State News

Governor reaffirms Ed Martin as chief of staff

Gov. Matt Blunt reaffirmed his support for Chief of Staff Ed Martin at a press conference Wednesday after some Hispanic groups accused Martin of making offensive comments.

Richard elected state House Speaker

Rep. Ron Richard, a Joplin Republican, is set to become the Missouri House’s most powerful legislator.

Ethics Commission rules on campaign law

The secret meeting has led to some objections that the Commission may have violated Missouri's Sunshine Law.

Rock Bridge Park trails to come full circle

After a slab of rock crushed part of Rock Bridge Memorial State Park’s boardwalk last summer, the park’s most popular trail is taking a new shape.

Republicans to elect possible House speaker

JEFFERSON CITY ­­— House Republicans plan to meet Wednesday to elect who they hope will be voted in as the speaker of the House for the 2009 legislative session.

Students hope court approves class action lawsuit to block MOHELA sale

A hearing on a lawsuit to stop MOHELA from transferring funds into a building-construction program begins Tuesday morning. The filing students claim the funds should be used for loan forgiveness.

Missouri gets 2 more National Guard battalions

One regional rifle company will be located in Boonville.

Devlin change of venue hearing continued

A change of venue hearing in Washington County for the man accused of kidnapping Shawn Hornbeck has been delayed until Oct. 1.

Without a rabbi, Temple Beth-El finds its leadership in community

Beth-El is one of the oldest temples west of the Mississippi River that still holds services at its original site. But its congregation is so small that it has never been able to afford to hire a rabbi, instead choosing to have lay leaders take turns stepping up to the dais.

Wineries assess losses

ST. JAMES — A combination of the Easter freeze and increased losses of fruit to birds has left Missouri’s wineries predicting a tiny harvest this year and big economic losses.

Missouri's Bootheel towns hardest hit by drought

Southeast Missouri is in the grip of a severe to extreme drought, as scorching temperatures and no rain in August baked crops in the field, burned pastures and dried up cattle watering holes.

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.