State News

Opening of Johnson’s Shut-Ins State Park delayed

The opening of Johnson’s Shut-Ins State Park in southeast Missouri is being delayed because of severe winter weather and more recent flooding.

Teacher abuse reform falls short in Missouri legislature

A pair of proposals allowing local school districts to more easily rid Missouri classrooms of teachers who sexually abuse their students failed to win approval in the recently concluded legislative session.

Mo. to join group setting military kids education policies

Missouri is set to become the seventh state to join an interstate education compact for military children.

Judge bars Missouri lawyers from State Farm case

A federal judge on Monday disqualified a group of Missouri lawyers, including a former high-ranking prosecutor, from working on a case against State Farm Insurance Cos. over its handling of policyholder claims after Hurricane Katrina.

Regulators probing milk price manipulation

Federal commodity regulators are investigating whether the farmer-owned dairy cooperative that controls about a third of the nation’s milk supply engaged in a price manipulation scheme, a spokeswoman for the group said Monday.

Legislators extend exceptions to Sunshine Law

Plans for government security systems, state buildings and terrorist attack responses will continue to be closed records in Missouri.

Missouri officials say they're prepared for next major quake

Missouri emergency management officials say they’re better prepared for a major earthquake, thanks in part to last month’s 5.2 quake in southern Illinois.

Program to help U.S. homeowners

Tyrone Turner’s most important piece of advice for homeowners facing foreclosure is to bargain hard with the bank, and to remember that losing their home isn’t the only option if they fall behind on loan payments.

Limits on abortion resurface

Republican gubernatorial candidates Sarah Steelman and Kenny Hulshof each called for new abortion restrictions Monday after lawmakers failed to pass a bill making it illegal to coerce a woman to have an abortion.

Mo. House dissension more prevalent with lame ducks

Two lame ducks — Gov. Matt Blunt and House Speaker Rod Jetton — resulted in a Republican split in the House and little action on issues, especially Blunt's plan to provide government-subsidized health insurance to as many as 200,000 lower-income Missourians

Eventful Missouri legislative session comes to close

The Missouri General Assembly passed 70 bills on to the governor.

Bill that could give UM’s student curator a vote heads to governor’s desk

According to the bill’s provisions, however, the student curator’s power to vote would be contingent on Missouri losing a congressional district after the 2010 census.

Mo. Senate OKs illegal immigration bill

The Senate approved a broad bill Thursday that adds penalties and restrictions on illegal immigrants but also includes provisions opposed by House leaders that affect businesses.

House adds item to bill to allow death sentences for child rape

The U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments in April on a Louisiana law allowing the death penalty for child rapists. But the court has not yet ruled.

Senate OKs illegal immigration bill

But it has a provision House leaders don’t like.

Missouri House repeals village law, adds new restrictions

Missouri House members voted Wednesday to repeal a contentious law making it easier for landowners to incorporate their properties as villages. But they linked it to new restrictions on sexually oriented businesses.

Some House members call for removal of speaker

A group of Republicans in the state legislature approached the Democratic leadership Wednesday asking about the potential removal of House Speaker Rod Jetton.

Controversial amendment could stall immigration reform

The amendment gives the state attorney general the power to investigate companies that try to hide the employment of illegal workers by misclassifying them.

Lawmakers reject database fee increase

In a rebuke of Gov. Matt Blunt’s administration, House members on Tuesday overwhelmingly rejected a large fee increase charged to businesses obtaining vehicle and driver’s license information from state databases.

Obama set to discuss economy in Cape Girardeau

The Democratic presidential hopeful will meet with workers at a clothing manufacturer. The stop is part of a tour of mostly swing states.