State News

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.

Boy Scouts announce national service project

The organization’s largest project since World War II will involve about 5,000 Scouts in forest conservation efforts.

Fuel price provision in biodiesel bill debated

At issue was a provision designed to protect consumers from having to pay higher prices at the pump.

Amtrak gets subsidies to keep Missouri train

House and Senate budget negotiators agreed to provide $8 million to avoid eliminating one train between St. Louis and Kansas City.

Plants unscathed by cold, gardeners say

Some said their yards were free of frost, and others said if any damage did occur, it might take a while to show up.

Bill on car dealer suits headed to Blunt

The bill only affects lawsuits filed under a state law dealing with deception, false promises and misrepresentation.

State workers to get 3 percent pay raise

House and Senate budget negotiators agreed on the pay hike today, to begin with the new state budget July 1.

MU still a good value, president says

In a speech Tuesday addressing concerns about higher education's future, UM System President Gary Forsee announced that MU was ranked 47th in receiving funds from the state.

Officials: Voter ID ruling likely won't change much in Mo.

A state Supreme Court decision in 2006 will likely protect Missourians from a voter identification law the federal Supreme Court upheld Monday, lawmakers say.

Nixon announces higher education plan

His proposed Missouri Promise plan would create a path to a four-year degree for students by providing a scholarship to qualifying students to cover college or university costs.

Projections say Mo. population growth will lag that of nation

The state Office of Administration today released updated population projections for Missouri going out to 2030.

Aftershocks continue in the Midwest

The U.S. Geological Survey says 26 aftershocks have been centered in Illinois since last week’s 5.2-magnitude temblor that originated in the southeast part of that state.

Senator: Limit travel's ties to insurance rates

Sponsoring Sen. Scott Rupp says some Missourians have been denied life insurance policies because they planned to vacation in certain parts of the world. He says some insurance companies, for example, view Israel as dangerous.

Malpractice suits and premiums down since 2005, Blunt says

Critics countered that many Missourians are declining to file medical malpractice suits because the lower cap on damages means that even if they win, most of the money will go to attorneys.

Budget writers OK responder radio plan

The radio system now used by the Missouri State Highway Patrol is about 50 years old.

House: Pair teacher councils and districts on contract talks

It's an attempt to set up a structure for collective bargaining.

House rejects bill to limit tipped worker wages

Critics said the proposed reduction would have been unfair to tipped workers and disrespectful to voters who approved the minimum wage increase.

Push to expand tuition aid plan

Under an agreement by House and Senate budget negotiators, the Access Missouri scholarship program would be expanded next year to cover a projected 49,000 students, including several thousand from wealthier families.