State News

Missouri Lottery expects savings with new contract

The Lottery Commission on Thursday approved a seven-year contract with Rhode Island-based GTECH Corp. to provide computer gaming systems and related services.

Missouri attorney general holding second urban policing forum

The round-table discussion will be held in Kansas City. A similar gathering was held in St. Louis earlier this month.

Teacher home visit program in St. Louis grows

By getting to know their students at home, teachers can do a better job educating them in the classroom.

Springfield mom overcomes surgery, finds 'ralking'

Angela Van Buskirk combines running and walking into what she would call "ralking." She'll ralk her fifth half-marathon Oct. 18 in Kansas City.

Dairy Queen latest to suffer customer card hack

The retailer said hackers gained access to customer information at 395 stores between August and October, including two stores in Columbia.

UPDATE: St. Louis shooting reignites tensions after Ferguson

A St. Louis city police officer shot and killed black 19-year-old Vonderrit Myers after a confrontation Wednesday. In response, activists and protesters are preparing demonstrations against racial profiling by police.

Missouri seeking federal preschool grant

The state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education says the grant could expand preschool programs for 4-year-olds in what it describes as "high-need communities."

Missouri students to get help applying to college

The program is meant to help low-income and first-generation applicants navigate the sometimes overwhelming process and increase the number of college applications in Missouri.

UPDATE: Missouri benefits expanded to same-sex spouses

The Missouri Consolidated Health Care Plan says it will enroll same-sex spouses of state employees and retirees who have valid marriage licenses from other states.

Missouri lobbyists report costly meal differently

Seven lobbyists reported the bill as going to "the entire General Assembly." Five other lobbyists reported the gifts, which also included cab fare to the restaurant, as going to the individual lawmakers in attendance.

First Wentzville-made trucks roll out of factory

Dealers have put in 30,000 advance orders in what Gov. Jay Nixon has deemed Missouri's "automotive success story."

Ferguson voter registrations lower than reported

County elections director Rita Heard Days said Tuesday that an additional 128 people registered to vote in Ferguson from Aug. 11 through Monday.

Rand Paul raising money for Show-Me Institute

The organization is offering a private "round-table" conversation with U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., for a $5,000 donation.

McCaskill talks about campus rape culture and legislation

During a visit to MU, the senator took the opportunity to get a reaction to the Campus Safety and Accountability Act, which would create a harsher financial penalty for universities that violate Title IX.

Monsanto pledges $1 million for groups that work in Ferguson, nearby communities

$200,000 will go to the Reinvest North County Fund to help local businesses that were damaged by looters.

Judge bars 'keep moving' rule in Ferguson

Police have used what some call the "five-second" rule to enforce curfews during protests over the Aug. 9 fatal shooting of an unarmed black 18-year-old, Michael Brown, by a white Ferguson officer.

Missouri highway signs focus attention on road

The Department of Transportation said it will be flashing messages on the signs this month urging people to focus on the road and wear their seat belts.

Same-sex marriage advocates hopeful in Missouri

After the U.S. Supreme Court turned away appeals from five states seeking to prohibit same-sex marriages, Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster signaled that Missouri is backing away from defending its own same-sex marriage ban.

Approval process delays H&R Block banking sale

H&R Block announced Monday it would not be able to complete a deal to sell its banking business before next tax season.

Missouri bishop speaks out against nondiscrimination bill

Bishop James Johnston of Springfield opposes the expansion of a city ordinance that would prevent discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.