Senate approves bill requiring abortion risk explanation in person

The current law requires doctors to explain to women the risks of an abortion at least 24 hours in advance, but the new version passed 25-7 in the Senate would no longer allow the explanation to take place by phone. Doctors would be required to meet with women face-to-face.

UPDATE: FDIC economist charged with trying to rob bank

Jeff Walser, 51, said he had a bomb in his briefcase and demanded money at the Bank of America branch in Independence, but did not take $41,000 brought to him by an employee, according to an indictment filed Tuesday.

Bill would improve public defender system

The bill sent to Gov. Jay Nixon on Thursday would give the state Public Defender Commission permission to set maximum caseload standards for lawyers who represent those who cannot afford private lawyers.

Myanmar opposition leader to go on trial again

Supporters say the military government in Myanmar is looking for a reason to keep Aung San Suu Kyi, a nonviolent opposition leader, on house arrest, which has lasted for 13 of the past 19 years. According to her lawyer, this comes after an American swam across a lake to sneak into her home. According to National Public Radio, the man is from Missouri.

Missouri bill could mean life sentence for some child rapists

The Missouri Senate approved a bill, which would require sentences of life in prison to those convicted of raping or sodomizing children under 12 in certain cases.

Lawmakers tell Department of Revenue not to follow federal driver's license requirements

The Missouri legislature voted to direct the Department of Revenue not to follow the federal driver's license requirements. This is meant to target the federal Real ID Act, which some critics say violates privacy rights.

Wet spring delays Midwest farmers, but corn prices could increase

From Missouri to Ohio, many farmers have had a difficult time planting corn because there haven't been enough consecutive days without rain to dry up the land. Normally by this time of year, 75 percent of Missouri's corn crop has been planted. But only 39 percent has been planted so far.

House members say Gov. Nixon tried to influence their votes

The representatives say an aide suggested they would be rewarded for voting in support of Medicaid expansion.

Choking truck driver survives fall down cliff

A man drove his truck off the interstate near Perryville after choking on a mint.

Tornadoes kill 3 people in Missouri

In Kirksville, 30 to 40 homes were damaged by the storm.

Economist tries to rob Kansas City bank

The man surrendered to the police without taking a bag containing $41,000.

Owners struggle to find new homes for chimps

A Missouri man discussed the hassle he faced once his chimpanzee, formerly tame, grew up and became more powerful and potentially violent. A different chimpanzee was in the news recently for attacking a Connecticut woman in February. Experts say people often don't realize how chimps change once they reach adulthood, and it's difficult to find a good place for them.

Rock Bridge, Hickman baseball teams close regular season

The Kewpies and Bruins play at 6 p.m. Friday to close the regular season before district tournament play begins Saturday. While the game will take place at Rock Bridge, seniors from both teams will be honored. When they met last month, Rock Bridge beat host Hickman in the 10th inning.