State News

Gov. Blunt confirms benefits of biodiesel

Gov. Matt Blunt touted the benefits of a biodiesel bill Friday that he said will spur economic growth, bolster national security and benefit the environment.

Eight arrested on drug-related charges

An early morning sweep in northern Missouri, brought about by a 22-month undercover operation, resulted in eight arrests.

Legislative budget leaders look to trim Blunt's spending plan

Concerns about the economy are causing Missouri lawmakers to look for ways to trim Gov. Matt Blunt’s spending proposals. Blunt has proposed a nearly $23 billion budget for next fiscal year, which would leave about $50 million not spent.

Blunt recommends allocation of $1 million for fight against sexual and domestic violence

The amendment will take advantage of federal funding that helps cover the cost of forensic medical exams, or rape kits, for sexual assault victims, and will redesignate $1 million of the originally proposed funding to go toward the creation of a sexual assault grant program.

Missouri House wants to stop sex offenders from taking pictures of children

A proposal in House could punish registered sex offenders with a fine and a year in jail for taking photos and video of children.

Senate bill would allow nurses to write more prescriptions

A bill in the Missouri Senate could give nurses the ability to write prescriptions for a wider range of controlled substances including Vicoden and Valium.

Cutting the campaign caps

Elections are becoming more expensive due to inflation, but the cap in public funding is hindering transparency in campaigns, said Majority Leader Charlie Shields. Shields and Sen. Jeff Smith offer two alternatives.

Kirkwood begins healing process

After being fixed up, Kirkwood City Hall is scheduled to reopen Tuesday, while funerals for the victims are planned for Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.

Racial tensions might have sparked Kirkwood shooting

Gunman’s family and friends say strained race relations may have pushed him over the edge.

Lt. Gov. Kinder drops out of governor's race

Republican Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder dropped out of the Missouri governor's race Friday night barely two weeks after he entered it, declaring he instead will seek re-election.

Kirkwood gunman left suicide note, brother says

A gunman carrying a grudge against city hall left a suicide note on his bed warning “The truth will come out in the end,” before he went on a deadly shooting spree at a council meeting, his brother told The Associated Press on Friday.

Six dead after Kirkwood City Council shooting

A gunman with a history of acrimony against city leaders opened fire at a council meeting Thursday night, killing two police officers and three city officials before law enforcers fatally shot him, police said. A police news conference is scheduled for 10 a.m. today.

Facebook: Friend or foe among high school students and teachers?

A new bill proposes a stop to student-teacher interaction via social networking Web sites, but some teachers and students argue this interaction is useful for quick communication and the success of school-related clubs.

Bill proposes removing limits for abortion lawsuits

Doctors providing abortions could face higher lawsuit liabilities under an anti-abortion measure working its way through Missouri’s legislature.

Soldier from Missouri National Guard killed in Iraq

A sergeant with the Missouri National Guard has been killed in Iraq, the Guard said Thursday.

Commission wants odor control applied to more Missouri farms

JEFFERSON CITY— Missouri pollution regulators want to expand the state's oversight of agricultural odors to more farms.

Quarterback Gabbert headlines MU’s strong recruiting class

MU signed 23 recruits on Wednesday for the NCAA Signing Day, ranking third in Big 12 recruiting.

Obama, Clinton will split Missouri delegates

Despite Barack Obama’s slight majority in the statewide vote, Obama and Hillary Clinton will end up splitting the Missouri delegates.

Education Committee debates Brooker Act

During a one-hour discussion of the issue on Tuesday, the House Higher Education Committee heard multiple witnesses’ opinions of the controversial House Bill 1315, known as the Emily Brooker Higher Education Sunshine Act.

Chief Justice argues in favor of non-partisan selection of judges

Chief Justice Laura Stith defended the state’s non-partisan court plan Tuesday in her State of the Judiciary address to the Missouri General Assembly