State News

Weather conditions resembling those from stormy weekend possible today

Even if the latest storms aren’t particularly violent, they’ll make for a soggy cleanup in towns such as Picher, Okla.

Missouri Senate Republicans move forward with voter ID bill

Senate Republicans pushed forward with a proposed constitutional amendment that would allow voter identification laws in the state. The issue is one of the most partisan issues to be raised in the session.

UM curators vote to formally oppose bill to add voting student member to board

The UM System Board of Curators voted Monday morning in an emergency meeting to voice its formal opposition to Senate Bill 873, which could create a voting student curator position in 2011 if Missouri loses a U.S. Congressional District seat.

Republicans try to pass a voter ID bill before session ends

As quick as a camera flash, Republican lawmakers have resurrected a plan to require photo identification for voters. They will press to pass it this week, lest their political opportunity to do so disappears.

Grounds surrounding Gateway Arch could see changes

The National Park Service is seeking public input as it considers changes to the grounds of the Gateway Arch in St. Louis.

Lawmakers OK $140 million for Mo. construction projects

Improvements to the Governor’s Mansion and Amtrak railroad tracks are among the projects included.

Suit against Blunt by former aide set to include four Mo. courts

Scott Eckersley says Gov. Matt Blunt and others defamed him when they sent packets about his firing to reporters.

MU professors demand meeting with Deaton over salary plan

The teachers want to discuss a $7 million proposal to boost faculty salaries through administrative cuts and the elimination of vacant teaching jobs.

Mo. lawmakers approve $22.4 billion budget

The budget would increase state spending at a greater rate than its expected revenue growth. The state is able to spend faster than its projected tax intake by tapping into money left over from previous years.

Blunt administration continues with e-mail archive plan

The governor’s administration is continuing with a plan to archive state e-mails — even though lawmakers have not approved money to run it.

Voter registration soars in the first few months of 2008

In Boone County, increases have not been as sharp as in other states, but registration has increased 5 or 6 percent here over the past four months compared to the numbers in 2004, said Boone County Clerk Wendy Noren.

Mo. Rep. co-sponsors bill to decriminalize some marijuana possession

William Lacy Clay, a Democrat from St. Louis, has signed on as a co-sponsor of a measure to eliminate federal penalties for possessing up to 100 grams of marijuana for personal use.

Small earthquake shakes St. Louis area

A small earthquake shook parts of St. Louis Monday morning. The quake was centered in southwest St. Louis County.

Judge rewrites part of proposed stem cell amendment

Both opponents and supporters applauded a judge’s decision May 2 to rewrite part of a proposed constitutional amendment banning a particular type of embryonic stem cell research.

Ethics questions raised over lawmakers getting biofuel tax credits

The intermingling of personal and official actions involving biofuels has led to a backlash at the Missouri Capitol.

Truman State student isolated with active TB

Tuberculosis can damage the lungs and is spread through coughing, sneezing and speaking.

Bush in St. Louis: 'This economy is going to come on'

After months of talking about the economy's resilience, President Bush was able to pivot his latest pep talk off some encouraging signs — at least relative to the gloomy indicators of late.

Plaques removed from St. Louis veterans park amid controversy

Until this week, the park included small metal plaques atop pedestals that summarized the nation's conflicts — from the Revolutionary War to the War on Terrorism — including "mistakes" and "consequences."

Two small tornadoes rip at Kansas City area

No serious injuries have been reported. About 23,000 customers were without power across the metro area as of midmorning, Kansas City Power & Light reported.

Missouri Senate aims to bring Canadian jet-manufacturing jobs to Kansas City

Missouri’s Senate approved up to $240 million in tax credits during eight years to Bombardier, a Canadian aircraft company, that supporters say could bring 2,100 new jobs to the state.