State News

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.

UPDATE: College bonding bill clears Senate committee

A $700 million higher education bond issue cleared a Senate committee Wednesday with a $100 million boost.

The spread of swine flu and what is being done

Swine flu has reached epidemic proportions in Mexico and has spread globally. Visit these links to learn about the virus and what is being done to control it.

NEWS RELEASE: Gov. Nixon announces state response to first probable Missouri case of swine flu

Gov. Jay Nixon announced Wednesday the first reported case of swine flu in Missouri.

Shooting survivor asks Senate to abandon campus conceal-and-carry legislation

A four-bullet survivor of the Virginia Tech shootings urged Missouri lawmakers on Wednesday to abandon the idea of letting students carry concealead weapons on campus. The proposed bill passed through the House and has had an initial reading in the state Senate.

Missouri has one probable case of swine flu

Gov. Jay Nixon says Missouri has a probable case of the swine flu. Nixon announced the suspected case involving a Platte County resident Wednesday evening at a hastily called Capitol news conference.

College bonding bill clears Missouri Senate committee

A Senate committee approved a bill on Wednesday that would issue up to $800 million in bonds for capital improvements; $550 million of that would go to improve college campuses.