State News

Biden visits Jefferson City plant, announces wind farm construction

Vice President Joe Biden announced $4 billion in federal grants for smart grid technology during the Thursday afternoon visit.

ABB plant workers welcome Biden

Vice President Joe Biden visited ABB Transformer Factory in Jefferson City on Thursday. The plant employs about 650 people and has been working with Wind Capital Group to build Lost Creek Wind Farm, located near Maryville.

Missourians rally at 'tea' (Taxed Enough Already) parties

Missourians rallying at "tea parties" from Hannibal to Jefferson City were among many other demonstrators across the country who were protesting government spending.

Missouri detective retires after career spent investigating child fatalities

Gus Kolilis was so open to sharing his knowledge that he was responsible for the rapid growth of child fatality review boards across the country, said Terri Covington, head of the National Resource Center on Child Death Review.

Missouri House aide runs political consulting firm

Tom Smith, an aide to Missouri House Speaker Ron Richard, runs a lucrative political consulting business. Some lawmakers see no conflict; others cry foul.

Missouri Gov. Nixon wants $200 million for small businesses

Gov. Jay Nixon's plan would use federal money to strengthen Missouri's competition for jobs against other states. A budget bill would establish a $100 million pool of money for new or expanding companies and $100 million pool to invest in small businesses and emerging technology companies.

Remains of Korean War soldier return to Missouri

After 58 years, the remains of Pfc. David Woodruff, who went missing during the Korean War, will be returned to Missouri.

Missouri Senate passes state bank deposit legislation

The legislation gradually removes a cap on the interest rate banks pay on state deposits and could also make low-interest loans available to more Missouri businesses, farmers and public entities.

PHOTO GALLERY: 'Tea party' in Jefferson City

The "tea" in the Central Missouri Tax Day Tea Party has been adopted as an acronym, "Taxed enough already," by the political advocacy group Americans for Prosperity.

Missouri House approves $700 million college bond package

The money would be designated to fund building needs at all two-year and four-year Missouri colleges and universities. The Missouri Senate as well as voters must approve the legislation for it to go into effect. Some critics of the package think the state should avoid increasing its debt.

Highway worker falls under flatbed, dies

A Columbia contruction worker was killed on the job along U.S. 65 near Fair Grove.

No decision yet on Winfield mayor

Winfield officials will wait until May to select a new mayor, after the city's former mayor was reelected posthumously.

One dead in Arnold house fire

Authorities have not identified the person killed in the Starling Mobile Home Community.

Missouri lawmakers reject expanded children's health care plan

House Republicans voted down legislation Wednesday that would add more families to the State Children's Health Insurance Program. Gov. Jay Nixon vowed to push for the proposal in the future.

$700 million bond gains approval in House

A bond to increase funding for public universities moved forward in the House on Tuesday.

Missouri House to vote on sales-tax bill Thursday

The bill would allow Missourians to vote on increasing sales tax while abolishing income, corporate and estate taxes.

Missouri senator seeks overhaul to public defender system

A new bill would allow public defenders in counties with large caseloads to transfer misdemeanor and low-level felony cases to a private law firm.

Carnahan outraises Blunt in Missouri Senate race

In preparation for the 2010 U.S. Senate race, Democratic Secretary of State Robin Carnahan has raised nearly twice as much as her competitor, Republican Rep. Roy Blunt.

AmerenUE nuclear plant bill sparks rallies by rival groups

Both supporters and opponents of AmerenUE building a second nuclear power plant in Missouri showed up in Jefferson City to voice their opinions Wednesday.

Missouri House votes to ease small business regulations

A House bill would allow businesses to keep a larger percentage of sales taxes they collect during the next three years and would permanently exempt some employers from having to pay workers the minimum wage.