State News

Army seeks public comments on future reductions

The Army estimates the southern Missouri installation could lose more than 5,000 civilian and military positions by 2020 after a round of much smaller cuts last year.

Missouri's US senators back World War I coin

The senators are co-sponsoring legislation that would establish a competition to design a commemorative World War I coin that would be produced by the U.S. Treasury.

Prosecutor, others urge residents to take second look at Amendment 5

Amendment 5, which will go before Missouri voters on Tuesday, will make the right to bear arms inalienable, among other things. But Boone County Prosecutor Dan Knight said the law will have many unintended consequences and will make the community less safe.

Missouri among states not using up water money

Missouri had nearly $60 million in unused Drinking Water State Revolving Fund money in 2013 — with about $22 million of that above the recommended level, according to a federal report.


SEMO agriculture students schooled in use of drone

At Southeast Missouri State University, some students and faculty members are being trained on how to use "Ag Force One," a $6,000 unmanned aerial vehicle.

Kansas City man starts rubber band gun business

Since it opened as a business in 2012, Bandit Guns has sold more than 10,000 of the shotguns in 36 countries, with more models on the way.

Families await Peace Corps evacuees' homecoming

The Peace Corps is working to bring the volunteers home as quickly as possible and following Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines that say people without a known exposure don't need to be screened but should monitor their health.

Gov. Nixon calls for review of UMKC rankings

Gov. Jay Nixon's request was in reaction to The Kansas City Star's recent investigation of the validity of claims made by the Henry W. Bloch School of Management that may have led to the rankings.

Kansas City moves to ban open carry of firearms

Kansas City councilmembers have unanimously voted to ban people from openly carrying firearms within city limits.

Voter turnout projected at 27 percent in Missouri

Statewide voter turnout on Tuesday is projected at nearly 1.1 million people — about 27 percent of the almost 4.1 million Missourians registered to vote.

Early voting initiative may miss Missouri ballot

Secretary of State Jason Kander has until next Tuesday to officially certify — or reject — initiatives to appear on the Nov. 4 ballot.

Missouri teen completes half of solo river trip

James Welborn, a recent Webb City High School graduate, has reached the halfway point of his solo canoe trip down the Mississippi River — just in time to celebrate his 19th birthday with family.

Mokane man enjoys restoring tractors, showing them off

His collection includes machines from John Deere, Farmall, Massey-Harris and Minneapolis Moline with model years ranging from 1939 to the late 1950s.

Missouri Peace Corps volunteer being evacuated

 Sosniecki is returning from Liberia, where he has been for six weeks.

UPDATE: 4 districts dropped from school transfer lawsuit

The plaintiffs asked a judge to drop all but Pattonville and Ritenour from the lawsuit because the other districts have agreed to accept Normandy students.

Missouri's top banking regulator retiring

Finance Commissioner Rich Weaver is retiring after a three-decade career that began by working in the division's mail room in 1985.

Pilot program provides apartments for homeless veterans in St. Louis

The effort focuses on the "chronically homeless." Census figures show 112 chronically homeless people in St. Louis, 50 of them veterans. Veterans who qualify for the program can get free rent, utility assistance and services for other needs.

In Kansas City, Obama tells GOP: Stop hating

"Stop being mad all the time. Stop just hating all the time. Come on," the president said in a boisterous and sharply partisan speech in Missouri.

Missouri reports case of mosquito-borne virus

The St. Louis County Health Department announced Tuesday that a 38-year-old resident was infected with chikungunya, which cannot be passed from human to human, while traveling in the Caribbean.

10,000 sunflowers revitalize St. Louis lot

Organizers say local beautification could spur the revitalization of the beleaguered neighborhood.