State News

Two Cape Girardeau men accused of hate crime

The men are accused of attacking a man because of his sexual orientation.

Former Gore aide to head Nixon's transition

Former Vice President Al Gore's chief of staff, Charles Burson, will lead the team in charge of transitioning to Governor-elect Jay Nixon's administration.

KC mayor fighting volunteer ordinance

Mayor Funkhouser has been holding meetings in his home since his wife was prevented from volunteering in his office.

Prescription benefits company threatened with data leak

Express Scripts received an anonymous letter in October demanding money and threatening to release the personal information of 75 people.

E-MAIL: Gary Forsee on Express Scripts announcement

University of Missouri System President Gary Forsee sent the following e-mail on Thursday regarding the Express Scripts announcement about the possibility that data files were accessed without authorization.

Beer sales up, but Anheuser-Busch sees 3Q profit drop

Anheuser-Busch's third-quarter profit dropped almost 6 percent, but its sale to InBev is still expected to be completed by year's end.

Missouri pension board toughens ethics policy

After top executives with the Missouri Public School and Education Employee Retirement Systems were found accepting free gas and staying at luxury hotels on    taxpayers dollars, the PSRS/PEERS board added rigid policies on accepting gifts.

Missouri's new legislative crew casts first votes

Republicans and Democrats chose their leaders for the 2009 session  on Thursday.

St. Louis sees fifth emergency worker gunned down this year

Leonard Riggins, a 52-year-old St. Louis firefighter, was shot and killed after stopping to help at a crash scene in St. Louis County on Wednesday. He's the fifth emergency worker killed in the St. Louis area this year.

Missouri state officials meet amid spirit of bipartisanship

Just two days after the November election and after months of campaign stump speeches and rhetoric, a theme of bipartisan cooperation emerged in Jefferson City.

Lawmaker returns to state Capitol after bribery scheme

Democrat John Bowman was introduced Thursday as the chief of staff for Senator-elect Robin Wright-Jones, of St. Louis.

Carnahan to push for early voting

Secretary of State Robin Carnahan said she will ask the legislature next year to adopt early voting. Nationwide, an estimated one-third of voters cast ballots before Tuesday, which proponents said led to reduced lines and quicker vote counts.

Statewide voter turnout records set in Missouri

Sixty-nine percent of registered Missouri voters turned out on Election Day, despite earlier projections from the Missouri secretary of state's office that projected a voter turnout of as high as 76 percent.

Blunt attorney wants e-mail lawsuit dismissed

The governor's attorney says that the case, which is seeking access to Blunt's office's e-mail records, should be dismissed because of lack of evidence.

Missourians split ticket between Republicans, Democrats

Political scientists point to evangelicals, rural voters as key constituencies in the state.

Obama's election gives some black Missouri leaders hope

As Democrat Barack Obama assumes the position of president-elect in the U.S., many Missouri black leaders said this may open doors for a black politician to become a statewide elected official.

Missouri has never elected a black official to a statewide office.

Exit poll: Missouri voters most concerned about economy

The exit poll showed how much the state's mood has changed since 2004. When President George W. Bush carried Missouri four years ago, slightly more than half of voters said the economy was good.

Late deciders in Missouri broke for McCain, exit poll finds

McCain didn't win the election, but he has the lead in Missouri before counting provisional ballots.

McCain, Obama race tests Missouri's bellwether status

Although Obama has won the presidency, McCain may collect Missouri's electoral votes; he leads Obama by 5,853 votes with about 7,000 provisional ballots to count.

Gambling initiative passes, wipes out limit on casino losses

It will take another month before gamblers can enjoy Missouri casinos without the loss limit in place.