The Missouri "Blue Book" is a page closer to marking its return to paper.
Gov. Jay Nixon has signed legislation that allows the secretary of state to provide an electronic copy of Missouri's official manual to a nonprofit organization. That group then can publish and sell the book in a paper format.
The official state manual, commonly known as the "Blue Book," had long been printed every two years — until a 2010 law barred its paper publication. The intent was to save about $1.7 million in costs.
The University of Missouri in Columbia has wrapped up its first week as a smoke-free campus.
The ban on smoking, which took full effect on July 1, had been in the works since 2009 when Chancellor Brady Deaton announced a plan to become a smoke-free campus within five years.
As part of the transition, the school began allowing smoking only in designated areas in 2011. The Smoke-Free Mizzou website says the move was meant to give smokers time to quit or "make necessary adjustment to their smoking patterns."
A 29-year old has died following a motorcycle crash in Columbia this weekend. The Columbia Police Department said Brandon E. Bainter lost control of his motorcycle early Sunday morning. He was traveling on Broadway toward Westwood Avenue when he went off the left side of the road. The motorcycle then hit a utility pole.
He was not wearing a helmet and was pronounced dead at the scene. Police said excessive speed is believed to be a factor.
The parent company of the supermarket chain Schnucks wants a federal court to dismiss two lawsuits related to a security breach of customer credit and debit cards.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the two lawsuits seek class-action status. Schnucks said in dismissal motions that the plaintiffs didn't have standing to sue and couldn't prove they suffered any harm.
One suit was filed in U.S. District Court in Chicago, while the other in was filed U.S. District Court in St. Louis.
Missouri's education system will be the focus of a newly formed state House committee that will consider ways to improve outcomes and better prepare students for college and adulthood. The House Interim Committee on Education has scheduled its first meeting for next Thursday at the state Capitol. The panel will examine education issues during the summer and fall before lawmakers return in January for their next legislative session. Republican House member Steve Cookson of Poplar Bluff will lead the interim committee. House Speaker Tim Jones created the new education committee.
Attorney General Chris Koster says Missouri may have to resort to using the gas chamber to carry out death sentences. It would be considered as an “unintended consequence” of the state Supreme Court’s refusal to set execution dates.
Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has vetoed legislation on fees for certain types of loans and on voting by elected officials during public meetings.
The two bills were among four vetoed by Nixon on Tuesday.
Nixon criticized the measure that would have raised the fees that lenders could charge for payday, title and consumer installment loans. The Democratic governor said the bill would have helped payday lenders increase their profits at the expense of people struggling with debt.