Drowning deaths have risen dramatically in both Missouri and Kansas this year.
State officials say that before this weekend, 24 drownings had been reported this year in Missouri, four more than all of last year. And in Kansas, 12 drownings had been reported before this weekend, double the average for an entire year.
The Kansas City Star reports officials in both states say the pleasant summer weather likely has contributed to the increase, with more people venturing out to the states' waterways.
A recent southwest Missouri high school graduate and his family have asked the U.S. Supreme Court to review whether drug searches in high schools violate the Fourth Amendment rights of students against unlawful search and seizure.
Missouri Auditor Tom Schweich says a newly enacted law will give him greater flexibility in determining when and how to audit governmental agencies.
Schweich said Monday that the measure regarding the auditor's authority updates the state's World War II-era statutes and increases accountability in government. He said it clarifies the legality of many things the office already does, such as performance audits of agencies.
Gov. Jay Nixon signed the bill last Friday without much comment.
Too bad tiny Edina, Mo., doesn't have a movie theater, because the town itself is about to make it to the big screen. The remote northeast Missouri town of 1,200 residents offers the sort of rural remoteness that brought independent film director Chris Grega to the town square to shoot scenes for his suspense horror film, "Sound of Nothing." The film will premiere July 18 at the Tivoli Theatre in St. Louis as part of the St.
People convicted in municipal court of things like driving too fast or playing their music too loud soon could be forced to cough up another $3.
The Kansas City Star reports that the money will help replenish the pension fund of roughly 150 retired Missouri sheriffs and their spouses. But the surcharge has sparked outrage from some municipal judges across the state. They say it's unfair, might violate the state constitution and worry that other fees will be added.
State lawmakers have limited the spending authority of the Missouri State Highway Patrol over frustration concerning the purchase of a new airplane frequently used by the governor.
A new law taking effect Aug. 28 will require the patrol to get legislative approval before spending more than $100,000 from a special state fund on any vehicle.
The new restrictions come after lawmakers complained that they were not told in advance about the patrol's purchase last December of a new $5.6 million airplane. Records show that Nixon has flown on the plane frequently.
Gov. Jay Nixon has set a personal high mark for vetoes during this year's legislative session. He rejected 29 of the 145 non-budgetary bills sent to his desk. That's almost 20 percent of them.
The high veto rate may reveal something about both the Republican-led Legislature and Democratic governor.
Political science professor Peverill Squire of the University of Missouri said the new Republican supermajority in the legislature appears to have passed more conservative bills. He said Nixon may be positioning himself for future federal office.