State News

Justice Department hosts St. Louis police training

The department's Office of Community Oriented Policing Services held its first voluntary training session Friday for St. Louis area police.

UPDATE: Gay couples begin to marry in Kansas City

Officials across much of the rest of the state aren't following suit, asserting that the court cases don't apply there.

Missouri launches site tracking bridge closures

The website offers recommended detours and includes details on why a bridge is closed, how it will be fixed and how the repairs will be funded.

Hundreds honor deputy killed in line of duty

A GoFundMe to help raise money for the funeral and an education fund for Matthew Chism's young son had raised about $15,000 from more than 250 donors by Thursday evening.

Hospital to perform pediatric heart transplants

Children's Mercy expects to perform five to seven heart transplants a year at first, with that number doubling in the future.

Bridge repair to disrupt Amtrak service next week

The Missouri Department of Transportation says Union Pacific Railroad is replacing a bridge near the Kansas City suburb of Lee's Summit, forcing the track to temporarily close.

Missouri real estate agency gets good audit score

The commission was established under a 1941 law and is responsible for licensing and regulating people working in the real estate field.

Show-Me Cannabis files initiative petition to legalize marijuana

Show-Me Cannabis can begin collecting the 165,000 required signatures following the acceptance of its petition. The signatures must come from six of the eight Missouri districts and total 8 percent of registered voters to appear on the ballot.

UPDATE: Boone, other counties won't issue gay marriage licenses after judge's ruling in St. Louis

St. Louis Circuit Judge Rex Burlison overturned Missouri's ban on gay marriage on Wednesday, determining the law unconstitutional. But the ruling only applies to St. Louis City and licenses won't be issued elsewhere.

UPDATE: Missouri House speaker won't seek office in 2016

Tim Jones, who is an attorney, said he has accepted a position as a senior policy fellow at the Hammond Institute for Free Enterprise at Lindenwood University.

Missouri Senate to address Ferguson next session

Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle say they intend to introduce legislation to soothe tensions exacerbated by the shooting death of Michael Brown, although Republicans have indicated that Ferguson might be better handled outside of the Senate.

Lindenwood University says police intimidated students

The student journalists wanted to interview St. Louis police chief about thefts of band equipment from vans outside St. Louis concert venues and were surrounded, searched and questioned.

Missouri state senators pick leaders for 2015

The Republican supermajority elected to keep its leadership intact. State Democrats picked Sen. Joe Keaveny to succeed Jolie Justus as minority leader.

Election brings new GOP power to state Capitols

Nowhere in the entire nation did Democrats take over a legislative chamber previously held by Republicans.

Kansas City Zoo prepares to unveil red panda cub

The cub named Fei Jai (FAY JAY) was born in June and weights a little more than 4 pounds. The red pandas are a part of the zoo's Tiger Trail exhibit.

Nixon releases more than $5.6 million in frozen funds

Wednesday's release includes $2 million for the A+ Scholarship program and $1 million for Access Missouri scholarships.

Two ballot measures pass statewide, and two are defeated

Missourians react to the results of the state ballot measures: Amendment 2 and  Amendment 10 were approved, and Amendment 3 and Amendment 6 were voted down.

Boone County midterm voter turnout lowest since 2000

This year's midterm elections brought in 15 percent fewer Boone County voters than the average turnout. Political science professor Marvin Overby offers possible reasoning for the lack of voter interest.

Governor releases $5.6 million in funds for education, public programs

The release of the money follows an announcement that Missouri’s nonfarm payroll employment grew by 8,100 jobs in September. Nixon said the state's economic growth makes these priority investments possible.

GOP lawmakers keep supermajority in Missouri

Missouri Republicans will be in a strong position to enact their agenda in 2015, with control 118 of the 163 House seats and 25 of the 34 Senate seats when legislators convene in January.