State News

Increased census participation could give Missouri more federal funding

State demographer Matt Hesser is among those urging Missouri residents to fill out their census forms next year so the state can keep its representatives and potentially gain funding. The census aims to create an accurate picture of the country's population.

Revised utility bill gives authority to Missouri regulators

Sen. Kurt Schaefer, R-Columbia, proposed an updated version of a utilities bill that would charge customers for the construction of new power plants. Schaefer said his legislation better protects consumers because regulators must analyze requests to charge consumers.

Detroit newspapers hope fewer days add up to success

Starting Monday, the Detroit News and the Detroit Free Press will deliver papers on Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays but make slimmer issues available in news racks the other days of the week. The papers are two of more than 80 papers — including the Missourian — that have cut issues.

ANALYSIS: Early voting won't pass without state photo ID bill

A bill for early voting won't pass the state Senate without Democrats approving state-issued photo IDs for voting, Republican lawmakers say.

Missouri jury divided on penalty in trooper death case

The Daily American Republic in Poplar Bluff reported that jurors met for several hours Saturday before announcing that they couldn't agree on the penalty for the man convicted of shooting a Missouri state trooper to death.

Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod mulls selling classical station

But the Synod will not sell its AM station, which broadcasts religious programming.

UPDATE: Kansas City airport reopens

Ice and snow forced the closure of the airport at around 2 p.m. Saturday. It reopened at  about 3:30.

Missouri, Manitoba water lawsuits combine in same court

The state and the province are suing over different issues.

Nixon sending National Guard to North Dakota

The Red River is more than 22 feet above flood stage at Fargo.

Reeds Spring teen's family sues over tiger attack

The 16-year-old was an unpaid intern at Branson Interactive Zoo and Aquarium when the incident occurred.

State water agency to seek $2 million per year for new plan

The new water plan would involve assessing population growth and future demand statewide, determining water-supply capacity for reservoirs, and assigning priorities for water supply in different regions of the state. Missouri last updated its water plan in 2002.

Sex-shop owner waits to hear if he can run for council

John Haltom, who owns sex shops in Missouri and other states, says he should be eligible to run for City Council in Lincoln, Neb.  The county's election is against it, arguing that he has a felony conviction.

Details emerge on plan for Missouri stimulus money

House budget leaders are putting together the special spending packing. Some decisions have been made, but not all.

Missouri abortion initiative attacked from all sides

The courtroom battle illustrated how complicated it has become to pursue ballot initiatives in Missouri.

Information conflicts about processing of Missouri tax refunds

The Revenue Department says of the 1.6 million tax returns received, just 7,100 have not been processed.


Company to build all-electric delivery vans in Missouri

Several companies have already signed letters of intent to buy the vehicles.

Man found guilty in fatal ambush of Missouri state trooper

The prosecution said the trooper, Sgt. Carl Dewayne Graham Jr., was killed because he was investigating a fatal hit-and-run accident. The man he was focusing on, Lance Shockley, was the man accused of shooting him in the back.

Court upholds Missouri 'Choose Life' license plate decision

A federal appeals court upheld a lower court's ruling that state-issued license plates are constituted private speech and cannot be censored.

Senators redirect Missouri gambling funds to schools

The Missouri Gaming Commission has estimated the new law could generate between $75 million and $125 million annually.

Church shooter tries to change not guilty plea

Terry Sedlacek, the man who authorities say fatally shot the Rev. Fred Winters while he was giving his Sunday sermon, tried to plead guilty during his arraignment via video from his jail cell. However, the judge said his previous not guilty plea will stand.