State News

New Missouri policies could reverse trend in cattle rustling

Cattle theft has risen over the past two years, according to the president of the Missouri Cattleman's Association. New legislation and the reinstatement of a  livestock protection task force, however, has helped decrease theft in recent months.

Missouri lawmakers to try again on expanding autism coverage

Legislation similar to that brought before the General Assembly last year, aimed at making insurance companies cover an autism treatment, will come before the body in January.

Thousands line up to see Palin in Springfield

One thousand people endured a cold December morning in Springfield to see Sarah Palin and get an autographed copy of her memoir, "Going Rogue."

DNR to award $11 million for energy efficiency

Missouri Department of Natural Resources is accepting grant applications through Jan. 15.

Corrections department awards $3 million to Missouri nonprofits

The Missouri Department of Corrections says the contracts to 36 nonprofit groups will support efforts to help former inmates avoid re-offending and make the transition to the work force.

Forsee's letter opposing cap-and-trade legislation draws attention

University of Missouri System President Gary Forsee has ties to businesses that oppose the legislation and others that could benefit from it.

David Mohler released from jail after posting $70,000 bond

David A. Mohler, one of the six men who allegedly sexually abused children in their family, paid a $70,000 cash bond and was released from the Lafayette County jail.

Suspect in Jefferson City killings returned to Missouri

David Russell Hosier of Jefferson City has been returned from Oklahoma, where he was arrested in September after the murders of 45-year-old Angela Gilpin of Jefferson City and 61-year-old Rodney Gilpin of Hartsburg.

MoDOT lays off 100 people statewide

The Missouri Department of Transportation is laying off 100 people statewide to increase contributions into the retirement system for its employees. Because of the struggling financial markets, MoDOT has to increase its contributions to the system by about $5.3 million a year for 15 years.

Missouri legislators seek to tighten ethics rules

Senate President Pro Tem Charlie Shields filed a bill Tuesday that would prohibit lobbyists from contributing to incumbents during a legislative session. It would also establish an independent investigator within the Ethics Commission.

Missouri lawmakers seek to expand texting while driving law

Two representatives filed proposals that would make the law banning texting while driving in Missouri apply to all motorists, not just those 21 and younger.

Monthly state revenue increases for first time this fiscal year

Despite a positive number in November, state revenue remains lower than in previous years and even the November figure is misleading, an official says.

Prosecutor: Woman handed out Halloween candy at sex offender's house

A Missouri proscutor has accused a Mexico, Mo., sex offender of violating a 2008 law after police spotted a woman handing out candy from his house on Halloween.

Missouri law enforcement agencies get $1 million grant for equipment

The $1 million in federal stimulus grants to buy new equipment will be divided among 131 agencies, including state agencies, police departments, sheriffs' offices and university police forces.

Sen. Schaefer appointed vice chairman of Missouri Senate Appropriations Committee

The committee funds MU, the single biggest employer in Schaefer's district. The budget process will begin on Dec. 7 with hearings by the Senate Appropriations Committee.

Missouri appeals court vacancy draws 44 applicants

The retirement of Judge Hal Lowenstein in August has brought forth 44 people applying for the vacancy, which will be narrowed to three finalists before Gov. Jay Nixon makes his selection.

Anti-abortion group seeks action against McCaskill in Catholic Church

An anti-abortion group called Insurrecta Nex is calling for the denial of Holy Communion to Sen. McCaskill and Catholic lawmakers if they support the public funding of abortion.

UPDATE: Fort Hood suspect to undergo mental exam

Maj. Nidal Hasan, the Army psychiatrist charged with 13 counts of premeditated murder after the Fort Hood shooting, has been charged with an additional 32 counts of attempted premeditated murder.

Palin brings book tour to southwest Missouri

The former vice-presidential candidate is scheduled to speak in Branson on Wednesday night.

Number of Missouri HMO participants declining

A report released by the Missouri Department of Insurance stated that the number of people enrolled in an HMO or other medical health insurance plan is down 9 percent.