State News

Missouri Senate approves student transfer law fix

The bill will return to the House so that the differences between the two versions can be worked out.

Missouri Senate seeks right to intervene in lawsuits

The measure would allow the individual chambers of the General Assembly or members of either chamber to hire an attorney to be paid for from state funds.

Bird flu outbreak could head eastward with fall migration

Scientists theorize that when ducks and other migratory waterfowl from different flyways gather at their northern breeding grounds this summer, they could expose each other to the highly pathogenic H5N2 virus, then carry it back south this fall along several migration routes.

Missouri bishops say more executions is a 'grave concern'

In a letter to state leaders, the bishops questioned whether is was possible to thoroughly review each case when executions are carried out so "routinely."

LGBTQ protections divide business interests in Missouri

When it comes to a state law that would ban discrimination based on gender identity and sexual orientation, the Missouri Chamber of Commerce's stance doesn't seem to align with some of its members' stances. 

UPDATE: Koster leads fundraising for Missouri governor with $3 million

Records show Koster — the only Democrat running for governor so far — raised more than $1.2 million from October through March and had almost $3.3 million in cash on hand and about $62,000 in debt.

$14 million residence complex almost done at Missouri school

Missouri Southern State University will also complete its new field house, with coaches' offices for baseball, softball and football, by the end of July.

Missouri Senate OKs prison options for kids guilty of murder

The Senate gave initial approval to a measure that authorizes less severe punishments. 

St. Louis governing board to vote on police oversight panel

The seven-person St. Louis Civilian Oversight Board would investigate citizen complaints of police misconduct and review police policy and practices. 

Missouri audit finds schools did not get traffic fine money

Instead of being distributed to schools in the county where the money originated, the money instead went to a state fund from which basic aid is distributed to all of Missouri's public school districts.

Missouri House endorses allowing on-site brewing businesses

The Missouri House on Tuesday gave an initial endorsement to a measure supporters said would allow businesses that want to offer on-site brewing equipment to move forward.


Appeals court rules World Series ticket scandal records should be public

A judge determined that the internal affairs records from the St. Louis Police Department's investigation of officers who allowed friends and relatives to use tickets confiscated from scalpers, should be open under the state's Sunshine Law. 

Boone County Treasurer Nicole Galloway to be next Missouri state auditor

Nicole Galloway has been Boone County's treasurer since Gov. Jay Nixon appointed her to the position in April 2011. She was elected to a four-year term in 2012.


UPDATE: Missouri executes inmate for 1998 killing over child support

The state executed Andre Cole by lethal injection Tuesday for stabbing Anthony Curtis to death. Missouri has now executed 15 men since November 2013.

UPDATE: Missouri auditor had talked of suicide, left no note, police say

Newly released police reports show Tom Schweich felt so abandoned by GOP supporters that he told an aide on the day of his death that he would have to either "run as an independent or he needed to kill himself."

Audit says Missouri owes $34 million for Medicaid noncompliance

A U.S. Department of Health and Human Services audit set for release Tuesday shows Missouri didn't bill drug manufacturers for rebates. This meant more money for drug companies and less for the state's Medicaid patients.

Anthem subsidiaries face Missouri lawsuit over data breach

Hackers in December or January broke into an Anthem database with information including names, employment details and Social Security numbers.

Missouri State cancels Nelly concert days after his arrest

Missouri State officials announced the cancellation Tuesday in a statement but did not give a reason.

Missouri governor signs bill for Mesothelioma Awareness Day

Mesothelioma is a rare cancer that affects the chest, lungs and heart. It's caused by asbestos exposure.

Missouri lawmakers struggle to find transportation funding

The Missouri Senate and a House committee on Tuesday considered similar measures that would increase the per gallon fuel tax from the current 17 cents to 19 cents, effective in January 2016. Supporters say the measure would be an initial step to addressing urgent transportation funding needs.