State News

2 small southeast Missouri towns refuse to merge

Despite their shared history, cities Frohna and Altenburg are still not interested in merging together, and will even be "stepping outside the letter of the law" to avoid the consolidation.

Missouri lawmakers talk about virtual school option for students

The virtual school provision is part of a larger bill aimed at fixing the state's student transfer law, which legislative leaders have said is a top priority this session.

AT&T aims to match Google broadband in Kansas City

Company officials said the new service's Internet connection speeds of up to 1 gigabit per second — nearly 100 times faster than available in most U.S. homes — will match Google's current pricing of $70 a month.

Cape Girardeau college announces 4 finalists for president

All four finalists will tour the campus this month and meet with faculty, students and members of the public during open forums.

Episcopal church in eastern Missouri closes after 178 years

St. Paul's Episcopal Church was the third Episcopal church established in Missouri. A sale of the property is pending.


Missouri Republicans take second look at tax code changes

Republican lawmakers are working on tax-related bills to add exemptions and change the tax code.

Missouri Senate cancels Monday's session due to winter storm warning

Missouri Senate Majority Leader Ron Richard said the Senate won't convene until 4 p.m. Tuesday because of the weather.

Complete overhaul of Arch museum planned

The Museum of Westward Expansion underneath the Gateway Arch will be closed for two years for renovations.


Missouri man enlists former deputies in murder case appeal

In an ironic twist, a man convicted of murder is enlisting law enforcement in an attempt to get his conviction overturned.

UMKC business professor resigns amid ranking scandal

In the continued fallout from falsified reports that led to an increase in ratings, the University of Missouri Kansas City professor who orchestrated the falsification resigned Friday.


Sen. McCaskill going to Cuba on trade mission

In light of President Barack Obama's decision to ease trade restrictions on Cuba, Sen. Claire McCaskill will meet with diplomats, business owners and others in Cuba this weekend.

Man indicted for trying to set fire to Ferguson Market

A man was indicted on suspicion of trying to set Ferguson Market aflame the night of a grand jury's decision not to charge police officer Darren Wilson with the killing of Michael Brown.


St. Louis high school students examine racial tension with journalism

Students at Ritenour High School in north St. Louis County have stepped out of the classroom to cover weighty topics of race, youth and policing in the aftermath of Ferguson.

Missouri Senate OKs bill for allergic reaction treatment

Senators on Thursday unanimously voted in favor of the measure, which would allow trained employees at those facilities to use the epinephrine auto-injectors commonly known as EpiPens.

Kansas City program helps troubled moms find jobs

Partners for the program include Operation Breakthrough, the Women's Employment Network and Amethyst Place, which provides housing for women in recovery and their children.

UPDATE: Missouri House gives final approval to 'right-to-work' bill

The Senate will now have a chance to consider the legislation, but it's unclear whether it will pass in that chamber.

Missouri GOP governor candidates differ on education policy

Tom Schweich and Catherine Hanaway, the leading Republican gubernatorial candidates for 2016, also differ on transportation spending.

St. Louis teen who lost eye in shooting receives special gift

Latasha Williams lost her left eye in a drive-by shooting in September. Ocularist Bruce Cook made her a free replacement, which was surgically implanted Friday.

Missouri Senate OKs bill requiring state to notify businesses of sales tax changes

State Sen. Will Kraus, R-Lee's Summit, said the bill would protect businesses that would otherwise be unaware of applicable sales taxes in the event of a policy change.

UPDTE: Missouri Senate would limit welfare benefits to 4 years

Missouri Senators in a voice vote supported ramping back the lifetime limit on receiving welfare benefits from five years to four.