State News

MoDOT lays off 100 people statewide

The Missouri Department of Transportation is laying off 100 people statewide to increase contributions into the retirement system for its employees. Because of the struggling financial markets, MoDOT has to increase its contributions to the system by about $5.3 million a year for 15 years.

Missouri legislators seek to tighten ethics rules

Senate President Pro Tem Charlie Shields filed a bill Tuesday that would prohibit lobbyists from contributing to incumbents during a legislative session. It would also establish an independent investigator within the Ethics Commission.

Missouri lawmakers seek to expand texting while driving law

Two representatives filed proposals that would make the law banning texting while driving in Missouri apply to all motorists, not just those 21 and younger.

Monthly state revenue increases for first time this fiscal year

Despite a positive number in November, state revenue remains lower than in previous years and even the November figure is misleading, an official says.

Prosecutor: Woman handed out Halloween candy at sex offender's house

A Missouri proscutor has accused a Mexico, Mo., sex offender of violating a 2008 law after police spotted a woman handing out candy from his house on Halloween.

Missouri law enforcement agencies get $1 million grant for equipment

The $1 million in federal stimulus grants to buy new equipment will be divided among 131 agencies, including state agencies, police departments, sheriffs' offices and university police forces.

Sen. Schaefer appointed vice chairman of Missouri Senate Appropriations Committee

The committee funds MU, the single biggest employer in Schaefer's district. The budget process will begin on Dec. 7 with hearings by the Senate Appropriations Committee.

Missouri appeals court vacancy draws 44 applicants

The retirement of Judge Hal Lowenstein in August has brought forth 44 people applying for the vacancy, which will be narrowed to three finalists before Gov. Jay Nixon makes his selection.

Anti-abortion group seeks action against McCaskill in Catholic Church

An anti-abortion group called Insurrecta Nex is calling for the denial of Holy Communion to Sen. McCaskill and Catholic lawmakers if they support the public funding of abortion.

UPDATE: Fort Hood suspect to undergo mental exam

Maj. Nidal Hasan, the Army psychiatrist charged with 13 counts of premeditated murder after the Fort Hood shooting, has been charged with an additional 32 counts of attempted premeditated murder.

Palin brings book tour to southwest Missouri

The former vice-presidential candidate is scheduled to speak in Branson on Wednesday night.

Number of Missouri HMO participants declining

A report released by the Missouri Department of Insurance stated that the number of people enrolled in an HMO or other medical health insurance plan is down 9 percent.

FBI asks Missouri lawmaker about failure of sales tax bill

The FBI has been asking questions regarding the House's failure to pass a bill that would have allowed cities to continue stacking sales taxes. The FBI wll not say if the investigation is ongoing.

Missouri receives federal grant for broadband Internet expansion

Missouri was awarded more than $1.9 million for mapping and planning to incease broadband access. The grant is part of a larger plan to lay 2,500 miles of fiber-optic cable.

Missouri lawmakers begin filing bills for 2010 session

Tuesday is the first day that lawmakers can file bills in advance of the legislative session that begins Jan. 6.

Missouri construction worker dies after being hit by van

Police say the 29-year-old worker died after he was pinned underneath a van that hit him and another worker at a construction site in Independence.

Ameren plans solar initiatives in Missouri, Illinois

Proposition C requires Ameren and Missouri's two other investor-owned electric utilities to generate or purchase 15 percent of their electricity from renewable sources by 2021.

WW II bomber crew members from Missouri, Tennessee reunite

The two men were aboard a B-24 Liberator bomber that was shot down 65 years ago. They recently got together in Cape Girardeau and shared memories.

Missouri court overturns death penalty for 2002 slaying

The court said the defense attorney did not properly address the question of the character of the victim, which was brought up by the victim's family. 

Jury selection to begin in Columbia toddler's abuse death

A Clay County jury will be brought to Columbia for the second-degree murder trial of 27-year-old Horace Johnson in the death of his 2-year-old son.