State News

Nixon names next Missouri Highway Patrol superintendent appointee

Gov. Jay Nixon named Maj. Ronald Replogle as the successor Col. James Keathley on Monday.

McCaskill: Missouri politicians posturing on stimulus

Missouri politicans criticize Washington's big spending, but they keep using the federal stimulus money to balance the state budget, U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill, said Monday.

Missouri Senate discusses possible resolutions if health care reform passes

Sen. Eric Schmitt, R-St. Louis County, spoke Monday about a resolution that encourages state Attorney General Chris Koster to join 15 other state attorneys general in threatening a lawsuit against the federal government if a version of the health care reform passes into law.

Family-owned farms urged to apply for Missouri 'century farms'

Farms in Missouri that have been owned by members of the same family for 100 consecutive years are being urged to apply to be recognized as a Missouri century farm.

Missouri bill would ban felons from selling fireworks

Proposed bill in Missouri Senate would require fireworks sellers to  only buy and sell to customers with a permit.

Missouri senator moves to kill legal ads in newspapers

The Senate Finance Committee heard testimony on a bill to allow government financial reports and candidate announcements online only, instead of in newspapers.

Music lovers have kept Hannibal dancing for 35 years

Weekly dances in Hannibal bring residents regular entertainment and the opportunity to socialize and meet new people. The dances are held from noon to 3 p.m. every Wednesday.  Admission is $3 and includes an afternoon of music, dancing and a potluck meal.

Accused Missouri truck driver says homicide victim hurt family

A Missouri truck driver says a homicide victim hurt his family after getting them involved in a drug scheme. The body of the 20-year-old victim was found Dec. 22 in the refrigerated compartment of the driver's rig.

More than 700,000 Missouri residents received food aid in 2009

An estimated 728,000 Missouri residents received food aid from emergency food banks in 2009. About 39 percent of those receiving aid are children under 18.

Four sentenced for fake federal diplomat scheme

Three men who were convicted of selling fake diplomatic credentials have been sentenced to federal prison, while a fourth who pleaded guilty has gotten probation.

Missouri bike race could still happen, despite lack of funding

Lieutenant Gov. Peter Kinder, chairman of the Tour of Missouri, believes the annual bicycle race will still be able to occur. The event is tentatively scheduled for Aug. 31.

Humane Society volunteers seek stricter regulations for puppy mills

Volunteers are pushing for a November ballot measure to regulate Missouri's dog breeding facilities.

Missouri botanist Peter Raven honored with international award

President and director of the Missouri Botanical Garden, environmentalist Peter Raven, was honored with the Award for International Scientific Cooperation. The award was given by the Chinese Academy of Sciences last month in Beijing.

UM System looks for new revenue amid funding crunch

With less money from the state and a proposed continuing freeze of in-state tuition, the university is looking for ways to find more revenue.

Art exhibit opens in honor of 100 Years of Scouting

Local artist and Eagle Scout Paul Jackson spoke to a group of about 150 Scouts on Sunday.

NAACP calls for support on Clemons Clemency Campaign

The NAACP also endorsed several legislative efforts to alter death penalty law in Missouri.

Missouri man charged with setting Jefferson City Walmart fire

Henry Medina, 18, was seen on the store's survellence cameras starting a fire while holding a child on Wednesday evening.

Missouri contractor charged in bungled New Jersey kidnapping

Authorities say the Nevada, Mo., contractor concealed his involvement in last month's abduction of pet store owner Jeffrey Muller outside his Newton, N.J. store, and a November home invasion in western Missouri that allegedly precipitated the mistaken-identity kidnapping.

Central Missouri residents consider adding wind farm

A meeting was held last week for Benton County farmers and property owners to discuss the idea of adding a wind farm to their area, which could create many jobs for those in the area.

Senators, with teachers on their side, seek control of Missouri tax credits

Some Missouri senators are calling for limitations on the states tax credit system while facing stiff opposition. In the 2009 fiscal year, Missouri redeemed about $585 million of tax credits.