State News

Thirteen road resurfacing projects approved for mid-Missouri

Four of the 13 programs approved in the Statewide Transportation Improvement Program are in Boone County. The projects will be funded with federal stimulus money.

UPDATE: Governor calls for crackdown on DWI prosecution

Gov. Jay Nixon and other officials said prosecution of the state's DWI laws has been lax and is in bad need of reform.

Costs compound septic system problems at Lake of the Ozarks

Old septic systems near the lake are failing, but the cost to replace them is too high for many local residents.

UPDATE: State revenue collections continue to fall

Although the revenue collections have declined by 11 percent, the state budget director said she thinks the decline will improve to 4 percent by the end of fiscal year 2010.

Family doctors group loses members over Coca-Cola deal

The American Academy of Family Physicians now being owned by Coca-Cola causes concern among members about the image it will portray, and it has lost members and support. The academy regrets the resignations and hopes other members will not "rush to judgment" before seeing the new content, the CEO said.

KU Hospital performs rare surgery

A southwest Missouri man became the first cancer patient to undergo a procedure known as targeted muscle reinnervation. The arm with bone cancer was amputated, but some nerves were saved to used with a prosthesis.

Murdered student's parents to file suit against Ga. university

A student from Kansas City was killed by a stray bullet on the Clark Atlanta University, and now her parents are suing the school.

State revenue woes continue in October

Monthly collection numbers were down across the board in Missouri compared to October 2008.

Young hunters killed 13,000 deer in two days

In a two-day season, young hunters in Missouri killed more than 13,000 deer this year. It's the second highest total ever recorded for that period. This year, Osage, Franklin and Callaway counties led the way, with hunters harvesting more than 240 deer in each county.

MoDOT bridge repair program tops 100 mark

The Missouri Department of Transportation has completed work on 107 of the 802 bridges slated to be repaired or replaced by Oct. 31, 2013. An additional nine will be finished by the end of the year.

St. Louis smoking bans raise questions at state level

With passage of a smoking bans in St. Louis city and county, 50 percent of all Missourians are now living in areas with limits on smoking in public. Legislators are revisiting enacting state laws on the issue.

Missouri Southern faculty votes no confidence in president

The vote at Missouri Southern State University on Monday was 140 to 44, with almost 78 percent of the university's faculty voting.

Kansas City Zoo to welcome new polar bear

The zoo has learned it will receive a polar bear in time for the opening of a new exhibit next spring.

Missouri Department of Corrections calls prison population boom no problem

An all-time high of inmates in September has one legislator concerned about future prison growth.

Failing septic systems contribute to high E. coli levels at the Lake of the Ozarks

Residents of Lake of the Ozarks said faulty septic tanks may be to blame for the Lake's high E. coli levels.

Missourians could see energy bill rise under cap-and-trade

The Joint Committee on Missouri's Energy Future met Monday in Columbia to discuss the potential effects of federal cap-and-trade legislation on Missouri energy producers and consumers.

Coal profits mask lack of U.S. economic activity

Coals mines in the U.S. are seeing a rising demand for coal from other countries, but the bulk of U.S. coal goes to electric power plants, and they're not interested in buying.

St. Louis school fight broken up with tear gas

At least seven students were treated for exposure to the gas after security guards used it to break up a fight.

Former grain dealer pleads not guilty in fraud case

Cathy Gieseker faces 12 state charges and three federal charges in the case.

State Historical Society of Missouri cutting hours, staff pay

The governor said the cuts were necessary in light of lowered state revenues. Three positions were eliminated, and employees are voluntarily taking a 20 percent pay reduction.