State News

PHOTO GALLERY: 'Tea party' in Jefferson City

The "tea" in the Central Missouri Tax Day Tea Party has been adopted as an acronym, "Taxed enough already," by the political advocacy group Americans for Prosperity.

Missouri House approves $700 million college bond package

The money would be designated to fund building needs at all two-year and four-year Missouri colleges and universities. The Missouri Senate as well as voters must approve the legislation for it to go into effect. Some critics of the package think the state should avoid increasing its debt.

Highway worker falls under flatbed, dies

A Columbia contruction worker was killed on the job along U.S. 65 near Fair Grove.

No decision yet on Winfield mayor

Winfield officials will wait until May to select a new mayor, after the city's former mayor was reelected posthumously.

One dead in Arnold house fire

Authorities have not identified the person killed in the Starling Mobile Home Community.

Missouri lawmakers reject expanded children's health care plan

House Republicans voted down legislation Wednesday that would add more families to the State Children's Health Insurance Program. Gov. Jay Nixon vowed to push for the proposal in the future.

Missouri senator seeks overhaul to public defender system

A new bill would allow public defenders in counties with large caseloads to transfer misdemeanor and low-level felony cases to a private law firm.

Missouri House to vote on sales-tax bill Thursday

The bill would allow Missourians to vote on increasing sales tax while abolishing income, corporate and estate taxes.

$700 million bond gains approval in House

A bond to increase funding for public universities moved forward in the House on Tuesday.

Carnahan outraises Blunt in Missouri Senate race

In preparation for the 2010 U.S. Senate race, Democratic Secretary of State Robin Carnahan has raised nearly twice as much as her competitor, Republican Rep. Roy Blunt.

AmerenUE nuclear plant bill sparks rallies by rival groups

Both supporters and opponents of AmerenUE building a second nuclear power plant in Missouri showed up in Jefferson City to voice their opinions Wednesday.

Missouri House votes to ease small business regulations

A House bill would allow businesses to keep a larger percentage of sales taxes they collect during the next three years and would permanently exempt some employers from having to pay workers the minimum wage.

Saint Louis Art Museum faces economic challenges

Like other U.S. art museums, the St. Louis center has cuts staffing, however, officials say they plan to break ground on an expansion project that has been delayed since 2008.

Seven Missouri counties try out ankle bracelets for alcohol-related offenders

Seven Missouri counties, including Boone, are participating in a pilot project to monitor alcohol-related offenders through ankle braclets that detect alcohol consumption through sweat. Missouri would be the second state to adopt the program if the trial proves successful.

Sedalia teen charged with making terrorist threat at school

Perry L. Crabb, 17, was charged as an adult with making a terrorist threat after allegedly saying he was going to bring a gun to his Sedalia high school and kill others and then himself. If convicted, Crabb could face up to four years in prison.

Raytown police to discuss quadruple slaying

A news conference will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday about the deaths of Andre Jones Sr., his girlfriend Precious Triplett and her nephews Amir Clemons and Gerard Clemons.

Biden to make three stops on Missouri visit

The vice president will speak about the military, alternative energy and affordable higher education.

Missouri House advances proposal to replace income tax with higher sales tax

The Missouri House gave preliminary approval to a constitutional amendment to replace the state's income tax with a higher sales tax. The proposal would increase the current sales tax to 5.11 percent and would expand the kinds of goods and services that are taxed.

Missouri senators propose to spend $943M from stimulus

The federal stimulus money would be put into next year's budget for services including schools, sex crime detectives and passenger trains.

Some Missouri universities struggle with setting tuition

Gov. Nixon has promised not to cut university funding for the 2009-2010 budget if they do not raise tuition, but the Legislature has not approved this yet. Some students are struggling to make decisions without knowing what tuition will cost for next year.