State News

Missouri lawmakers create defense for running red light

Bikes and motorcycles that are not heavy enough to trip some automated traffic light sensors would be allowed to run red lights that have been on unreasonably long. But it's not quite so simple as that.

MoDOT reports road closings after flash floods

Flash flooding led to the closing of roads in several northern Missouri counties. No damage or injuries had been reported, officials said.

Missouri lawmakers vote to loosen bingo rules

The legislation approved Friday would permit more frequent bingo games and lower taxes on game cards.

International community irate over Suu Kyi's legal plight

A political symbol of democracy in Myanmar has been moved from house arrest to prison and is being charged with violating the terms of her detention on suspicion of sheltering a Missouri man who swam across a lake to sneak into her residence.

Agricultural credit tightened during 1Q, Federal Reserve Bank says

Turbulent agricultural conditions in the Midwest contributed to the tightened farm credit, the agency said.

Missouri lawmakers defeat public notice legislation

The House bill, defeated 108-46, would have decreased the number of public notices required to be published in newspapers.

Missouri Senate passes economic development bill

The legislation needs final approval from the House before it can go to Gov. Jay Nixon.

On Missouri legislature's last day, jobs bill still unresolved

Other stalled bills would expand government health care to 35,000 low-income parents and expand informed-consent requirement for abortions.

Anheuser-Busch gives $3 million to Saint Louis University

The money will go to the $35 million expansion of the Catholic university's law school.

Historically black cemetery gets cleanup

The cemetery contains the grave of Harriet Scott, Dred Scott's wife, who sued for her freedom in St. Louis at the same time as her husband.

1 killed in Northwoods McDonald's shooting

A gunman fired on a car at the drive-through, police said. The motorist drove off and crashed.

Federal grand jury indicts former Nixa employees

Two former Nixa city employees and the wife of one of the men are accused of using fake corporations to mask an embezzlement scheme worth more than $756,000.

Three Missouri lawmakers walk, bike for health care coverage

The three lawmakers will go from Jefferson City to St. Louis on foot and by bike to raise awareness for health care coverage.

Former Liberty schools chief returns to Missouri, faces felony charges

The Clay County sheriff and a deputy flew to Florida to retrieve William Scott Taveau from a detention center there and bring him to the jail in Clay County, where he was indicted for stealing.

State Historical Society loses bid for stimulus funds

The Historical Society hoped for $30 million for a new building, but any hope of receiving funds this legislative session has dried up.

UM scores big money this legislative session

Despite economic struggles UM has gained significant financial support during this legislative seasons. Legislators cite conducive bipartisan relationships to their success.

Southern Missouri man charged in Myanmar swim

John Yettaw of Falcon, which is about 70 miles northeast of Springfield, was arrested last week in Myanmar after he swam across a lake to the home of Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi. Yettaw was charged Thursday with illegally entering a restricted zone and breaking immigration laws.

UPDATE: Missouri lawmakers approve public defender changes

Under the bill now headed to Gov. Jay Nixon, the state Public Defender Commission would be allowed to set maximum caseload standards for the lawyers who represent people who are accused of crimes but cannot afford a private attorney.

State Senate passes wide-ranging crime bill

The bill includes a ban on texting while driving and sending explicit photos and videos to minors, in addition to issues such as assaulting a public safety employee and requirements for running for public office.

Missouri Senate passes abortion waiting period bill

The bill would require doctors to meet with women at least 24 hours in advance and offer to show live ultrasound and allow the woman to hear the heartbeat. Supporters say previous legislation has limited the number of abortions, while opponents argue such laws have not reduced the number the abortions. They say women wanting an abortion will have to pay more and take more days off work. The Missouri House can approve the bill as is or edit it in a conference committee.