RSS Feed

News Tribune State

Missouri House passes 1-cent sales tax increase

Missouri House members passed a 1-cent sales tax increase for transportation funding Wednesday, but the issue that has divided the majority Republicans is still a long way from becoming law.

Missouri Medicaid may restore adult dental care

Missouri lawmakers appear likely to restore dental coverage for hundreds of thousands of adult Medicaid recipients, nearly a decade after it was eliminated.

Tease photo

Abortion activists rally at statehouse

As Rabbi Susan Talve, surrounded by sign-toting protesters, took the podium Tuesday at the Rally for Women’s Lives, 200 activists from across the state stood silently.

House backs penny sales tax for roads

The Missouri House on Tuesday gave first-round approval to a 10-year, 1-cent sales tax increase dedicated to transportation projects, after rejecting two proposed amendments that would have raised state fuel and diesel taxes and limited funding for bicycle infrastructure.

PSC looks for answers in unusual cases

Missouri’s five-member Public Service Commission is trying to figure out how to handle what Commissioner Steve Stoll called its “unusual” cases — Noranda Aluminum’s twin requests that the PSC rule that Ameren Missouri is taking in more revenue than allowed in its current rate structure, and for the PSC to reduce the rates that Noranda now pays for Ameren’s electricity.

Religious bias barred in schools

The Missouri House passed a bill preventing discrimination based on a student’s religious beliefs in schools by a margin of 131-16 on Tuesday.

Ameren wins permission for solar farm

Ameren Missouri hopes to be generating electricity by the end of the year from a new solar farm near O’Fallon in St. Charles County.

House bills would elect state school board

Opponents of Common Core favor legislation

Opponents of the Common Core education standards and their allies in the Missouri Legislature are looking to oust the State Board of Education — at the ballot box.

Repairs interrupt Amtrak runs in Missouri

Damage to railroad tracks caused by last week's flash flooding in west-central Missouri is forcing changes in Amtrak passenger service.

Missouri House endorses criminal code overhaul

The Missouri House has advanced legislation overhauling the state's criminal code, but without a reduction in punishment for first-time marijuana crimes.

Missouri senators back tourism funding increase

Missouri senators are looking to spend more money on promoting the state to potential tourists.

Mo. House endorses penny sales tax for roads

Missouri voters would be asked to approve a 1-cent sales tax to fund roads, bridges and other modes of transportation under a measure endorsed Tuesday by the state House.

Missouri consumer advocate to lead Energy Division

The Missouri official responsible for representing consumer interests before utility regulators will be leading a state division tasked with developing an energy plan.

Lawmakers agree on 1 percent raise for state employees

Most state employees can expect to see a 1 percent raise in next year’s paychecks, not the 3 percent Gov. Jay Nixon proposed in his State of the State address three months ago.

Kansas City will reopen its film office

Members of Kansas City’s film community hope to reel some business after the city’s long-dormant film office reopens.

Killer kidnappers could face death penalty sooner

Bill would expedite appeal process in cases of child victims

The Senate Judiciary Committee considered legislation Monday night to expedite the appeals process for defendants sentenced to death who had also kidnapped their victims.

Senate endorses projects for state bonds it OK'd last week

With little debate, the Missouri Senate on Monday approved the list of 303 building renovation and rehabilitation projects to be tackled with money raised from the sale of revenue bonds.

State Democratic lawmaker charged with 2 DWIs

A southeastern Missouri lawmaker is facing two charges of driving while intoxicated stemming from separate arrests in the capital city, according to court documents released Monday.

Koster's order halts business for auction house

Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster said Monday that his office has obtained a temporary restraining order prohibiting a suburban St. Louis auction house from doing business, citing complaints from dozens of customers about missed payments for auctioned items.

Senate endorses criminal code overhaul

The Missouri Senate endorsed legislation Monday to overhaul the state’s criminal laws for the first time since 1979 and create new punishment ranges for felony and misdemeanor crimes.