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8:14 am
Wed February 13, 2013

More charges for suspect in VA hospital killing

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A 33-year-old Sedalia man charged with killing a fellow VA hospital patient in Columbia now faces Pettis County assault charges.

The Columbia Missourian reports that Rudy Perez Jr. is charged with five misdemeanor assaults as well as resisting arrest in connection with several Sedalia incidents in the days before the Feb. 1 beating death of 78-year-old Robert Hill of Warsaw at Truman Memorial Veterans' Hospital.

Perez has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder. His lawyer says Perez is mentally ill.

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4:54 pm
Tue February 12, 2013

Mo. Senate endorses Sunshine Law overhaul

Sunshine Law changes could cause more frequent penalties on violators
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Missouri's Senate has endorsed an overhaul of the state's open meetings and records law, commonly called the Sunshine Law.

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4:27 pm
Tue February 12, 2013

Jail fine bill would withhold hunting, fishing licenses

Missourians could find themselves barred from hunting and fishing if they have jail debts.
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Missouri's Senate has given preliminary approval to a bill that would bar people from getting hunting and fishing licenses if they owe money to a county jail.

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9:12 am
Tue February 12, 2013

Mo. senators cite credit concerns about Medicaid

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Gov. Jay Nixon's plan to expand Medicaid health care coverage in Missouri has encountered a new wrinkle of opposition from some lawmakers.

Members of the Senate Appropriations Committee raised concerns Monday that the Medicaid expansion could hurt the state's credit rating.

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5:47 pm
Mon February 11, 2013

House panel talks change to worker lawsuits

A Missouri Senate committee is considering legislation that would make CPR training mandatory for high school graduates, beginning in the fall of 2014.
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A Missouri House committee is considering legislation making it harder for employees to win lawsuits over workplace discrimination.

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Science, Health and Technology
9:28 am
Mon February 11, 2013

Officials seek upgrades at mental health facility

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Missouri mental health officials are hoping a possible state bonding package could permit construction of a new facility at the Fulton State Hospital.

The hospital is Missouri's only maximum- and intermediate-security psychiatric hospital and is the oldest public mental health facility west of the Mississippi River. The Department of Mental Health is proposing a new 300-bed, high-security facility that would cost about $211 million.

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9:16 am
Mon February 11, 2013

Officials urge caution around Missouri skunks

Missouri conservation officials are urging people to be cautious around skunks that soon will be emerging from winter shelters.

Skunks are one of the two primary carriers of the rabies virus in Missouri. Encounters increase during skunks' mating season, which starts in late February and continues through March. Males can travel five miles in one night.

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9:05 am
Mon February 11, 2013

Central Missouri president hosts Twitter chat

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University of Central Missouri President Chuck Ambrose wants to hear from his students on Twitter.

Ambrose is hosting a two-hour "Tweet Chat" with students at the Warrensburg school starting at noon Tuesday.

The school says anyone interested in the university is also welcome to participate.
More than 1,600 people follow Ambrose on Twitter, where he is known as @UCMAmbrose. Tuesday's event will be his first live chat using the format.

8:55 am
Mon February 11, 2013

Mo. House to take up voter photo ID requirement

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Legislation requiring voters to show photo ID at polling places is scheduled for debate in the Missouri House.
House Majority Leader John Diehl said he expects a proposed constitutional amendment mandating photo ID and a bill implementing the rule to be taken up on the House floor this week.

Republicans argue the measure is needed to cut down on voter fraud. Democrats contend the photo ID requirement is aimed at disenfranchising voters.

2:37 pm
Sat February 9, 2013

Mo. Republicans choose Jason Smith for 8th District Congress race

Rep. Jason Smith
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Missouri Republicans have chosen a young state lawmaker promising a "fresh approach" as their candidate to replace former Congresswoman Jo Ann Emerson.

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9:37 am
Thu February 7, 2013

Mo. House Republicans propose smoking policy

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Missouri House Republicans are considering a policy to let lawmakers continue smoking in their offices while encouraging them to be "conscientious" and "respectful."

Smoking is barred in the House chamber and public galleries. House rules require the Republican and Democratic caucuses to establish smoking policies for legislators' private offices.

House Democrats have decided to bar smoking in their own private offices.

9:45 am
Wed February 6, 2013

States propose limiting use of drones by police

Lawmakers in at least 11 states including Missouri are looking at plans to restrict the use of drones over their skies amid concerns the unmanned aerial vehicles could be exploited to spy on Americans.

The American Civil Liberties Union says state legislators are proposing various restrictions on the new technology.

The Montana Senate looked at two bills Tuesday that hinder the use of drones, most often associated with overseas wars.

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9:43 am
Wed February 6, 2013

Mo. House panel to take up 'right to work' bill

Legislation from Jefferson City attacks Pres. Obama's contraception mandate.

A Missouri House committee is taking up legislation that would bar union membership or dues as a condition of employment.

The House Workforce Development Committee scheduled a public hearing Wednesday on the bill, which supporters call "right to work."

Approval by the Legislature would put the proposed new law to a statewide vote this November.
Supporters argue the legislation would allow Missouri to be more competitive in the job market. Opponents say it would weaken unions and hinder collective bargaining.

9:24 am
Wed February 6, 2013

Funding sought for Mo. child sex abuse victims

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Advocates for child sex abuse victims are urging the Missouri Legislature to renew a funding increase for their social services.

At issue is an increase of more than 20 percent in funding for child assessment centers that was included in the 2013 budget. That $500,000 increase brought the total funding for the centers to $2.8 million.
The centers conduct forensic interviews and sexual assault exams on children that can help make a legal case against their perpetrators.

5:40 pm
Tue February 5, 2013

Voter photo ID bill clears House Committee

Missouri House Committee
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A Missouri House committee has adopted a measure requiring voters to show photo identification before casting ballots.

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