State News

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.

Chrysler cuts 27 dealerships in Missouri

Here is a list of the 27 Chrysler dealerships in Missouri on a list of eliminations filed by the company on Tuesday.

Senate approves bill requiring abortion risk explanation in person

The current law requires doctors to explain to women the risks of an abortion at least 24 hours in advance, but the new version passed 25-7 in the Senate would no longer allow the explanation to take place by phone. Doctors would be required to meet with women face-to-face.

UPDATE: FDIC economist charged with trying to rob bank

Jeff Walser, 51, said he had a bomb in his briefcase and demanded money at the Bank of America branch in Independence, but did not take $41,000 brought to him by an employee, according to an indictment filed Tuesday.

Bill would improve public defender system

The bill sent to Gov. Jay Nixon on Thursday would give the state Public Defender Commission permission to set maximum caseload standards for lawyers who represent those who cannot afford private lawyers.

Myanmar opposition leader to go on trial again

Supporters say the military government in Myanmar is looking for a reason to keep Aung San Suu Kyi, a nonviolent opposition leader, on house arrest, which has lasted for 13 of the past 19 years. According to her lawyer, this comes after an American swam across a lake to sneak into her home. According to National Public Radio, the man is from Missouri.