Associated Press

missouri capitol
Ryan Famuliner / KBIA

A new Missouri law will require the state's Social Services Department to have a third party review welfare rolls.

Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon on Thursday announced he'll let the law take effect without his signature.

Thursday is Nixon's deadline to sign or veto bills. If he doesn't take action on bills, they become law.

Photo by cwwycoff1 / Flickr

 Severe weather has left tens of thousands without power, temporarily trapped two people in a cave near Columbia and closed some highways.

Crews were making repairs after Wednesday's storm knocked out power to nearly 185,000 Ameren customers in Missouri and Illinois, largely near St. Louis. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that about 58,000 in the St. Louis area were still without power Thursday morning.

Kirk Kittell / flickr

Regulators have rejected a second application for the Missouri portion of a power line that would carry wind energy from Kansas to Indiana.

Missouri Capitol
j.stephenconn / Flickr

Missouri's Republican candidates for governor renewed calls to support police during a debate largely focused on racial tensions and police-involved shootings.

Lisa Jacobs / Flickr

A utility says nearly 185,000 of its Missouri and Illinois customers are without electricity because of fast-moving thunderstorms that meteorologists believe may have packed wind gusts at times exceeding 70 mph.

Scott Davidson / Flickr

A suburban St. Louis police officer who was shot last week during a traffic stop will require long-term care.

Missouri Capitol
j.stephenconn / Flickr

Missouri House Democratic leaders are calling for a GOP lawmaker to step down after he moved out of his district.


Missouri is starting its new fiscal year with its lowest amount of operating money in decades.


Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon's communications director is joining presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's campaign as deputy chief of staff.

Challiyan / Flickr

A cloud of uncertainty is hanging over a proposed cigarette tax hike after a Missouri appeals court panel changed the wording voters would see on the November ballot. 

Kurt Schaefer
Connor Wist / KBIA

An ad by a Missouri attorney general candidate that's drawing criticism accuses fellow Republican contender Josh Hawley of working for terrorists. 

Flickr / Nightryder84

The Kansas City Star has apologized for a guest column about women reducing the risk of rape by not drinking too much, saying the column "should never have been published."

rainbow flag
Ludovic Bertron / Wikimedia Commons


Missouri's GOP candidates for governor are weighing in on policies that would affect LGBT people.

Lianchen Liu / KOMU News

Alhonna Resort and Marina is a 60-unit waterfront resort at Lake of the Ozarks. It offers both hotel and apartment-style lodging. Guests can swim in the pool, rent boats or hang out at the bar. Alhonna isn't the most fancy or expensive resort at the lake — but it might soon become the most famous.

Paul Sableman / flickr

St. Louis' law officers will work in pairs until further notice because of the killings of five Dallas law enforcers during a mass shooting Thursday night.

St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson says all officers also must wear bullet-resistant vests when on duty outside of police stations. The directive applies to St. Louis police officers, park rangers and marshals.

St. Louis Arch
paparutzi / Flickr

St. Louis' black police officers' association is calling for the city's police chief to resign, claiming he's unfair in managing the department and making promotions.

A Kansas City official has recommended getting rid of a 30-day orientation period in which drivers for Uber, a ride-hailing company, can operate without getting a city driver's certificate or a vehicle permit.

The Kansas City Star reports that the city's Regulated Industries Division manager Jim Ready says the orientation period presents a danger by allowing drivers who skip the regulatory process and who have stopped working for Uber or a taxi service to illegally operate by claiming they are in the orientation period.

missouri capitol
Ryan Famuliner / KBIA

Missouri's governor has vetoed a measure that would have allowed the state's doctors to charge Medicaid patients fees for missing appointments without advance notice.

401 (K) 2013 / FLICKR

  A federal judge has blocked Kansas from cutting off Medicaid funding for two Planned Parenthood affiliates.

Kellie Kotraba/ColumbiaFAVS

Police are investigating an incident in which a Baptist church in St. Louis was vandalized and set on fire.

St. Louis Arch
paparutzi / Flickr

Stan Kroenke couldn't wait to get his NFL team out of St. Louis six months ago, in part because of what his team's relocation application deemed to be a "struggling economy."

standardized test
albertogp123 / Flickr

Education officials say new statewide requirements for similar basic classes at Missouri public colleges and universities will help ensure transfer students get credit.

Sudipto_Sarkar / flickr

Just three states — Missouri, North Dakota and California — have held cigarette taxes flat since the turn of century.

Clean Line Energy Partners

A company is trying again to build a power line in Missouri for a multistate wind energy project.

Conal Gallagher / Flickr

This Fourth of July will be extra special for Southeast Missouri State University president Carlos Vargas-Aburto — he'll become a U.S. citizen.

Conal Gallagher / Flickr

This Fourth of July will be extra special for Southeast Missouri State University president Carlos Vargas-Aburto — he'll become a U.S. citizen.

401 (K) 2013 / FLICKR

Figures from a survey of supply managers in nine Midwest and Plains states have dropped slightly but still suggest economic growth ahead.

KBIA file photo

Nearly every day somewhere in the country, the Stars and Stripes is flying low, ordered to half-staff in one of the most significant official gestures of mourning and respect.

An Associated Press analysis of proclamations from 50 state governors and the federal government found American flags were ordered lowered at least someplace 328 days during 2015.

Gregory Wild Smith via Flickr

Like most sporting venues, Busch Stadium prohibits guns. Soon, gun-carrying Cardinals fans will have the option of leaving their weapon in an armored truck instead of their car.

Starting July 15, a company called Weapon Safe Armory will park an armored truck at a bar that sits in the shadow of Busch Stadium.

Owner Justin Hulsey, a National Guard veteran from Herculaneum, Missouri, outfitted a 22-foot-long vehicle with armor and security cameras, and hired guards to surround it when the vehicle is parked in public.

Fibonacci Blue / Flickr

Gov. Jay Nixon says Planned Parenthood can continue receiving funding for women's health services for a while, despite a Missouri budget provision attempting to stop it.

Nixon said Thursday that his administration will eventually implement a ban on Medicaid funding for organizations that perform abortions. The budget takes effect Friday.

But Nixon says the state must first solicit public comments and then get federal approval to change its women's health program. He said that could take until 2017 and all providers will continue to be funded until then.