State News

ANALYSIS: Nixon, Kinder strike opposite tones in addresses to state

In Gov. Jay Nixon's State of the State address he spoke of unity and bipartisanship, while Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder's follow-up speech focused more on Nixon's shortcomings.

Verdict still out on quality of 2009 Missouri wines

Missouri winemakers may have to wait until mid-February to know if 2009 was a good year according to Chuck Dressel, an Augusta, Mo. winery owner. The primary reason is wet and cool weather that delayed last year's grape harvest in the state. 

Web site aims to help Missouri veterans find jobs

The Show Me Heroes program will also let employers know why veterans would be "assets" for their companies according to Lt. Colonel Alan Rohlfing.

FBI questions former speaker about handling of bill

FBI agents interviewed Lee's Summit Republican Bob Johnson on Jan. 14 about former House Speaker Jetton's role in 2005 legislation.

Mohler getting new judge for rape trial

A new judge will be appointed for Darrel Mohler, who had been charged in connection with molesting and raping children beginning in the mid-1980s.

Mo. retirement system ending bonuses for staff

In light of bad publicity, MOSERS voted to discontinue bonuses and automatic cost-of-living raises for its staff. The system's portfolio lost $1.8 billion in 2008.   

Missouri receives additional federal assistance for heating

Federal funds are being released to help low-income Missouri families pay their heating bills.

Gov. Nixon plans to create youth corps for state parks

Governor Nixon plans to create a summer job program for young people. Jobs may include cleaning parks and historical sites around the state.

Parties band together to call for balanced federal budget

State Reps. Allen Icet, R-Wildwood, and Chris Kelly, D-Columbia, have filed a resolution urging Washington lawmakers to pass an amendment to the Constitution requiring a balanced federal budget.


Republicans criticize Nixon on tax raises, budget

After Gov. Jay Nixon gave the State of the State address Wednesday night, Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder criticized many of the proposed policies and accused the governor of breaking promises to not raise taxes. Democrats said Kinder's speech was closer to campaign rhetoric than an official party response to an address.

Missouri House introduces medical marijuana bill

House Bill 1670 would make Missouri the 15th state to allow marijuana's usage for medical uses.

Missouri seeks $750 million for schools

Missouri education leaders hope to win a portion of the $4.35 billion federal education grant by revamping many ideas that are decades old.

Judge sets preliminary hearing date in Jetton case

A premliminary hearing for former Missouri House speaker Rod Jetton, accused of sexually assaulting a woman during sex, has been set at 2 p.m. Feb. 24.

New Department of Revenue director confirmed by Missouri senate

Alana Barragán-Scott has been confirmed as the director of the Department of Revenue after working in the attorney general's office for more than a decade.

PETMO-Columbia sends wheelchairs to Haiti

Thirty wheelchairs were sent to Haiti almost a month before the devastating earthquake Jan. 12, but it's not known if the shipment has arrived in the country.

Missouri farmers urging lawmakers to reject farmland assessment

The Missouri Tax Commission submitted a proposal that would raise property taxes on Missouri's higher productive farmlands, but state farmers are lobbying their lawmakers to reject the proposal. The rules committee hopes to have a decision by next week.

Judge sets hearing date for former House speaker Rod Jetton

A preliminary hearing date may be set by the new judge assigned to former Missouri House speaker Rod Jetton. He was charged in November for assaulting a woman during rough sex.

STATE OF THE STATE ADDRESS: Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder's response

Prepared text of Missouri Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder's Republican response to Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon's State of the State address Wednesday, as provided by the Republican Party.

STATE OF THE STATE ADDRESS: Full text of Gov. Jay Nixon's remarks

Prepared text of Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon's State of the State address Wednesday, as provided by the governor's office.

Nixon calls for job growth while proposed budget cuts jobs

The governor's plan would cut more state jobs with the Department of Social Services  hardest hit. As promised in November, Nixon's proposed budget also keeps to a maximum 5 percent reduction to the higher education appropriation.