Opening arguments begin today in a landmark case brought by the ACLU and ten gay couples who want Missouri to recognize their out-of-state marriages. Gay marriage has been illegal in Missouri for ten years, after voters approved a Constitutional amendment defining marriage between one man and one w ... More >>
If same-sex marriage became legal in Missouri tomorrow, gay couples marrying in the state would bring in more than $36.6 million in three years, including $23 million in the first year alone, according to a new study. The Williams Institute, a think-tank housed at the University of California-Los ... More >>
Good news, Missouri drivers. You are 8 percent less likely to collide your car into a deer than you were last year, according to a new report from auto insurer State Farm. State Farm used its claims data and Federal Highway Administration state licensed driver counts to calculate the odds of a Miss ... More >>
For the third time in five years, the Washington, D.C.-based Violence Policy Center ranked Missouri one of the states where men murder women at a higher rate. This year we're No. 7, with about 1.73 homicides for every 100,000 people. The center has been running the study since 1996, and it's only i ... More >>
Missouri ranks all over the place in lots of crazy lists, but the results for the latest survey just may be the strangest. The fine folks over at Estately -- they're the ones who told us how barbecue-crazed we are -- have figured out the top food-related Google searches over the last ten years. Miss ... More >>
As international demand for caviar causes overfishing of the Caspian Sea's once plentiful beluga sturgeon, fishermen are flocking to Missouri to illegally harvest from the next big name in caviar: the Mississippi paddlefish. An ancient cousin to the sturgeon, paddlefish are plentiful in Table Rock ... More >>
Only Tennessee and Oklahoma are worse states than Missouri to live in, according to a ranking from CNBC. The new ranking puts Missouri toward the top of a list of "quality of life laggards" struggling with high crime rates, few local attractions, poor healthcare and the environment.
According to a new real estate study from Estately, Missouri is the No. 5 most barbecue-crazed state in the country. That's it?! Coming in at No. 1 is Alabama, followed by Oklahoma, Tennessee and Texas. Hey, at least we beat Kansas. See also: Spare No Rib Lands on Zagat's 15 Hottest Barbecue Restau ... More >>
Arkansas. Florida. Oklahoma. Idaho. Courts across the country are striking down bans against same-sex marriage so quickly that it's become a running gag in the Midtown offices of PROMO, a leading LBGT advocacy group in Missouri. "Almost every Friday, we see something major moving forward -- anothe ... More >>
Are we really living out country songs here in Missouri? Hound dogs, pickup trucks, moonshine and the works, to the extent of being the third-most country-fried state in the nation? Armed with tons of data, national real estate site Estately challenges that it's possible. Oh, joy. We've been burned ... More >>
A proposed Missouri constitutional amendment would beef up state gun laws to match the "unalienable" rights in the Declaration of Independence, and that's setting off alarm bells with St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson and Circuit Attorney Jennifer Joyce. Both have filed lawsuits targeting state le ... More >>
In what is being hailed as a historic step forward for marijuana law reform, the U.S. Congress has voted in favor of an amendment that could end Drug Enforcement Agency raids on medical marijuana facilities -- but don't give much credit to Missouri's representatives. Twenty-one states have laws to ... More >>
When it comes to CrossFit, the new fitness craze that combines gymnastics, springs, jump training and Olympic weightlifting into short-but-brutal workouts, Missouri's reaction can be summed up in three letters: Meh. Real estate site Estately analyzed each state's love for the get-fit-quick trend an ... More >>
Tesla won a major legislative battle last week when Republican leadership decided to pump the brakes on a bill that would effectively have kicked the electric car company out of Missouri. Tesla, which has a service center in St. Louis, says it sells cars directly to consumers -- not through franchi ... More >>
A last-minute amendment added days before the end of Missouri's legislative session could block electric-car company Tesla from selling to customers in Missouri. Tesla decried the legislative maneuvering as a "sneak attack" that would "hurt consumer freedom in Missouri" after learning about the ame ... More >>
With only four days left in the legislative session, state senators took Missouri a step closer to tripling the mandated waiting period for women seeking abortions. The Senate passed a bill 22-9 early Tuesday morning that would require a woman to wait 72 hours after seeing a doctor before she could ... More >>
Gay marriage may be banned in Missouri's constitution, but gay divorce isn't. A lesbian couple in Columbia appears to be the first to get a divorce in the state, which officially banned gay marriage in 2004.
If your mother kept a job (or three) while she raised you, she deserves a heck of a Mother's Day present this year. A new study from the personal finance site WalletHub says Missouri is the ninth-worst state in America for working mothers, according to metrics including day care quality, gender pay ... More >>
Missouri's marijuana laws made an inch of progress last month, but they are still among the strictest in the nation and yes, you can still get arrested for a joint. However, people with severe epilepsy will have better access to medicine and the severest marijuana penalty in the country has been som ... More >>
Save the date: September 25, 2014. That's when oral arguments will kick off in Barrier v. Vasterling, the most direct legal challenge to Missouri's constitutional ban on same-sex marriage since the amendment became law in 2004. "Missouri has traditionally recognized marriages from other states t ... More >>
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 >>