State News

No opposition at Senate statewide smoking ban hearing

The bill would prohibit smoking in public places, including restaurants, shopping malls and sports arenas.

St. Louis mayor lobbies for President Casino

St. Louis mayor resists a bill that would shut down President Casino and in turn cost jobs and lose tax revenue.

Funding dispute delayed review of pollutant tests

The Missouri Department of Natural Resources was asked to review pollutant tests on the Bannister Federal Complex in Kansas City, but the department refused to do so until funding was provided. The cost of review is estimated to be approximately $3,000 to $7,000.

St. Louis police commissioner resigns

Vince Bommarito resigned on Monday. Gov. Jay Nixon called it "appropriate," and said his office will immediately begin the search to fill the vacancy.

A job with a catch: a 1,000-mile commute

Four Wisconsin men endure the hardships of living away from their families something they had to do to keep their jobs with General Motors.

Recent storms cause transportation problems in Missouri, Kansas

Slick roads led to several accidents in Kansas, where some areas experienced snow or sleet, and heavy slush shut down runways at Kansas City International Airport in Missouri.

ANALYSIS: Missouri officials consider campaign limit reversal

State leaders will try to decide whether or not the state's campaign finance limits should be reintroduced after the Supreme Court tossed out a law similar to the one on the books in Missouri.

Biofuel grass tested in Northwest Missouri

In an effort to find alternatives to oil, farmers in Northwest Missouri are researching and testing biofuel crops, such as Miscanthus grass.

Branson airport to announce new carrier

Branson airport plans to announce plans for a new air carrier on Tuesday.

Woman arrested for shooting at husband over tax return money

A suburban St. Louis woman has been arrested after she shot and missed her husband over tax return money.

Snow looms for eastern Missouri; Columbia only expecting rain

Mid-Missouri areas are predicted to take the brunt of a winter storm while Columbia remains largely unaffected.

Pettis County attempts to ban synthetic marijuana possession

Public officials want to outlaw the production and sale of K2, a substance that mimics the effects of marijuana.  

$800 million bond measure in Missouri House likely tabled

House Speaker Ron Richard, R-Joplin, said Thursday he doesn’t plan to assign a committee to consider the measure. This action will probably kill the $800 million bond issue, which would be used to finance the construction and renovation of higher education buildings in the state.

Missouri Senate approves bills on adoption, foster care

New bill expands access to adoptees' medical records.

Gov. Nixon plans Missouri revenue review in March

As state revenues continue to fall below projections, Gov. Nixon is planning another budget review to see if more cuts are needed.

Group says Missouri has weak gun control laws

Missouri's laws for control of firearms are weak according to a gun control advocacy group.

Missouri House committee votes against stripping funds from prisons

The House Public Safety and Corrections committee voted against a bill that would strip $19 million from the Department of Corrections. The proposed cuts come as a result from Gov. Nixon's plan to freeze in-state tuition.

Missouri colleges expecting deep budget cuts

Budget issues will only grow worse at higher education institutions after federal stimulus money depletes.

State Historical Society of Missouri to make some artworks available online

The society will have paintings from Thomas Hart Benton and other pieces online.

Freed missionaries leave Haiti, land in Kansas City

Four American missionaries who had been imprisoned in Haiti on kidnapping charges were released and returned to the U.S. on Thursday.