State News

Sex-shop owner waits to hear if he can run for council

John Haltom, who owns sex shops in Missouri and other states, says he should be eligible to run for City Council in Lincoln, Neb.  The county's election is against it, arguing that he has a felony conviction.

Details emerge on plan for Missouri stimulus money

House budget leaders are putting together the special spending packing. Some decisions have been made, but not all.

Missouri abortion initiative attacked from all sides

The courtroom battle illustrated how complicated it has become to pursue ballot initiatives in Missouri.

Information conflicts about processing of Missouri tax refunds

The Revenue Department says of the 1.6 million tax returns received, just 7,100 have not been processed.


Company to build all-electric delivery vans in Missouri

Several companies have already signed letters of intent to buy the vehicles.

Man found guilty in fatal ambush of Missouri state trooper

The prosecution said the trooper, Sgt. Carl Dewayne Graham Jr., was killed because he was investigating a fatal hit-and-run accident. The man he was focusing on, Lance Shockley, was the man accused of shooting him in the back.

Court upholds Missouri 'Choose Life' license plate decision

A federal appeals court upheld a lower court's ruling that state-issued license plates are constituted private speech and cannot be censored.

Senators redirect Missouri gambling funds to schools

The Missouri Gaming Commission has estimated the new law could generate between $75 million and $125 million annually.

Church shooter tries to change not guilty plea

Terry Sedlacek, the man who authorities say fatally shot the Rev. Fred Winters while he was giving his Sunday sermon, tried to plead guilty during his arraignment via video from his jail cell. However, the judge said his previous not guilty plea will stand.

St. Louis barbershop gives customers a wake-up call

Nursing students are going to barbershops to provide screenings to those who may not get regular checkups.

Missouri State Highway Patrol orders militia report shut down

The report provided a history of the militia movement and a description of its members.

Missouri House backs off proposed cuts to senior meals

While House Republicans backed off proposed cuts to Missouri's health and social service programs, they were expected to stand firm in opposition against Gov. Nixon's plan to cover tens of thousands of additional low-income Missourians in the Medicaid program.

Community college enrollment jumps in Missouri

Experts think the increase in community college enrollment was because Missourians were seeking a cheaper alternative to four-year colleges and universities.

Missouri Senate approves county planning bill

Under the bill, county commissions could appoint planning commissions that would hold public hearings before recommending a plan that could cover regulations and zoning rules

Missouri Senate OKs adding cell phones to no-call list

Tuesday's vote provided first-round approval for a bill that would add fax machines to the state no-call list and regulate automated political phone calls.

Missouri tax credit ballot measure pegged at $5B

The man behind the proposal disagrees, saying the estimate is "ridiculously high."

Missouri airports to get $7 million federal grant

The money comes from the federal economic stimulus package and will go to airports across the state.

ACLU reports abuse charges at 2 St. Louis jails

The ACLU says there is a pattern of beatings, sexual misconduct and other crimes at the two jails. The city counselor and a representative for the mayor questioned the credibility of the charges.

Woman pleads guilty in St. Louis vote fraud case

Deidra Humphrey admitted she submitted false and forged voter registration cards to Missouri Progressive Vote Coalition, which unknowingly turned them in to election boards.

Report: Most states lag with dating-violence laws

Most states -- including Missouri -- are doing a poor job responding to teen dating violence, lacking the laws needed to help young victims obtain protection orders, according to a report by an advocacy group.