State News

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.

Microsoft teams up with Missouri to increase tech literacy

Missouri is one of the first seven states to partner with Microsoft Corp. in the company's "Microsoft Elevate America" program. The program will provide Missourians with access to Microsoft certification programs and 24,750 vouchers for specialized e-learning programs.

Emergency declaration increases weight limit for trucks hauling crops

Missouri's transportation department issued an emergency declaration allowing trucks taking crops to local grain bins, elevators or processors to carry 10 percent more than their legally licensed weight. Heavy rains made it more difficult for many farmers to harvest their crops this year, and the state Department of Agriculture asked for the declaration to make it easier for farmers to take their crops to market.

State budget office created to counter governor's power closes

Missouri's Legislative Budget Office closed Friday because lawmakers had earlier decided not to reauthorize it. The office was created in 2007 as an independent resource for lawmakers looking to analyze how bills and policies affect the state's budget.

Missouri family puts together a special prom

Sarah Jones, 12, was born 15 weeks premature with cerebral palsy, followed by various other health conditions. A life-long friend, Zaph Boand, along with the help of the family and friends in the community, organized a night to remember event for her.

Analysis: Budget cuts could unplug virtual school

The governor's $204 million budget cut included ending $4.8 million in state funding for Missouri's online school. About 1,600 students would be affected.

Missouri State University president to resign

Citing the "demanding" and "complex" nature of the job, Mike Nietzel submitted a letter of resignation, but he is willing to continue working until a replacement president is found. founder sentenced to 4-plus years

Gary Kaplan, the founder of, pleaded guilty to racketeering conspiracy, violating the Wire Wager Act and conspiring to violate it. Kaplan was sentenced to four years and three months in prison.

Missouri politicians delay reporting party contributions

In Missouri, political campaigns are required to report contributions of over $5,000 within 48 hours, but the St. Louis Post-Dispatch found that only about 80 percent of campaigns report a contribution of exactly $5,000 within 48 hours.

A Joplin church's stained glass marks beginning, end for glazier's career

A Joplin man who made a career out of restoring stained glass came out of retirement to save the glass at the church that started it all for him.

Urban chicken farmers learn the final truth

The Blue Door Farm in Kansas City provides an opportunity for urban farming students to see the nice and not-so-nice aspects of raising chickens in backyards.

St. Louis group wants to resurrect the mustache

Channeling their inner Tom Selleck, public relations firm says if they can bring back the mustache then they can sell anything