State News

Ex-DNR official takes blame for report's delayed release

Joe Bindbeutel, former DNR deputy director, said he didn't release a report that showed high bacteria levels at Lake of the Ozarks because he first wanted to know what was causing the bacteria problem.

State revenues down from last year

The Office of Administration reported that Missouri revenues through August are down 5.6 percent from a year ago. Tax refunds rose 9.4 percent through August, contributing to the decline in state revenues.

NAACP criticizes MoDOT administrator

The NAACP is urging MoDOT to hire more minority contractors, who now only receive 1 percent of stimulus-related contracts from the department.

Former Missouri fuel plant to become business park

The 40-acre Carondelet Coke production plant will be developed into a park using over $6 million in state money.

Cooler weather, novelty of virus spreads H1N1

A Health Department official said the cooler, drier weather this summer made it easier for the virus to attach to cells.

Columbia cyclists volunteer, support Tour of Missouri

As Missouri prepares for the arrival of some of the world's top cyclists, some of the city's biking enthusiasts look for ways to participate in the race.

Fewer farmers buying at annual agriculture equipment show

Despite years of high sales, manufacturers of farming equipment project a decline.

Scam on Facebook leads woman to wire funds abroad

A hacker gained access to a southeast Missouri woman's Facebook account and claimed to her Facebook friends that she was stuck in England and needed to be wired emergency funds.

Texas trial of convicted Missouri killer to restart

A Missouri man's trial for allegedly killing three people in Texas will restart after it was delayed for DNA test results.

ANALYSIS: Oil prices edge up as supplies tighten again

A small drop in gasoline inventories has pushed oil prices higher Wednesday amid hopes that demand for gas may be on the upswing. Consumers haven't yet seen any effects from the slight increase.

Cost for pension system could climb by $85 million

Missouri will have to pay an extra $65 to $85 million to make up for recent losses in the system's investment income.

Dig to resume at farm of Mark Twain's uncle

Volunteers can help with the ongoing archaelogical dig starting again on Saturdays in September.

Supreme Court decides in favor of current school funding formula

The Columbia School Board, which was a part of the original lawsuit, was not among those who filed the appeal with the Missouri Supreme Court.

Missouri DNR revises Sunshine Law policies

The attorney general recommended that the Missouri Department of Natural Resources revise its Sunshine Law policies following a complaint that DNR violated the law by delaying release of a report showing high levels of E. coli in the Lake of the Ozarks.

Missouri's cost for pension system could climb by $85M

State officials are trying to curb the cost of next year's likely expensive pension system.

UPDATE: Missouri auditor reviewing rules for grain deals

The state's Agriculture Department requested the review after two alleged grain fraud schemes cost farmers tens of millions of dollars this year. The audit is to include recommendation about how state officials could spot fraud sooner.

200 turn out for health care rally at Missouri Capitol

The state's House Minority leader was among those at rally who spoke in favor of health care for all Americans.

Lee's Summit teacher named state's best

The teacher is now a candidate for the National Teacher of the Year award.

Missouri auditor reviewing rules for grain deals

After alleged fraud schemes cost farmers tens of millions of dollars, State Auditor Susan Montee will review the Missouri Department of Agriculture's Grain Regulatory Services program.

Missouri projected to borrow $2.7B for jobless benefits

The Missouri Department of Labor predicts that Missouri will accumulate as much as $2.7 billion in federal loans for unemployment benefits over the next five years.