Missouri News

Missouri Man Pleads Guilty to Arson, Insurance Fraud

A western Missouri man has admitted leading a conspiracy to buy cheap houses and set them on fire to collect nearly $435,000 in insurance benefits. The U.S. Attorney’s office says 27-year-old Joshua Stamps, of Independence, pleaded guilty in federal court …

New Missouri Laws Expand Paperless Options, Insurance Protections

Under new laws signed by Gov. Jay Nixon, Missourians now have more paperless options when receiving policy information from their insurance companies, and commercial property owners will see expanded insurance protections, the Missouri Department of Insurance announced. House Bill 1079 …

Number of Defective School Buses in Missouri Rising

The percentage of school buses failing state inspections is on the rise in Missouri. The Missouri State Highway Patrol says slightly fewer than 85 percent of the roughly 12,000 school buses it inspected this year were initially approved. That’s the …

Kansas Man Sentenced for Defrauding Missouri Insurance Fund

A Kansas man has been sentenced to 30 months in federal prison for a $1.3 million fraud involving a Missouri fund for cleaning up leaking petroleum tanks. Robert Fine II was sentenced on June 3 after pleading guilty last November …

Report: Healthy Midwest Economic Growth Expected

A monthly economic index for nine Midwestern and Plains states inched up in May, suggesting healthy economic growth is coming over the next three to six months, according to a report released. The overall Mid-America Business Conditions Index rose to …

Missouri High School Team to Skip Bass Tournament Due to Insurance Troubles

Concerns about insurance requirements will keep a southwest Missouri high school team from participating in the first high school bass pro fishing tournament in June. Nixa High School anglers won’t be part of the Bass Pro Shops first Open Championship …

Missouri Legislature OKs Criminal Checks for Health Advisers

Despite a federal court order against their current law, Missouri legislators voted to toughen requirements even further for people seeking to work as insurance guides under President Barack Obama’s health care law. A bill given final approval by the Republican-led …

EF2 Tornado Hammers Missouri Town, State of Emergency Declared

Residents in a small northwest Missouri town that took a direct hit from an EF2 tornado were busy on May 11 assessing damage and rescheduling events, like the coming high school graduation. The tornado Saturday evening in Orrick yanked roofs …

Missouri Law Bars Contractors from Paying Deductibles on Commercial Property

Missouri lawmakers have given final approval to legislation that supporters say is aimed at protecting commercial property. A 2011 Missouri law bars residential contractors who fix roofs or complete other exterior repairs on homes from offering to pay insurance deductibles …

Trial Alleging Gender Discrimination at Anheuser-Busch Begins

Jury selection began April 28 in the trial of a case brought by the former top ranking woman executive at St. Louis-based Anheuser-Busch, who accuses the beer maker of wage discrimination for paying her less than half the base salary …