State News

Missouri House approves autism insurance mandate

The bill that would require health insurance plans to cover treatment for autism was approved by in the House by a vote of 135-18 Thursday.

Lawmakers look to give Missouri state auditor monitoring power

Lawmakers are contemplating a bill that would give the Missouri state auditor authority to monitor state pension system

Missouri senator wants to do away with tenure for teachers

A Missouri senator wants to implement a bill that would pay teachers based on their performance

Missouri senator to hold hearing for payday loan bill

A Missouri senator looks to push his new bill on payday loan legislation at a hearing in St. Louis on Thursday.

Sixteen arrested in $10 million Missouri bank fraud scheme

Prosecutors say the defendants were invovled in at least 31 fraudulent business loans ranging from $100,000 to $1.6 million.

Lambert Airport to undergo largest renovations in history

Lambert Airport in St. Louis is about to undergo the largest renovation in its history. Officials plan to announce the improvements on Thursday.

Access Missouri bill hearing draws big crowd

The Senate Education Committee heard a bill that would equalize Access Missouri scholarships between private and public colleges in Missouri.

Missouri legislators worry ethics bill might go too far

A vote on an ethics bill was held for further debate because senators said the legislation might be too strict.

Grant helping Missouri switch health records from paper to electronic

Nearly $14 million will go toward statewide health information networks, according to the Department of Social Services. The goal is to make it easier to exchange medical records among health providers.

Two new lawmakers sworn into Missouri House

Democrats Hope Whitehead of St. Louis and Pat Conway of St. Joseph were sworn in to the Missouri House Wednesday, filling two vacancies.

Missouri senators debate lower minimum wage for teens

The proposed legislation would allow employers to pay 75 percent of the state minimum wage to workers younger than 20 years old.

Nixon announces state incentive for small businesses

An effort by Gov. Jay Nixon to bolster small business with state incentives has already helped a St. Louis chef.

Federal complex in Missouri site of air tests

Air monitoring tests for potential health risks were conducted at the Bannister Federal Complex in Kansas City. The EPA did not reveal what it was testing for.

Mayor: Grant will prepare Fenton auto plant for new use

Fenton will get a grant of $1.5 million after the closure of a Chrysler plant complex left a gaping hole in the city's 2009 operating budget.

Missouri Senate initially OKs amendment allowing collection of criminal's DNA

The proposed amendment would ensure DNA samples continue to be taken from those 17 and older leaving prison.

Kansas City receives funding for infrastructure improvements

The grant, part of a national transportation innovation effort by the Department of Transportation, will focus on the urban core of Kansas City.

Missouri House backs decreases in phone access rates

Missouri's intrastate access rates are among the highest in the nation. The legislation would gradually lower those rates.

Senators urge educating abortion patients before procedure

One bill discussed would require physicians to offer an ultrasound 24 hours before performing an abortion, and a second would require the physicians to collect more information on women who seek an abortion.

House votes in favor of autism bill

The Missouri House has approved a bill that would require insurance coverage for children 18 and under with autism spectrum disorders.

State budget cuts might affect Missouri social services

State legislators plan on cutting at least 5 percent from the almost $24 billion budget.