State News

Reports: Gas prices below $2 in southwest Mo.

Gas has fallen to as low as $1.97 - $1.99 in some southwest Missouri towns.

Poll: Obama, McCain about even in Missouri

A  poll of 800 likely Missouri voters showed Democrat Barack Obama and Republican John McCain are about even in the presidential race. In the gubernatorial race, Democrat Jay Nixon was ahead of Republican Kenny Hulshof.

Vandals target members of Congress in Missouri, Minnesota

Claire McCaskill and Russ Carnahan of Missouri had their homes and vehicles spray-painted with graffiti in the past week, days after six Minnesota politicians were also vandalized.

CenturyTel to acquire Embarq in $5.8 billion deal

The combined phone company would have 8 million lines in 33 states, mostly in rural areas where the majority of their customers are located.

Missouri receives millions in aid from government

Due to flooding and other natural disasters, Missouri was among 15 states awarded government grants to rebuild its infrastructure.

Palin to campaign in Cape Girardeau

Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin will be in the state again for a Thursday morning campaign in Cape Girardeau.

Governor's mansion preservation executive director to retire

After more than 30 years, Mary Pat Abele will be retiring from executive director of the Missouri governor's mansion preservation group.

ANALYSIS: Straight ticket no longer option in Mo.

Leader of national Episcopal Church visits Kansas City

Presiding Bishop Katherine Jefferts Schori visited the Kansas City area this past weekend and said a crucial part of preaching the gospel includes having church members ensure that the U.S. government make good its promises to provide financial help to Third World countries.

Fair elections, voter fraud top issues for Republican

Secretary of State candidate Hubbard's fight against a 2006 amendment on stem cell research sparked his interest in becoming secretary of state.

Law enforcement key for Constitution Party candidate

Denise Neely, who is running for secretary of state, is an organized candidate who wants to provide more information to the public, said Donna Ivanovich, Missouri Constitution Party chairwoman.

Efficiency needed in Missouri government, Libertarian says

Wes Upchurch, 21, is the Libertarian candidate for secretary of state.

Incumbent secretary of state has politics in her blood

Robin Carnahan belongs to the fifth generation of her family involved in politics. She's running for a second term as Missouri secretary of state.

Amendment 1 would make English official language for government meetings

Proponents of the Missouri constitutional amendment call it benign; opponents call it unwelcoming to immigrants.

Ballot measure would eliminate gamblers' loss limits

The proposition also would increase amount casinos pay to government.

Proposition B creates argument over home health care standards, union

Opponents of Proposition B say it's a misguided move toward creating a union.

Utilities offer stances on clean-energy initiative

The ballot measure would set renewable energy standards for those operating in Missouri.

Amendment 4 would ease restrictions on state storm water bonds

Local entities could apply for grants and loans to improve infrastructure.

EPA funding to continue mining cleanup in Southwest Mo.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has given Snyder Construction Co. of Joplin a second contract to continue the cleanup of mine wastes in portions of Carterville and Webb City. Snyder Construction has already cleaned up 75 acres of former mining land along old Route 66 between Carterville and Webb City.

2 killed in two-vehicle crash

Walter W. Chapman, 73, and Kay Chapman, 71, both of Bowling Green, died Saturday morning in a two-vehicle accident on U.S. 54 near Scott's Corner in Audrain County.