State News

Missouri Senate rejects new farmland tax plan

The Senate vote against implementing the State Tax Commission's plan follows a state House vote Wednesday rejecting a similar measure.

Missouri House Budget Committee passes federal balanced-budget resolution

House committee unanimously approved a resolution that would call for an amendment to the U.S. Constitution requiring a balanced budget.

Missouri lawmaker pushes for cyberbullying law

The Senate Education Committee heard a bill Wednesday that would require all public schools to enact a bullying a policy that includes cyberbullying.

Parents As Teachers targeted for cuts

On Wednesday, the House Education Appropriations Committee heard testimony from members of the department who outlined Gov. Jay Nixon's proposed budget. Nixon proposed more money for public education. Programs such as Parents As Teachers might receive less money for the second year.

Governor's jobs plan meets little opposition in House hearing

The governor's plan to provide incentives to state businesses met little opposition from witnesses at a House committee hearing Wednesday.

Manslaughter defense ruled out in Kansas abortion slaying

District Judge Warren Wilbert ruled that the jury would not be permitted to consider the manslaughter charge because abortion, including late-term abortion, is legal in Kansas and because George Tiller did not pose an imminent threat.

UPDATE: 2 women die in Moberly house fire

The victims' names have not been released but one was 56 years old and the other was 18.

Grants announced for development of high-speed rail connecting the Midwest

The Obama administration has announced a grant of $1.1 billion for the development of a high-speed rail for faster travel between Chicago and St. Louis. Another grant of $31 million will fund upgrades for rail travel between St. Louis and Kansas City. The project is expected to improve service and create jobs.

Two die in Moberly house fire

Two peole were found dead in a Moberly house after a fire was reported early Thursday morning. The victims' identities have not been released and the investigation is ongoing.

Man pays teen to vandalize statue, gets banned from town

A man was banned from a small town in Missouri after it was found that he was guilty of paying a teenager to vandalize a prominent statue.

Joint Committee on Tax Policy calls for tax credit accountability

With $8 million in deductions last year for Missouri insurance companies, some legislators want to know why a 60-year-old law is still on the books.

Report: Boone County ranks 10th in children's well-being

The Kids Count report looks at 10 key factors when reviewing data and uses six to determine a composite rank for the well-being of children for each county.

Missouri ranks second in rate of black homicide

Missouri ranks second in the nation for black homicide rates among its residents, according to a report on based on statistics from 2007.

Missouri House rejects plan to change farm land taxes

Last month, the State Tax Commission proposed increasing productive values for higher quality farmland, cutting them for lesser land and keeping them the same for the worst. The recommendations will take effect Jan. 1, 2011, unless the House and Senate each vote to reject them.

Missouri regulators vote to close President Casino

The Missouri Gaming Commission claims the owners of the casino have deliberately slowed the casino's gambling and voted 4-0 to revoke it's license. A spokesperson from Pinnacle Entertainment Inc., which owns the casino, said the economy is to blame for the casino's decline.

Missouri educators learning to identify suicide warning signs

A University of Missouri suicide prevention program is offering training sessions for high school educators around the state. During the sessions, they learn to identify risk factors and warning signs in students.

Missouri bill barring texting for all drivers gets support

Currently Missouri law prohibits people age 21 and younger from writing, sending or reading text messages while driving a vehicle.

Missouri Senate panel advances bill requiring autism coverage

The Senate's legislation would require coverage of up to $72,000 anually while the House is still working on a bill of its own.

Humane Society of Missouri holds first telethon

The telethon will raise funds to care for animals and investigate abuse cases.

Study provides better picture of student performance at charter schools

The committee can now analyze the data and try to understand why some of the schools are performing above expectations.