State News

Small earthquake shakes southeast Missouri

A magnitude-3.7 earthquake was detected near Sikeston.

Missouri House endorses bill to speed tax refunds

Last year, the state delayed sending tax refunds to boost cash reserves.

Lawsuit says nonprofits given advantage in bid for license offices

A new state law giving about bidding for motor vehicle license offices gives not-for-profits an unfair advantage, says Mike Becker.

Missouri Bar seeks public comments about state's judges

The Missouri Bar has set up a Web site for Missourians to rate judges. Public comments are accepted about the performance of the 62 judges who will be up for retention votes this fall. The information collected will be shared with evaluation committees.

MSSU faculty supports adding gays, lesbians to discrimination policies

Missouri Southern State University's faculty senate is supporting a proposal to add gays and lesbians to anti-discrimination policies, the faculty handbook and the university's equal opportunity employment statement.

Sedalia prohibits tobacco use in all buildings, vehicles

Sedalia has banned tobacco use inside all city property, which includes vehicles and the entire City Hall campus

Missouri Gas Energy denied appeal on tax bill

Missouri Gas Energy lost an appeal of a tax bill it received for natural gas it is storing in caverns in Oklahoma.

Missouri legislation would tighten tanning regulations

A bill sponsored by Rep. Wayne Cooper, R-Camdenton, would require tanning facilities to be licensed and prohibit people younger than 16 from tanning.

Missouri unemployment falls slightly to 9.5 percent

Unemployment in Missouri in January dropped slightly over previous months with gains in certain areas but still with losses in others.

Missouri Supreme Court invalidates Springfield red-light ticket

The city has stopped using its red-light cameras while leaders determine whether to ask for a rehearing or buy new ones.

St. Louis mayor supports legislation to localize police department control

Proposed legislation would allow the city of St. Louis to control its police force without state intervention.

Gov. Nixon: More cuts coming to Missouri government

Gov. Jay Nixon says preliminary revenue figures from February make it clear that officials "will need to downsize the scope of state government."

Democratic senators call for better water test

Testing the water of Missouri's lakes and rivers, including that of the Lake of the Ozarks, is being discussed by Republican and Democratic senators.

Two Mohler brothers to receive new judges in cases

Two of six Missouri men accused of sexually abusing their young relatives two decades ago have been granted requests for new judges in their cases. 

Geothermal takes root in homes around Kansas City

In an effort to go green and save green, geothermal heating and cooling is becoming a viable option in the Midwest.

Missouri program expands to serve hungry students on weekends

A new program designed to help feed hungry students began recently in the Kennett School District in southeast Missouri. The program provides students who qualify with  a backpack full of food each weekend to help feed their families.

Senate Democrats criticize Republican E. coli report

Senators from both parties have condemned each other for the handling of E. coli found in the Lake of the Ozarks.

UM System employees object to proposed state health care plan

On Monday, representatives from the University of Missouri System opposed a health care plan that would consolidate the plans of all state government employees.

Cost to attend Missouri fundraiser with Obama: $25 to $50,000

The Show Me State Victory fund is hosting a Democratic fundraising event in St. Louis where President Barack Obama is scheduled to make a guest appearance.

Survey predicts improvement in Midwest economy in coming months

The Business Conditions Index for the Mid-America region jumped to 61 in the month of February, suggesting economic growth for the coming months. The survey covers Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Oklahoma.