State News

Schaefer calls for budget clarification, support for bond issue

Sen. Kurt Schaefer, R-Columbia, discussed a few state issues at the annual Republican Party Lincoln Days convention.

Jefferson City official cleared in hit-and-run

A recent report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol helped clear city administrator Steve Rasmussen in a January hit-and-run accident.

Missouri officials seize control of biodiesel plant

The Missouri Agriculture Department has taken control of a Joplin biodiesel company that owes more than $2.4 million.

Father of 10 dies in Springfield crash

Edward Kropf, a member of the Amish Mennonite community, died in a car crash on Friday. The accident involved the collision of a pickup truck and a tractor-trailer.

Kansas City medical school gets new whistle-blower policy

Amid unexplained firings, a stronger whistle-blower policy emerges at Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences.

Lincoln University will add master's degree in Environmental Science

Lincoln University becomes only central Missouri university to offer an Environmental Science master's degree program.

Kansas considers increasing taxes on liquor

Amidst a financial crisis, Kansas lawmakers are considering a tax hike on liquor to generate more support for state run programs.

Deaton releases statement on MU Black Culture Center incident

After Friday's incident outside the Gaines/Oldham Black Culture Center, MU Chancellor Brady Deaton released a statement.

MU Police investigate incident at Black Culture Center

Cotton balls were scattered in front of the center overnight.

Conservation Department FAQs on chronic wasting disease

State officials reported Thursday that a captive white-tailed deer in northeast Missouri has tested positive for chronic wasting disease. Here are some frequently asked questions — and answers — about the disease from the Missouri Department of Conservation.

Missouri woman behind agricultural Ponzi scheme gets 9 years

The northeast Missouri woman's scheme defrauded farmers out of more than $27 million.

Missouri Department of Conservation looks for origins of chronic wasting disease

A northeast Missouri farm has been quarantined to research the disease.

Mechanical troubles force Kansas City plane to turn back twice

An American Airlines flight is forced to return to Kansas City International Airport two days in a row.

State suit still pending in grain fraud scheme

Cathy Gieseker pleaded guilty in fedeal court to a Ponzi scheme, receiving a nine-year prison sentence. Now state prosecutors are trying to decide how to proceed in the state suit.

Anglers prepare for trout season at Missouri waterways

Trout fishing season begins Monday. The Missouri Department of Natural Resources is expecting thousands of fishermen and women to turn up at state parks.

House bills could strengthen Missouri Sunshine Law

Rep. Timothy Jones, R-St. Louis County, has two bills in the House General Laws committee that would tighten the Missouri Sunshine Law. One piece of legislation would require a four-day notice prior to a meeting that will discuss tax increases, eminent domain, zoning concerns and tax increment financing.

Bills adjusting payments for health insurance claims pass House and Senate unanimously

This bill makes illegal the "suspension rule" that allows insurance companies to indefinitely hold claims. The House sponsor said the bill would lower health care costs overall.


UPDATE: Report says Missouri agency risked health

The release of a Senate committe report is being delayed until next week. The report contains information about people getting sick in the Lake of the Ozarks. 

Chronic wasting disease found in Missouri deer

A captive Linn County deer tested positive for chronic wasting disease.

Gov. Nixon signs bill changing, clarifying 2009 Missouri traffic law

The 2009 law's wording led to confusion among prosecutors and judges, and state officials needed to resolve the confusion by the end of February to pursue cases.