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Missouri House and Senate budgeters want to spend $100,000 on the state's Amber Alert system.

The Senate Appropriations Committee on Wednesday locked in a House plan to replace and expand the alert system for missing children.

Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Dan Brown says the company providing the program went bankrupt, so the state needs to pay for another system.

Money budgeted for next fiscal year also would cover an expansion of the program.

Authorities in the St. Louis area are searching for a 5-month-old girl after someone took off with the minivan she was in earlier this week.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports the baby, Eden Brooke Hawthorne, was last seen in the 2006 Chrysler Town and Country van at a Church's Chicken in Normandy on Monday night.

Police say the mother rode to the restaurant with the baby and four other people. The mother and a man went inside the restaurant, and the minivan left with the baby inside.

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St. Louis County police say an Amber Alert was lifted after a woman and her 1-year-old son were found safe, and the woman told authorities she left town on her own.

Amber Alert Changes Endorsed by Missouri House

Mar 18, 2015
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Changes to Missouri's Amber Alert system are progressing in the Missouri House.

The House gave initial approval Wednesday to changes made in response to the kidnapping and death of 10-year-old girl last year in Springfield.

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The mid-February kidnapping death of a 10-year-old Springfield girl has led to calls to change Missouri's Amber Alert system.

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Federal and state authorities are investigating the abduction of a 6-year-old Jefferson City boy found shot to death Tuesday in Cape Girardeau in an apparent murder-suicide.

Police found 6-year-old Markell Beasley and 40-year-old Demetrius Beasley, of St. Louis, dead of gunshot wounds in a house after someone flagged down officers.

MoChip to offer free services at Osage Beach

Mar 15, 2012

The Missouri Child Identification Program, better known as MoChip, will be taking free digital photographs, dental impressions, and scents for scent dogs to follow in the event a child goes missing. The information would then be put onto a small disk which can be loaded into the Amber Alert System in a matter of minutes. State Coordinator of MoChip, Nicholas Cichielo says the program has been successful in finding missing children.

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Friday is National Amber Alert Day.  Law enforcement officials across the nation are recognizing the importance of the Amber Alert System, which is a high-speed, high-tech way of alerting the public when a child has been abducted. According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, there’s been some misunderstanding about the criteria that must be met before the alert can go out.