State News

Missouri House approves health care provider taxes

Missouri has finally found a way to draw more federal Medicaid money. The bill that places a tax on health care providers passed through the Missouri House on Monday. If it is approved by Gov. Jay Nixon, the money from the taxes will be used to increase the federal Medicaid money coming in.

Thousands in Missouri still without power

Power outages remain in southern Missouri after Friday's storms. 

Deer euthanized after it was injured at Kansas City airport

A deer ran into Kansas City International Airport early Monday morning. It eventually ran into an office, where officers from Kansas City Animal Control and Department of Agriculture's Wildlife Services tranquilized, and later euthanized, it.

Probe sought into phone spam companies selling vehicle warranties

A lot of these companies are based in the St. Louis area. The St. Louis Better Business Bureau receives numerous complaints about the companies every month.

Bills would help adopted adults find birth family information

Time is running out in this legislative session, but sponsors see hope for the future.

Ticks seem to be bugging us earlier and in greater numbers

An MU professor blames the abundance of habitat and hosts. With 4 million deer in the state, many in urban areas and the creation of back-to-nature areas, the little buggers have lots of places to live and multiply.

Laid-off software engineer offers 'cheap therapy' and chance to break stuff

Customers of Smash-N-Shatter can break shot glasses, plates or bring their own breakable items.

UPDATE: Cleanup begins after Midwest storms killed 6

Gov. Jay Nixon declared a state of emergency to make state resources available for cleanup. Three people died in Missouri as a result of the storms.

UPDATE: Family of 'Wizard of Oz' actor sues caretaker

Mickey Carroll, who died Thursday, signed his assets over to his caretaker four months before he died. Carroll's family says the caretaker took advantage of him.

Kansas City police investigating failure to report hit-and-run

Officers responding to 911 calls did not file a police report or refer the case to the vehicular crimes section of the department.

Man sues Missouri town for broken arm

Phillip Forte, 88, is suing the Kansas City suburb of Oakview for $5 million after claiming that a police officer broke his arm during a traffic stop.

Midwest states start cleanup after storms that killed five

Thunderstorms stretched from Arkansas and northern Mississippi to Tennesee and Kentucky. Areas of Missouri and Illinois have been declared disaster areas.

Debate over stimulus funds rages in Missouri Senate

Missouri senators backed the state's higher education budget 29-4, but some expressed concerns over plans to increase the budget for the 2010 fiscal year.

3 die in storms in southern Missouri on Friday

Gov. Jay Nixon called a state of emergency to help counties respond to the storms that caused deaths, injuries and damage in Missouri.

St. Joseph woman documents struggles, transformations of boys in Missouri youth home

After making draperies for the Lives Under Construction Boys Ranch home in Lampe with which her church was involved, Janeen Burnham was so moved by the boys' stories she wrote "Miracles of Restoration."

New gay activists are older, established

Those who were young in the decades when coming out was not an option are now becoming gay activists, giving the movement members who are more established in their communities and secure in their jobs.

Robbery suspect leaves wallet behind

A Kansas City man is charged with robbing First Federal Bank after being identified by the driver's license from the wallet he left at the bank.

Driver who flees with children, pregnant woman gets Kansas City arrest

The driver is currently being held in Jackson County on suspicion of child endangerment and assault on police officers.

Storm system sparks small twisters

A strong storm system moving across southern Missouri on Friday morning created a few small tornadoes and damaging winds up to 80 mph.

McCaskill lobbies for high-speed railway between St. Louis, Chicago

Sen. Claire McCaskil and Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois are lobbying for a high-speed rail corridor between St. Louis and Chicago.