State News

Lawmakers propose bills to legalize industrial hemp production

Both measures would exclude industrial hemp from the definition of marijuana, specifying it as forms of the cannabis sativa plant with less than 0.3 percent concentration of the main psychoactive component present in cannabis.

Economic development proposal included in Ameren rate case

The proposed incentive pairs electric bill cuts with state and local tax credits for new and expanding companies in Ameren Missouri's territory.

Missouri Senate panel OKs limit to Rams stadium bonds

The bill would stop the state from extending or issuing new bonds without approval from the legislature.

Missouri House OKs ban on scholarships for some immigrants

The measure also would expand the A+ Scholarship to students studying divinity and theology and would require colleges charge some immigrant students an international tuition rate.

St. Louis superintendent examines reasons for suspensions

Superintendent Kelvin Adams presented data that showed out-of-school suspensions across the district are down from about 11,500 in 2008-09 to nearly 4,000 last school year.

Ruling allows Missouri woman to avoid deportation

A woman from Bonne Terre, who was convicted of stealing from the restaurant where she worked, appeared headed for deportation to Thailand until the immigration case was dismissed Monday.

Convent at University of Missouri-St. Louis to be demolished

UMSL plans to demolish the Congregation of the Sisters of Charity of Incarnate Word Convent and turn it into green space.

New chancellor announced for St. Louis Community College

Jeff Pittman serves as statewide vice president of corporate college services and online education at Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana. Pittman will begin in July as chancellor at the St. Louis college.

Sheriff's office IDs body found in rural Leavenworth County

The sheriff's office identified the woman as 22-year-old Karissa Warren of Kansas City, Kansas. Her body was discovered Sunday in rural Leavenworth County, and her death is being investigated as a homicide.

Brown Shoe's outlook disappoints, shares fall

Brown Shoe CEO Ken Hannah said the company is "cautious about the potential for product delays in the first half of the year."

Charter, Kansas City district suspend talks about high school

Plans had called for the Academie Lafayette to run the school for the district in the Southwest Early College Campus.

UPDATE: St. Louis archdiocese must turn in sex abuse claims records

A Florissant man's parents are suing the archdiocese claiming his 2009 suicide was the result of sexual and emotional abuse by a priest.

Chronic Wasting Disease found in mid-Missouri breaches containment zone

The buck killed in Centertown — some 40 miles from the state's containment zone — was the 14th Chronic Wasting Disease case confirmed this season in free-range deer.

Woman pleads guilty to conspiracy in 2013 Unger homicide

The sentence hearing for Joycelynn Brown has been set for April 27.

Missouri Senate endorses medical malpractice lawsuit caps

Though Senate Democrats have blocked past efforts to reinstate malpractice lawsuit caps, the endorsement of the measure represents a compromise between Democratic and Republican lawmakers.

Ferguson city manager out after Justice Department report

The Department of Justice's 102-page report frequently cited City Manager John Shaw's role in encouraging Ferguson police officers to aggressively fine motorists as a means to generate revenue.


Missouri House grants initial approval to $26 billion budget

A House budget committee approved a series of spending bills Tuesday, including the additional education money and restrictions on funds for commissioners and the governor to fly on state planes.

Missouri projected to see more bad bridges over next decade

State transportation commissioners were told Tuesday that Missouri has 600 bridges on state highways that are rated in poor or critical condition but are not in Missouri's five-year plan for improvements.

Missouri bill to ban aid for immigrant students advances

The legislation would hinder immigrants in the state without lawful status from receiving in-state tuition or state aid for higher education.

Dellwood mayor to grant amnesty for traffic tickets

Traffic tickets written by the now defunct Dellwood Police Department were difficult to prosecute,