Missouri's proposed budget includes billions of dollars for schools, millions more for scholarships and $8 for tin foil hats.
The $8 appropriation recommended Wednesday by a House education funding panel is only partly a joke. It's meant to make a point that some lawmakers aren't too pleased by what they consider to be paranoia about new Common Core standards for public schools.
The tin foil amendment was put forth by committee chairman Rep. Mike Lair, a Republican from Chillicothe who is a retired teacher.
A Missouri state senator wants to give the Corrections Department flexibility on how it carries out executions.
Republican Sen. Kurt Schaefer introduced legislation Wednesday that would allow the department to execute inmates by any lawful means. Current law permits executions only by lethal gas or chemicals.
Schaefer, of Columbia, says legal questions over Missouri's current use of pentobarbital shouldn't be used to block capital punishment in the state. He says his bill would give the department the necessary flexibility to carry out death sentences.