State News

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.

UPDATE: Search for drowning victim near Rocheport to continue Thursday

Recovery operations for 20-year-old John P. Forget of Chesterfield ended Wednesday evening with no results. The search will resume Thursday morning, weather permitting.

Falling interest rates hurt Missouri's investment portfolio

Managers of Missouri's portfolio are making more of an effort not to lose money after declining interests have hurt state's investments that depend on interest rates to return a profit.

Link in popular Missouri hiking trail to be rebuilt

Part of the Taum Sauk section of the Ozark Trail was wiped out in a reservoir collapse in December 2005 that also injured a family of five and did serious damage to much of the state park outside of Lesterville, which volunteers are scheduled to rebuild soon.

Missouri student loan agency delays payments to state

The Missouri Higher Education Loan Authority will pay the state $350 million over six years to finance improvements at public colleges and universities.

Dairy group to pay $12M in trading investigation

Under an agreement with the Commodity Futures Trading Commission announced Tuesday, Dairy Farmers of America and two of its former officers will pay $12 million and will not engage in speculative trading for two years.

Missouri to discuss repealing outdated margarine law

A Springfield representative plans to bring up the issue when the 2009 legislative session starts in January.

Wintry weather in Missouri leads to school closings, traffic accidents

Two days of wintry weather in Missouri led to school closings and traffic accidents, including two fatalities.

Tour of Missouri gets continued state support

The Missouri Development Finance Board on Tuesday approved $500,000 to support media coverage of the 2009 race. The board contributed the same amount for this years' race.

UMKC announces new chancellor

UMKC's interim chancellor, Leo Morton, has been persuaded to take the permanent position.

Czech beer Budvar wins trademark legal battle

After a legal fight in Europe between Anheuser-Busch's trademark "Bud" beer name and Czech rival Budvar, the Luxembourg-based Court of First Instance on Tuesday ruled in favor of the Czech company and scrapped Anheuser-Busch's trademark.