State News

Storm leaves thousands without power in southern Missouri

About 100,000 power outages were reported in the aftermath of a two-day winter storm, which also was blamed for six deaths.

Missouri incentives encourage 'green' homes

Missouri is beginning to offer tax deductions for residents who have their homes audited for energy efficiency.

Scientists, utilities study sinking Missouri River

The river bottom has fallen at an increasing rate over the last decade. A new study next month may help determine the primary causes and ways of fixing the problem. As of now, some bridges and levees could be in future danger.

Columbia, Boone County linemen help with storm recovery

Linemen from Columbia Water and Light traveled Wednesday to the city of Campbell in southeast Missouri to help repair lines damaged Tuesday morning during a winter storm that left the city's customers without power and under three inches of ice.

GOP iffy on Nixon's health care proposals in speech

Missouri Republican lawmakers didn't completely agree with Gov. Jay Nixon's health care proposals as outlined in his State of the State speech, while Nixon's plan for job creation drew a better reception.

TEXT: Gov. Jay Nixon's State of the State speech

The text of Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon's State of the State speech.

TEXT: GOP response to Nixon's State of the State

The text of Republican Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder's response to Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon's State of the State speech.

UPDATE: AmerenUE gets rate increase

The increased rates will bring in an additional $162.6 million in revenue for the company.

Authorities investigate suspicious envelope in Kansas City

An envelope with a suspicious-looking substance arrived at the District Court in Kansas City on Tuesday. After it was deemed not hazardous, the FBI and U.S. Postal Service began looking into the matter.

Feds charge ex-trainer suspected of taping nude athletes

Federal charges have been filed against a former fitness trainer in Springfield accused of secretly videotaping female athletes nude.

Missouri Senate considers allowing computers

The Senate rules committee voted to let the full chamber decide whether or not to change the rules barring them from using laptop computers on the Senate floor.

Defense secretary to investigate Army bases' prescription drug abuse

Defense Secretary Gates told Sen. Claire McCaskill Tuesday morning that he would be "happy to look into" the problem. Eight soldiers at Fort Leonard Wood were convicted by court martial in 2008 of illegal drug use or distribution.

Springfield man charged in child rape to seek venue change

The defendant is charged with raping a 7-year-old girl and then leaving her to die in a burning house.

Missouri Court of Appeals judge resigns

Judge Shaw, who has served on the court of appeals since 2002, is stepping down to work at a St. Louis law firm. Nominees to replace Shaw will be selected on March 13.

Winter storm hits parts of Missouri

A winter weather advisory for Boone County was updated Monday night to extend to 6 p.m. Tuesday by the National Weather Service. Columbia residents can expect 1 to 3 inches of snow by Tuesday morning, according to the advisory.

Legislators await balanced budget, bipartisanship in State of State address

With Gov. Jay Nixon slated to present his State of the State address Tuesday evening in Jefferson City, state government leaders from both political parties are awaiting his budget and legislative recommendations.

Pre-need funeral legislation requires providers "be of good moral character"

Representatives from the funeral industry urged Senate committee members Monday to increase regulation on funeral homes and pre-need contracts in Missouri. Others offering support, including the attorney general's office, recognized the bill is a work in progress and there are concerns about some provisions. No one spoke against the bill.

Midwest home sales decline almost 5 percent in December

Sales of existing homes in the Midwest were down almost 5 percent in December compared with a year ago, and the median sale price fell to $140,800, the National Association of Realtors said Monday. Nationally, sales increased about 1 percent compared with December 2007, and the median sale price was $175,400.

UPDATE: Investigators looking into Blunt's e-mail practices miss deadline

E-mail investigators of former Gov. Blunt's practices miss deadline

Special investigators looking into the e-mail practices of former Gov. Matt Blunt's office have missed a court deadline to report their findings Monday morning.