State News

Missouri Supreme Court hears challenge to traffic fines law

The law at issue caps the percentage of revenue cities can collect from traffic violations at 30 percent and requires cities to file reports with the state and turn over any amount over that.

Missouri legislature set to reconcile differences in budget

Several key parts of Missouri's $26 billion spending plan for next fiscal year will be resolved by negotiators.

Public comments sought on final NAWS environmental study

A U.S. Bureau of Reclamation report released Tuesday is another step in the long-delayed project to bring Missouri River water to residents of northwestern North Dakota.

Talking turkey: How bird flu outbreaks are playing out

The virus H5N2 has caused outbreaks at turkey farms throughout the Midwest, including two in Missouri. Here are answers to questions including how the birds get the flu and what happens after that.

Fired Ferguson clerk fired over emails says she's not racist

Mary Ann Twitty told The Associated Press on Wednesday that emails linked to her "were jokes," and that "of course I'm not racist."

Missouri Senate passes bill amnesty to delinquent taxpayers

Delinquent taxpayers would need to pay between Sept. 1 and Nov. 30 to qualify. They also would need to comply with state tax laws for the next eight years.

Man drowns in southwest Missouri lake

The Missouri State Highway Patrol said the body of Ralph Prince of Bolivar was recovered from the lake Tuesday afternoon.

Lawsuit against Joplin, police settled

The Russells alleged they were wrongfully arrested in March 2013 after a family member suffered a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Ferguson election triples number of blacks on City Council

The election means that half of the six-member city council in Ferguson, a town where two-thirds of the 21,000 residents are black, will now be African-American.

UPDATE: Ferguson election could reshape City Council

Three of the six council seats are up for grabs in the St. Louis County town where 18-year-old Michael Brown, who was black, was fatally shot by a white Ferguson police officer in August.

Springfield voters repeal protection for gays against bias

Unofficial final results show that repeal of the ordinance, which provided protection against discrimination in housing and hiring based on sexual orientation and gender identity, passed with 51.4 percent of the vote on Tuesday.

Missouri town re-elects mayor who died last month

Frank Roland Jr. had been in hospice care when he died at age 81 on March 9. By then it was too late to remove his name from the voting ballot.

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel wins second term in runoff victory

With about three-quarters of voting precincts reporting results, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel had 56 percent of the vote, compared to Cook County Commissioner Jesus "Chuy" Garcia's 44 percent.

Missouri Senate OKs budget cutting immigrant scholarships

Senators voted 25-8 on Tuesday in favor of a higher education budget bill that restricts state money from going to scholarships for students living illegally in the U.S.

Wisconsin man urges Missouri police-involved death reviews

A man whose son was shot and killed by a police officer in Wisconsin told a Missouri House committee Tuesday that independent reviews would be welcomed by good officers and police departments.

Missouri House advances agricultural ready designation bill

Under the measure, counties that meet various requirements, such as health and zoning standards that do not discourage agricultural operations, would get priority in receiving state grants.

Kansas City police hope to prevent 'coffin' stunt

Kansas City Mayor James Sly said he is not sure what else the city can do to stop juveniles from participating in the trend known as "put 'em in a coffin."

Summer gas prices expected to be 32 percent lower this year

The expected increased spending due to low gas prices has yet to be seen, but that may change with warmer weather.

U.S. court OKs Larry Flynt's push for Missouri execution information

It reverses a lower court judge's denial of Larry Flynt's request to join a suit filed by death row inmates that seeks to force Missouri to disclose more details of its execution methods.

Severe storms pummel St. Louis region with rain, hail

Spring warming and changes in where the jet stream carves a path in the upper atmosphere were combining to increase the chances of severe weather across the Plains on Wednesday and Thursday, the Storm Prediction Center said.