State News

St. Joseph tannery notified of water violations

The Missouri Department of Natural Resources says the plant's owner allowed contaminated storm water to flow into state waters and the Missouri River.

Decision on St. Louis County smoking ban imminent

County Executive Charlie Dooley is expected to make decision on the indoor smoking ban legislation Friday.

K.C. neighbor feud leads to shots fired, 16 arrested

When police arrived in the neighborhood Thursday evening, several people, including one with minor gunshot wounds, barricaded themselves in two homes.

Two charged in death of St. Joseph businessman

The charges against Michael Wayne Limley and Christopher William Lee Helton carry a maximum sentence of 10-30 years or life in prison

McCaskill tries to clear up confusion about health care reform proposals

Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill continued her tour of Missouri cities Wednesday night in Jefferson City. She spoke about "death panels," funding for increased coverage and what would be covered in the legislation.

Switch to fire-safe cigarettes delayed until 2011

A statewide measure passed in the spring will require cigarettes to be near self-extinguishing. The law will go into effect Jan. 1, 2011.

Missouri religious leaders voice support for health care reform

The Missouri IMPACT Board voiced its support on health care reform in a letter signed by 17 religious leaders. The board called health care a basic human right.

UPDATE: Missouri seeks to relax religious child-care regs

The State Board of Health voted Thursday to repeal rules found to have been contrary to Missouri law. The decision affects 590 license-exempt facilities, the majority of which are run by religious organizations, and changes safety measures required at the child-care centers.

Swine flu rises at U.S. colleges as students return

Colleges made plans to isolate students in preparation for an expected increase in H1N1 cases as students return to campuses.

Ford to add shifts at plants in Michigan, Missouri

The company plans to produce more cars and trucks in the fourth quarter than it did last year, but it also expects to sell fewer vehicles in September than it did in July and August. Ford will not hire new hourly workers, but will move workers from the Kansas City Assembly Plant.

State officials vote to relax religious child care regulations

Almost 600 facilities would be affected by the proposed changes, which must be published for public comment before becoming final.

Federal government, NAACP look into MoDOT's stimulus contracts

The Missouri chapter of the NAACP called for the investigation because it believes that the Missouri Department of Transportation was not following federal guidelines involving stimulus funds to maximize involvement of minority and women-owned businesses.

McCaskill faces hostile town hall crowd in Jefferson City

Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill faced a hostile group at a town hall meeting Wednesday night in Jefferson City. The main points she addressed were related to health care.

Carnahan: Missouri lawmakers' admissions is 'sad day'

Two state representatives who admitted to spreading negative campagin material against Rep. Russ Carnahan pleaded guilty to obstruction charges and resigned from office.

St. Louis FBI chief says more corruption cases coming

More public corruption cases will follow Tuesday's guilty pleas and resignations from State Sen. Jeff Smith and Rep. Steve Brown.

PHOTO GALLERY: Ted Kennedy dies at 77

As a member of the Senate for nearly half a century, Kennedy compiled a list of legislative achievements in many areas including health care, civil rights, education and immigration.

Lt. Gov. Kinder named distinguished Eagle Scout

Fewer than 2,000 of the 2 million Eagle Scouts over the last century have received the award.

Smoking ban measure passed by St. Louis County Council

St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley has not said if he will veto the bill. If he signs it, the measure would go to voters on Nov. 3.

Missouri Gaming Commission puts St. Louis riverboat casino in limbo

The Missouri Gaming Commission has refused to allow the St. Louis-based President Casino to replace its century-old boat until the company gets a new operating license.  If the casino loses its license, it will create an opening for another company to seek a casino permit in Missouri.

St. Louis project gets $2.7 million in stimulus funds

The city's South Grand business district will receive the money for construction, which is to improve safety and make the area more friendly to pedestrians and cyclists.