State News

Electrical failure sends waste into Missouri River

Boonville authorities stopped the overflow of thousands of gallons of wastewater that trickled into the Missouri River on Tuesday.

Gov. Nixon to outline budget, economic development plans

Missouri lawmakers start overhaul of campaign ethics laws

House members begin discussions of changing campaign finance laws in order to improve public perception.

AmerenUE customers object rate hike

The utility requested an 18 percent increase on Tuesday

Thirteen indicted on methamphetamine charges

Each count carries up to 20 years in prison and fines up to $250,000 for the 13 charged.

Senator proposes scrapping paper state law books

According to Sen. Jason Crowell from Cape Girardeau, $1.8 million could be saved by not printing paper copies and offering the collection of state laws online instead.

Man sentenced to life in prison for murdering his girlfriend

Jessie Meanus pleaded guilty to second-degree murder, assault and armed criminal action.

Missouri House passes resolution against proposed federal health care reform

The Missouri House of Representatives' debate ended Tuesday when they passed a resolution that disagrees with the proposed health care reform bill.

Autism diagnoses prompt bills on insurance coverage

A possible increase in the number of children diagnosed with autism has led the Missouri House and Senate to hear bills mandating insurance coverage for the disorder. Speculation remains on how much insurance premiums will increase due to the potential mandate.

Nixon's state address to outline budget and job creation

The State of the State address is expected to outline Gov. Jay Nixon's budget and policy proposals, including those to help with job creation.

Loss limit in Missouri casinos generates less revenue than projected

Figures from 2009 show that removing the $500 loss limit at Missouri casinos provided less than a quarter of the additional $100 million for schools initially projected.

AmerenUE 'Pure Power' customers may not know where dollars go

AmerenUE's Pure Power program is under scrutiny as some believe that its customers don't know where their dollars are going. Customers can pay premiums to support renewable energy development, but some of the money is sent to support an outside administrator.

Post-Dispatch publisher Lee Enterprises sees profit, improving ad trend

For the most recent quarter, Lee said it earned $27.9 million, or 62 cents per share. It lost $48.7 million, or $1.10 per share, a year earlier.

Missouri legislative panels to hear autism bill

Missouri legislators are scheduled to hear testimony Tuesday on a bill that would require increased coverage for autism treatment.

Forest Service seeks new life for old buildings

The U.S. Forest Service is seeking proposals from private individuals to potentially renovate old buildings that are eligible for the National Register of Historic Places.

ANALYSIS: State Republicans oppose federal Medicaid expansion, citing high costs

Federal legislation expanding Medicaid could cost Missouri as much as $1 billion, according to cost estimates from state Republicans opposing the legislation. Some of the estimates, however, have been shown to be out of date.

St. Louis, Kansas City earnings taxes under fire

Critics of the Missouri earnings tax have pushed to add the issue on the ballot as early as fall of 2010. The tax generates a third of St. Louis' city revenue and 40 percent of the Kansas City revenue.

Suburban St. Louis mayor pushes for legalization of medical marijuana

Following his wife's struggle with breast cancer, Cottleville Mayor Don Yarber pushes for the legalization of medical marijuana in Missouri.

St. Joseph prepares for possible flooding

Officials say flooding is unlikely, although they've seen more precipitation than average.

Reverend's dog attends mass at St. Louis parish

With the arrival of a new priest at Our Lady of the Holy Cross Catholic Church came Elijah, a Labrador and border collie mix who attends mass alongside parishioners.