Missouri senators propose water-quality testing be handled by new department

Thursday, February 25, 2010 | 4:54 p.m. CST; updated 8:23 p.m. CST, Thursday, February 25, 2010

JEFFERSON CITY — Missouri senators proposed Thursday to strip the state's environmental agency of its power to conduct water-quality tests and accused it of risking public health by covering up high bacteria levels at the Lake of the Ozarks.