State News

Bull makes a break for the big city

A bull is on the loose in downtown St. Louis after the truck carrying it overturned on a bridge ramp.

Bull missing in St. Louis after truck accident

Seventeen bulls died after a truck overturned on a bridge ramp. The incident occurred exactly a year after a horse trailer crashed on Interstate 44.

Missouri students raise math scores

Missouri's fourth and eighth grade students now score at the national average in math and continue to score at the national average in reading.

Missouri government’s terror-free investing pays off

In its first year, a new socially responsible fund outperformed its less discerning competitors, according to the state treasurer.

Owner of Missouri group home arrested on Medicaid Fraud charge

Federal prosecutors accuse Robert Dupont of operating residential care facilities despite a previous fraud conviction. Dupont owned the Anderson Guest House, which burned down in November.

Federal judge directs state and abortion providers to compromise

A federal judge issued a preliminary injunction Monday barring the state from enforcing new regulations on abortion clinics until it can negotiate a compromise with abortion providers.

Missouri says schools receive adequate funding

A judge ruling on the school funding case between the state and some school districts agrees with the state it exceeds funding requirements, but has yet to issue his formal ruling.

Advocacy group calls Gov. Blunt’s health care plan a first step

The new program has three phases, the first of which would begin in February and aims to extend health care to working families who fall below the poverty line.

Mexican and Canadian trucks now have expanded rights to travel on U.S. highways

Effective Sept. 6, Mexican and Canadian truckers were given expanded rights to travel through the U.S. as part of the North American Free Trade Agreement. The new North American trucking system making that possible is generating arguments about safety from the union for American truck drivers.

Missouri’s first West Nile virus death of 2007

The death of a 51-year-old St. Louis woman was the first confirmed West Nile virus-related death of the year.

Survey shows 77 percent of Missourians buckle up

The survey found that more female drivers buckled up than male drivers.

Group calls for regulation of payday loan industry

Legislators are cracking down and putting restrictions on payday loan companies, in an attempt to protect Missouri consumers.

Missouri Republicans challenge Ethics Commission’s decision on campaign contributions

A lawsuit claims the Missouri Ethics Commission violated the state’s open meetings law when it reached a decision that would require candidates to return campaign donations.

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.