Holiday storms that pounded much of the nation with snow and rain did little to ease the overall grip of the worst U.S. drought in decades.
The weekly U.S. Drought Monitor report released Thursday shows that about 61 percent of the continental U.S. remained in some form of drought as of Tuesday, down less than a percentage point from the previous week. That number has been above 60 percent largely since July.
More than 21 percent of the lower 48 states are in extreme or exceptional drought, the two worst categories. That's down slightly from the previous week.
The Missouri Supreme Court is considering discipline for a judge accused of misconduct.
The judicial disciplinary commission has recommended removing St. Louis Associate Circuit Judge Barbara Peebles. It says Peebles was tardy and did not sufficiently supervise her clerk. The commission also says Peebles left for a vacation without making proper arrangements and removed a court document.
Missouri's high court heard arguments Thursday. Peebles has been a judge since 2000 and was defended by former Supreme Court Judge Ronnie White.
Missouri drivers will see changes in their driver's licenses beginning this year.
The Department of Revenue says new licenses will have security features such as special printing, laser perforations and bar codes. The state says the changes are designed to protect the owner's identity and fight fraud.
Did you feel that pullback January 1st? That was Congress finally passing a compromise bill to prevent the country from careening off the fiscal cliff. In the early hours of 2013, the Senate passed the bill. And much later that day, the House passed it.
University of Missouri System President Tim Wolfe announced a few changes to the organization of some administrative offices Wednesday. In a press release, Wolfe said he will consolidate the roles of Vice Presidents of Academic Affairs, which has been vacant for several years, and the Vice President of Economic Development.
UM System spokesperson Jennifer Hollingshead says the new person in this position will work with chief academic, research and economic development officers on all of the system campuses.
Allen Berry co-owns a cow-calf operation with his wife near Trenton, Mo. Like all other cow-calf operators, Berry pays into a fund that benefits the Cattlemen’s Beef Promotion and Research Board for each animal sold.
Jared Thomassen is a junior in Ashland always looking for new goals to achieve. He is an avid long distance runner and placed second in the Duathlon at the last Show Me State Games. If that wasn't enough, Jared takes on music as well. He's been in band since elementary school and is a part of Southern Boone County High School's competitive marching band. Producers Erin Dismeier and Naveen Mahadevan bring us this story, as part of KBIA and the Columbia Missourian’s My Life, My Town project.
A northwestern Missouri lawmaker is seeking to limit the use of drones and other unmanned aerial vehicles.
The legislation would require law enforcement officers get a warrant before using a drone in Missouri. It also would prohibit the use of drones by people, organizations or government agencies for the surveillance of farms. Republican Rep. Casey Guernsey of Bethany is proposing the measure.
Guernsey says he does not want state government to monitor residents more than it currently does.
Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill is joining two Republican colleagues in calling for federal agencies to move ahead with plans to close a 1,500-foot gap in a southeast Missouri levee, a project long delayed over environmental concerns.
McCaskill sent a letter in mid-December to the Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, calling uncertainty and delays in the project "unacceptable."
The Mississippi River's water level is dropping again and barge industry trade groups warn that river commerce could essentially come to a halt by mid-January. Ice on the northern section of the Mississippi is reducing flow more than expected.
The Coast Guard remains confident that the nation's largest waterway will remain open despite the worst drought in decades.
But even if the Mississippi remains technically open, Deborah Colbert of the Waterways Council, a barge industry trade group, says further load limits will make shipping unviable by mid-January.
Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon says he wants to improve government efficiency and pursue efforts dealing with education, economic development and Medicaid.
Nixon said Friday he would like to consolidate regulatory commissions within the Department of Natural Resources and says there should be discussion about lengthening Missouri's school year. He also wants to increase exports and promote tourism, and he called for comprehensive campaign finance and ethics legislation.
In the wake of the mass shooting at an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut, Missouri lawmakers will have competing gun proposals when they convene next month for the 2013 regular session. They include one that would require background checks for anyone who buys a firearm at gun shows.
New food safety regulations are about to be announced by the Food and Drug Administration. These regulations—covering everything from sanitation to record-keeping—are part of the Food Safety and Modernization Act, which became law two years ago. While the produce and meat industries get the lion’s share of attention, commodity grains now fall under the FDA’s watch.