State News

Kansas smokers unhappy with proposal for cigarette tax hike

Gov. Sam Brownback has proposed boosting the tax on cigarettes from 79 cents a pack to $2.29 to address a deficit of about $422 million.

Students rally around teen hunter who brought gun to school

The student left his disassembled shotgun under the seat of his truck, which was parked in the school parking lot. He willingly let police search the vehicle.


Uber, Kansas City reach agreement to keep company in city

After ride-sharing company Uber threatened to leave Kansas City, the mayor and City Council agreed to tweak the city's regulations.

More people flying out of St. Louis than a year ago

The airport also announced that it will add daily service to three cities — Portland, Oregon; Austin, Texas; and Jackson, Tennessee.

Interim city manager in Ferguson resigns to take another job

Pam Hylton will step down from her post on May 15 to take a job as assistant city manager in Richmond Heights, Missouri.

Missouri House OKs allowing aspiring doctors to retake exam

The bill is aimed at easing the physician shortage in Missouri.

St. Louis County man admits setting fire after Ferguson grand jury decision

Antonio Whiteside pleaded guilty to setting fire to Ferguson Supermarket on Nov. 24.

UPDATE: Activists seek probe of prosecutor's role in Ferguson case

A St. Louis County judge may throw out a lawsuit that would appoint a special prosecutor to investigate county prosecutor Robert McCulloch's handling of grand jury proceedings in the Michael Brown shooting case.

Michael Brown's parents sue city of Ferguson over son's death

The parents of Michael Brown filed a wrongful-death lawsuit Thursday against the city of Ferguson, Missouri, over the fatal shooting of Michael Brown by Darren Wilson, a confrontation that sparked a protest movement across the United States.

Efforts to block renewed bonding for new Rams stadium have failed

Efforts to block Gov. Jay Nixon from extending bonds to help build a new St. Louis football stadium have failed, and some lawmakers said the bill could hurt Missouri's credit rating.

Man who killed girlfriend, her daughter gets execution date

Richard Strong, 48, was convicted of first-degree murder in May 2003 for the deaths of his girlfriend and her 2-year-old daughter. His execution is scheduled for June 9.

UPDATE: Missouri lawmakers pass $26 billion spending plan

Missouri legislators approved a budget Thursday that will cut spending for social services while increasing basic aid for K-12 schools.

50-year-old Truman State plant is ready for its grand finale

The giant Agave americana — traditionally found in Mexican deserts and known for its role in tequila production — could grow up to 25 feet before flowering and dying.

Missouri gets another $3 million for Springfield site

The state has received another $3 million to help clean up a Springfield industrial site contaminated by chemicals.

Vietnam Vets Memorial dedicated in southwest Missouri

Hundreds of people turned out to honor the Missouri men and women who died in the Vietnam War during the dedication of a memorial at a southwest Missouri college.

Roman Catholic cardinals to gather in St. Louis

Roman Catholic cardinals from around the nation will gather in St. Louis on Friday.

Stephenson named president of Big Sandy Community College

A longtime educator with a history in community college leadership has been chosen as the next president of Big Sandy Community and Technical College in Prestonsburg.

New green coalition speaks Republicans' language

The Missouri Clean Energy Coalition, a group of 20 organizations including the Sierra Club and the Franciscan Sisters of Mary, will lobby for the Grain Belt Express' approval.

Civil lawsuit to be filed Thursday in Michael Brown's death

The wrongful death lawsuit brought by Brown's parents has been expected.

Missouri House advances cellphone charge for 911 services

The Missouri House voted 123-32 to pass a measure that would allow local governments to collect a monthly fee of up to $1.50 on devices capable of using 911, including cellphones, with voter approval.