State News

St. Louis area struggles to host exchange students

Exchange student programs started trying to recruit families earlier this year, but some students are staying with "welcome families" for two to eight weeks until permanent ones are found.

New texting-while-driving law goes into effect

A new law banning text messaging for Missouri drivers age 21 and under took effect Friday. But law enforcement agencies question the enforceability of the new law because it is difficult to see if a driver is texting.

Missouri banks record net loss in second quarter

The state's commercial banks experienced a loss of $67 million for the period, while its savings and loans earned $11 million.

Missouri senators doubt DNR's cooperation in E. coli probe

The Department of Natural Resources withheld for about a month test results showing unsafe levels of E. coli in the lake.

Flags to fly half-staff in memory of Missouri soldier

Gov. Nixon ordered flags lowered after the death of Missouri soldier in Afghanistan.

UPDATE: St. Louis County voters will decide smoking ban

The proposal to ban indoor smoking will be on the Nov. 3 ballot.

Enrollments rise at Missouri community colleges

Preliminary figures show fall enrollment is up an average of 12.5 percent at the state's 12 public, two-year colleges.

Blind Missouri man learns part of baritone with keen ear

Ken Strong lends his deep voice, his love of music and his honed hearing to the Jefferson City barbershop chorus the Show-Me Showboaters.

St. Joseph tannery notified of water violations

The Missouri Department of Natural Resources says the plant's owner allowed contaminated storm water to flow into state waters and the Missouri River.

Decision on St. Louis County smoking ban imminent

County Executive Charlie Dooley is expected to make decision on the indoor smoking ban legislation Friday.

K.C. neighbor feud leads to shots fired, 16 arrested

When police arrived in the neighborhood Thursday evening, several people, including one with minor gunshot wounds, barricaded themselves in two homes.

Two charged in death of St. Joseph businessman

The charges against Michael Wayne Limley and Christopher William Lee Helton carry a maximum sentence of 10-30 years or life in prison

McCaskill tries to clear up confusion about health care reform proposals

Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill continued her tour of Missouri cities Wednesday night in Jefferson City. She spoke about "death panels," funding for increased coverage and what would be covered in the legislation.

Switch to fire-safe cigarettes delayed until 2011

A statewide measure passed in the spring will require cigarettes to be near self-extinguishing. The law will go into effect Jan. 1, 2011.

Missouri religious leaders voice support for health care reform

The Missouri IMPACT Board voiced its support on health care reform in a letter signed by 17 religious leaders. The board called health care a basic human right.

UPDATE: Missouri seeks to relax religious child-care regs

The State Board of Health voted Thursday to repeal rules found to have been contrary to Missouri law. The decision affects 590 license-exempt facilities, the majority of which are run by religious organizations, and changes safety measures required at the child-care centers.

Swine flu rises at U.S. colleges as students return

Colleges made plans to isolate students in preparation for an expected increase in H1N1 cases as students return to campuses.

Ford to add shifts at plants in Michigan, Missouri

The company plans to produce more cars and trucks in the fourth quarter than it did last year, but it also expects to sell fewer vehicles in September than it did in July and August. Ford will not hire new hourly workers, but will move workers from the Kansas City Assembly Plant.

State officials vote to relax religious child care regulations

Almost 600 facilities would be affected by the proposed changes, which must be published for public comment before becoming final.

Federal government, NAACP look into MoDOT's stimulus contracts

The Missouri chapter of the NAACP called for the investigation because it believes that the Missouri Department of Transportation was not following federal guidelines involving stimulus funds to maximize involvement of minority and women-owned businesses.