State News

UPDATE: Law requires bids to run Missouri license offices

The law requires Missouri to seek competitive bids for offices that handle vehicle and driver's licenses and collect vehicle sales taxes.

Missouri renames road cleaned by neo-Nazis after rabbi

Gov. Jay Nixon on Wednesday signed a bill naming a half-mile stretch of U.S. 160 in Springfield the "Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel Memorial Highway."

Missouri Southern State University discusses medical school plans

Creating a medical school at the university could potentially address the physician shortage in the southern half of the state.

Nixon endorses common core of state educational standards

With Gov. Jay Nixon's blessing, Missouri has taken its first steps toward adopting a common core of primary and secondary educational standards, pending the appointment of a new state education commissioner. Among other expected advantages, the standards would allow officials to compare Missouri test scores to those of other states.

Midwest economy shows improvement, survey says

The Mid-America Business Conditions Index rose to its highest level since September of last year, indicating that the region's economy is improving, but despite the rise, job losses persist.

Protection from sun stressed during UV safety month in Missouri

State health officials said exposure leads to 20,000 new skin cancer cases in Missouri each year and recommend using sunscreen, wearing sunglasses and avoiding the sun between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.

West Nile season arrives in Missouri

Despite the decline in the number of West Nile cases over the past six years, Missourians should still be cautious over the next few months.

St. Louis billboard seeks warning labels for hot dogs

A new billboard is going up along 1-70 in St. Louis, in time for the All-Star Game later this month in Busch Stadium. The billboard suggests a link between processed meats and colorectal cancer.

Pennsylvania law firm to pay penalty for Gephardt campaign donations

The firm will pay $155,000 to settle allegations that it illegally funneled money to former Missouri Rep. Dick Gephardt, who is not accused of any wrongdoing.

Sikeston reaches agreement with black community

The city is apologizing for an Election Day incident in which police held training exercises in front of a polling place.

Missouri governor sign license office measure

The legislation would require the state to award contracts for vehicle and driver's license offices through competitive bids.

Missouri man paroled after decades in prison on murder conviction

Michael Wayne Ford Sr., who was convicted of murdering hitchhiker Larry Sansoucie in 1977, was released Wednesday after being granted clemency more than four years ago.

Tiger rescued from puppy mill recovering

The tiger, Sheena, has adjusted to living near other tigers for the first time in her life after being found at a Seneca puppy mill in February.

Missouri State receiving routine audit

Missouri State University's audit is part of a series of regular inspections. The university was last audited in 1992 and 1995.

Kroger recalls ground beef in Missouri, other states

The Kroger Co. has recalled ground beef sold at stores in more than a dozen states, including Missouri. The company operates stores under various names in different locations.

Sculpture garden opens in downtown St. Louis

The three-acre Citygarden, which was funded with $30 million from the nonprofit Gateway Foundation, is free to the public and offers an audio tour including the voices of St. Louis leaders such as Hall of Fame Cardinal Ozzie Smith.

UPDATE: Missouri judge rejects eminent domain ballot summary

A Missouri judge has rejected a ballot summary for an initiative restricting eminent domain use, citing its promise of protections already guaranteed in the state constitutions.

Veterans groups urge release of abuse photos

Three veterans groups are urging President Barack Obama to release disturbing photos of detainee abuse that have been kept secret for fear of inciting unrest in the Middle East.

Missouri judge rejects eminent domain ballot summary

Cole County Circuit Judge Richard Callahan ruled Tuesday that a ballot summary prepared by Secretary of State Robin Carnahan for a proposed constitutional amendment that would restrict eminent domain is "insuffient and unfair."

'Heat is On' effort targets highway safety

A new highway campaign titled "The Heat is On" will clamp down on speeding, drunken driving and seatbelt use.