State News

Missouri lawmakers introduce statewide smoking ban

State Rep. Joe Fallert's smoking ban amendment to the Missouri constitution encompasses bars and restaurants but will exclude casinos.

New legislation would expand Missouri open records law

Legislators' plans to strengthen Missouri's Sunshine Law address some of the issues currently causing concern, but fails to provide a much needed system overhaul.

MoDOT strapped for funds, director says

MoDOT is unable to maintain roads due to rising costs, which means they could begin to deterriorate as early as next year.

UPDATE: Hunters receive citations after killing protected birds

Authorities say three different groups of hunters were responsible for shooting five trumpeter swans, which are not legal to target. Trumpeter swans are not common in Missouri but sometimes migrate here during the winter.

Lee Enterprises first quarter profit falls as ad sales drop

Lee Enterprises Inc., publisher of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and other newspapers, said its fiscal first-quarter earnings tumbled 69 percent as the nation's recession exacerbated advertising declines.

Defendant in fatal stomping case rejects plea bargain

A southwest Missouri man charged with stomping his grandmother to death has rejected a deal with prosecutors and requested that his public defenders be taken off the case.

Missouri hunters warned not to shoot trumpeter swans

The warning on Wednesday follows a wrongful shooting near Columbia less than a month ago, when five trumpeter swans were killed.

Lamar seeks eminent domain over unused plant

The city administrator says that the city has started condemnation proceedings because a lawsuit filed by the plant's former owner hasn't gotten anywhere in a town where jobs are needed.

Festus swears in city's first black mayor

Earl Cook on Tuesday became the first African-American mayor of Festus and the first in all of Jefferson County.

Missourians celebrate Obama's inauguration

Citizens across Missouri watched and celebrated Barack Obama's inauguration on Tuesday.  Events, such as gatherings and parties, were held throughout the day and night to commemorate the historic occasion.

Nixon halts public safety radio plan

Missouri emergency responders remain at risk as Gov. Jay Nixon halts the process of a costly project using Motorola radio towers to improve statewide communication.

Cape Girardeau laments loss of river cruises

Boat companies cite the poor economy and factors such as rising costs and dwindling numbers of tourists. Companies have called off cruises in the central U.S. this year.

Officials worry meth production on rise

Law enforcement officials are targeting those who buy pseudoephedrine and ephedrine, which are key ingredients in the production of methamphetamine.

Salmonella in Missouri, Kansas linked to peanut butter

Consumers are urged to avoid foods containing peanut butter, but the national recall does not include peanut butter in jars.

ANALYSIS: Missouri bipartisanship showing first cracks

There have been numerous noteworthy indications of a new spirit of cooperation among Republicans and Democrats.

Kansas City struggles with bond payments

Unless the city restores credit protection on $36 million of city-backed bonds by April or pays them off with interest in five years, Wall Street's struggles will certainly damage a city budget already needing layoffs, tax hikes and salary freezes to stay balanced.

Nixon visits busy state unemployment centers

Gov. Jay Nixon thanked employees of Employment Security for working overtime. Since July, some employees have volunteered to work overtime to process unemployment claims.

UPDATE: Jackie Joyner-Kersee's foundation cancels gala

A newspaper reported that the foundation had paid nearly a half million dollars to the Olympian's husband's foundation. He said the money was used properely.

St. Louis man charged with shooting at police

He was also wanted for questioning in two homicides and another shooting.

Ex-cab driver from Kansas City sentenced in second slaying

Lawrence E. Jensen, who was sentenced Friday, is already serving 25 years for strangling a woman in 1993 who couldn't pay her cab fare.