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4:30 pm
Mon March 17, 2014

Smaller financial penalty for those who break Missouri open government laws

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 Running afoul of Missouri's open government laws could carry a smaller financial penalty but no longer require proof the law was knowingly broken under legislation before a Senate committee.

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Politics
4:12 pm
Mon March 17, 2014

Budget plan to add money for newborn screenings

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Missouri lawmakers are putting more money into the budget to try to speed up the results of newborn blood screenings.

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Politics
8:08 am
Mon March 17, 2014

Lack of action leads to loss of Mo. tobacco money

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Missouri had expected to receive about $130 million this April under an annual settlement payment from tobacco companies.

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Politics
8:00 am
Mon March 17, 2014

Missouri Senate begins criminal code debate

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The Missouri Senate began work last week on an overhaul of the state's criminal code, but obstacles still remain to get the bill across the finish line.

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Politics
7:57 am
Mon March 17, 2014

Missouri lawmakers spend week on spring break

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Missouri's Capitol will be quieter this week as state lawmakers take a weeklong spring break.

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Politics
3:49 pm
Fri March 14, 2014

Missouri commission approves housing tax credits

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A Missouri commission has approved tax credits to build low-income housing after delaying their issuance last year.

The Missouri Housing Development Commission unanimously endorsed issuing about $14 million in tax credits Friday for about 1,600 housing units.

The commission had delayed approving the tax credits in December as part of Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon's negotiations with certain senators to pass a $1.7 billion incentive package to lure production of Boeing aircraft. Boeing ultimately opted against Missouri.

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Crime
3:45 pm
Fri March 14, 2014

Missouri could see record number of executions in 2014

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Missouri could be on pace to see a record number of executions in 2014, with two more inmates now on the verge of execution dates.

The Missouri Supreme Court on Thursday issued show cause orders in the cases of Leon Taylor and Michael Worthington. The orders give attorneys for the two men until April 14 to show why an execution date should not be set.

Missouri executed two men late last year and has already put to death two other convicted killers in the first two months of 2014 — Herbert Smulls in January and Michael Taylor in February.

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Politics
8:18 am
Fri March 14, 2014

Mo. House passes presidential primary date change

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Missouri's Republican-led House has passed legislation setting the state's 2016 presidential primary for March 15.

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Politics
2:52 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

Missouri Senate approves bill changing unemployment benefits

The legislation would change the definition of misconduct and how some Missouri workers collect unemployment benefits from the state.
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Republican lawmakers are trying again to limit the ability of Missouri workers to collect unemployment benefits after being fired for alleged misconduct.

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Politics
2:46 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

Missouri House passes electronic tracking bill

Tracking of electronic or cellular devices could be forbidden without a warrant if the bill passes in the Missouri Senate.
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Law enforcement could not track the location of an electronic or cellular device without a warrant under a bill passed by the Missouri House.

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Politics
2:41 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

Missouri House approves bill changing access of teens to tanning machines

The new legislation could prohibit Missouri teens under 17 from using tanning machines without parental consent.
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Missouri teens younger than 17 would need parental consent to use tanning machines that emit ultraviolet rays under legislation passed by the state House.

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Politics
2:36 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

Missouri House approves bill to add fees supporting emergency services

The bill would allow Missouri counties to vote on a monthly fee to support emergency services like 911 response and poison control.
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Missouri House members have approved legislation that could lead to new fees to support the state's 911 and poison control networks.

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Politics
2:29 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

House passes red-light, speeding camera bill

Under the proposed bill, drivers ticketed by automated cameras would not be issued penalty points.
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The Missouri House has passed legislation that could let cities to continue using red-light and speeding cameras, but only if they adhere to certain guidelines and get approval from state officials.

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Politics
8:33 am
Thu March 13, 2014

Senate panel reviews Missouri death penalty bills

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A Missouri Senate committee is considering legislation on the death penalty.

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Politics
8:24 am
Thu March 13, 2014

Mo. House passes performance funding for colleges

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The Missouri House has passed legislation that would implement performance-based funding for public universities and community colleges.

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Politics
5:26 pm
Wed March 12, 2014

House bill bars points on traffic camera tickets

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Missouri drivers would not have points assessed against their license for tickets issued by automated traffic cameras under legislation endorsed by the state House.

The House gave initial approval to the bill Wednesday that would regulate red-light and speeding cameras.

Photo traffic enforcement systems for Missouri municipalities have been the subject of ongoing court cases and many cities have temporary halted enforcement. The measure would require cities to meet certain standards in order to operate speeding or red-light cameras.

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Health
8:48 am
Wed March 12, 2014

Mo. health policy enrollment up, but behind goal

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The number of Missouri residents using a federal website to enroll in health insurance is growing, but not as fast as had been projected.

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Politics
8:31 am
Wed March 12, 2014

Proposed minimum wage hike advances in Missouri

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A state Senate committee has advanced legislation that could raise Missouri's minimum wage to $10 an hour.

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Politics
8:29 am
Wed March 12, 2014

Mo. House endorses parental rights amendment

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Missouri's House has endorsed a proposed amendment to the state Constitution that would enshrine a fundamental right for parents to raise their children as they see fit.

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Politics
8:02 am
Wed March 12, 2014

House passes bill tripling abortion waiting period

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The Missouri House has approved legislation tripling the waiting time for women to get abortions after first visiting their doctors.

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Politics
8:32 am
Tue March 11, 2014

Legal experts cite concern about Mo. Medicaid bill

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Legal experts are raising concerns about a Missouri proposal to require adult Medicaid recipients to work.

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Crime
8:07 am
Tue March 11, 2014

Attorney files lawsuit over Ferguson case

Ryan Ferguson
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An attorney for a man whose conviction in a Missouri sports editor's slaying was overturned has filed a civil rights lawsuit seeking $100 million.

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Politics
8:03 am
Tue March 11, 2014

House endorses abortion notification requirement

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The Missouri House has given first-round approval to legislation that would impose an additional requirement on minors who seek abortions.

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Politics
3:15 pm
Mon March 10, 2014

Taxes for Missouri farmers to increase

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Missouri farmers will get a larger property tax bill for their land starting in 2015.

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Politics
8:18 am
Mon March 10, 2014

Mo. House budget panel to finish work this week

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Missouri House budget writers are expected to complete work this week on a spending plan for the fiscal year that starts in July.

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Politics
8:10 am
Mon March 10, 2014

Missouri seeing effects of declining casino visits

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A recent decline in Missouri's casino revenues is raising questions among lawmakers about the extent to which the state can continue to rely on gambling to fund key programs.

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Politics
8:00 am
Mon March 10, 2014

Medicaid legislation to debut in Mo. House panel

Missouri Capitol
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A Republican plan to revamp and expand Missouri's Medicaid program is getting its first hearing in the state House.

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Business
5:20 pm
Fri March 7, 2014

Wal-Mart sides with Ameren in electric rate case

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Wal-Mart doesn't want Missouri's largest electric customer to get a lower utility bill from Ameren Missouri.

Noranda Aluminum Holding Corp. is seeking about a 25 percent reduction in the rate Ameren charges at its aluminum smelter in the southeastern Missouri town of New Madrid.

Wal-Mart filed a motion opposing the reduction Friday with the Missouri Public Service Commission, which regulates utilities.

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Health
12:59 pm
Fri March 7, 2014

Health advocates push for insurance enrollment

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Health care advocates are making an extra push to get people signed up for insurance through a federal website before a March 31 deadline.

The Cover Missouri Coalition says about 40 enrollment events are planned Saturday around the state, including some featuring live music, free food and advice from tax preparers. Dozens of additional events are planned in the coming days.

The coalition also will be running new online and radio advertisements between now and the end of the month.

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Politics
8:21 am
Thu March 6, 2014

Missouri lawmakers pass cellphone tower bill

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Missouri lawmakers have given final approval to a bill limiting the ability of Missouri cities and counties to restrict cellphone towers.

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