State News

UPDATE: Missouri might have to cut more from budget

Revised figures released Monday predict tax revenues for fiscal year 2010 will be 6.4 percent less than the previous year, which means officials might have to cut an additional $200 million from the state budget.

City, college plan work on Range Line Street

The city of Columbia and Columbia College have drafted a collaborative plan for improving a section of Range Line Street along the college campus north of Rogers Street. The project, if approved, would cost a total of about $1.2 million.

Missouri revenue expected to fall 6.4 percent in 2010

Gov. Jay Nixon and legislative leaders released their joint estimates Monday.

Missouri considers parental choice for school districts

Lawmakers are looking into open enrollment policies for public schools, which would allow students to switch schools at will.

Kansas City students learn Chinese in elementary school

Children at Trailwoods Elementary are learning Chinese through a partnership with the Confucius Institute at the University of Kansas. The lessons are designed to teach content besides language; soon, the students will be covering math concepts during Chinese class.

List of witnesses grows for Kan. abortion trial

There are 10 more potential witnesses in a Kansas trial of a man accused of shooting and killing an abortion provider.

Ex-Gov. Matt Blunt welcomes second son

Brooks Anderson Blunt was born on Jan. 1 in Springfield.

Missouri hunters kill 16,000 deer with muzzleloaders

The harvest is a record for the state's 21-year-old muzzleloading season, which lasted 10 days in late December.

Audrain County trucker's sons also charged in slaying of Ohio man

Six people have now been charged in the death of James William Boyd McNeely, whom Chester Harvey Jr. is said to have picked up in his tractor-trailer in California.

Lifetime of Cape Girardeau man's art on display

Lou Varro, at 92, has displayed a rare combination of both talent and longevity as an artist, according to Erin Schloss, director at the Aartful Rose Gallery in Cape Girardeau. Varro is currently the featured artist at this art gallery.

Jefferson City man gets two months for $1 million theft from Shelter

Robert Riebold, 60, must also pay restitution. He was convicted of cashing checks made out to the company and its customers.

Battleship Missouri to leave dry dock this week

After undergoing work, the Mighty Mo returns to Pearl Harbor this week; the ship will celebrate the 66th anniversary of its launch at the end of the month.

Jefferson City to consider allowing tattoo parlors

Tattoo and body piercing establishments have been banned in the capital city since at least 1980. That could change.

Western Missouri man dies in weather-related crash

Snowy and icy conditions caused a car to go off the side of a road, killing its driver.

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.