Sponsored by Eric Schmitt of St. Louis County, the Missouri Export Incentive Act would create some new tax incentives, and put caps on others. The bill creating new tax credits cleared a Senate committee Wednesday.
The bulk of the bill is dedicated to tax credits for technology facilities and data storage centers. Exporters and self-employed Missourians also would benefit.
The Catholic Church is at a crossroads. Pope Benedict XVI surprised just about everyone this week by announcing his resignation. The leader of the world’s one billion Catholics held his final public mass on Wednesday, at the end of this month, he will become the first pope to resign in nearly 600 years.
Missouri has less than 24 hours to decide whether it wants to join with the federal government to set up a health exchange in the state.
Gov. Jay Nixon told U.S. Department of Health and Human Services last November that state law prevents him from moving forward with anything without legislative approval. And, there doesn’t appear to be much traction among state lawmakers.
People fired for sleeping on the job and missing work could have a harder time getting unemployment benefits under a bill endorsed by the Missouri Senate.
The Senate gave initial approval Wednesday to a measure expanding the definition of "misconduct" in the workplace. The change would make it harder for people to qualify for unemployment insurance after they are fired.
Supporters say the bill will protect businesses from liability and give them more freedom to fire employees who misbehave at work.
Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder said he plans to launch a state website to gather tips about wasteful spending in Missouri government.
Kinder, a Republican, said the website should be running soon. He detailed plans for it while asking a legislative committee on Wednesday to increase his office budget by about $38,500, to get it back to its level in 2009.
Kinder said if the website and his staff don't identify enough wasteful spending to offset the appropriation, he'll return the additional money.
More Missouri students are training for future careers while still in high school.
Sixty-three percent of the state's high school students participated in at least one career or technical education program in the 2011-2012 school year. The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education says that's a 3 percent increase from the previous year.
The state of Missouri is holding a series of free financial aid workshops for prospective college students.
The events are known as "FAFSA Frenzy." The acronym stands for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, a rite of passage for most college-bound students this time of year as the priority deadline for federal aid approaches.
Workshops are scheduled across the state on Saturday and Sunday, with a handful planned for later in February and early March.
Calling the police is now as easy as pushing a button in Kirksville Public Schools.
A day away from the two-month anniversary of a Newtown, Conn. shooting that left 20 elementary students and six teachers dead, Kirksville’s school board president Neal Chamberlain said he is more confident than ever in the safety at district schools.
“For a small community, I think we really are trying hard to provide a quality education for our kids," Chamberlain said. “One component of that is making sure we have safe places and good places for our kids to get that education.”