State News

Sen. Schaefer criticizes state's Katy Bridge decision

Gov. Jay Nixon announced last week the state would buy the Boonville bridge from Union Pacific for $23 million as part of a $31 million federal stimulus for railroad projects. Sen. Kurt Schaefer, R-Columbia, sees better rail projects available in the state.

Rep. Loehner proposes bill for humane care of animals

Rep. Tom Loehner, R-Koeltztown, responded to animal rights groups and the recent puppy mill ballot initiative with a potential constitutional amendment this week. Loehner said the agriculture industry is feeling threatened by such groups.

Charter school lawsuit could cost St. Louis Public Schools millions

St. Louis Charter School is first to file a lawsuit claiming the district denied it millions of dollars in state funding, but state leaders expect more charters to follow if the school wins.

Missouri House bill would require special election for statewide offices

A bill that would deny Missouri's governor the right to appoint replacements to vacant state offices was approved in a first vote by the Missouri House of Representatives on Wednesday.

House bill addresses safety of mental health workers

A bill before the House Corrections and Public Institutions Committee would allow mental health caregivers to legally use force for self-defense.

Education committee considers statewide open enrollment

A bill sponsored by a Missouri senator would allow students in many public schools across the state to enroll in any district, regardless of where they live. Critics say the bill would favor wealthy or gifted students.

Missouri legislators debating food stamp bill

A pair of bills being heard by the Senate Progress and Development Committee would allow former drug felons to receive food stamps.

Missouri higher education board recommends no change in scholarship

If the financial aid system changed, public and private universities would receive the same amount of scholarship money, but Missouri's Coordinating Board for Higher Education voted against it.

Columbia man sentenced to 10 years for selling cocaine

D’Mitri Antonio Doughty tried to sell 124.4 grams of powder cocaine to an informant in 2009.

Missouri budget concerns stir controversy in the House

Rep. Allen Icet, R-Wildwood, and U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill have exchanged letters criticizing each other on budget and stimulus fund issues.

Missouri court says anti-Semitic comments need scrutiny

Anti-Semitic comments from a juror during deliberations could spark the need for a new trial.

Missouri House OKs drug testing for welfare benefits

The bill, which will now go to the state Senate, would also impose drug tests on state elected officials.

Missouri Senate passes bill limiting sexual businesses

The Missouri Senate has passed a bill that would ban nudity at strip clubs and force adult video stores to close by midnight.

Ashcroft and Bond to speak at GOP's Lincoln Days event

Keynote speakers for this year's Missouri Lincoln Days in St. Charles include former Gov. John Ashcroft, U.S. Sen. Kit Bond. Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty and U.S. Rep Marsha Blackburn.

St. Louis County man charged with assaulting infant child

A St. Louis County man has been charged with assaulting his infant child after beig arrested at a hospital where that infant is being treated.

Puppy mill initiative has some worried about its agriculture consequences

Some in the Missouri agriculture community  said the Puppy Mill Cruelty Prevention Act, a ballot initiative sponsored by the Humane Society of the United States, could open the door to unwelcome legislation in the agriculture sector.

Fervor fades for live tiger mascot at Mizzou

A student group that suggested recruitment of a live tiger for MU football games has muted its enthusiasm.

Nixon picks new appointee for Missouri commission

Lawyer, Sreenu Dandamudi, will bring his experience to the state's Administrative Hearing Commission.

Ethics bill makes minor headway in Missouri Senate

Missouri senators tabled a bill that would restrict future legislators from becoming lobbyists after leaving office.

New president named to Missouri Botanical Garden

The Missouri Botanical Garden board of trustees has selected a new president, who will begin work on Sept. 1.