State News

Police and hospital support staff action in Graham arrest

A spokeswoman for University Hospital said staff acted appropriately in trying to prevent Columbia police from obtaining Sen. Chuck Graham’s urine — the Police say they acted appropriately as well.

Bush to visit St. Louis on Thursday

The president will tour the headquarters of a St. Louis-based business, give a speech about the federal budget and attend a Republican fundraiser.

U.S., Missouri flags restored over state Capitol

With both permanent flagpoles destroyed by high winds, state officials have erected a temporary pole to carry the U.S. and Missouri flags.

Other state legislators offer support to Sen. Graham

Rep. Tom Burcham, the last Missouri legislator to be arrested for drunken driving, gave advice to Sen. Graham, who was arrested Saturday on suspicion of driving while intoxicated.

Two dead after severe weather hits Missouri

Widespread storm damage has been reported from mid-Missouri to southwest Illinois.

State pays enough for schools now, Mo. judge says

The state provides as much public school funding as the Missouri Constitution requires, a Cole County judge ruled Wednesday in rejecting a lawsuit filed by almost one-half of the state’s school districts, including Columbia Public Schools.

Staph infection becomes a bigger threat, state health experts says

Community-acquired Methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus, a type of staph infection, is a recently found illness that is more easily treatable but capable of more damage.

Judge rules against state's school districts

The state provides as much public school funding as the Missouri Constitution requires, a Cole County judge ruled Wednesday.

Ethics Commission ruling could close financial gap between Nixon, Blunt

If the Missouri Ethics Commission rules that the gubernatorial candidates must refund excess campaign donations, Gov. Matt Blunt would have to return $4.2 million, and Attorney General Jay Nixon would have to return $1.3.

Organizations provide families with child identification kits

The demand for the kits, which provide digital and DNA records of children, has risen in response to prominent Missouri kidnapping cases.

Government distributes $39.4 million to state universities

Gov. Matt Blunt’s higher education initiative calls for MOHELA to pay the state $350 million over several years. The money will fund various college construction projects.

ConAgra defends decision not to recall pot pies

The pot pies were being pulled from store shelves Wednesday at the company’s request, but a prominent food poisoning lawyer criticized the decision not to recall the Banquet and generic pot pies.

Third hearing on state regulating school sports heats up

Some legislators said they were getting frustrated about whether the state should should regulate the Missouri State High School Activities Association.

Protests still allowed at air shows

The veterans group that organizes Memorial Day air shows in Columbia reached the end of the road Tuesday on its quest to prevent the public from protesting during the event.

Apple crop battered from March freeze

“There shouldn’t be an apple around here,” said orchard owner Paul Peters of central Missouri. “We didn’t expect anything to make it.”

Firm hired to rebuild a Kansas town

BNIM Architects will rebuild Greensburg, Kan., which was almost destroyed by a tornado in May.

YouTube becomes a political force in state races

The attention received by a YouTube video of Jay Nixon allegedly arriving at a campaign stop in his state car demonstrates how the video site has entered the realm of Missouri state politics.

Abuse of power tops themes in governor’s race

Governor Matt Blunt and Attorney General Jay Nixon snipe and snarl as gubernatorial race approaches.

Missouri bridges given clean bill of health

Some Missouri bridges found in decent shape and others given repairs in wake of inspections following the Minnesota bridge collapse.

Web site lists state businesses that don't pay taxes

A new site provides the public with a record of businesses with revoked sales tax licenses. The site is updated weekly.