State News

Financial meltdown slowing wind-power boom

Companies that bankrolled the boom, including AIG, Lehman Brothers and Wachovia Corp., are facing financial problems that dry up their contributions to wind projects.

Some megafarms slipping past Missouri laws

Large companies are working with several smaller farms instead of building megafarms, The Kansas City Star reported today.

ANALYSIS: Nixon not using e-mail archive system

Gov.-elect Jay Nixon and his transition team have not been using the e-mail archive system that Gov. Matt Blunt began using after an open records controversy began over deleted e-mails.

St. Louis police spent $1,987 each on top badges

The badges were a nearly $10,000 line item in a unanimous vote on Wednesday by the Board of Police Commissioners. The department bought the ornate badges for the chief, two assistant chiefs and two lieutenant colonels.

Bill would bar businesses from restricting firearms in employees' personal cars

Sen. Delbert Scott, R-Lowry City, introduced S.B.3, which also says businesses would no longer be responsible for security measures to protect customers.

Faltering economy might aggravate consumer problems

Consumer protection officials anticipate a greater number of complaints with customers watching every dollar.

Lt. Gov. Kinder's role alongside Nixon remains unclear

As the lone Republican in Missouri's executive branch and as president of the Missouri Senate, Kinder has offered to play a role in bridging the gap between a Democratically-controlled administration and a Republican-controlled legislature.

School bus wreck closes Interstate 70 in downtown St. Louis

A school bus accident forces the shutdown of Interstate 70 near downtown St. Louis.

Missouri job gains erased by November losses

Missouri led the nation in job growth in September and was second highest in October. But those gains were lost in November with the total number employed falling to its lowest mark in more than two years.


Missourians won't pay more to hunt and fish

Bombarded with sometimes angry comments from Missouri hunters, anglers and landowners, the state Conservation Commission voted Friday to pull a plan charging more for hunting and fishing permits and requiring more land to qualify for free permits.

Kansas City, Kan., passes smoking ban

Kansas City, Kan., officials have approved a smoking ban after reviewing the idea for almost two years.

Man who posed as federal agent to be sentenced

A man who posed as a federal agent for two months in the eastern Missouri town of Gerald faces sentencing.

UPDATE: Man who posed as federal agent gets 5 years

He was armed with guns, threw people to the ground and handcuffed them, and conducted warrantless searches.

UM System report describes possible cuts, tuition increase

The budget report details the predicted effects of possible reductions in state appropriations of 15 percent, 20 percent or 25 percent — a loss for MU ranging from $30.4 million to $50.6 million in fiscal year 2010.

Sickle cell awareness in churches increases black blood donors

Sickle cell researchers in St. Louis say they've significantly increased blood donations to fight the disease with appeals targeted at predominantly black church congregations in the city.

Nixon names Corrections Department chief

Gov.-elect Jay Nixon chose George Lombardi, a retired state prison director, to direct the Missouri Department of Corrections.

Jefferson City speedskater qualifies for time trials

Carly Wilson's 1:36.976 over nine laps help her qualify for the time trials at the U.S. Short Track Speedskating Championships at the Hardee's Iceplex in Chesterfield. She is one of 21 women remaining in the field that will be cut to 16 on Friday.

Missouri health care legislation facing new challenges

In the 2009 legislative session, the real challenge to health care legislation will likely be the state budget shortfall, officials say.

Bankers survey suggests rural problems persist

Problems of 11 Midwest and Plains states are reflected in the December report on a monthly survey of bank executives. The problems are being blamed on national economic problems, export declines and a weaker farm sector.

Audit criticizes oversight of Missouri food inspections

A state audit of Missouri food safety inspections says the Department of Health and Senior Service should improve oversight of local health authorities. It has been a decade since the state department compared state inspections with local results.