for man accused in infant son's meth death

Authorities say the 8-month-old child ingested methamphetamine and died of acute meth intoxication.

Missouri Senate panel considers change to deadly force law

Law enforcement organizations support the stricter rules, saying it's what they've been teaching for years, while opponents say the change doesn't go far enough.

Mississippi River bridge between southern Missouri, Illinois to close

An annual inspection of the bridge in April uncovered the need for repair of steel beams and joints. The bridge will shut down March 16 and is expected to reopen March 18, 2016.

European cruise giant Viking plans Mississippi River tours

The cruise line is expected to appeal to a younger demographic in the recently revitalized Mississippi River cruise business.

St. Louis leader says warm weather could lead to violence

James Clark, vice president of the nonprofit organization Better Family Life, addressed his concerns about violence in the upcoming warmer months to the Missouri Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights on Monday.

Man who planned Clarksville Skylift renovation faces marijuana charges

Authorities reportedly found 114 pounds of marijuana in the 74-year-old's basement.

New Pioneer Woman Statue chosen in Independence

A new statue will be paid for by donations and funds from the Truman-Heartland Foundation.

Missouri man charged in killings of 3 people, unborn child

Authorities have not revealed a motive for the killings or Brian D. William's possible connection to the victims.

Police warn about warm-up car thefts

St. Louis police have started hot-spot policing areas of the city to discourage crime.

Cape Girardeau officers hurt in scuffle with suspect

The suspect was arrested on two counts of second-degree assault on a law enforcement officer and two misdemeanor charges.

Release of priest who sexually abused child raises concerns

Advocates for victims of clergy abuse said the Archdiocese of St. Louis has a responsibility to protect the public.

Cerner offering voluntary separation packages to employees

A Cerner spokesman said the offer will not affect the company's hiring and growth plans.

Missouri bill would stop cities from banning plastic bags

Chicago, Seattle and Austin, Texas, have all passed plastic bag bans recently, and in September California became the first state to pass a statewide prohibition.


Kander talks campaign, touts accomplishments at chili supper

Less than a week after announcing his U.S. Senate campaign, Jason Kander gave a speech to Boone County Democrats on Monday night at the Boone County Democrats annual chili supper. 

UPDATE: Montel Williams speaks up for Missouri medical marijuana bill

While some opponents to the bill argue that medical marijuana law continues to have loopholes, this legislation is considered by some to be a possible model for the rest of the country. Proponents include Republican Rep. Caleb Jones and TV personality Montel Williams, who treats his multiple sclerosis with medical marijuana. 

Missouri House endorses annual inspection of abortion clinic

Following violations at an abortion clinic in St. Louis, the Missouri House has voted 119-35 in approval of a bill to require annual inspections of clinics providing abortions. Opponents of the bill say it is intended to make abortion clinics harder for women to access.

Study: Missouri tops in suspensions of black grade schoolers

The report released Monday found that Missouri elementary schools suspended 14.4 percent of their black students at least once during the 2011-12 school year, which is the latest data available.