State News

Funds for higher education capital improvement projects under review

More than 30 capital improvement projects funded by the 2007 sale of MOHELA's assets are being suspended or reviewed because of insufficient capital within the loan agency.

Missouri House weighs closing some police records

Those in favor of closing some records say doing so will protect the reputation of police officers who haven't done anything wrong, while others fear police departments could get away without being held accountable in more serious situations.

Former U.S. Rep. Hulshof joins Kansas City law firm

Former Missouri Representative Kenny Hulshof will joining the Kansas City-based law firm of Polsinelli Shugart PC on Sunday . He will specialize in public policy-related issues.

Justice urges support for public defenders in Missouri

In her State of the Judiciary address, Missouri Chief Justice Laura Denvir Stith urged lawmakers to increase spending for the state's public defender system, whch ranks last in the nation in terms of per capita funding.

Storm leaves thousands without power in southern Missouri

About 100,000 power outages were reported in the aftermath of a two-day winter storm, which also was blamed for six deaths.

Missouri incentives encourage 'green' homes

Missouri is beginning to offer tax deductions for residents who have their homes audited for energy efficiency.

Scientists, utilities study sinking Missouri River

The river bottom has fallen at an increasing rate over the last decade. A new study next month may help determine the primary causes and ways of fixing the problem. As of now, some bridges and levees could be in future danger.

Columbia, Boone County linemen help with storm recovery

Linemen from Columbia Water and Light traveled Wednesday to the city of Campbell in southeast Missouri to help repair lines damaged Tuesday morning during a winter storm that left the city's customers without power and under three inches of ice.

GOP iffy on Nixon's health care proposals in speech

Missouri Republican lawmakers didn't completely agree with Gov. Jay Nixon's health care proposals as outlined in his State of the State speech, while Nixon's plan for job creation drew a better reception.

TEXT: Gov. Jay Nixon's State of the State speech

The text of Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon's State of the State speech.

TEXT: GOP response to Nixon's State of the State

The text of Republican Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder's response to Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon's State of the State speech.

UPDATE: AmerenUE gets rate increase

The increased rates will bring in an additional $162.6 million in revenue for the company.

Authorities investigate suspicious envelope in Kansas City

An envelope with a suspicious-looking substance arrived at the District Court in Kansas City on Tuesday. After it was deemed not hazardous, the FBI and U.S. Postal Service began looking into the matter.

Feds charge ex-trainer suspected of taping nude athletes

Federal charges have been filed against a former fitness trainer in Springfield accused of secretly videotaping female athletes nude.

Missouri Senate considers allowing computers

The Senate rules committee voted to let the full chamber decide whether or not to change the rules barring them from using laptop computers on the Senate floor.

Defense secretary to investigate Army bases' prescription drug abuse

Defense Secretary Gates told Sen. Claire McCaskill Tuesday morning that he would be "happy to look into" the problem. Eight soldiers at Fort Leonard Wood were convicted by court martial in 2008 of illegal drug use or distribution.

Springfield man charged in child rape to seek venue change

The defendant is charged with raping a 7-year-old girl and then leaving her to die in a burning house.

Missouri Court of Appeals judge resigns

Judge Shaw, who has served on the court of appeals since 2002, is stepping down to work at a St. Louis law firm. Nominees to replace Shaw will be selected on March 13.

Winter storm hits parts of Missouri

A winter weather advisory for Boone County was updated Monday night to extend to 6 p.m. Tuesday by the National Weather Service. Columbia residents can expect 1 to 3 inches of snow by Tuesday morning, according to the advisory.

Legislators await balanced budget, bipartisanship in State of State address

With Gov. Jay Nixon slated to present his State of the State address Tuesday evening in Jefferson City, state government leaders from both political parties are awaiting his budget and legislative recommendations.