State News

Federal stimulus money for Missouri education might go elsewhere

The $1.3 billion slated for Missouri schools from the federal stimulus package might be used for other projects, since the governor has already promised education top dollar in the budget. The federal money was meant to ease state budget difficulties that would force cuts to schools.

Report: Quality Jobs program creates few jobs

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch said that a review of state records showed that the Quality Jobs program has created 2,373 new jobs since 2005 — far below the 22,000 figure frequently used by politicians in both parties to describe the program's success.

Missouri town passes marijuana ordinance by phone-in votes

Earlier this month, Cliff Village leaders passed an ordinance legalizing medical marijuana by phoning in their votes in what was intended as a special meeting. Some residents of the southwest Missouri village are criticising the mayor for calling such a meeting without posting a notice, which is required by Missouri's Sunshine Law.

More than 100 arrested at Mardi Gras in St. Louis

St. Louis police haven't released a final tally, but more than 100 people were arrested Saturday at the event in the city's Soulard area.

Missouri Agriculture Department seizes grain-shipping business

A northeast Missouri trucking company and grain elevator has had its license suspended and owes area farmers and other sellers at least $1 million, state regulators allege in court records.

Steelman leaning toward bid for US Senate seat

But she kept a low profile this weekend at the state GOP's annual Lincoln Days conference in Kansas City — far lower than declared candidate Rep. Roy Blunt.

UPDATE: Sen. Bond backs repeal of Missouri term limits law

He says term limits are forcing too many talented lawmakers out of office too early and giving too much power to the other two branches of government.

Missouri Drug Policy Reform Conference pushes for change

The annual Missouri Drug Policy Reform Conference was held at MU this weekend, giving advocates for the decriminalization of drugs an opportunity to share their stories and reasonings.

Missouri State cuts tuition for unemployed state residents

Missouri State University is offering a new program this fall, renewable until 2011 that will offer state residents who have lost their jobs a reduction in tuition. The amount they will save varies between campuses.

Family helps daughter recover from nerve damage

Thornton family refuses to let Brachial Plexus Palsy negatively impact 1-year-old daughter, Kennady. Family wants to spread word about the preventable nerve injury effecting 12,000 American babies per year. 

Southwest Missouri cattle thefts on rise

Investigators suspect the stolen cattle are being sold in nearby states, where sellers only need to provide a name.

Former Bush campaign adviser named Missouri GOP director

Lloyd Smith was named the director of the Missouri GOP after a long career of managing Missouri Republicans and their campaigns.

St. Louis woman who threw acid found guilty

Mallory Rush threw acid during a 2006 fight that disfigured victims who were hit with the 'Liquird Fire,' according to a St. Louis jury. Rush faces a sentence of up to life in prison after being found guilty on three counts of first-degree assault and three counts of armed criminal action.

McCaskill defends federal stimulus plan

Sen. Claire McCaskill is saying the federal stimulus package will help Missouri's economy.

Sheriff: Missouri has 20 percent of known meth labs

Jefferson County's sheriff's department says that Missouri has more than 20 percent of all meth lab incidents in 2008. Jefferson County recorded about 200 incidents, making it the most meth labs in Missouri during the same period.

Springfield hit with repair costs from computer virus

The city of Springfield has been hit with about $12,000 in costs to deal with the effects of a virus that struck city government computers Feb. 2. It is also estimated that city employees have put in several hundred hours of overtime to deal with issue.

Panel to use same pool for three Missouri judge vacancies

The applicants for the state's Western District Court of Appeals will come from the same group.

UPDATE: Hair weave snares bullet in Kansas City shooting

A Kansas City woman survived a gunshot after a bullet hit her car's headrest and then got tangled in her hair weave.

Blunt declares his candidacy for Senate

U.S. Rep. Roy Blunt became the first Republican to declare his candidacy for the Senate seat being vacated by Kit Bond in 2010.

Gov. Nixon urges senators to pass economic development bill

The bill would provide tax credits to businesses that create new jobs under the Quality Jobs Act and double the cap on state tax credits.