State News

Missouri Senate approves first Nixon appointments

With almost no debate, the Senate approved Kelvin Simmons as commissioner for the Office of Administration, Col. Stephen Danner to lead the National Guard and Karen Mitchell to head the Revenue Department.

National Socialist unit adopts Springfield highway section

Signs on Highway 160 in Springfield indicating the group's highway adoption have stood since October. A U.S. Supreme Court decision ruled in a similar situation in 2005 that any group can be part of the Adopt-a-Highway cleanup effort.

Macon teen sentenced for bomb threat

Jackie Royer, 18, had pleaded guilty to making a bomb threat last year at Macon Vocational School and was sentenced Tuesday. He is on probation for five years and must apologize to his district's teachers and administrators and also the school board.

Nixon vows to avoid cutting higher education budget in 2010

Gov. Jay Nixon vows not to cut the state budget on higher education in return for low tuition costs.

Critics question Army's response to drug abuse cases

Painkiller use among troops has significantly increased, and some concerned say the Army has not handled addiction cases properly. The Army says Fort Leonard Wood now has a sufficient substance abuse prevention staff available to help.

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.