Missouri House Speaker Tim Jones will give the Republican response next week to Gov. Jay Nixon's State of the State speech.
The Democratic governor will address a joint session of the Legislature at 7 p.m. Monday in the House chamber.
The GOP response by Jones will be prerecorded and broadcast about five minutes after Nixon completes his speech.
Last year, Jones and Senate Appropriations Committee Kurt Schaefer gave a joint Republican response to Nixon's annual speech. The responsibility fell to Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder during the previous three years.
The number of passengers traveling through Lambert Airport in St. Louis is on the rise.
Airport officials said Tuesday that Lambert served more than 12.7 million passengers in 2012. That included 6.4 million departing passengers and 6.3 million arriving passengers, both up a little more than 1 percent over 2011.
Lambert officials say 47 percent of passengers last year flew on Southwest Airlines, an increase of 2 percent over 2011. American Airlines was second with 16 percent of passengers, followed by Delta with 13 percent.
This is the last year high school dropouts will be able to earn their Missouri High School Equivalency Certificate before a tougher, more expensive version of the GED is rolled out.
The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education says the current test will be replaced with a new, computer-based assessment in 2014.
The 2014 test is tied to Common Core Standards -- a set of uniform math and English benchmarks adopted by states. The standards are designed to ensure that students are prepared for college or the workforce.
A three-judge federal appeals panel is weighing whether a Missouri company violated a settlement agreement with a Kentucky-based competitor in advertisements about a dietary supplement.
Judges from the U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati quizzed attorneys for Lexington-based Cogent Solutions Group and Hyalogic, a Missouri company, about the specifics of an agreement meant to keep Hyalogic from directly criticizing a supplement called Baxyl.
Baxyl is the brand name for a dietary supplement advertised for use in joint function.
Two people familiar with the situation say two Miami assistant coaches have been told they will be charged with "unethical conduct" when the NCAA presents the Hurricanes' athletic department with its notice of allegations.
Missouri lawmakers are kicking off the state's annual budgeting process this week. The Senate Appropriations Committee will take public testimony on education and health care issues at a hearing Tuesday.
Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster plans to create a new task force to focus on urban violence. The attorney general's office says the panel could start work in late spring with meetings in Kansas City and St. Louis.
Koster, a Democrat, won a second term this past November. During his re-election campaign, he said he was considering task forces to focus on urban crime and to evaluate the annual report on law enforcement traffic stops.
An administrator at a college in North Carolina will become the new president of Lincoln University in Jefferson City. Lincoln University curators announced Friday that Kevin D. Rome will be the school's 19th president, beginning June 1.