State News

Critic to lead study of Blunt's insurance plan

Republican Rob Schaaf wants to scrutinize Gov. Matt Blunt’s Insure Missouri program to ensure it works before it gets money.

Blunt refuses to answer questions about e-mail lawsuit

The governor had promised to answer questions about the lawsuit at a news conference, but he devoted barely two minutes to questions and wouldn’t discuss anything in detail.

General Assembly begins 2008 legislative session

Here’s the contact information and a general run-down of the representatives’ bills and priorities for this session.

Taum Sauk settlement ends state lawsuit

The settlement agreement will end all state demands for compensation from Ameren Corp.

Low pay puts some Mo. teachers in financial straits

A teachers’ association is pushing a plan that would amount to an almost 25 percent pay raise for starting teachers.

Blunt proposes anti-smoking initiative

The governor's proposal would provide $11.6 million to help more Missourians quit smoking, through a program in MoHealthNet.

Appeals court ruling says public defenders can be sued

With its ruling, the appeals court overturned a Boone County judge's decision to dismiss a Missouri prisoner's lawsuit. The ruling is the first to address official immunity from legal action by former clients.

Governor wants tax incentives for ethanol sales

Gov. Matt Blunt says his initiatives would provide money to increase the number of Missouri gas stations that sell E-85 fuel.

What’s that smell? Neighbors complain that factory hog farms are ruining their ways of life

Since 2000, the Missouri Department of Natural Resources has received more than 1,700 odor complaints against concentrated animal feeding operations, according to a Missourian analysis of records held by the state agency. But industry leaders say many complaints come from people opposed to factory farming, not because of excessive odor.

Bills aim to preserve billboards on Mo. interstates

The billboard industry wants the state to move instead of demolish thousands of old billboards when the eventual reconstruction of interstates 70 and 40 begins.

Missouri’s congressional delegation outlines individual successes for the year

Sen. Kit Bond listed a water projects bill as one of his major accomplishments, while Sen. Claire McCaskill said she was most proud of an amendment to create a commission to investigate war contract mismanagement.

Bush approves Missouri for disaster aid

Boone County is in line for $801,921 in federal disaster aid after President Bush approved a request from Gov. Matt Blunt for a disaster declaration in the wake of early December ice and snow storms.

Columbia resident named director of state Revenue Department

Omar Davis has served as director of the Department of Labor and Industrial Relations since September and now will head the Department of Revenue.

Missouri statistics: We marry more than we divorce, but we spend $1,200 below national average in school spending

These tidbits and others come from the federal government’s 127th annual Statistical Abstract of the United States, which provides a statistical snapshot of the nation.

Appeals court rules against inmate’s claim that escape law applied unfairly

The man fled while awaiting sentencing in Jackson County for first-degree murder in the 1990 slaying of his mistress’ husband, which the court rules limits his rights to appeal.

Judge considers St. Louis man’s effort to halt I-64 closure

MoDOT warns that delay in repairs could cost up to $600,000 each day.

Group hopes to stem underage gambling

The Missouri Gaming Association is looking to raise awareness of underage gambling by offering scholarships to high school seniors. The 2008 contest, Project 21, is calling for student submissions in the form of articles, posters or videos addressing the issue of underage gambling.

Blunt, Nixon compete to appear tough on illegal immigrants

Missouri’s gubernatorial candidates are competing in a one-up-manship contest to appear tough on illegal immigrants. But their attention to the issue may be disproportionate to the actual problem.

New UM president hopes for smooth transition into academia

Forsee’s corporate skills and background led the Board of Curators to name him as the UM System’s 22nd president on Thursday.

Forsee officially named next UM System president

The new president said he has a lot to learn about running a system of large, public universities, but he is confident his skills in the corporate world will help him succeed.