More States Consider Restrictions On What Can Be Called Meat

Missouri passed a law banning food labels like "veggie burgers." Although that is being challenged in court, ranchers in other states are pushing for similar legislation.

Copper Thieves Strike America's Roadways

In just one example, Washington state has spent nearly $250,000 in repair and replacement costs since July 2017.

Building a Program to Help Young Men Find Work in St. Louis

2018 NAVIGATOR AWARD WINNER: Michael P. McMillan, Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis president and CEO

Injunction Sought to Stop Missouri’s New ‘Meat’ Labeling Law

Legal wranglings over the first-in-the-nation rules pit beef and poultry producers against those selling plant-based meat alternatives.

Marijuana on the Ballot: What States Will Consider in November

Five states have marijuana-related ballot initiatives primed for the general election on Nov. 6.

Secret Government Communication Lawsuit Continues in Missouri

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Tulsa’s sexual assault grant funding … Louisiana wants to build an airport in a wildlife refuge … and Duluth’s unusual snow-shoveling rule.

A Call To Ban Duck Boats After Branson Tragedy

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Seattle finalizing plans for tunnel ... problems with Florida job placement offices ... and a failing water system in Ohio.

Missouri Audit Flags Suspicious SNAP Benefit Use by Deceased, Out-of-State Recipients

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | San Francisco’s unresolved mayoral race … N.C. governor vetoes budget plan … and a mysterious Indiana jailhouse substance.

Black Drivers in Missouri Are 85% More Likely to Be Stopped Than Whites

New statistics on the inconsistent treatment of blacks and whites by police in the state show how little has changed after the killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson.

Grand Jury Indicts Missouri’s Governor on Felony Invasion of Privacy

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | A ‘sea change’ for Vermont gun politics; Trump slams Calif. law enforcement agencies; major flooding on many rivers in Midwest; PennDOT urges patience on potholes; and Sacramento mayor pushes major ‘tiny’ house plan.

Kansas City Enters ‘Phase 2’ of Its Smart City Transformation

“There is a greater value to the data we maintain as a city than we anticipated,” according to the city’s chief innovation officer.

Worker-Training Issue Leaves Show Me State Vulnerable This Winter

An important part of the snow-removal process: People to operate the plows.

The Next Step in Kansas City’s Push to Become a ‘Smart City’

In the months ahead, local government leaders plan to build upon technology now deployed along the downtown streetcar line.

Missouri Mayors Look to Expand High-Speed Internet Access

“It’s becoming quite obvious that if you’re not connected, you’re falling behind,” Kansas City Mayor Sly James said.

Missouri Will Finally Have A State-Level Prescription Drug Monitoring Program

Gov. Eric Greitens announced the details of his program—which notably neither doctors, nor pharmacists will be able to access—in an executive order announcement on Monday.

St. Louis to Remove Its Confederate Monument

The Missouri Civil War Museum agreed to dismantle the memorial by Friday.

The States That Tax Cigarettes at the Highest and Lowest Rates

The Tax Foundation has new rankings and an interactive tool that look at the taxes states levy on a pack of smokes and changes in state cigarette tax revenue over the years.

Missouri Gov. Signs Anti-Union Bill; St. Petersburg Mayor Makes Sanctuary City Declaration

Also in our State and Local Daily Digest: More sanitation troubles in Michigan prisons; Baltimore minimum wage bill; and lieutenant governor position may be axed in Illinois.

Kansas City’s Free Transit Plan for Election Day; Jackson, Miss.’s Pothole Payouts

Also in our State and Local Daily News Digest: Feds vs. polygamous towns in Ariz. and Utah; Standing Rock Sioux tribe’s appeal in N.D.; and N.Y.C.’s Second Ave. Subway nearly ready.

How a Park Gave Wellston, Mo., a Sense of Place

The National Recreation and Park Association teamed up with St. Louis' regional parks and trails district to create a community center.