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UPDATE: House Democrats question bill on welfare recipient drug tests

The Missouri House on Tuesday voted 109-45 to approve a bill that would require drug tests for recipients of the federal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families. Democrats questioned the measure, saying it violates the Fourth Amendment.

GetAbout Columbia hosts public meeting on bike boulevard project

Columbia residents commented at a public meeting on a proposed "bike boulevard" that would close the median of College Avenue between Windsor and Ash streets. 

Rock Bridge girls soccer falls in overtime

The Rock Bridge girls soccer team lost 1-0 to Helias in overtime Wednesday at Rock Bridge.

Hickman girls track team excels in Springfield

Hickman sophomore Victoria Jackson won the long jump and was second in the 100-meter high hurdles and triple jump Wednesday at the 30-team Glendale Track & Field Invitational in Springfield, Mo.

Rock Bridge golfers fifth at invitational

The Rock Bridge boys golf team placed fifth at the William Woods Invitational on Wednesday at Tangelwood Golf Course in Fulton.

Shooting down stolen plane not considered, Defense official says

A Canadian man who stole a plane and landed in Missouri did not show hostile intent, a North American Aerospace Defense Command spokesman said.

Missouri receives U.S. Department of Labor grant for layoffs

The $2.4 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor will help fund workforce development services for former industrial workers in southern parts of the state.

Missouri General Assembly supports additional restrictions on sex offenders

Missouri General Assembly supports initial provision of a crime bill that will ban sex offenders from loitering in parks or coaching sports teams with minors. There is some debate whether the rule should apply to foreign courts.

Missouri senators allege undue influence in Ameren bill

Republican Sen. Kurt Schaefer says his district has been bombarded by untrue robo-calls opposing the bill and accused Republican Sen. Jason Crowell of being involved in the campaign.

Dead man re-elected mayor of Missouri town

Winfied mayor Harry Stonebraker was re-elected Tuesday, a month after his death. Stonebraker died of a heart attack at 69 on March 11. A mayor will be appointed to serve until a special election in April 2010.

Missouri senators debate nuclear plant bill

Senate debate has begun on a bill that would allow AmerenUE to pass the financing costs of a new reactor at its Callaway plant on to current utility customers.

Man runs away from courtroom

Dustin Fernow could face new charges after running out of a courtroom Monday. Fernow was on probation for burglary.

Suleman: Wages, inheritance paid for in vitro

Nadya Suleman said in a magazine interview that the money she used to pay for her first babies came from working 16-hour days as a psychiatric technician and from an inheritance.

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