State News

Missouri lawmakers reject expanded children's health care plan

House Republicans voted down legislation Wednesday that would add more families to the State Children's Health Insurance Program. Gov. Jay Nixon vowed to push for the proposal in the future.

Missouri senator seeks overhaul to public defender system

A new bill would allow public defenders in counties with large caseloads to transfer misdemeanor and low-level felony cases to a private law firm.

Missouri House to vote on sales-tax bill Thursday

The bill would allow Missourians to vote on increasing sales tax while abolishing income, corporate and estate taxes.

$700 million bond gains approval in House

A bond to increase funding for public universities moved forward in the House on Tuesday.

Carnahan outraises Blunt in Missouri Senate race

In preparation for the 2010 U.S. Senate race, Democratic Secretary of State Robin Carnahan has raised nearly twice as much as her competitor, Republican Rep. Roy Blunt.

AmerenUE nuclear plant bill sparks rallies by rival groups

Both supporters and opponents of AmerenUE building a second nuclear power plant in Missouri showed up in Jefferson City to voice their opinions Wednesday.

Missouri House votes to ease small business regulations

A House bill would allow businesses to keep a larger percentage of sales taxes they collect during the next three years and would permanently exempt some employers from having to pay workers the minimum wage.

Saint Louis Art Museum faces economic challenges

Like other U.S. art museums, the St. Louis center has cuts staffing, however, officials say they plan to break ground on an expansion project that has been delayed since 2008.

Seven Missouri counties try out ankle bracelets for alcohol-related offenders

Seven Missouri counties, including Boone, are participating in a pilot project to monitor alcohol-related offenders through ankle braclets that detect alcohol consumption through sweat. Missouri would be the second state to adopt the program if the trial proves successful.

Sedalia teen charged with making terrorist threat at school

Perry L. Crabb, 17, was charged as an adult with making a terrorist threat after allegedly saying he was going to bring a gun to his Sedalia high school and kill others and then himself. If convicted, Crabb could face up to four years in prison.

Raytown police to discuss quadruple slaying

A news conference will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday about the deaths of Andre Jones Sr., his girlfriend Precious Triplett and her nephews Amir Clemons and Gerard Clemons.

Biden to make three stops on Missouri visit

The vice president will speak about the military, alternative energy and affordable higher education.

Missouri House advances proposal to replace income tax with higher sales tax

The Missouri House gave preliminary approval to a constitutional amendment to replace the state's income tax with a higher sales tax. The proposal would increase the current sales tax to 5.11 percent and would expand the kinds of goods and services that are taxed.

Missouri senators propose to spend $943M from stimulus

The federal stimulus money would be put into next year's budget for services including schools, sex crime detectives and passenger trains.

Some Missouri universities struggle with setting tuition

Gov. Nixon has promised not to cut university funding for the 2009-2010 budget if they do not raise tuition, but the Legislature has not approved this yet. Some students are struggling to make decisions without knowing what tuition will cost for next year.

Nixon calls on Senate to pass jobs bill

After Missouri lost a potential new battery plant to Michigan, Gov. Nixon called on the Senate to pass a bill that will increase funding for tech companies.

St. Louis shelter breaks ties with Zootoo

Stray Rescue of St. Louis won the $1 million shelter makeover a year ago, but received less than half of the money. The shelter still plans to build a new facility downtown, but will need to reassess how much more money it will need to raise.

Tax protesters rally at Missouri Capitol

The "tea party" is one of dozens across the country scheduled to occur around Wednesday's income tax deadline. They are modeled after the Boston Tea Party staged by American colonists against British taxes in 1773.

Columbia Tomorrow program to hold town hall event Thursday

The Columbia Tomorrow project aims to provide a resource for Columbia residents to become informed about the city's future growth and changes.

Missouri Supreme Court rules against sex offender

The Missouri Supreme Court ruled against a sex offender's challenge of his psychological evaluation lablling him as a "sexually violent predator."