State News

New law expands Missouri's investments in statewide, smaller banks

State treasurer calls the expansion of the low-interest loan program as an economic development tool. The legislation broadens a program in which the treasurer deposits money in banks at discounted interest rates so that the banks can offer cheaper loans to small businesses and farmers.

Bernard Madoff sentenced to 150 years in prison

Convicted Pozi scheme swindler Bernard Madoff recieved the maximum sentence of 150 years in prison Monday. U.S. District Judge Denny Chin denied him leniency for the $13 billion dollars he convicted of stealing.

ANALYSIS: Nixon's spending, budget cuts are nearly balanced

When it comes to trimming the state's budget, critics of Gov. Jay Nixon's vetoes dispute not the spending that was cut, but the projects that were cut. Among the projects affected include the Ellis Fischel Cancer Center at MU.

Missouri announces next steps on puppy mill crackdown

Attorney General Chris Koster and Department of Agriculture Director Jon Hagler announced Monday that the state's top law enforcement agency will join the effort to stop unlicensed and substandard dog breeders from operating in Missouri.

UPDATE: Supreme Court rejects Missouri appeal on funeral protest law

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday denied without comment Missouri's appeal of two laws ordering specific bans on protests around funeral services or processions.

Supreme Court rejects Missouri's appeal on funeral protest law

The law was aimed at religious picketers who have turned up at the funerals of U.S. soldiers to protest against homosexuality.

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.