State News

Hearings stall for public safety official chosen after Ferguson shooting

The Missouri Senate must confirm the appointment by early next month in order for Isom to continue in the post.

Credit card companies to pay $2.2 million to Missouri

Discover, Capital One and HSBC have agreed not to engage in misleading marketing of identity theft and payment protection products under a settlement announced Friday. The companies admitted no wrongdoing.

Winston Churchill's great-grandson to attend Fulton events

The event will be at 10:30 a.m. Jan. 24 at the Church of St. Mary the Virgin, Aldermanbury, on Westminster's campus.

Black lawmakers head to Ferguson for King church service

The delegation is expected to include Rep. Emanuel Cleaver of Kansas City and Rep. G.K. Butterfield of North Carolina, the caucus chairman.


Military museum to get Purple Heart found in scrap heap

The medal was awarded to World War II soldier Alvin T. Smith, a St. Louis native who died in combat in Anzio, Italy, in May 1944.

Judge rejects DNA test sought by inmate nearing execution

Williams is scheduled to die on Jan. 29 in Missouri's first execution of the new year after 10 inmates were put to death in 2014.

New lake in northwest Missouri receives big boost

The 345-acre lake will draw from a watershed south of U.S. 36 and will provide drinking water and recreation opportunities for the region.

From 70 to 75: Opinions vary on the proposal to raise speed limit

A bill filed by Rep. Mike Kelley could allow faster driving on rural interstates in Missouri. Kelley said that most people already drive about 75 mph and that he doesn't think they'll drive faster if the state boosts the speed limit.

MoDOT: Limited maintenance could cause smaller highways to deteriorate

A Missouri Department of Transportation plan to deal with a budget crunch won't cause any major projects in Columbia or Boone County to be delayed.

Report: Water, highway patrol merger meant less training

A House committee spent months investigating the 2011 merger, which was supposed to save the state $3 million a year, after a handcuffed Iowa man fell from a trooper's boat in the Lake of the Ozarks and drowned.

Missouri gubernatorial candidates build war chests

Missouri Auditor Tom Schweich raised $140,000 in the fourth quarter of 2014, ending the year with $1 million in his campaign fund. Former House Speaker Catherine Hanaway, who announced in 2014 plans to run, raised $71,354 in the fourth quarter.

U.S. attorney general calls for better data on police use of force

The FBI annually publishes data on "justifiable homicides" by police officers, but those figures are widely understood to be incomplete since the reporting by local police departments is voluntary and not all submit their statistics.

UPDATE: St. Louis police investigate six homicides in 12 hours

Chief Sam Dotson said in the three cases where police have identified potential shooter, those suspects have extensive criminal histories.


Ameren Missouri raises energy efficiency charges

The Missouri Public Service Commission on Wednesday announced commission members approved a request from the company to bump up the monthly Energy Efficiency Investment Charge.

Steelman confirmed as UM System curator

Steelman is a Republican attorney from Rolla who served for six years in the Missouri House starting in 1979, including as the minority party leader. He ran unsuccessfully for attorney general against Nixon in 1992.

Missouri panel against pay increases for elected officials

The House Rules Committee on Wednesday approved a measure to forgo raises recommended by a state commission charged with evaluating salaries.

Missouri House creates 2-tier committee system

The House adopted rules Thursday requiring bills to pass through a regular committee and then a select committee before being sent to the floor.

St. Louis archaeological society resists call for ouster

The Archaeological Institute of America recently voted at its national meeting in New Orleans to revoke the local chapter's charter unless the group replaces its nine board members by the end of the month.

Ferguson-Florissant schools to seek $31 million bond issue

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports the bond issue would not require a tax rate increase.

Missouri bill would ban spanking, paddling in public schools

Missouri is one of 19 states that allow teachers to hit children as a form of discipline.