State News

Nixon creates stimulus idea Web site

The Web site was launched to solicit ideas from citizens, local governments, businesses and non-profits about how to use Missouri's portion of the federal economic stimulus money.

Hallmark Cards Inc. pulls plug on Hallmark Magazine

Hallmark Magazineis getting the axe after fewer than three years on stands at a time when the overall industry is struggling.

Missouri Supreme Court upholds execution procedures

A circuit judge had ruled against 17 condemned inmates who claimed the state's execution method was invalid because it was not adopted as an official rule by the Department of Corrections.

Trustee: Southwest Missouri village will survive

A Leawood official said the village isn't in danger of going bankrupt, despite having its bank accounts wiped out. Gene Paul Boyd, the town's longtime treasurer, faces felony stealing charges.

Parents face additional charges in incest case

A western Missouri man suspected of fathering four children with his teenage daughter and charged with second-degree murder in the death of one of the infants was indicted Monday for endangering the welfare of a child.

Kansas City-area barbecue festival expands

The competitive barbecue event during Memorial Day weekend will be held at the Capitol Federal Park at Sandstone in Bonner Springs.

Tiger seized in Seneca kennel raid faring better

A Bengal tiger seized from a southwest Missouri kennel along with 208 dogs and a house cat has been cleaned up and is putting on weight as her condition improves.

McCaskill introduces military drug abuse bill

The proposed legislation includes an independent review of military drug abuse and treatment by the Institute of Medicine at the National Academies of Science or a similar outside agency. Army records show that legal painkiller use by injured troops has increased nearly 70 percent since the start of the Iraq war six years ago.

UPDATE: Missouri House approves 4-day school week option

The four-day week option could allow districts to lengthen school days by an hour and cut 32 days of instruction per year, saving schools money on transportation and utilities.

Lawsuit challenges Missouri River water plan

The attorney general is suing to prevent the Missouri River from being diverted north as part of a $17.5 million water treatment plan the U.S. Department of the Interior signed last month.

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.