State News

Missouri Gov. Nixon faces decision on 7 bills

Monday is the deadline for Gov. Jay Nixon to take action on bills that were passed by the legislature earlier this year. He can veto them, sign them or allow them to take effect without his signature.

Recent shootings heap new attention on Ozarks

The April shootings that killed three people at Jewish facilities in Overland Park revived negative images of the Ozarks as a place of refuge for extremists. Ozark residents are aware of the existence of these groups, but they also believe it's unfair to judge the whole area.

Records show Kansas City effort to land convention

The newspaper's review of more than 5,000 pages of convention-related documents revealed the city also pledged $7.3 million in free rent, electricity, insurance, engineering, housing and office space.

Herbicide-resistant weeds trouble Midwestern farms

Weed experts say half the nation's farmland is dealing with some form of herbicide-resistant weeds, including in Missouri and Illinois, where farmers have encountered half a dozen different species immune to glyphosate.

Hoarding, squalor a challenge for first-responders

The Springfield Fire Department is leading a task force with various social-service agencies to address the problem of hoarding and squalor in homes, which can be a fire and safety hazard for residents, firefighters and others..


St. Louis school board perseveres despite state takeover

The elected board's continued existence stems from an unusual provision in state law that directs its members to audit and monitor the state-appointed board — but provides the elected board no resources, financial or otherwise, to do so.

St. Louis official resigns amid nepotism inquiry

Missouri law states that any public office holder employing a relative within four degrees should forfeit office.

Deaths from copperhead bites rare in Missouri

Nearly 100 people are bitten by snakes in Missouri each year, with about 25 percent of those non-venomous.

UPDATE: Meningitis vaccine to be required at Missouri's public colleges

The vaccine requirement — already in place on all University of Missouri System campuses — takes effect next summer.

UPDATE: Bridges reopen as Mississippi River recedes

A federal agency says at least 383,000 acres of crops have been destroyed and 2 million damaged in Iowa and Illinois alone due to excessive rain, flash flooding and other flooding on the Mississippi River and its tributaries.

Pancreas, kidney transplant gives diabetic veteran a second chance

After struggling with diabetes for nearly two decades, Bill Kidd, an Iraq war veteran from Dexter, received a lifesaving double transplant from a University of Iowa hospital.

Law enforcement looking for southwest Missouri escapee

Police say Nick Gamblin somehow got out of a stopped Strafford police car while he was being taken to jail.

Camper dies from copperhead snake bite in Missouri

Timothy Levins was at a cabin, saw the snake and pointed it out to his son. The snake, 18 to 20 inches long, bit Levins two or three times after he picked it up.

Missouri governor vetoes payday loan legislation

The Democratic governor said it was better to leave the law as it is, with the hopes of pushing for more stringent regulations in future years, than to enact a modest revision passed by the Republican-led legislature.

Missouri governor signs health care expansion

The new program is projected to cover more than 1,800 unborn children at an annual cost of $14 million.

Researchers try to save huge U.S. salamander

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is conducting an assessment of the eastern hellbender — one of two subspecies — to determine if it should be added to the federal endangered species list.

Governor signs Missouri building bond measure

But Gov. Jay Nixon's budget director says there are no plans to actually issue those bonds.

Conservation agency warns pet owners on coyotes

The Missouri Department of Conservation reports a recent spike in calls to its Columbia regional office from residents who have spotted roaming coyotes.

Nixon rejects more tax credits for food, pregnancy

The legislation rejected Wednesday would have authorized an additional $500,000 annually each of tax credits for contributions to maternity homes, pregnancy resource centers and food pantries.

EPA chief defends proposed clean-water rules

Confusion over what types of waterways are covered under the Clean Water Act is driving an Environmental Protection Agency effort to clarify who has jurisdiction over those waters, EPA's chief told a group of farm interests Thursday in Kansas City.