State News

UPDATE: Missouri lawmakers seek petition regulations

State lawmakers are hoping to pass proposals to clarify ballot summaries by creating a bipartisan review commission and prohibit pay-per-signature petition circulators. A similar bill banning circulators earning money for each signature passed in the house last year, but died in the Senate.

Hearing set for mother in incest, murder case

The mother of the Harrisonville girl who was allegedly molested by her father may face more charges in addition to the one count of endangering the welfare of a child she faces now.

Missouri lawmakers hope to alter ballot initiative process

Missouri lawmakers' proposals would make some petitions harder to pass by prohibiting per-signature circulators in hopes of preventing fraud.

Missouri House OKs $9 million economic development package

The bill would provide business incentives and tax breaks to employers.

Missouri woman convicted in 2003 slaying

Paula Hall, 42, of Sparta, was convicted of first-degree murder in the death of 68-year-old Freda Heyn of Oldfield. A man accused of cleaning up the crime scene is still at large.

Missouri county leaders rally for inmate reimbursements

Counties are paid $22 per day when the state requires county jails to house prisoners, but county officials say their costs are closer to $40 per day.

Man who poisoned dog to spend 30 days in jail

A Cape Girardeau man pleaded guilty to poisoning his neighbor's dog for barking at night.

Gun taken from St. Louis-area student

An eighth-grader at Westview Middle School outside St. Louis was found to have an unloaded gun in his possession at school Wednesday morning. Parents of students at the school were notified of the incident.

Missouri House advances economic development package

The legislation, which needs another vote before moving to the Senate, includes an expansion of a popular tax incentive program for employers who add well-paying jobs with health insurance benefits.

LaGrange man charged with killing wife, infant son

Christopher Piersee, 24, is charged with two counts of second-degree murder.

Jefferson City father charged with raping teen daughter

The man said he confused his 13-year-old daughter for his wife after drinking too much during the Super Bowl.

Wife of man who impregnated daughter due in court

Authorities say the wife of a Harrisonville man who fathered four children with his teenage daughter did little to stop the girl's sexual abuse.

Resolution would privatize KC animal shelter

If a city council resolution goes through, R. Wayne Steckelberg, 74, who has worked at the Kansas City shelter previously, will take over. Giving control to Steckelberg is expected to save the city $200,000 annually.

Faith-based Long Spoons Coalition digs for tax justice

A new faith-based lobbyist group called the Long Spoons Coalition has organized through Missouri Impact, an association that advocates for public policy based on religious and moral ideas. The coalition's first initiative is supporting a tax revision bill.

Debate over Missouri nuclear legislation heats up

A former federal nuclear regulator said Tuesday that reversing existing Missouri law would raise electric bills for business and residential customers and reduce the money available for creating jobs and spurring economic development.

Senator stalls Missouri development chief approval

Sen. Scott Rupp, R-Wentzville, filibustered the confirmation of Gov. Jay Nixon's economic development director on Wednesday citing concerns about her position on illegal immigration.

Missouri panel seeks maximum cut of stimulus money

Business and government leaders who are Gov. Jay Nixon's economic stimulus council met Wednesday to discuss Missouri's best options.

National Guard to honor 2 fallen soldiers

Staff Sgt. Brad Skelton and Sgt. Matthew Straughter will be honored for their military service on Friday at the Ike Skelton Training Site.

MoDOT chief pushes for tougher seat belt law

Missouri Transportation Director Pete Rahn said he thinks a stricter seat belt violation law could help save lives. In the past four years, 2,183 people died in Missouri traffic accidents while not wearing seat belts.

Amtrak KC-St. Louis reaches high on-time rate

Amtrak trains going from Kansas City to St. Louis reached a 96 percent on-time rate in January, its highest to date. The Missouri Department of Transportation attributes this to better dispatching and $400 million in track repairs.