State News

UPDATE: St. Louis lawmakers want reserve fund tapped

Two St. Louis lawmakers want to tap into a state reserve fund to help cover a budget shortfall that Gov.-elect Jay Nixon has pegged at more than $300 million.

Lawsuit centers on alternative energy insurance

A legal center in St. Louis has filed a lawsuit against a Missouri commission, saying it believes a new insurance rule will discourage people from trying to produce their own solar or wind power. The Great Rivers Environmental Law Center filed the lawsuit Monday against the Missouri Public Service Commission in Cole County Circuit Court.

Missouri continues to grapple with interstate highway needs

Missouri legislators and highway planners continue struggling to come up with the strategies and money to repair Interstates 70 and 44, but no immediate solution is in the works.

New bills could generate more green for Missouri taxpayers

Some state lawmakers are proposing a tax break for those who buy hybrid vehicles.

MoDOT touts decline in state highway deaths

The state is on pace to have fewer than 1,000 highway deaths for the second year in a  row.

Kansas City-area church members dress like Jesus

Just in time for Christmas, hundreds of people in the Kansas City area have committed to dress like Jesus in the days leading to the holiday, in what they say is an answer to a widening secularization of the season.

Corps sues Ameren over Taum Sauk disaster

Three years after the breach of the Taum Sauk reservoir, debris from the disaster continues to damage Clearwater Lake and its natural resources, according to a lawsuit filed by the Army Corps of Engineers against AmerenUE.

Program pays farmers who help prairie chickens

A new state-federal program will pay certain Missouri farmland owners to set aside land as habitat for prairie chickens, which once roamed the state’s prairies in large numbers.

Family fights to make a life without mother in Kansas City

Leslie Mora, a 20-year-old Kansas City woman, has been in charge of raising her two half-siblings, Jesus and Marbhely Gonzalez, ages 13 and 14 respectively, since July, when their mother returned to her native Mexico because she feared arrest by U.S. immigration officers.

Officer sues estate of man who wounded him

A southwest Missouri police officer wounded during a shootout after a highway crash has sued the gunman’s estate for unspecified damages.

Snowman snow globes pose fire hazard

About 7,000 snow globes in the shape of snowmen have been recalled. There have been reports of the globes causing fires as sunlight passes through and ignites surrounding objects.

UPDATE: Nixon outlines economic plan for Missouri

Gov.-elect Jay Nixon released details of his Show Me JOBS economic plan Monday.

Nixon outlines plan to create new jobs in Missouri

The governor-elect says the bipartisan effort aims at new jobs through small business development and incentives for working training and retraining.

Subzero wind chills blow across Missouri


The National Weather Service says the state will warm up by the weekend.

Hunter, 83, dies in fall from cliff

An 83-year-old man is dead after falling from a bluff while hunting at the Lake of the Ozarks.

Build-A-Bear to donate 20,000 stuffed animals to toy drive

Donations to the Marine Corps Reserve's toy drive are down this year.

Missouri affirmative action ballot proposal draws challenges

The secretary of state's office cleared the proposed 2010 ballot measure for circulation earlier this month. An identical proposal for the 2008 ballot never qualified.

Financial meltdown slowing wind-power boom

Companies that bankrolled the boom, including AIG, Lehman Brothers and Wachovia Corp., are facing financial problems that dry up their contributions to wind projects.

Some megafarms slipping past Missouri laws

Large companies are working with several smaller farms instead of building megafarms, The Kansas City Star reported today.

ANALYSIS: Nixon not using e-mail archive system

Gov.-elect Jay Nixon and his transition team have not been using the e-mail archive system that Gov. Matt Blunt began using after an open records controversy began over deleted e-mails.