State News

Missouri Senate decides to let residents vote on insurance mandate

The Missouri Senate passed a bill Tuesday that would give Missouri residents the opportunity to vote on the federal health insurance mandate. Before it can appear on the ballot, however, it needs House approval.

Anheuser-Busch to be NFL beer sponsor

MillerCoors and the NFL have decided to part ways after this season. Bud Light's sponsorship will begin in the 2011 season.

Bill lets Missouri pharmacies refuse to sell 'Plan B'

The Missouri House voted 109-42 to allow pharmacies to decide whether they want to stock the morning after pill.

Several interested in developing new Missouri casino

The Missouri Gaming Commission plans to meet in mid-May to discuss the possibility of another casino opening after the President Casino closes this summer.

Plan to raise levees along Mississippi River meets opposition

Missouri counties whose levees are not included in the plan to raise levees along the upper Mississippi River are unhappy.

Neosho chicken deboning plant to remain open, save 485 jobs

Twin Rivers Foods has decided to keep it's chicken deboning plant in Neosho open, saving 485 jobs in the town. It was reported in February that it would close. The chief operating officer has declined to say what caused the change.

Conviction overturned after man spends 20 years in prison

In February, the Missouri Supreme Court overturned a 1991 conviction of an Illinois man. After spending 20 years in prison, the man was released Friday.

Katy Trail party scheduled for Saturday in Rocheport

Gov. Jay Nixon, Bill Bryan and former Columbia Mayor Darwin Hindman will all participate in the 20th anniversary celebration of the Katy Trail State Park.

County, highway patrol offices around Missouri to close for holidays

Various state, county and city offices will close their doors for holidays this month.

State employees will pay for Missouri holiday following legislative inaction

State employees will see a reduction in reimbursement for travel expenses after the state legislature failed to eliminate Truman's Day, a state holiday.

Missouri House approves spinal cord funding measure

Many Missouri House representatives across party lines opposed an amendment that would prohibit embryonic stem-cell research from being funded by University of Missouri System grants that was approved Monday.

UPDATE: Official: Times Square SUV recently sold for cash

Investigators questioned the registered owner of the sport utility vehicle found with a bomb in Times Square over the weekend. The owner is not considered a suspect.

UPDATE: Katy Trail seen as success 20 years after opening

Residents along the Katy Trail are welcoming tourists instead of putting up barriers. Early opponents worried about trash, noise and public encroachment onto their land, but now merchants meet to discuss how to boost tourism along the trail.

Apple sells 1 million iPads, outdoing first iPhone

CEO Steve Jobs said demand keeps exceeding supply for the tablet and so far has sold twice as fast at the iPhone did when it was new. Apple has delayed the international launch of the iPad because of the unexpectedly strong U.S. sales.

UPDATE: Missouri petitions on dog-breeding, court changes filed

Under the proposed dog-breeding measure, people could only have 50 breeding dogs and would be required to feed animals daily, provide annual veterinary care and not breed animals more than twice every 18 months.

Midwest economic index still positive, despite slip

The Mid-America Business Conditions survey index shows the economic outlook for nine Midwest and Plains states as positive, despite a small drop in business growth forecast in April.

Missouri lawmakers propose photo ID requirement to vote

The Senate is considering a photo ID requirement to vote this year after a similar law was declared unconstitutional by the state Supreme Court in 2006.

Twenty years later, landowners now wait for Katy Trail

Gov. Jay Nixon will commemorate the 1990 opening of the trail's first segment at a Saturday ceremony in Rocheport.

Supremacist says he is legitimate Senate candidate

F. Glenn Miller purchased radio ads in March that contained racist messages and criticized Jews, immigrants and minorities.

Farmers markets managers have busy season too

For shoppers, farmers markets are a place to find locally grown food. For those who run them, farmers markets are sometimes hectic business deals.