State News

Two Columbia TDDs included in statewide audit

The records of transportation development districts Broadway-Fairview and Grindstone Plaza came under review by the Missouri State Auditor's office as part of a routine statewide audit report.

Missouri parents charged in son's starvation death

Second-degree murder charges were brought against parents of child in the first prosecuted homicide of the year in Kansas City. Death was result of malnutrition, dehydration and neglect according to medical examiner's report.

Harrisonville man charged with murder, statutory rape, incest

The 47-year-old man has admitted to investigators he is the father of at least two of his daughter's four children. The bodies of two of the children were found in coolers on the family's property.

Kansas City man charged with killing roommate

Police say a Kansas City man allegedly killed his roommate in a dispute over money before setting the house on fire to destroy the evidence.

Roy Blunt 'seriously' weighing Senate bid

The U.S. Rep. joins at least three other Republicans that are considering running for the seat after Sen. Kit Bond announced he would not run for fifth term earlier this month.

Nixon asks community colleges not to raise tuition

Gov. Jay Nixon announced Friday a deal with two-year higher education institutions that they would not raise tution if spared from budget cuts in the next fiscal year. The deal is similar to one made with four-year institutions earlier this week; both agreements are dependent on legislature cooperation.

Father charged after infant remains found

A 47-year-old man is charged with murder after the remains of two infants were found on the property where the family once lived. He is also charged with fathering four children with his teenage daughter.

Missouri environmental lobbyist joins in efforts to repeal utility law

Irl Scissors told the Missouri Conservation and Environment Alliance, which he has  represented, that he plans to help repeal a 1976 Missouri law which prevents utilities from charging customers for the cost of construction. Scissors, in a Jan. 14 e-mail, said he doesn't think it's "viable" to stop the repeal.

Lawmakers seek to change funding requirements for power plants

AmerenUE has applied to build a second mid-Missouri nuclear reactor and wants to recoup its costs as the plant is built.

Anonymous donor pays for renovation of Hannibal statue

Hannibal's Tom and Huck statue is being renovated thanks to gifts from an anonymous donor. The statue in Mark Twain's hometown attracts hundreds of thousands of tourists each year.

Students watch as St. Louis police shoot man

A man pulled out a knife after rear-ending a school bus.

Projected Missouri budget shortfall smaller than expected

The budget shortfall would have been even more severe had the state not been able to cover part of the gap with money that had been set aside by lawmakers and former Republican Gov. Matt Blunt. 

Missouri Senate bill would change basis for utility rates

If the bill passes, it would revoke a state law that prevents electricity companies from charging for services not yet being provided. The bill would help AmerenUE build a second power plant in Callaway County.

College presidents stress higher education value for state

UM System President Gary Forsee acknowledged that Missouri's universities must be more "efficient" in light of the state's multi-million dollar budget shortfall. He and Missouri State University President Michael Nietzel presented information supporting the financial value of higher education to the future of the state. Governor Jay Nixon will release his budget proposal Tuesday.

St. Louis hospital surpasses lung transplant milestone

Lung transplant surgeons at Washington University performed the 1,000th adult lung transplant at Barnes-Jewish Hospital on Wednesday, then did another one just a few hours later.

National Socialist Movement unit adopts section of Missouri highway

The Springfield unit of the National Socialist Movement has adopted a half-mile section of U.S. 160 near the city limits as part of the state's litter prevention program. The group's membership was noted when it recently picked up litter.

Missouri Supreme Court hears second round of arguments on execution method

The state's high court heard a second round of arguments Thursday on claims that Missouri's execution protocol is invalid because it was not adopted as an official rule by the Department of Corrections. But the department argues the protocol is an internal managment policy and is therefore exempt from formal rule-making.

Missouri college leaders seek support

University of Missouri System President Gary Forsee and Missouri State University's Michael Nietzel highlighted the economic value of higher education to lawmakers Thursday, while promising to continue to find ways to make campuses more efficient.

Missouri Senate approves first Nixon appointments

With almost no debate, the Senate approved Kelvin Simmons as commissioner for the Office of Administration, Col. Stephen Danner to lead the National Guard and Karen Mitchell to head the Revenue Department.

National Socialist unit adopts Springfield highway section

Signs on Highway 160 in Springfield indicating the group's highway adoption have stood since October. A U.S. Supreme Court decision ruled in a similar situation in 2005 that any group can be part of the Adopt-a-Highway cleanup effort.