State News

Judge revises ruling on CAFO proposed for Arrow Rock

Cole County Judge Patricia Joyce revised her August ruling to lower the original 15-mile buffer zone to a 2-mile zone.

Gov.-elect Nixon to hold potluck inaugural

Nixon announced Thursday that he will host a potluck dinner from 1:30 to 5 p.m. Jan 12, immediately after he is sworn in as governor.

KC council to discuss settlement demand in mayoral aide's lawsuit

Kansas City Mayor Mark Funkhouser has already settled with former aide Ruth Bates for $30,000, but Bates is reporterly demanding a bigger settlement.

UPDATE: Gov.-elect Nixon making employees re-apply

Nixon's gubernatorial transition team sent a letter dated Tuesday to about 600 employees whose jbos are not covered by the state merit system. The letter directs employees to Internet site to re-apply and asks them to describe their current job duties, their qulifications and "the importance of your current position to the mission of your agency."

Farms can now be within two miles of Arrow Rock

The judge had previously ruled that concentrated animal feeding sites couldn't breach a two-mile perimeter around Arrow Rock; the new perimeter is 15 feet.

UPDATE: Some Missouri casinos see revenue decline

Five Missouri casinos took in less money in November than they did a year earlier, according to figures released by the Gaming Commission. But five others had higher revenue.

St. Louis gets ready for Phase 2 of I-64 project

The Missouri Department of Transportation is rebuilding an 8-mile stretch of I-64 over the next two years, which will cost about $535 million.

Gov.-elect Nixon making 600 state employees re-apply for their jobs

A spokesman for the Governor-elect said Nixon is looking for ways to consolidate and make the state more efficient.

Some Missouri casinos see revenue decline

The Gaming Commission said revenue is down at some Missouri casinos, but that the industry is still doing well.

Former communications director says K.C. mayor told him to act unethically

Joe Miller said his unethical actions stemmed from instructions given to him by the mayor concerning a document about a former parks board member and from his work on a fall light-rail tax campaign.

Kansas player to perform community service for shooting

After shooting a woman with BBs from an Airsoft gun in a dorm courtyard, the Kansas freshman forward agreed to 20 hours of community service and will not have to appear in court Friday.

St. Louis officer under investigation kills self

A St. Louis officer being investigated in a child pornography case jumped out of a police car, ran away and killed himself, authorities said.

Powerball moves from Iowa to Florida

Powerball is moving its televised drawings to Florida, with the first drawing on Jan. 7.  It will feature new odds, a bigger jackpot and a new host.

UPDATE: Blunt calls e-mail investigation 'ridiculous'

The taxpayer bill has hit $1 million for the legal battles over Blunt's e-mails and the firing of a governor's office attorney.

UPDATE: Stem cell critics file revised suit to block funding

Missouri Roundtable for life has filed a lawsuit similar to one dismissed by Cole County Judge Richard Callahan in November. The suit seeks to block $21 millon in life science research funding.

Judge blocks deposition of Blunt on e-mails

A judge has blocked efforts to take the sworn testimony of Gov. Matt Blunt in an investigation into his office’s e-mail practices.

Public asks Missouri budget writers to be gentle

About 90 people testified in front of the Senate Appropriations Committee Tuesday. Some asked for additional funding during this time of national recession and others asked that the expected cuts not affect their program.

Chillicothe women's prison to ease overcrowding at Vandalia

Missouri's female offender population has risen by 150 percent over the last decade and the Vandalia women's prison has struggled to hold all of the offenders.

Stem cell research critics refile lawsuit to block funding of life science research

Missouri stem cell research critics have resurrected a lawsuit to block $21 million from going to life sciences research. The amended suit questions whether there is legal authority to disburse the research grants.

St. Louis shows biggest increase in dropout rate in 5 years

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported Tuesday that new data show St. Louis with a dropout rate of 22 percent. Kansas City's 28 percent dropout rate is even worse. Missouri education leaders say they're worried about the state's two urban districts.