State News

Legislator challenges Missouri casino revenue numbers

Rep. Ray Salva said revenue numbers put out by the Missouri Gaming Commission were fabricated to show 10 percent growth, while gambling numbers in other states are falling.

Former St. Louis County officer admits to traffic stop sexual assault

Joe Ernest Phillips pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting a woman during a traffic stop in 2006. Phillips, who was an auxiliary police officer in Velda City at the time, will face sentencing April 30.

Storms hit southern Missouri; low-lying roads closed

The Missouri Department of Transportation said that some roads in Wright, Ozark, Howell, Douglas and Texas counties are closed.

St. Louis unemployment office to reopen

Because of the increasingly difficult economic situation, the state is reopening the St. Louis unemployment office to deal with an influx of claims for unemployment benefits. The office will open on Feb. 23.

Hundreds in southeast Missouri seek help after ice storm

Three resource centers have opened to help those suffering from a Jan. 27 ice storm.

House member thinks sexual orientation cost her committee seat

Rep. Jeanette Oxford, a lesbian, has served four years on the Special Standing Committee on Children and Families and had expected to be reappointed, but the House speaker chose someone else.  Oxford wants to know why.

UPDATE: Gas prices rising, despite steady crude oil costs

Missouri gas prices have increased 17 cents since last month because of refinery costs, not the cost of crude oil.

UPDATE: Kansas, Missouri governors plan for stimulus money

Nixon's first summit as Governor indicated that both he and Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius are looking at ways to to create jobs and rethink the region's financial future.

Missouri appeals panel affirms gambling measure

Critics have argued that Proposition A, which repealed gambling loss limits, was unfairly presented on last November's ballot.

Missouri lawmakers seek to increase Sunshine Law fines

Rep. Tim Jones, R-Eureka, proposed legislation that would increase penalities for violators of the Missouri Sunshine law, including a $3,000 increase in the fine to those who purposely violate the law.

Teen murder suspect faces trial as adult in Missouri

Opening statements began in the murder trial of Owen Welty, a 15-year-old boy accused of shooting his neighbor in Stoddard County in 2006. He was thirteen when he was charged with first-degree murder.

UPDATE: Martinez confirmed as Missouri economic development director

Despite some complaints, the Missouri Senate approved Linda Marinez, an attorney from St. Louis, as Nixon's economic development director.

Missouri House member apologizes for Civil War comment

Rep. Bryan Stevenson caused a stir in the Missouri House by referring to the Civil War as the "War of Northern Aggression."

Southwest Missouri village approves medical marijuana

Cliff Village's new ordinance allows for the possession of a few ounces of marijuana with a doctor's approval.

Martinez confirmed as Missouri economic development director

The Senate confirmed Linda Martinez as the governor's economic development director, over the objection of Sen. Scott Rupp, R-Wentzville, who said Martinez "appears to be pro-illegal immigration."

Historic Cape Girardeau mansion burns

The 104-year-old A.R. Ponder House sustained a large amount of damage in a fire Monday. The cause of the fire has not been determined.

Governors of Missouri and Kansas meet to discuss economy

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon and Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius met with Kansas City business leaders Tuesday to discuss President Barack Obama's proposed economic stimulus package.

Missouri stem cell ballot measure prompts two lawsuits

The lawsuits, one from a group opposing stem cell research and the other from a group supporting the practice, contend that a proposed ballot measure to restrict funding for stem cell research is unfair.

Senator Bond expected to criticize Democrats

Sen. Kit Bond, R-Mo., will meet the media Monday morning, likely to speak against the economic stimulus plan.

Bond voices disagreement with Senate version of stimulus bill

Sen. Kit Bond spoke to the media Monday expressing his concerns with President Obama's stimulus bill, on which the Senate will vote Tuesday.