State News

Missouri State Water Patrol wins national improvement award

The water patrol's dive rescue team received an award for being the most improved squad. The dive unit was created in 1979 with eight officers and rudimentary equipment.

Pinnacle Entertainment 4th quarter loss narrows

Pinnacle Entertainment, which runs casinos in Nevada, Louisiana, Indiana, Missouri and Argentina, reports smaller losses than the previous year.

Guard cables to be installed on U.S. 63

The Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission will be installing median guard cables along U.S. 63 from Jefferson City to Interstate 70 starting this spring.

Traffic cameras to round up racers in St. Ann

Officials in St. Ann, a suburb of St. Louis, are turing to technology to catch speeders on a stretch of Ashby Road.

New casino in the cards for St. Louis County

A new casino in the St. Louis area is slated to open March 4.

Impressive impressionist gift for KC art museum

400 works, from such artists as Van Gogh and Renoir, have been donated to the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, Mo.

Bartle's anti-porn bill on Missouri Senate floor two days after court appearance

Missouri Sen. Matt Bartle's anti-porn bill went before the Senate Thursday, just two days after he testified before a federal grand jury that was investigating how his 2005 version of the bill died in the House.

Missouri ranks in middle for organic farms nationally

Missouri is No. 20 in the nation in the number of farms raising organically produced crops and livestock.

Missouri lawmaker proposes restrictions on lobbyists

As part of a broad ethics reform, one state representative wants to bar public entities from lobbying for or against bills.

Nixon named to national defense council

Gov. Jay Nixon was one of 10 governonrs named by Barack Obama to the Council of Governors.

Missouri to reimburse counties after 2009 ice storm

Missouri will reimburse 20 counties for expenses that resulted from a January 2009 ice storm that hit southern Missouri. The money will pay for overtime work for medical responders and the use of schools for shelter.

Missouri chief justice criticizes handling of political corruption, nonviolent crime

Chief Justice William Price Jr.'s speech to a joint legislative session leaves Republicans and Democrats divided.

Missouri Senate gives autism bill thumbs up

For the second consecutive year, the Missouri Senate passed a bill requiring insurance companies to cover autism.

Nixon slashes funding for emergency communication network

Gov. Jay Nixon's latest budget cuts target the interoperability project, which would create a statewide radio network to connect emergency responders. Project officials said it should proceed, though.

Senate committee hears bill on sexual orientation discrimination

The Senate Progress and Development Committee heard a bill Wednesday that would add sexual orientation to Missouri's civil rights law, prohibiting people from discriminating based on that factor.

UPDATE: Missouri House OKs drug tests for public officials

The Missouri House of Representative tacked a provision to test themselves for drug use onto a bill that would require drug testing for some recipients of public aid. The legislation needs one more vote to move to the Senate.

House OKs bill to drug test Missouri officials

House members voted to require state officials to take a mandatory drug test upon entering office, and every two years. The mandatory testing has been added onto a broader bill that gives drug tests to adults receiving welfare payments.

TV show to help Kansas City family get missing woman's body back

Stephanie Clack learned that her sister's body had been found in Ohio in 1987.

Nixon withdraws more than 80 appointments

Senators did not have ample time to review many of the selections for governmental positions, which were made when the legislature was not in session.

Missouri National Guard to send help for Haiti relief

The Missouri National Guard is sending airmen and a cargo plane to Fort Bragg, N.C., to help with the Haiti relief effort.