State News

Midwest earthquake highlights need for preparedness

A five-day training exercise by National Guard troops to prepare for “no-notice events” received more attention following last week's 5.2 magnitude earthquake.

After quake, Eastern Missouri residents rush to insurance providers

But they are finding out there’s a waiting period for coverage, even as aftershocks continue to shake the ground.

State office contenders disqualified from running

Candidates vying for state treasurer, governor, the House and county commissions were disqualified Monday by the Missouri Ethics Commission after they failed to file finance reports by the April 15 deadline.

Aftershock from Friday earthquake felt in eastern Missouri

A magnitude 4.5 aftershock rumbled out of Illinois early Monday morning

Republicans of the 9th Congressional District clash at convention

Republicans of the 9th Congressional District (including Boone and 25 other counties) met Saturday to elect three delegates to the state convention, select a presidential elector, and to review amendments proposed for the party platform.

And they did, but the procedure was not without controversy.

Judge: Mo. corrections workers entitled to back pay

JEFFERSON CITY — Missouri probation and parole workers are entitled to more than $4 million in back pay because lawmakers illegally excluded them from a pay raise granted to other state employees, a state judge ruled. But the Republican-led Senate today refused to insert the back pay into the budget.

Audit: Getting tax credits to low-income Mo. housing inefficient

JEFFERSON CITY — State Auditor Susan Montee asserted today that Missouri's tax credits for low-income housing have grown too costly while providing too great of a benefit to developers and investors.

House defeats amendment to change judge selection method

JEFFERSON CITY — The House soundly defeated a constitutional amendment to change how state judges are picked.

Missouri legislature discusses state dessert and obesity

At the same time as the Missouri legislature is considering bills that would make the ice cream cone the official dessert of the state of Missouri, one representative has introduced legislation that would create a Missouri Commission on Prevention and Management of Obesity.

Numerous tax breaks get OK from House

JEFFERSON CITY — The House voted Thursday to approve millions of dollars in tax breaks for investors, employers who pay for their workers' health care and developments near the Kansas City airport.

Execution date sought for man convicted in 2 Boone County killings

ST. LOUIS — One day after the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the use of lethal injection, Missouri Attorney General Jay Nixon today asked the state Supreme Court to set execution dates for four death row inmates, including one convicted of killing 2 people in Boone County.

$22.6 billion Mo. budget passes Senate

JEFFERSON CITY — Missouri senators have passed their version of a $22.6 billion state budget.

Missouri lawmakers push for execution dates

Missouri Democrats and Republicans lobbied the state Supreme Court to set execution dates for death row inmates after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that lethal injections are constitutional.

Senate passes 2009 higher education budget

The Missouri Senate passed next year’s higher education budget Wednesday, which would give the UM System a 4.8 percent increase.

Missouri Republican Party hires new spokeswoman

Tina Hervey has worked for the White House, Kansas Sen. Sam Brownback, and she worked with Gov. Matt Blunt’s re-election campaign.

Flooding threat remains around Missouri lakes

ST. LOUIS — Flood-weary residents were hard hit again by high water in parts of southern Missouri in recent days, resulting in reports Monday of one death and dozens of damaged and waterlogged homes.

State House votes to narrow influence of lawyers on the nominating board

The Missouri House gave first-round approval on Monday to legislation targeting the influence of lawyers in the judicial nominating process along a nearly party-line vote.

Tax Day is Tuesday

April 15 is the last day to file tax returns for 2008.

St. Louis-raised colonel killed in Iraq remembered as selfless

ST. CHARLES ­­— Army Col. Stephen Scott drove fast cars and was known as a daredevil who lived on the edge. But it wasn’t thrill seeking that prompted his return to Iraq in December for a second tour of duty. Relatives said a dedication to his fellow soldiers drew him to Baghdad, where he was killed last week.

Bill encourages transparency in medical costs

The health plan put forward by Rep. Rob Schaaf would require doctors to inform patients of different prices.