State News

Auto repair worker goes on high-speed ride on roof of SUV

The employee jumped on the car after the customer tried to leave without paying a $3,000 repair bill.

Washington University adjunct faculty vote to form union

Monday's vote was tallied by the National Labor Relations Board in St. Louis and won't be made official for seven days.


Digging into salamander populations yields new perspective

A new MU research study on salamanders shows that there are more of the amphibians than previously believed in the forests of the Missouri Ozarks. But the state's herpetologist, Jeff Briggler, says "It's not that they're increasing in numbers. We really don't have a handle on how many are out there."

Panelists discuss beefing up cattle industry at MU summit

Gov. Jay Nixon hosted the first Missouri Beef Summit on Monday at Reynolds Alumni Center, where experts discussed ways to keep the state's beef industry strong.

Ferguson grand juror sues to be allowed to talk about case

The American Civil Liberties Union filed the lawsuit on behalf of the unnamed juror, who wants to be allowed to talk publicly about the case but could face charges for doing so because of a lifetime gag order.

Mark Twain plaque stolen from monument at New York gravesite

The superintendent of Woodlawn Cemetery in Elmira said Monday the 12-by-12-inch likeness of the American writer was likely stolen between Christmas and New Year's Day.

UPDATE: Rams owner Kroenke planning NFL stadium in Los Angeles County

The plan will add to pressure on St. Louis to either strike a deal for a new stadium or watch the team return to Southern California, where it played from 1946 to 1994.

Missouri revenues up 5 percent, on par with spending freezes

Revenue figures released Monday show net general revenues for December are up 10.7 percent compared to last year.

Two Missouri cities consider solar energy farms

Solar energy firms have been wooing Sugar Creek and Independence to build solar farms to replace carbon-based facilities. If plans move forward, the cities would join a number of Missouri municipalities that have opened solar farms.

Station dishes up truck driving news

"Land Line Now" and OOIDA's Land Line Magazine serve independent drivers who own their trucks.

Lawmaker wants 75 mph speed limit on some Missouri roads

Numbers from the Kansas Transportation Department show a 54 percent increase in highways deaths on those roads since the speed limit was raised there.

Pilot program focuses on people leaving foster care

Organizers say the project is needed because teens exiting foster care are less likely to graduate high school, go college or find long-term employment.

Newest Columbia legislator, Kip Kendrick, finds answers in listening

Columbia's newest state representative says he wants constituents to guide his work in the legislature.

Ethics on Missouri lawmakers' 2015 agenda

At least 28 bills have been filed so far to address concerns, but elected officials have been promising change for years with little success. It'll take a "major scandal to enact changes, says MU political science professor Peverill Squire.

St. Louis suburbs prepare for ash borer invasion

A gradual schedule of culling the ash trees has prevented some cities from the financial hit. Columbia began preparations in 2013.

After spotlight, Ferguson faces a challenging road forward

One shop owner says the greatest crime in the St. Louis area would be to give up.

Two settle lawsuits with mistakenly jailed people

Both cases involved people who were jailed on other people's charges.

Missouri lawmaker pushes for school health clinics

State Rep. Jay Barnes, R-Jefferson City, wants the Department of Social Services to make incentives for health care clinics at schools if at least half of their students qualify for free- or reduced-price lunches.

Lawmakers seek funding for levees in northwest Missouri

A letter from the legislators notes that billions of dollars are at risk by continued flood threats along the Missouri River in the St. Joseph region.

Data shows people moving to Oregon, Carolinas

Missouri trended toward the outbound — 53 percent of moves were leaving instead of arriving.