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Missouri legislature considers bill requiring drug tests for welfare applicants

The bill would require screening of all applicants for welfare and testing those who are suspected of drug use. An applicant who tested positive would be ineligible for benefits for a year. Children and other members of the household would still be eligible for assistance, and money would have to go through a third party.

Columbia firefighters practice ice rescues

For the first time in a few years, conditions have allowed the Columbia Fire Department to hold an ice rescue training session in the lake next to Bass Pro Shops for every firefighter.

Missouri teen: Family's love helped him survive captivity

It was three years ago that Shawn Hornbeck was discovered after being kidnapped at 11 years old. Now 18, Hornbeck relives his captivity and hopes to raise awareness about missing children.

Missouri judge upgrades charges to first-degree murder for drifter's death

Granting the prosecutor's request, the judge has charged Chester Harvey and his son, Chad, in the Dec. 18 death of James McNeely with first-degree murder.

Audit: Missouri could better track sales tax exemptions

Missouri has 131 exemptions applying to everything from food to medicine to utilities.

400 rally against federal health care bill at Missouri Capitol

Wednesday's rally focused primarily on federal proposals that would tax individuals who do not purchase health insurance or tax certain businesses that do not offer insurance to employees.

Nixon, Zweifel kick off homebuyer incentive

Missourians who sign contracts to buy a home this year may apply for a financial incentive equal to their first year's property tax.

Missouri Amtrak ridership rose 16 percent in December

Nationwide, Amtrak's passengers increased by 5 percent.

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