State News

Southeast Missouri State raises fee, cuts program

The board agreed to raise the application fee $5, and returning students will pay a $15 application fee next spring.

AmerenUE says Taum Sauk reservoir rebuild on schedule

A water breach destroyed part of an AmerenUE water reservoir five years ago. The electric company is rebuilding the structure in southeast Missouri.

Weather sensors on I-44 saved Missouri money

MoDOT says they saved thousands of dollars by using sensor devices along a major highway. The sensors helped determine which areas needed attention during winter storms.

UM System creates conflicts of interest policy regarding human subjects

UM System President Gary Forsee ordered a new policy Thursday that will address conflicts of interest issues that stem from research involving human subjects. A task force made up of members from the four system campuses created the new policy.

Education consultant says link exists between implementing programs and student performance

The report done for the State Board of Education was completed by the Leadership and Learning Center.

Ex-Zhu Zhu official charged with fraud

A former executive at a toy-making company is being charged with fraud for allegedly embezzling $400,000.

Columbia representatives split on omnibus House judiciary bill

The House passed a crime bill Wednesday, which covers a range of topics including adoption records and guns, as well as an expansion of the "Castle Doctrine." The Columbia delegation was split, with two for and one opposed.


House committee passes new ethics bill

The House Ethics Committee approved a bill that would reform ethics regulations in the legislature. It includes a provision to place a limit on campaign contributions, which was removed from an ethics bill passed by the Senate.


Some flooding along Mississippi, Missouri rivers in Midwest

Flooding occurred on Thursday in parts of Missouri, including near some state highways in western Missouri and from St. Louis south to Cape Girardeau.

Missouri House passes budget after cutting more than $200 million

The $23 billion state budget has been sent to the Senate, where additional cuts might be made.

Missouri regulators gauge interest in casino license

With St. Louis' President Casino to close its doors by July 1, the Missouri Gaming Commission is testing the water for licensing a new riverboat casino.

Missouri legislature tries again to create stimulus oversight comittee

Legislation passed Thursday to create a bicameral committee to monitor Missouri's federal stimulus money.

Missouri senators seek more spinal cord researchers

The Missouri Senate passed legislation Thursday to increase the maximum size of MU spinal cord research grants by 500 percent.

Two Missouri House members restrained during budget debate

The dispute grew to involve more House members.

Census: 20 percent of U.S. filled out surveys so far

With approximately one-third of forms completed, Missouri is one of five states currently topping the U.S. census response rate. About 20 percent of U.S. households have completed the form, which is used distribute federal aid and U.S. House seats.

Missouri home-schooled students could benefit from sports bill

A bill sponsored by Sen. Jim Lembke, R-St. Louis County, would allow home-schooled students to play high school sports at the high schools in their attendance area.

Missouri prisoner re-entry programs win federal grants

The U.S. Department of Labor awarded two Missouri prisoner re-entry programs $2.9 million each in federal grants.

Chamber of Commerce hosted "Missouri's Energy Future" conference

Technological development was one of the topics discussed at the conference.

St. Louis storage center for military records to switch locations

The National Personnel Records Center in St. Louis will move to a larger facility in north St. Louis in 2011.

St. Louis police officer dies chasing burglary suspect

Officer David Haynes was chasing a burglary suspect when his patrol car was struck twice, killing him. The suspect has been arrested.