State News

Missouri House approves new rules for chamber

Missouri House members have approved the rules that will govern the chamber for the next two years. This year's rules give the minority Democrats more authority in picking committees in which their members will sit.

Missouri judge rejects lawsuit over stem cell research

For the second time, a Missouri trial judge ruled against critics of embryonic stem cell research who want to block state funds from going to life science grants.

2 Missouri girls die in fire in trailer

Two girls, ages 3 and 5, are dead after a mid-Missouri trailer fire. Firefighters from three different departments responded to the blaze around 8 a.m. Thursday. It happened in a mobile home park north of Jefferson City.

Forsee memo tells UM campuses to cut back 'significantly'

Chancellors at the four University of Missouri System campuses were sent a memo from UM President Gary Forsee on Wednesday that listed 14 specific areas where expenditures should be reduced.

Missouri action agencies call for $10 million in utility aid

The money would go to the Utilicare program, which provides home weatherization and utility assistance funds to low-income families.

Nixon announces new plan to award license offices

Competitive bidding for license offices began Tuesday for six offices in Missouri, included the Columbia location. According to Gov. Nixon, the fee offices netted $2.7 million in processing fees last year.

Nixon seeking bids for license offices

Gov. Nixon's administration has started the bid process for six of the state's privately run license offices. The offices were previously awarded to political supporters.

AmerenUE expansion focus of Senate seminar

Senators were urged by AmerenUE to repeal a voter-approved law that bans the increase of utility rates before plants are built.

EPA pushes state to create stricter bacteria limits for streams

The current limit for E. coli bacteria for 20,000 miles of water where people swim is more than twice the EPA-recommended level.

Nixon reverses after trying to ban media phones

The media threatened to boycott the governor's first news conference if they had to leave their cell phones outside.

Missouri court says home health law discriminates

The decision strikes down a 2005 change in state law that prohibited participation in a psersonal care program by people who have mental disabilities.

Nixon staff seek to ban cell phones at signing event

Although he tried to focus on the economy, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon's first gubernatorial news conference got sidetracked by his staff's efforts to ban reporter cell phones.

3 die in Carrollton house fire

A Tuesday morning fire swept through the rural Caroll County home before firefighters arrived.

Striking Missouri nurses win ruling on jobless benefits

The state Supreme Court upheld a ruling that the nurses from St. Louis were forced off the job by unfair labor practices.

No sign of missing Kansas City mother

Renee Pernice, 35, has been missing since Jan. 2.

Court: State miscalculated pensions for the blind

As many as 3,000 blind Missouri pensioners could benefit from the ruling. For some, it could mean an increase from a check of $609 a month to about $1,000 a month.

Ex-lawmaker quits Mo, transportation inspector general job

Former Rep. Neal St. Onge had landed the job in December, when he was co-chair of the Joint Committee on Transportation Oversight.

Iraq vet loses free home offer after drug plea

The vet from Branson, who lost both legs in Iraq when his Humvee was hit by a roadside bomb, was  scheduled to receive a free house from Homes for Our Troops.

Kansas City casino revenues fall for first time

While revenues were down for the year, December's take was up 1.5 percent, the first full month after voters repealed the state's loss limit.

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