State News

Missouri home buyers could be eligible for tax break

Gov. Jay Nixon and State Treasurer Clint Zweifel, both Democrats, proposed Tuesday having a state housing commission pay the property taxes for several thousand low- and moderate-income people who buy a house in 2010.

Another search warrant executed on Mohler property

Investigators searched a storage shed on Burrell Mohler Jr.'s property on Monday night. Mohler and five relatives are jailed on charges of molest and rape.

UPDATE: Missouri governor resists expanding state-supported health insurance coverage

Gov. Jay Nixon is resisting a plan that would enrol more low-income children potentially eligible for Medicaid because at this time would cost the state too much money.

Missouri governor resists plans to expand health insurance

Nixon's office is troubled by the cost of the plan and doesn't plan to automatically enroll children eligible for Medicaid.

Laura Bush to speak in St. Louis

The former first lady will take part in the St. Louis Speakers Series organized by Maryville University.

Missouri seed company gets low-interest loan

The $3.4 million loan is one of the largest ever made through the state's linked deposit program.

University gets EPA grant to fund program aimed at reducing pollution

The money will go toward creating a minor degree and expanding an internship program.

USDA to curb runoff into Mississippi River in 12 states

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has $320 million for farmers to slow agricultural runoff into the Mississippi River. The 12 targeted states make up more than 42 milllion acres of land, 5 percent of the river basin's area.

UPDATE: Call to unlisted number prompted Jefferson City hostage scare

The lockdown and police response earlier in the month resulted from a false report called in to an elevator phone at a building where the state government rents space.

UPDATE: Missouri competes for $4 billion in extra education money

Gov. Jay Nixon told meeting participants to be bold and break from the status quo when seeking the federal funds.

Missouri, Panama sign student exchange pact

The agreement renews and furthers a long-running educational exchange.

Suspect may claim shooting Kansas abortion provider prevented future harm

Attorneys for a man accused of shooting a Kansas abortion provider are defending the suspect's right to argue that the killing was justified because it was necessary to prevent the harm caused by potential future abortions.

Missouri competes for $4 billion in extra education money

State Education Commissioner Chris Nicastro will convene a meeting today of several hundred education, business and government leaders to figure out how to best apply for the federal funds.

Missouri competes for over $4 billion in federal education money

More than $4 billion in federal funds are available to improve education systems on the state level. Nixon and other Missouri lawmakers urge the state's education leaders to take a fresh start and be willing to break from the status quo.

MoDOT money to evaporate as residents burn less gas

Missouri's Transportation Department warns that money for highway construction could fall by two-thirds within five years.

Outpouring of support for girl injured in accident

Margaret Romph, now entering kindergarten, received her FES rehabilitation bike and began to recover use of her arms and legs after a serious accident.

Urban farmers collide with Kansas City rules

Collision between urban farmers and residents prompts Kansas City to consider statutes regarding livestock and small produce operations within city limits.

Policies curbed spread of spanish flu in 1918 St. Louis

Although the effects to businesses were protested at the time, policies that temporarily closed places where people gathered reduced the spread of spanish flu in St. Louis during World War I, resulting in the city having the fewest casualties from the epidemic of any major American city.

Drug courts seen as valuable, but perhaps too selective

In St. Joseph, drug courts win praise for their approach to dealing with addiction-related crime. But not every offender who might benefit can make it into the program.

Midwest home sales strongest in the country

Sales are up across the Midwest, thanks in large part to the federal tax credit for first-time home buyers. Des Moines and Cleveland see some of the biggest gains.