State News

High stakes also carry high risk for Mo. Republican primary

Voter interest appears high for Missouri’s presidential primaries. The number of delegates at stake is high, too. But until this weekend, the candidates’ interest in Missouri, particularly Republicans, seemed comparatively low.

Minuteman conference in Kansas City faces opposition because of past controversy

Protestors see the anti-illegal immigration group as activists, particularly after Frances Semler, a member of the city’s parks board, resigned last week because of her Minuteman involvement.

Snowstorm causes airport delays and interstate closings in St. Louis

Thursday’s snowstorm hit eastern Missouri hard, causing several car accidents and closing down Lambert-St. Louis International Aiport for several hours.

Sen. Koster proposes bill to crack down on meth

The bill that was filed Thursday morning would require mandatory substance abuse treatment for anyone convicted of possession of methamphetamines as well as a potential child endangerment charge if a user shares their home with children.

Education Committee chairwoman proposes prohibiting teacher-student interaction online

A section added to a bill Wednesday would prohibit teachers from interacting with students on social networking Web sites, such as Facebook, that parents cannot access.

State bill could make cyber harassment a felony

The legislation was proposed in response to the suicide of a St. Charles teenager.

Missouri bill could deprive MSHSAA control of high school activities

A House committee discussed a bill Wednesday that could take control of high school extracurricular activities from MSHSAA and give it to the state Education Department.

Lawmakers try to block Blunt’s health care plan

A House committee is seeking to enlist the help of Secretary of State Robin Carnahan in its quest to block Gov. Matt Blunt’s government-subsidized health care program.

Shields passes on governor’s race, aims for top Senate position

The Senate majority leader announced he will not be running for governor but instead aims to become Senate pro tem

Bill would bar sex offenders from university housing

Under the proposed measure, a public university would be required to perform a check of the state's sex offender registry for each housing applicant.

Margaret Truman Daniel, President Truman’s only child, dies

She was a writer and singer as well as an honorary co-chair of the Harry S. Truman Library Institute in Independence.

Republican presidential candidate Romney to visit Mo.

Details about his visit are still being worked out, but stops are likely to be scheduled in St. Louis and southwest Missouri.

House Dems education plan targets school violence

The House Democrats’ bill would allocate $1.5 million to the state Education Department for a center for school safety and school violence prevention.

Chelsea Clinton speaks at MU on behalf of her mother

Chelsea Clinton, 27, answered questions about Hillary Clinton’s stance on a variety of issues with just more than a week before Missouri’s Feb. 5 primaries.

Rep. Hulshof expected to make Mo. governor bid

U.S. Rep. Kenny Hulshof is expected to announce his gubenatorial candidacy Tuesday. The Columbia resident would be the third Republican candidate.

Missouri’s Catholic bishops urge lawmakers to help immigrants

The state’s Roman Catholic bishops are telling lawmakers and statewide elected officials to stop trying to “vie to see who can be tougher on illegal immigrants.”

Senator wants to stop publishing Missouri’s Official Manual

Republican Sen. Kevin Engler of Farmington says it costs about a half-million dollars and the information is already available online.

Blunt and Nixon call for tax exemptions on federal rebates

Missouri’s governor and attorney general both support a pending proposal in Congress that would provide up to $600 to working Missourians.

Rep. Emerson won't join race for governor

After some “soul searching,” Rep. Jo Ann Emerson decided against a gubernatorial campaign in favor of remaining in the House.

Clinton confident she can win in Missouri

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said she has a breadth and depth of support that can help her win in Missouri.