State News

Kansas City exhibit looks at 1918 flu pandemic

The National Archives' display begins May 23 and focuses on the Spanish flu, which began in Kansas 91 years ago and killed 50 million people.

House rejects $336 million in stimulus funds for state projects

Democrats opposing the bill charged that it was filled with pork projects that unnecessarily spent federal funds.

MU student groups sponsor concealed weapon discussion

MU College Republicans and College Democrats co-sponsored a discussion on the effects of concealed-carry legislation Thursday night in Middlebush Auditorium.

U.S. health officials confirm Missouri swine flu case

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said a Kansas City-area woman in her 30s has the swine flu.  State health officials  said a 19-year-old man in the same area may also have the virus.

Missouri receives $156 million from tobacco settlement

Missouri received the money as part of a nationwide settlement with tobacco companies from 1998. This year's annual payment brings Missouri's total receipts from the settlement to $1.5 billion.

Missouri House defeats federal stimulus spending plan

House members have defeated a plan to spend $336 million of federal stimulus money on various projects across Missouri, calling the spending "pork."

Former Gov. Blunt to join Ashcroft Group

Former Gov. Matt Blunt will join former U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft's law and consulting firm.

Nixon picks MU graduate to fill trial judge spot

J. Dale Youngs worked in the Missouri Attorney General's office while Gov. Jay Nixon was attorney general.

UPDATE: Missouri has second probable case of swine flu

Officials said a 19-year-old Missouri man who visited a Nebraska health care center for another health condition probably has the virus.


Swine flu warnings earn groans on Missouri House floor

Representative Rob Schaaf, a physician from St. Joseph, warned school children not to come to the Capitol in the last two weeks of the legislative session to prevent an outbreak of swine flu.

Name of flu virus to blame for decreasing hog prices

Producers believe the unfortunately named swine flu is the cause of recent steep declines in pork prices, despite the virus' irrelevance to the species. President Barack Obama has aknowledged this problem, and stated Wednesday that his administration would no longer refer to the virus as swine flu.

Missouri's House restores $31 million for Ellis Fischel Cancer Center

The Missouri House restored $31.2 million for the Ellis Fischel Cancer Center on Wednesday, two days after a House committee stripped the facility of the funds. The funding was reinserted into the $1.6 billion federal stimulus spending bill.

Mark Twain Lake to get new visitor's center

The popular lake in northeast Missouri will get a federally-funded, $5.5 million makeover in the form of a 6,000-square-foot visitor's center.

Transportation districts collect your money with little oversight

$8.4 million has been collected by transportation districts through added sales tax over the past three years. But all the money doesn't go to road projects.

Missouri has probable case of swine flu, Nixon says

State officials have identified one probable case of swine flu in Platte County north of Kansas City. Gov. Jay Nixon announced the first possible case of the flu strand in Missouri at a news conference Wednesday evening.

Obama in St. Louis for 100th Day

Obama marked his 100th day in office Wednesday with a town hall meeting at Fox Senior High School south of St. Louis.

State House passes amendment to restore Ellis Fischel funding

The Missouri House passed an amendment Wednesday to bring back funding for the Ellis Fischel Cancer Center after those funds were cut out of a bill earlier in the week.

Energy Department awards $35 million to St. Louis researchers

The Donald Danforth Plant Science Center and Washington University are getting two of 46 grants awarded nationwide to establish Energy Frontier Research Centers.

Hannibal to rededicate famed statue

Workers have been rebuilding the foundation to the Tom and Huck statue at the foot of Cardiff Hill in Hannibal, Mark Twain's hometown.

Missouri Attorney General raps Craigslist over erotic services ads

Chris Koster says that the online ad service still hosts an "erotic services" section months after promising to crack down on illegal sex trade.