State News

Cape Girardeau native enjoys chasing after storms

David Patterson likes chasing storms to help the weather service and warn others of incoming danger, he said.

Kansas City restaurant reopens after 2013 explosion

JJ's restaurant has been closed since Feb. 13, 2013 and is set to reopen next week, less than one block from its original location. More than 90 percent of JJ's former employees are returning.

Student sets sights on Olympics with help from after-school youth program

Gabe Dawson started lifting weights in fifth grade when he saw a flier for it at his elementary school, which happened to be an InterServ outreach program. His ultimate goal is to go to the Olympics, but he says he's taking it one step at a time.

Second court ruling tosses out Missouri's gay marriage ban but leaves Boone County unaffected

Same-sex marriages took place in the St. Louis and Kansas City areas Friday, but no licenses are expected to be issued in Boone County as of now.

Nixon announces 1,500 more summer jobs for young people

Youth from low-income families will be paired with jobs through the Missouri Office of Community Engagement.

State expects decrease in A+ scholarship reimbursements

Although Gov. Jay Nixon released funding for the program, reimbursements are still expected to decrease.

Korean War veteran gets Purple Heart 6 decades later

Leo Hardin, a veteran of the Korean War, was awarded the Purple Heart at a ceremony at the Soldiers Memorial in downtown St. Louis.

Arch renovation seeks ideas for downtown plaza

Groups leading the renovation are seeking public input on the redesign of Kiener Plaza.

Justice Department hosts St. Louis police training

The department's Office of Community Oriented Policing Services held its first voluntary training session Friday for St. Louis area police.

UPDATE: Gay couples begin to marry in Kansas City

Officials across much of the rest of the state aren't following suit, asserting that the court cases don't apply there.

Missouri launches site tracking bridge closures

The website offers recommended detours and includes details on why a bridge is closed, how it will be fixed and how the repairs will be funded.

Hundreds honor deputy killed in line of duty

A GoFundMe to help raise money for the funeral and an education fund for Matthew Chism's young son had raised about $15,000 from more than 250 donors by Thursday evening.

Hospital to perform pediatric heart transplants

Children's Mercy expects to perform five to seven heart transplants a year at first, with that number doubling in the future.

Bridge repair to disrupt Amtrak service next week

The Missouri Department of Transportation says Union Pacific Railroad is replacing a bridge near the Kansas City suburb of Lee's Summit, forcing the track to temporarily close.

Missouri real estate agency gets good audit score

The commission was established under a 1941 law and is responsible for licensing and regulating people working in the real estate field.

Show-Me Cannabis files initiative petition to legalize marijuana

Show-Me Cannabis can begin collecting the 165,000 required signatures following the acceptance of its petition. The signatures must come from six of the eight Missouri districts and total 8 percent of registered voters to appear on the ballot.

UPDATE: Boone, other counties won't issue gay marriage licenses after judge's ruling in St. Louis

St. Louis Circuit Judge Rex Burlison overturned Missouri's ban on gay marriage on Wednesday, determining the law unconstitutional. But the ruling only applies to St. Louis City and licenses won't be issued elsewhere.

UPDATE: Missouri House speaker won't seek office in 2016

Tim Jones, who is an attorney, said he has accepted a position as a senior policy fellow at the Hammond Institute for Free Enterprise at Lindenwood University.

Missouri Senate to address Ferguson next session

Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle say they intend to introduce legislation to soothe tensions exacerbated by the shooting death of Michael Brown, although Republicans have indicated that Ferguson might be better handled outside of the Senate.

Lindenwood University says police intimidated students

The student journalists wanted to interview St. Louis police chief about thefts of band equipment from vans outside St. Louis concert venues and were surrounded, searched and questioned.