State News

School board votes to discontinue statewide school funding suit

Columbia Public Schools will not participate in the Committee for Educational Equality’s future appeal of the Missouri Supreme Court’s ruling on the statewide school funding lawsuit.

Freezing rain leaves one dead, thousands without power

Freezing rain across much of central and southern Missouri caused power outages to more than 100,000 customers Monday as icy roads were blamed for at least one death.

Governor wants money for cancer center

Gov. Matt Blunt announced today he will ask for $31.2 million for the Ellis Fischel Cancer Center at MU in the supplemental budget recommendation.

Columbia legislators plan to focus more on Boone County

Representatives Ed Robb, R-Columbia, Judy Baker, D-Columbia, Jeff Harris, D-Columbia and Chuck Graham, D-Columbia, discuss their concerns and goals for the 2008 legislative session.

Lawmakers propose bills concerning national issues

Missouri legislators filed bills about Illegal immigration, dogfighting, hate crimes and cyber-bullying on Monday.

Online game invites players to shine a light on Blunt

“Matt Blunt: Document Destroyer” was created and paid for by the Missouri Democratic Party in response to the e-mail controversy in the governor’s office.

Faculty doubt Forsee can lead UM System

The potential hiring of a former telecommunications executive as the next University of Missouri System president has some faculty worried that the finalist lacks the necessary experience in academia.

Sides brace for battle over judge selections

Missouri’s non-partisan method is a model for many states, but opponents say it’s out of date and keeps the public in the dark.

State Supreme Court finds location not essential for convictions

Proving where the crme took place is not suject to the same burden of proof at trial.

Detailed reasons for Blunt's chief of staff's resignation under wraps

The governor declined to say if the resignation was forced and would not give a timeline of events.

Father confesses to killings

More than three years after his children disappeared, Dan Porter was charged Tuesday with their slayings, telling reporters that he had confessed and was still haunted by their deaths.

Internet hoax victim's family seeks legislative reform

The story of a girl who killed herself after receiving cruel messages on the Internet is prompting calls from her family for legal reforms to better protect against online harassment.

Missouri Wilderness Coalition hopes Congress will add 50,000 protected acres

Hundreds of bird-watchers, backpackers, hunters and rafters from across the state are lobbying Congress to designate about 50,000 acres as federally protected wilderness areas.

Local legislative races taking shape

Here’s an early look at who will compete in 2008 to represent Columbia and Boone County's five state House districts.

Highway construction could halt without more money, report says

The Transportation Department said it needs a budget increase now that state funds are drying up.

Defendant’s mother jailed as Kelly murder retrial begins

The mother of a Columbia man charged with murder was held in contempt of court Wednesday after shouting at a witness during her son’s trial at the Boone County Courthouse.

Chandelier raised at Capitol after restorations

Nearly a year after the chandelier in the Capitol building fell to the floor, it was raised and lit Wednesday. For the first time in 40 years the dome was fully illuminated.

Rios to head back to Boone County

The Missouri Department of Corrections received a mandate Monday to return Rios to Boone County for a new murder trial.

Political fallout varies when lawmakers drink and drive

The request to former state Attorney General John Ashcroft from then-state Sen. Ralph Uthlaut Jr. was clear: Are Missouri lawmakers immune from arrest for drunken driving and other traffic violations?

MU student elected National FFA president

Zach Kinne was elected national FFA president in at the 80th FFA Convention in Indianapolis.