The Missouri House has passed a bill that would allow school districts to hire police resource officers.
Sponsoring Republican Rep. Sheila Solon, of Blue Springs, says the measure is part of efforts to keep schools safer after the Connecticut elementary school shooting that killed 20 children last December.
She says that school resource officers are considered county or municipal employees. Her bill would allow school districts to hire them directly.
The House voted 129-20 to send the measure to the Senate.
Missouri Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder is among more than 20 Republican lieutenant governors urging approval of the TransCanada Keystone XL Pipeline.
The Republican Lieutenant Governors Association said in a letter to President Barack Obama that more pipeline capacity is needed to tap oil supplies from formations in Canada, Montana and North Dakota. The lieutenant governors contend construction of the pipeline would support thousands of construction and manufacturing jobs and would directly benefit many states.
A 33-year-old Sedalia man charged with killing a fellow VA hospital patient in Columbia is due back in court after an earlier delay.
Rudy Perez Jr. is charged with first-degree murder in the Feb. 1 death of 78-year-old Robert Hill of Warsaw at Truman Memorial Veterans' Hospital. He has pleaded not guilty by reason of mental disease or defect. His attorney, David Tyson Smith, says Perez is schizophrenic.
Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster is suing a southwest Missouri company for allegedly dumping tornado waste from Joplin into an abandoned mine shaft.
Koster on Monday announced the suit against Bryan Weldon and Weldon Contractors and Construction LLC of Joplin. It alleges that Weldon dumped about 100 cubic yards of demolition waste from the 2011 Joplin tornado into an abandoned mine shaft near Neck City in Jasper County.
The suit seeks an injunction against further dumping as well as a civil penalty.
The Missouri State Archives is working on a project that could allow people to look up old marriage records online.
Secretary of State Jason Kander says the online database will include more than 3 million Missouri marriage records from the territorial period through 1969.
Those records already are available at county courthouses and on microfilm at the State Archives in Jefferson City. But Kander says this will mark the first time they can be searched through a free state website.
The University of Central Missouri is taking aggressive steps designed to boost the number of students graduating in four years.
The Warrensburg school will require most incoming freshman to live in residence halls for two years, add academic advisers and encourage students to pick majors earlier. It also will offer tuition breaks for seniors who've taken full class loads their first three years.
The school has dubbed the effort the Learning to a Greater Degree Contract. The changes will take effect this fall.