State News

Missouri man accused in fire that killed fiancee's children

The three children's grandfather was in critical condition Wednesday.

Some groups that receive Missouri taxpayer money lobby against open records

Groups  such as the Missouri Municipal League consider privacy concerns and the media and public's desire for more openness in government to be in conflict sometimes.   


Missouri House looks at variety of Sunshine Law bills

A number of bills are currently sitting or moving through the House that could affect the access Missourians have to public records.

Future uncertain for Missouri town of St. Patrick's annual celebration

A northeastern Missouri town named St. Patrick hosts a number of festivities celebrating the town's namesake holiday, St. Patrick's Day, on Wednesday. 

Missouri Senate hears testimony on sports incentives bill

Legislation in the Missouri Senate would give tax credits to organizers of sports events. The tax incentive would be used to attract major sporting events, but some say the prospects of the legislation appear bleak.

Missouri House pushes for looser concealed weapon regulations

Legislation to lower the minimum age for carrying concealed weapons from 23 to 21 years old was endorsed by the Missouri House on Tuesday. The bill needs another vote before going on to the Senate.

Hannibal man accused of stomping dog to death

A Hannibal man has been arrested for allegedly stomping a dog to death.

Rolling meth lab explodes on I-44 near Union

Authorities said a man and woman were arrested after a car containing meth-making materials exploded. The woman told police the car exploded when someone lit a cigarette.

Missouri university presidents to discuss financial aid

UM System President Gary Forsee and nine other Missouri university presidents plan to discuss financial aid on Tuesday.

FBI's reward for 1991 missing boy case still stands

The FBI has called a news conference Tuesday about the disappearance of Alan Henderson, who went missing in 1991 near his home in Moscow Mills.

Art exhibit to highlight Missouri's puppy mill industry

A group looking to call attention to Missouri's puppy mill industry is sponsoring a traveling art exhibit entitled "Misery in Missouri: Dogs Can't Vote, You Can."

Proposal to combine state education departments still in early stages

Gov. Jay Nixon raised the proposal last week as a cost-savings measure.

Missouri jobless rate remains unchanged despite new jobs

The Missouri unemployment rate stayed at 9.4 percent last month with new jobs in healthcare, private education and social assistance offsetting losses in construction, manufacturing and other areas.

K.C. International Airport introduces full-body scanners

Starting next week, some passengers traveling with Southwest Airlines at KCI will have to start receiving a full-body scan or a body pat-down before boarding their plane.

House could pass budget without Nixon's recommended cuts

House Budget Committee chairman said the House could pass the state budget and let the governor and Senate work together to make the governor's recommended cuts.

'Fairy Godmother' gets Missouri students ready for prom

Operation Fairy Godmother, a project started by Debbie Leatherman of Joplin High School, helps make prom affordable to all students. Almost 500 students were invited to a recent Fairy Godmother event, where more than 1,000 dresses were available for only $5 a piece.

Missouri officials worry about participation in 2010 census

Missouri could potentially lose federal funding and one of its nine congressional districts if the state population is counted as too low.

AGGREGATE: Local and state news from the weekend

A comprehensive summary of local, state and sports news from the weekend, including links.

Recession endangers 'Parents as Teachers,' an early childhood education program

Parents as Teachers, a program formed in Missouri, helps provide parents worldwide with education tips and in-home early childhood screening for disabilities and learning delays. Due to difficult economic times, funding for the program is shrinking and Missouri lawmakers are close to approving a $4.1 million cut to the program.

House votes against legalizing medical marijuana

While discussing  a bill to ban synthetic marijuana known as K2, the House denied the proposition to legalize medical marijuana.