The prosecutor called the accused a "coward" who shot the state trooper in the back in 2005, while the defense attorney argued the wrong man is on trial.
The $312 million midyear spending bill was approved Tuesday and is now heading to Nixon.
His proposal would use $2 million from the finance board to establish a loan pool that could provide up to $25,000 each to businesses with five employees or fewer.
$196,000 was stolen from the Carl Junction school district after a computer virus enabled cyber thieves to access the district account.
The school will triple the number of classes offered and will reduce tuition by almost 40 percent.
Four suspects have been taken into custody.
Yvonne Pampellone faces charges of commercial burglary, grand theft and identity theft.
Willie, a Quaker parrot, was honored with a Red Cross Animal Lifesaver Award.
Helen Sun, 37, had changed the locks on their bedroom door and handcuffed herself to her estranged husband as he slept.