State News

Mo. lawmakers approve $22.4 billion budget

The budget would increase state spending at a greater rate than its expected revenue growth. The state is able to spend faster than its projected tax intake by tapping into money left over from previous years.

Blunt administration continues with e-mail archive plan

The governor’s administration is continuing with a plan to archive state e-mails — even though lawmakers have not approved money to run it.

Voter registration soars in the first few months of 2008

In Boone County, increases have not been as sharp as in other states, but registration has increased 5 or 6 percent here over the past four months compared to the numbers in 2004, said Boone County Clerk Wendy Noren.

Mo. Rep. co-sponsors bill to decriminalize some marijuana possession

William Lacy Clay, a Democrat from St. Louis, has signed on as a co-sponsor of a measure to eliminate federal penalties for possessing up to 100 grams of marijuana for personal use.

Small earthquake shakes St. Louis area

A small earthquake shook parts of St. Louis Monday morning. The quake was centered in southwest St. Louis County.

Judge rewrites part of proposed stem cell amendment

Both opponents and supporters applauded a judge’s decision May 2 to rewrite part of a proposed constitutional amendment banning a particular type of embryonic stem cell research.

Ethics questions raised over lawmakers getting biofuel tax credits

The intermingling of personal and official actions involving biofuels has led to a backlash at the Missouri Capitol.

Truman State student isolated with active TB

Tuberculosis can damage the lungs and is spread through coughing, sneezing and speaking.

Bush in St. Louis: 'This economy is going to come on'

After months of talking about the economy's resilience, President Bush was able to pivot his latest pep talk off some encouraging signs — at least relative to the gloomy indicators of late.

Plaques removed from St. Louis veterans park amid controversy

Until this week, the park included small metal plaques atop pedestals that summarized the nation's conflicts — from the Revolutionary War to the War on Terrorism — including "mistakes" and "consequences."

Two small tornadoes rip at Kansas City area

No serious injuries have been reported. About 23,000 customers were without power across the metro area as of midmorning, Kansas City Power & Light reported.

Missouri Senate aims to bring Canadian jet-manufacturing jobs to Kansas City

Missouri’s Senate approved up to $240 million in tax credits during eight years to Bombardier, a Canadian aircraft company, that supporters say could bring 2,100 new jobs to the state.

Missourians, Illinoisans get to discuss Missouri River bridge

Illinoisans or Missourians curious about a planned Mississippi River bridge at St. Louis will have a chance this month to ask questions or get updates.

Missouri program acts as model for prisoner release

States across the country have been looking to copy ideas and methods that researchers and prison officials say are working best in Missouri and Oregon.

Senate revises plan for Bombardier plant

The original enticements for Bombardier ran into opposition from some senators, partly because of costs and partly because lawmakers felt left in the dark on the details.

Survey: Missouri among states bucking national economic trends

Strong farm income and biofuels production drive growth in the Midwestern and Plains states.

State to increase prisoner subsidies to counties

Budget negotiators in the state capital have increased the payments to counties for housing state prisoners.

Columbia residents discuss historic preservation

A group of Columbia residents and other officials gathered in the City Council chambers Tuesday night to discuss the issue of preservation in Missouri. The meeting was the last of six held across the state by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources State Historic Preservation Office to seek input for a statewide preservation plan that will go into effect from 2009 through 2013.

Missouri legislators pass — then reverse — bill to outlaw chemical abortions

A provision to outlaw chemical abortions was slipped into a bill that was unanimously passed through the state Senate on Tuesday. But it was not supposed to be there, so said the bill’s sponsor who got the Senate to reverse its action, only after reporters began to raise questions.

Bill to reverse tax increase on nonresidents gets OK from lawmakers

The increase put Missouri at odds with Kansas, where officials threatened to retaliate by raising taxes on Missourians who commute there to work.