State News

Testy over testing: More students snub standardized exams

Students choosing to not to take standardized tests — many of which are mandatory — make up a small part of a growing nationwide "opt-out" movement.

Fort Leonard Wood personnel cuts to be discussed at March meeting

A town hall meeting is planned for next month to discuss the possibility of up to 5,400 personnel cuts at Fort Leonard Wood.

Number of insured Missouri residents rising sharply as 2015 open enrollment ends

Even with more people insured, up to 250,000 more would be eligible for expanded Medicaid coverage.

Second professor quits amid ranking scandal at Missouri college

Another top official within the University of Missouri-Kansas City administration resigns as the school continues to deal with the fall out from falsified reports to Princeton Review.

Woman hopes for racial breakthrough in funeral home business

A funeral home in Overland seeks to overcome the division between white and black communities and "to unite people through death."

Ferguson officials: No word on federal investigations

Ferguson City Attorney Stephanie Karr and Mayor James Knowles III said they have not been contacted by the Department of Justice about any findings, nor given a timeline for completion of the investigations.

Missouri lawmaker wants disclosure of unvaccinated children

The bill filed Tuesday by Rep. Diane Franklin of Camdenton would require public and private day cares, nursery schools and preschools to inform parents when they enroll their children that they can request information about immunization exemptions of other children enrolled.

Lawmakers consider legislation to raise transporter weight limits on state highways

The bill would allow livestock transporters to carry the same weight of milk transporters and also raise the maximum weight limitations for grain carriers up to 88,000 pounds during times of harvest.

Nearly 40 percent of Wal-Mart's U.S. workers to get pay raises

The country's biggest private employer is hoping the investment in employees will result in better customer service, and, eventually, better revenues.

Missouri Senate passes cutoff for changes to ballot measures

The Missouri Senate has approved legislation that would prevent changes to ballot measures within eight weeks of an election.

Jay Ashcroft announces run for Missouri secretary of state

The son of former Attorney General John Ashcroft lost a state Senate race in November.

Democrat Kander to challenge GOP US Sen. Blunt in Missouri

Kander is the first Democrat to launch a challenge to Republican Sen. Roy Blunt.

Missouri Lt. Gov. Kinder wants to receive daily allowance

Missouri Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder said he's experienced "gradual impoverishment" since taking office because he uses personal funds to pay for housing and meals in Jefferson City.

Missouri Senate leader skeptical about right-to-work this year

Missouri Senate President Pro Tem Tom Dempsey says he still will allow the right-to-work bill to come to a vote in the Senate after the measure passed the House last week.

St. Louis seeks to expand homeless services

A year-round emergency overnight shelter is part of the proposal.

Ferguson and Lindenwood University announce partnership

The partnership includes financial aid for students in five St. Louis County school districts in the Ferguson area and scholarships for adults to study entrepreneurship.

St. Louis County woman on short list of Mars candidates

The Dutch nonprofit Mars One is seeking 24 people to live and start a human colony on the Red Planet.

MONA back for another round in the senate

The bill would add sexual orientation and gender to the Missouri Human Rights Statutes, which prohibit discrimination against race, sex, religion and national origin in employment, housing and public accommodations.

Missouri Senate committee considers restricting police video

Broader use of police cameras could reduce disputes over what happened between an officer and the public during arrests or other interactions, supporters say. But representatives of law enforcement groups said that restrictions are needed on public access to the videos because of privacy and cost concerns.

More police departments choosing restraint over quick action

Police departments across the country have started using a de-escalation approach in an attempt to distance themselves from the militarized policing seen in places such as Ferguson, Missouri, after the Aug. 9 shooting of Michael Brown.