State News

UPDATE: New law expands investments for Missouri treasurer

Gov. Jay Nixon signed legislation Monday that expands a low-interest loan program and lets Missouri earn more interest on the money it keeps in local banks. Missouri and Alabama are the only states that limit the interest they can earn from local banks on time deposits. That cap will gradually rise until it is eliminated in 2014, when the state will receive market interest rates on all bank deposits.

Affirmative action critics to try again for ballot

A sponsor of an initiative limiting affirmative action programs says he plans to submit a new version after a court ruled against it last Friday. 

Missouri court temporarily blocks judge firings

Gov. Jay Nixon's administration said the layoffs are necessary under the budget cuts passed by the legislature, but the lawsuit claims that cost savings are not a legal reason to dismiss the judges.

Minimum salary for Missouri teachers rises

As part of a four-year plan, the minimum teacher's salary has risen from a previous base of $18,000 to $24,000 for the 2009-2010 school year. The minimum salary for teachers with a master's degree and at least 10 years of experience has also risen.

Nixon, Zweifel to hold deposits bill signing Monday

In addition to allowing Missouri to earn more interest on its deposits, the bill also broadens the state's linked-deposit program, in which the treasurer deposits money at lower interest rates so banks can offer cheaper loans to small businesses and agricultural projects.

AT&T settles tax cases for $65 million

In 2004 more than 300 cities in Missouri sued AT&T, saying the company was not paying enough taxes by excluding certain types of revenue. The settlement, which involves the company paying back the taxes and paying them in the future, has received preliminary approval.

Chrysler plant to reopen briefly

The north assembly plant in St. Louis county will be open for two weeks to fulfill remaining orders on the Dodge Ram pickup truck. It will then close for good on July 10.

Unlike Sourth Carolina's Sanford, most governors are easy to find

In the wake of Sandord's admission of a week-long trip to visit his mistress in Argentina, most governors were willing to reveal their wearabouts to the press and prove that they were on the job.

Former state budget director paints bleak picture of Missouri's finances

Missouri's current deficit is nearly $1 billion. A significant drop in revenue combined with lack of significant spending cuts during the past fiscal year are largely to blame.

Cartoon-shaped drugs hit Kansas City streets

Many pills and tablets advertised as Ecstasy or MDMA contain BZP, another illicit drug with similar effects, instead, according to crime labs.

Missouri man drowns at Lake of the Ozarks

Todd Cornine of Richmond, Mo., was found dead in 16 feet of water at the Lake of the Ozarks. He had gone swimming earlier and never resurfaced.

Former Chiefs lineman involved in deadly accident

The Missouri State Highway Patrol said that one woman was killed and two of her passengers injured. The former lineman was not listed as injured.

Fears remain a year after 8 killings in 2 states

A man has been charged in the Missouri and  Illinois deaths and is awaiting trial.

Sedalia woman masters the art of the hula hoop

Heather Hughes hula hoops every day as a way to relax and express herself. She makes her own hoops and sells home-made hoops at festivals and the Sedalia Area Farmers' Market.

UPDATE: Suspect arrested in Cole Camp slayings

Authorities have charged 45-year-old Robert Blurton on three counts of first-degree murder for the shooting deaths of three people in Cole Camp.

Suspect arrested in Cole Camp slayings

Authorities have arrested a suspect in connection with a triple homicide in Cole County. The bodies of three family members were found shot to death in their home earlier this month.

St. Louis County reports two heat-related deaths

A 75-year-old man and a 62-year old woman were both found dead, and their deaths are being blamed on the heat wave.

Missouri judge strikes down affirmative action measure

Cole County Circuit Judge Richard Callahan said there was a technical flaw in the draft of a proposed constitutional amendment.

Heat causing pavement buckling and blowups in Missouri

When pavement temperatures rise, concrete slabs expand, push up against each other and either heave up or crumble. This is happening across the country, not just in Missouri.

Five chosen for Missouri press hall of fame

Brian Brooks, associate dean at the MU School of Journalism, is one of five who will be inducted to the hall of fame in October.