State News

Springfield voters repeal protection for gays against bias

Unofficial final results show that repeal of the ordinance, which provided protection against discrimination in housing and hiring based on sexual orientation and gender identity, passed with 51.4 percent of the vote on Tuesday.

Missouri town re-elects mayor who died last month

Frank Roland Jr. had been in hospice care when he died at age 81 on March 9. By then it was too late to remove his name from the voting ballot.

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel wins second term in runoff victory

With about three-quarters of voting precincts reporting results, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel had 56 percent of the vote, compared to Cook County Commissioner Jesus "Chuy" Garcia's 44 percent.

Missouri Senate OKs budget cutting immigrant scholarships

Senators voted 25-8 on Tuesday in favor of a higher education budget bill that restricts state money from going to scholarships for students living illegally in the U.S.

Wisconsin man urges Missouri police-involved death reviews

A man whose son was shot and killed by a police officer in Wisconsin told a Missouri House committee Tuesday that independent reviews would be welcomed by good officers and police departments.

Missouri House advances agricultural ready designation bill

Under the measure, counties that meet various requirements, such as health and zoning standards that do not discourage agricultural operations, would get priority in receiving state grants.

Kansas City police hope to prevent 'coffin' stunt

Kansas City Mayor James Sly said he is not sure what else the city can do to stop juveniles from participating in the trend known as "put 'em in a coffin."

Summer gas prices expected to be 32 percent lower this year

The expected increased spending due to low gas prices has yet to be seen, but that may change with warmer weather.

U.S. court OKs Larry Flynt's push for Missouri execution information

It reverses a lower court judge's denial of Larry Flynt's request to join a suit filed by death row inmates that seeks to force Missouri to disclose more details of its execution methods.

Severe storms pummel St. Louis region with rain, hail

Spring warming and changes in where the jet stream carves a path in the upper atmosphere were combining to increase the chances of severe weather across the Plains on Wednesday and Thursday, the Storm Prediction Center said.

Missouri Gov. Nixon plans trade mission to Ireland, France

Spokesman Scott Holste says economic development nonprofit the Hawthorne Foundation is paying for Nixon's expenses.

Financial woes plague Poplar Bluff venue

A special council meeting is scheduled amid the growing realization that turning a profit for the Black River Coliseum is a daunting task.

Patrol seeks ID of man killed on southeast Missouri highway

The Missouri State Highway Patrol is asking for help from the public in identifying a man who was fatally struck about six miles south of Farmington.

Get-out-the-vote effort underway in Ferguson

Just 12 percent of Ferguson's voters went to the polls in the municipal election last April. This year, three of the six city council seats are up for grabs.

Missouri budget plan cuts social programs, makes major shift

Budget director Linda Luebbering said the proposed cuts would be magnified because departments would also get less in federal matching funds.

Arkansas judge mauled by zebra released from hospital

The judge's wife said her father-in-law plans to sell the zebra at an auction in Missouri.

Inmate gets maximum 15-year sentence in threats case

William Mabie, formerly of Festus, Missouri, will serve five years on each of three felony counts of mailing threatening communications.

FBI investigating two attacks with alleged Ferguson references

The agency is looking into both cases for possible hate crimes. Anyone found guilty of a federal hate crime involving bodily injury could face up to 10 years in prison.

St. Charles teen's overdose raises awareness about drug abuse

The story of 18-year-old Brayden Travis, who is now in a coma at a local hospital, has been shared more than 330,000 times on Facebook.

Joplin construction driven by large commercial projects

Construction of Joe Becker Stadium was the leading project in February, followed by a $4.4 million permit for a Walmart Neighborhood Market in the tornado zone.