State News

Missouri texting-while-driving ban yields few tickets

The ban is still under debate about whether it should be extended to all ages, instead of the 21-and-younger demographic it targets now.

Bill might make Missouri drug users ineligible for welfare

A proposed bill would require some Missouri welfare recipients to undergo drug testing.

Missouri Supreme Court upholds death sentence for Carmen Deck

The Missouri Supreme Court decided to uphold a death penalty sentence for a 1996 double-murder case; however, the judges remain unsure if death is an appropriate punishment for a crime.

I-66 project connecting Missouri to the coasts gets another look

The proposal to make Cape Girardeau, Mo. a transportation hot spot through I-66 is no longer a cold case. Leaders take another look at the highway proposition.

State funding falls millions short for Missouri K-12 schools

Even with a proposed increase, Missouri is still falling $43 million short for elementary and secondary education funding. Some senators fear school districts might sue the state.

State senator proposes Medicare bill for stricter sales guidelines

A controversial bill that would mandate refunds for Medicare policy cancellations and issue guidelines for selling practices was proposed to the Senate.

Legislative committees hear proposals to change ethics laws

The three bills in the House and one in the Senate are part of a major focus on ethics reform this session.

Rebates available to customers on energy efficient appliances

Commercial and residential customers can receive reabtes for energy-saving products this year.

Autism coverage bill clears Missouri Senate commitee

The Missouri Senate passed a bill that would require insurance companies to cover treatment for autism. Eager to sign it into law, the governor now waits for the approval of the House of Representatives.

Senate committee questions uncertain budget funds

The Senate Appropriations Committee showed concern that $300 million of Gov. Jay Nixon's budget proposal depends on uncertain federal funds.

Bill advances to allow Sunday liquor sales on Valentine's Day

Missouri House of Representatives will debate a law to allow bars and restaurants to serve liquor on Valentine's Day without a Sunday permit.

Camdenton eighth-grader uses Facebook to aid a friend

Eighth-grader Jessica Greim is using Facebook to rally support for a classmate diagnosed with leukemia. The group, "Support and Love for Jaxon Downen" has more than 3,200 members.

Fourth generation takes over Sedalia family business

R.J. Lindstrom's promotion to president of Zephyr Manufacturing makes him a fourth generation leader of the cleaning tool company.

Magazine honors Springfield neighborhood

A Springfield neighborhood is nationally recognized as one of Southern Living magazine's top 10 in the South.

Bill requiring drug tests for some welfare applicants moves forward

The bill would require suspected drug users to pass drug screening to receive benefits. It will be among the first bills considered on the House floor after passing the Rules Committee Monday.

USDA awards $310 million for broadband projects

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is dedicating $310 million of federal stimulus money to improve network communications and bring high-speed Internet connections in rural communities all over the United States.

Missouri stimulus funds to help weatherize low-income family homes

People who earn less than 200 percent of the federal poverty level can now apply for help making their homes more efficient.

Missouri deer harvest totaled nearly 300,000

It was the fourth-highest number of deer ever killed in a season.

Bill would let child porn victims sue for at least $150,000

A Lee's Summit state senator said the minimum would give private attorneys an incentive to represent victims.

ANALYSIS: Nixon, Kinder strike opposite tones in addresses to state

In Gov. Jay Nixon's State of the State address he spoke of unity and bipartisanship, while Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder's follow-up speech focused more on Nixon's shortcomings.