State News

Missouri legislators propose new incentives to develop state's technology industry

Losing new businesses to other states, Missouri legislators explore means of attracting entrepreneurs to the state, and keeping them here.

US mine deaths hit record low

Mine deaths nationwide fell to 34 in 2009, but officials say they won't be satisfied until the death toll is zero.

Missouri group quilts donated fabric to warm the homeless

Quilters in Cape Girardeau use scrap cloth to create so-called ugly quilts that are donated to people in need.

Rep. Still submits ethics reform bill for Housing Development Commission

State Rep. Mary Still, D-Columbia, submitted an ethics reform bill, which addresses concept of "pay to play" in politics. She wants to take elected officials off the Housing Development Commission.

The South Butt makes donation challenge

The South Butt has challenged rival apparel maker, The North Face, to donate one item of clothing per child admitted on a selected day to the St. Louis Children's Hospital.

Gemstones offer both beauty and peace

Adrienne Walker Hoard makes wearable pieces of art — necklaces, bracelets and occasional set of earrings — with pure gemstones.

Missouri's first poet laureate found the job engaging, consuming

Walter Bargen has embraced his duties as Missouri's first poet laureate. Now, the search is on for a successor.

Gov. Nixon announces Lake of the Ozarks clean-up proposal

Missouri government's plans would focus on septic tanks in the areas around the Lake of the Ozarks and expand state and county officials' power to inspect them.

Missouri Department of Insurance recommends decreasing workers' comp rates

As workers' compensation claims continue to decrease in Missouri and nationally, the state Department of Insurance is again recommending that insurance companies lower their workers' comp policy rates for 2010.

Missouri officials plan shops, state facilities for historical prison

State government's plans for development of prison site include a mixture of private and public spaces.

Missouri governor prescribes four pillars for ethics reform

Gov. Jay Nixon held a phone conference Wednesday to outline the needs for ethics reform.

Missouri veterinarians providing vaccine for increasingly common dog influenza

With confirmed cases of canine influenza in states that border Missouri, veterinarians have begun providing a vaccine to combat the virus before it becomes a problem in animal populations here.

Missouri Highway commissioners award contract for new Mississippi River bridge

The bid accepted for the long-awaited project that will span the Mississippi River at St. Louis is still nearly $40 million more than transportation officials anticipated.

Missouri recovers $82million in Medicaid fraud in 2009

Attorney General Chris Koster's office reported Wednesday that its Medicaid fraud unit recovered $82 million this year. That's more than double the previous high of $34 million set in 2008.

39 Missouri drinking water systems fail to complete required tests

Required monthly tests of bacteria levels in drinking water have gone undone by water systems in 18 Missouri counties, according to state environmental officials.

Mother, son sentenced in murder-for-hire plot

A Rolla man and woman — son and mother — have been sentenced for their involvement in a plot to kill to prevent testimony in a methamphetamine case. The killings did not take place.

Nurses with revoked licenses easily move to others, investigation finds

Greater cooperation between states, by frequently updating databases and sharing information, would lessen likelihood of nurses with revoked licenses in one state working in others.

Tests reveal agricultural pollutants in Lake of the Ozarks

After criticism this summer for delaying release of tests that showed the Lake of the Ozarks contained high levels of E. coli, further tests of the lake by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources reveal elevated nitrogen and phosphorus levels.

ANALYSIS: Nixon brought new tone to Missouri Capitol

House Majority Leader Steven Tilley, R-Perryville, partially credits Gov. Jay Nixon for what he describes as a "very cordial, good working relationship" between legislative leaders and the governor.

Fatal wrecks down in Missouri in 2009

The Missouri Department of Transportation says it would mark the fourth straight yearly decline.