State News

House files substitute budget bills amid unprecedented budget crisis

House Budget Committee Chairman Allen Icet submits substitute budget.

Missouri doesn't qualify for federal education grants

If Missouri had qualified for the "Race to the Top" grant, it would have used the money to revamp teacher trainig and pay.

K2 legislation: What others are saying

Here's what others are saying about K2 in Missouri and other states.

Cotton balls incident: What others are saying

Here's what others are saying after the incident that took place Friday where cotton balls were thrown on the lawn of the MU Gaines/Oldham Black Culture Center.

Missouri's application fails in federal education grant race

Missouri's original application was rejected in the opening round for "Race to the Top," a federal competition for education grants.

Chile earthquake relief donations coming in slowly

Donations for Chile have not been coming in as quickly as donations for Haiti.

Senate initially approves dropping second license plate

The Senate gave first-round approval to a bill that would require only one license plate in Missouri. It needs to be approved once more before going to the House.

Senate hears bill, omits funding for METS education

A bill heard by the Senate Wednesday does not meet the UM system's prior request to match funds for certain education programs.

Missouri tourism brings in $670 million in taxes

According to Missouri tourism officials, the ailing economy sent tourists to homes instead of hotels.

UPDATE: Missouri Senate OKs ethics bill; House files own plan

The bills have some similar provisions, but the House's version would reinstate campaign finance limits.

Jury awards plaintiffs $11 million in Missouri hog lawsuit

The Jackson County jury awarded compensatory damages to 15 neighbors of a hog farm in northern Missouri.

Missouri ethics bill imposing new fundraising restrictions goes to House

Missouri senators have passes an ethics bill through the Senate that would strengthen the power of the state Ethics Commission and impose new fundraising restrictions.

Lawsuit filed about Springfield red-light camera fees

A class-action lawsuit has been filed against the city of Springfield to force it to return fees it has received through red light camera tickets

800-gallon fuel spill leads to cleanup on Missouri farm

800 gallons of fuel were spilled onto a farm in north-central Missouri after an above-ground storage tank in Randolph County sprung a leak.

Senator says Missouri not adequately competing for economic development

Senator Tom Dempsey is sponsoring an economic development bill to attract businesses considering Missouri and give tax breaks to Missouri companies considering expansion instate.

Suspected illegally stored radioactive gas leads to U.S. Attorney's investigation

A federal investigation into an incident of illegally stored radioactive gas has been confirmed by the Natural Resources Department.

Proposed bill has private, public university students debating scholarship money

Officials and students from public and private institutions testified before the House Higher Education Committee on a bill that designates scholarship money that can be allocated to private college students versus those that attend public universities.


Bill would make K2 possession a felony

Although the exact effects of K2 are unknown, a bill in the Missouri General Assembly would make any possession of the substance a Class C felony.

Webster University professor appointed as new Missouri poet laureate

David Clewell replaced Walter Bargen as Missouri's poet laureate on Wednesday during the annual Poetry Out Loud competition in Jefferson City. Clewell teaches poetry workshops and 19th- and 20th- century literature at Webster University in St. Louis.

Missouri's budget hole deepens

A third straight month of double-digit declines in Missouri's revenue will likely result in additional cuts to this year's budget, according to the state's budget director. Gov. Jay Nixon began meetings with legislators on Tuesday to cut nearly half a billion dollars from next year's budget, an amount greater than the appropriation for the University of Missouri System.