In case you were wondering, life here in the Show-Me State is rather normal. By "normal," we mean close to the national average across 31 social, economic and demographic characteristics. That's how Business Insider measured each state's normalcy for a national ranking, released Monday.
In what cycling enthusiasts are calling "the most important victory for bicycling in Missouri in 10 years -- and perhaps 100," an amendment cutting bicycles from potential transportation funding was defeated in a vote in the Missouri House on Tuesday.
Missouri's bicycling enthusiasts launched a grassroots campaign over the weekend after a legislator tried to take bicycles off the list of transportation methods eligible for more state funding. Rep. Paul Curtman, a Republican who represents Franklin County, says he doesn't want roads and bridges t ... More >>
For Missouri's LGBT population, the struggle to join the ranks of those protected from workplace discrimination -- like racial minorities, women, immigrants and the disabled -- is entering its fourteenth year. But LGBT advocates say things have changed since 2001, when lawmakers first attempted to ... More >>
Gay couples may be constitutionally banned from marrying in Missouri, but this year, for the first time, LGBT people who marry in other states and pay taxes here are allowed to file jointly, like any other married couple. Conservative, "pro-family" activists want to change that. They've tried lawsu ... More >>
As this hellish winter slowly comes to an end, you may start to notice something strange in Missouri's lakes and ponds: Lots and lots of dead fish. Apparently, Missourians are braving the slowly climbing temperatures only to find their nearby body of water full of dead fish.
There is probably no drug more vilified these days than meth, and Missouri is often said to be the capital of meth production. That's not something to be proud of considering many people think the average meth user smokes bathtub cleaner chemicals before arrested for biting -- with their last two go ... More >>
An annual Gallup poll shows Missouri's well-being has taken a beating in the last year. Missouri dropped in the rankings to No. 43 from No. 38, putting the Show-Me State in the bottom quintile with West Virginia, Kentucky and Mississippi.
The controversial Second Amendment Protection Act has cleared the first legislative hurdle to becoming Missouri law. Sponsored by Republican State Senator Brian Nieves, the bill, SB 613, would nullify federal gun laws and treat federal agents enforcing those laws as criminals. Yesterday, the Misso ... More >>
Big data has hit the bedroom. Our tantric trysts have earned Missouri a fifth place spot on a state-by-state ranking of how long it takes to have sex. With an average duration time of four minutes and 22 seconds, Missouri comes in just behind No. 4 South Carolina and before No. 6 Michigan.
See update below: The American Civil Liberties Union of Missouri is suing the state over its decade-old constitutional ban on gay marriage. Following in the footsteps of overturned same-sex marriage bans in Oklahoma and Utah, the organization filed suit this afternoon in a Kansas City court on beh ... More >>
The Department of Justice says that in 2011, Missouri led the nation in prison rape. The study, which was released last month, looked at sexual misconduct incidents in 700 state and federal prisons beginning in 2009 and going through 2011. It accounted for staff-on-inmate sexual misconduct, as well ... More >>
As politicians argue that Missouri women need mandatory waiting periods before deciding to have an abortion, a University of Missouri masters student told lawmakers she'd wait 72 hours before testifying against waiting periods so they'd know she meant what she said.
Missouri has a lot of state things: a state bird (bluebird,) a state instrument (the fiddle,) a state fossil (Crinoidea) and even a state dessert (the ice cream cone.) Now, Missouri legislators want to add two state dogs, one historical dog and one wonder dog. A bill before the Missouri Legislatur ... More >>
Missouri. Missuruh. Mizurah. Standard pronunciation is hard to come by in the Show-Me State. But that's nothing compared to cities and towns in Missouri that use faux-French, hick or just plain made-up pronunciations. If you've ever been laughed at by someone for referring to Nevada, Versailles or ... More >>
Marijuana legalization is one step closer to finding a place on your 2014 ballot. Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander released 13 petitions Wednesday asking whether Missouri should legalize sale and consumption of the drug, including for medical purposes, expunge marijuana-related offenses fro ... More >>
It used to be that a prisoner's debt to society could be paid on a chain gang by breaking rocks and clearing fields. In Missouri today, however, convicts are growing tomatoes, okra, pumpkins and carrots. The Missouri Department of Corrections announced earlier this month that its Restorative Justi ... More >>
For felons, getting a job is tough, so getting money for food isn't easy. Food stamps can help tide one over until some benevolent employer offers them a job. But people who have drug felonies are out of luck because Missouri bans them from getting food stamps. Missouri is one of only nine states t ... More >>
Payday lenders have such a good racket, even judges are confused about why it's legal. A ProPublica investigation published in the Post-Dispatch Sunday details nightmare tales of Missourians taking out small loans - sometimes as low as $100 - and having to pay back that amount several times over. B ... More >>
The art of cartography is not dead. As Internet news becomes more visual and personalized, interesting maps seem to go viral once a week. These online maps aren't meant for navigation -- we have GPS for that -- but whether they're created by geographers, sociologists or idiot British people, there' ... More >>
Missouri governor Jay Nixon issued an executive order Thursday afternoon requiring the Missouri Department of Revenue to accept joint tax returns for legally married same-sex couples in Missouri. The order means same-sex marriages will be recognized for state tax purposes. The change follows a rul ... More >>
The Missouri Department of Labor will increase the minimum wage to $7.50 per hour from $7.35 on January 1. The 15 cent increase follows a 2006 ballot measure where Missouri voters overwhelmingly approved cost of living increases for the state minimum wage. As prices of everyday goods -- including ... More >>
These days, it's all about eating local. For the 26th Annual Feast Beast on December 13, Missourians go super local: the dinner is based around wild game donated by local hunters. Hosted by Stone Hill Winery (1110 Stone Hill Highway; 800-909-9463) in Hermann, the terroir-heavy fundraiser benefits th ... More >>
The Illinois House of Representatives voted to approve gay marriage Tuesday, making it the fourteenth state (plus Washington D.C.) to expand marriage rights. Two other Midwestern states -- Iowa and Minnesota -- have also legalized gay marriage, but legal gay marriage in Illinois means much shorter ... More >>
Missourians may not be able to legally smoke marijuana for quite some time, but it's not because drag queens aren't doing their part. At the Attitudes nightclub in the Grove, a contingent of drag queens and burlesque dancers hosted a benefit for Show-Me Cannabis Sunday night, when all door charges ... More >>
The progressive think tank Center for American Progress just released an exhaustive, nation-wide analysis of women's treatment in the U.S. titled "The State of Women in America."
It shouldn't be news to anyone that Anheuser Busch sells more beer than anyone else in Missouri, but we didn't realize how much more. A new report on 2012-2013 beer sales from the Missouri Division of Alcohol and Tobacco Control, through it reveals a decline for the fourth year in a row, shows a maj ... More >>
Missouri is getting some love from the Travel Channel tonight -- for once being home to "America's bloodiest 47 acres." That was the label Time Magazine apparently gave to the the Missouri State Penitentiary in 1967 and is one of many reasons why it's a perfect subject for Ghost Adventures, the sh ... More >>
Should federal welfare recipients in Missouri face drug tests? More specifically, is it a good use of taxpayer money? To State Rep. Stacey Newman, the answer is clearly no. Statistics that she shares with Daily RFT -- and which were debated at a hearing last week -- show that while the state has a ... More >>
When the United States Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act earlier this summer, local gay rights advocates celebrated -- even if the landmark decision had little immediate impact for a state like Missouri, which still has a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage. But in the months ... More >>
Today in information you totally did not need to know, we've got for you the results of a Very Important study about the top porn search terms in Missouri. The Show-Me State, apparently, loves teen porn. And MILFs! And "compilation" videos. The data comes from the website PornHub, which has r ... More >>
Who deserves the great honor of being recognized alongside Rush Limbaugh inside the Missouri State Capitol rotunda? The leadership of the House of Representatives is looking for inductees to the Hall of Famous Missourians! In addition to the great Limbaugh, the hall includes some very influential ... More >>
A twenty-year-old man shot and killed his fifteen-year-old sister yesterday in a shooting St. Louis Metropolitan Police are initially labeling accidental. Authorities don't have many details to offer, but St. Louis Metropolitan Police Chief Sam Dotson says there's at least one thing that's clear f ... More >>
This week, Illinois became the twentieth state in the U.S. to legalize medical marijuana -- and advocates in Missouri say it can only help boost reform efforts here. "It's definitely becoming a mainstream issue and the momentum is clearly picking up," John Payne, executive director of statewide ad ... More >>
The owner of a t-shirt shop in Springfield launched a Kickstarter campaign late last week called "Missouri is Awesome" because...well, it is. "We wanted to do something that Missouri residents could take pride in," says Bryan Simpson, owner of 5 Pound Apparel. "Missouri just gets a lot of flak, so ... More >>
Mizzou faculty and students have developed a smartphone app to help Missourians find local, in-season fruits and vegetables. The app, called Seasonal and Simple, is based off the print version already put out by MU Extension. A digital version will obviously help when you're actually out looking for ... More >>
New gun control laws probably aren't coming anytime soon to Missouri -- but some gun companies may be. So says State Rep. Caleb Rowden, a Republican from Columbia who has been in contact with multiple gun companies that are interested in relocating to Missouri. "To me, it was really a no-brainer ... More >>
Last week, we reported that a Missouri horse slaughter facility may get the green light from federal officials who say they are legally required to approve the processing plant if it meets a series of requirements. Animal rights advocates argue the practice is cruel and that horse meat is dangerou ... More >>
In Missouri, it's legal for employers to fire or refuse to hire individuals because they are gay. A majority of businesses, however, aren't even aware this is the case -- and when polled on the matter, agree the state needs a law preventing this kind of discrimination. These are the findings of a ... More >>
Police say that a 44-year-old man suffered burns on his face and chest from a fire over the weekend, which occurred in the basement kitchen of a boarding house in the Shaw neighborhood. The victim, however, was "evasive" in detailing how he was burned, police say. And that might be because the e ... More >>
Compared to many other states in the country, Missouri has a high concentration of racist, homophobic tweets that include offensive, hateful language. And the tweeters are located all over the state. So says a neat new interactive map called the Geography of Hate, which analyzes geocoded tweets tha ... More >>
Missouri has the worst puppy mills in the nation -- and lawmakers in the state are working hard to make sure it stays that way! So says the Humane Society, which announced this week that Missouri ranks No. 1 for terrible puppy farms in the United States and is now going after a piece of legislation ... More >>
Three years after Missourians voted to crack down on disreputable dog breeding operations, the Show-Me State continues to lead the nation in the number of dangerous and unsanitary puppy mills. So says the Humane Society of the United States, which last week issued a report highlighting the nation' ... More >>
Police say they've located the nude man seen fleeing an explosion early Wednesday morning in Farmington. The suspect, a 22-year-old male from the nearby eastern Missouri town of Bismarck, checked himself into Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis last week and is undergoing treatment for severe burns ... More >>
As cycling advocates in St. Louis push to revive the Penrose Park velodrome, a new report says that Missouri on the whole is not a great place for cyclists -- in large part because the state lacks key bike-friendly policies and funding opportunities. Missouri's score as 30th in the nation is the s ... More >>
This is a new one. Missouri lawmakers concerned that the government is violating the privacy of concealed-carry permit holders have come up with a unique way to express their frustration: a budget proposal that entirely defunds the state's license division. The State Senate yesterday passed a bu ... More >>
No one will try and grab your guns in Missouri! Such is the underlying message of a letter from Republican State Representative Caleb Rowden, who is trying to woo gun companies to bring their business to Missouri, a state that does not tolerate any threats to the Second Amendment. "Missouri's Re ... More >>
Is a so-called "right to farm" bill in Missouri just a front to protect the controversial puppy mill industry in Missouri? The Humane Society of the United States is going on the offense against proposed legislation -- versions of which both the Senate and House have now approved -- that the organi ... More >>
Though top Republicans in Missouri are devoting a lot of time and money to protect the privacy of gun owners, a new report says that officials in the state have a much bigger problem they need to address: really high rates of gun violence supported by very weak laws. The Center for American Progre ... More >>