KSMU's Missy Shelton contributed reporting for this story.
A commencement address from President Barack Obama capped a difficult year for the Joplin High School class of 2012.
An EF-5 tornado struck the southwestern Missouri town a year ago today, killing 161 people and injuring hundreds more. The storm destroyed five school buildings, including the high school. Students attended their senior year classes in a converted big box store.
Nine State Senators won’t be returning to Jefferson City next year due to term limits. Among them, Republican Kevin Engler of Farmington, who made a failed bid two years ago to become President Pro-tem after serving as Majority Leader. Since then, he has been outspoken on the way the Senate works, or in the views of some political observers, doesn’t work.
St. Louis Public Radio’s Marshall Griffin talked with Engler on the final day of the regular session.
Illinois lawmakers have agreed to give up their much-criticized perk of being able to hand out college scholarships.
The century-old custom has been under fire because some legislators awarded the scholarships to the children of friends and political insiders. Sometimes they ignored the rule requiring recipients to live in the legislator's district.
General Motors broke ground on Monday for a new $380 million expansion to its Wentzville Assembly Plant.
When GM declared Chapter 11 in 2009 the Wentzville plant was subject to talks of being shut down. Few people envisioned a day like today when the company would be adding 500,000 square feet to Wentzville.
The company says the move will create some 1,000 new jobs, with priority given to workers from the soon-to-be closed plant in Shreveport, La.
The school year is over in East St. Louis, and the next one will mean only half of the school district's ten elementary schools will be left.
St. Louis' KMOV-TV reports the school system decided months ago that it planned to close five of its ten elementary schools as a result of declining enrollment. The district also cited the need to stabilize attendance and staffing.
Beginning Tuesday, schools superintendent Arthur Culver and other administrators will meet with affected parents to discuss the downsizing.
The Archdiocese of St. Louis and Catholic Charities of St. Louis are among dozens of Roman Catholic institutions suing the Obama administration over a mandate that most employers provide birth control coverage.