A potential Republican candidate for governor in 2016 is making the rounds in Missouri.

Eric Greitens shook hands and visited state lawmakers Tuesday in the Capitol before speaking at a Missouri Farm Bureau Foundation fundraiser later in the day.

Barack Obama
File photo / KBIA

A central Missouri man is facing a federal charge for allegedly threatening to shoot President Barack Obama.

Twenty-four-year-old Cameron Stout, of Stover, was charged Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Jefferson City with making threats against the president.

Missouri Capitol
j.stephenconn / Flickr

A measure to block local governments from banning or taxing plastic bags is moving forward in the Missouri Legislature.

401 (K) 2013 / FLICKR

  Missouri lawmakers passed a bill that will set a limit to awards in medical malpractice lawsuits. The Missouri Senate approved a $400,000 cap in damages for botched medical procedures and a $700,000 cap in catastrophic injuries. They also agreed to raise an existing cap on wrongful death cases from $350,000 to $700,000.

The law reinstated damage limits which were overturned by the Missouri Supreme Court in 2012. The court decided a restriction on the amount of damages a jury could award was in violation of the constitutional right to a jury trial guaranteed by the Sixth Amendment.

From Track to Trail: Eldon Plans New Rock Island Trail

Mar 17, 2015
jnyemb / FLICKR

  The Rock Island Railroad running through Eldon hasn’t had a car run on its tracks for more than 30 years.

The city of Eldon has received The Building Blocks for Sustainable Communities Grant through the Environmental Protection Agency. The grant will provide access to the professional services needed to transform the deserted tracks into a new trail.

“We want the trail to be much more than a three mile strip though our community. We are looking at a comprehensive plan for the Rock Island Trail within our city limits,” said Community resource Director Daphney Partridge. “And then we’re also looking at connect ability to our community as a whole and the overall trail network.”

V2 Cigs / FLICKR

  Refillable containers for liquid nicotine used in electronic cigarettes would have to be child-proof under a Missouri proposal that has initial approval in the House.

Republican Rep. Sheila Solon, of Blue Springs, said during debate Tuesday that children need to be protected from possible exposure to the potentially fatal liquid.

The measure faces another vote in the House before moving to the Senate.

The bill would not affect containers sealed by the manufacturer that are not intended to be opened by consumers.

rik-shaw / FLICKR


  A bill to ban Missouri's A+ Scholarship from going to immigrants living in the U.S. illegally has passed the state Senate.

Senators approved the measure 25-8 on Tuesday. The legislation now moves to the House.

The bill would make the state's A+ Scholarship available only to U.S. citizens and permanent residents. The scholarship money pays for two years of free tuition at community colleges.

Republican bill sponsor Sen. Gary Romine says it's unfair to open the scholarship to immigrants in Missouri illegally when money for the program already is stretched thin.

Willem van de Poll / flikr

 When the city council passed the Tobacco 21 ordinance by a 6-1 vote on December 15th, one of the big topics of discussion was whether it would actually have an impact on keeping cigarettes out of the hands of people under 21.  

Courtesy Starbucks

Coffee giant Starbucks and USA Today have teamed up to start a nationwide conversation about race. Baristas as encouraged to write "#RaceTogether" on drink cups and initiate conversations with customers about racial issues. Friday, there will be a special section in the print editions of the USA Today. That supplement will also be available in Starbucks retail locations.

In this recent series of commentaries for, Missouri student journalists recount a few of life’s confusing lessons. Led by Missouri School of Journalism Professor and storytelling master Berkley Hudson, these 9 student commentators took not only pen to paper but also got in front of the microphone, to talk out these essays that touch on life, relationships, sticky situations and coming of age, among other issues. Enjoy!

Paul Pepper: Singer Larry Brown, "Garryowen"

Mar 17, 2015

Today Paul Pepper celebrates St. Patrick's Day with singer LARRY BROWN, who sings the traditional Irish drinking song, "Garryowen," and then shares a bit about its history. Watch! March 17, 2015

students in classroom
Brad Flickinger / Flickr

A bill that would require Missouri school districts to meet new state requirements for anti-bullying policies is moving to the Senate.

Missouri's transportation director says a lane closure on an Interstate 70 bridge is one symptom of problems arising from a funding shortfall.

MKT trail
Missouri Department of Tourism / flickr

Columbia City Council voted Monday night to approve two of four proposed options to link Rollins St. and Shepard Blvd. The new trail will run from Bluff Dale Dr. along the Hinkson Creek Valley down to the northwest corner of Stadium Blvd.

Gary Grigsby / KBIA

In the past few years white oak mortality has killed an untold number of trees in the Missouri Ozarks.

machinecodeblue via Flickr

A series of documentary screenings across Missouri called the Coal Ash Stories Tour began in Columbia at the University of Missouri’s Strickland Hall Thursday night. The four documentary short films shown at the event have the goal of raising awareness of coal ash negatively affecting the waters and environment of the United States. 

execution gurney
California Department of Corrections / Wikimedia Commons

  Missouri’s oldest death row inmate is appealing to the governor ahead of his execution, which is scheduled for Tuesday.

Attorneys for 74-year-old Cecil Clayton argue he suffers from dementia, and the lingering effects of a 1972 sawmill accident that cost him part of his brain.

zensmom1 / Flickr

Local governments in Missouri could be one step closer to more than 100 million dollars in federal aid for storm shelters.

Those governments would be getting reimbursed for building the shelters as well as repairing critical facilities after disasters.

Wikimedia Commons / Loavesofbread

  Ferguson officials are facing criticism for the fees they’re seeking for open-records requests.

The St. Louis suburb has been flooded with those requests since the shooting of Michael Brown in August.

Véronique LaCapra / St. Louis Public Radio

  Throughout 2015, the City of Columbia has made strident efforts to overhaul its trash services. While most of the focus has been put on the potential “what if’s” of switching from the city’s current curbside pick-up system to an automated roll-cart service, there has also been discussion about how to raise the city’s diversion rate, or the amount of trash that the city throws away that doesn’t end up in landfills. However, some citizens are still asking for more  — to move to a more seamless single-stream recycling system like they have in Saint Louis.

File / KBIA

The Missouri Public Service Commission has asked Grain Belt Express for more information about a proposed high-voltage transmission line that would run through part of southern Randolph County despite the commission's staff recommending that it deny the company's application for certification.

Kristofor Husted / KBIA

An investment banker and a St. Louis law firm are settling for up to $8.25 million in a lawsuit over bonding for a failed Missouri sweetener factory.

The Columbia Daily Tribune reports a settlement deal filed earlier this week will give investors back more than 80 percent of losses on the plant that never was built.

missouri house floor
File photo / KBIA

A Missouri Republican wants to see bonds approved by voters used to fund a new nursing home for veterans in order to reduce a 2,000-person waiting list.

The measure sponsored by Rep. Lindell Shumake, of Hannibal, is scheduled for a House committee hearing Monday.

Stephens College

On this week's episode of Thinking Out Loud, KBIA's Darren Hellwege interviews Stephens College President Dianne Lynch and others about what's going on at the college.