State News

Bill would add Internet details to Sex Offender Registry

State Rep. Tom Dempsey, wants the e-mail addresses and electronic identities of sex offenders added to the Missouri Sex Offender Registry.

Online scalpers gouge Elton John tickets

Scalpers flood the Internet with tickets for Elton John’s upcoming concert, but bidders are not yet willing to pay the elevated prices.

Coloring case recalled

A coloring set from Toys “R” Us is the latest in a line of products manufactured in China to be recalled.

Economic development bill passes in General Assembly

The massive economic redevelopment legalizes ticket scalping, provides a tax credit for cattle ranches, provides for urban redevelopment and bolsters Gov. Matt Blunt’s Quality Jobs Act.

Judge upholds Missouri's school funding method

Blunt directive aimed at illegal immigrants

O’FALLON — Gov. Matt Blunt issued a directive Tuesday that will tighten oversight of state-financed construction projects to ensure that contractors don’t employ illegal immigrants.

Senate to discuss economic development bill

JEFFERSON CITY — The Missouri Senate will convene Wednesday to discuss a statewide economic development bill. The bill includes a variety of provisions that primarily involve tax credits for businesses and developers.

State bridge plan wins approval

A single consortium of contracts would get responsibility for maintaining more than 800 bridges in Missouri under a plan approved by the Senate Transportation Committee on Monday.

Senate committee approves economic development bill

The Senate Economic Development, Tourism and Local Government committee Monday asked legislators to approve a statewide tax break bill during the special session. The economic proposal, a down-sized remnant of a bill Gov. Matt Blunt declined to sign into law, that has four key parts including a repeal of the ban on ticket scalping.

Stem cell supporters say ballot language ‘shocking’

A proposed state ballot measure to restrict embryonic stem cell research is flawed because its definition of “human” would exclude people with common genetic abnormalities like Down syndrome, critics said Monday.

Law ending local background checks for gun buyers goes into effect Tuesday

The Castle Doctrine Law, which was signed by Gov. Matt Blunt in July, eliminates the requirement that anyone purchasing a handgun undergo a background check by law enforcement in the county where he or she resides.

Columbia’s Planned Parenthood elated by temporary block on abortion regulation law

KANSAS CITY — A federal judge Monday agreed to temporarily block enforcement of a new Missouri law aimed at increasing regulation of abortion clinics.

Missouri Supreme Court declines to make decision on campaign contribution refunds

The court says it should be up to the Missouri Ethics Commission whether or not politicians must refund unlimited donations they received earlier this year.

Overweight Missouri man determined to become soldier

As a boy, Devin Wielar was constantly teased about his weight. As a grown-up, was told he was too big to join the military — something he had always up wanted to do.

Midwifery supporters file appeal on permanent restraining order

Several supporters of midwifery filed an appeal with the Missouri Supreme Court on Thursday in the latest blow in the fight to legalize the practice in the state.

Group proposes amendment to restrict further stem cell research

Cures Without Cloning submitted paperwork to the Missouri secretary of state’s office Wednesday for a constitutional amendment targeted for the November 2008 ballot. The language of the proposal would ban any form of human cloning.

House committee approves bridge bill

The Missouri House Transportation Committee approved a bill Wednesday that will speed up the rebuilding of 802 of the lowest rated bridges in Missouri, including 13 in Boone County.

Nixon declines to bow out as lawyer<br> in Planned Parenthood case</br>

The Health Department director says she won’t use Attorney General Jay Nixon as its lawyer in a Planned Parenthood lawsuit because his ties are too close to the organization.

Health director drops AG in defense of abortion law

Gov. Matt Blunt's health director is using private attorneys to defend against a lawsuit challenging Missouri's new, more stringent requirements for abortion clinics.

Search for next UM president is sharpened

University of Missouri System curators now plan to interview presidential finalists at least twice before making a job offer — a precaution seemingly designed to avoid being spurned by candidates who get cold feet.