Missouri Senate discusses possible resolutions if health care reform passes

Sen. Eric Schmitt, R-St. Louis County, spoke Monday about a resolution that encourages state Attorney General Chris Koster to join 15 other state attorneys general in threatening a lawsuit against the federal government if a version of the health care reform passes into law.

Family-owned farms urged to apply for Missouri 'century farms'

Farms in Missouri that have been owned by members of the same family for 100 consecutive years are being urged to apply to be recognized as a Missouri century farm.

Missouri bill would ban felons from selling fireworks

Proposed bill in Missouri Senate would require fireworks sellers to  only buy and sell to customers with a permit.

Missouri senator moves to kill legal ads in newspapers

The Senate Finance Committee heard testimony on a bill to allow government financial reports and candidate announcements online only, instead of in newspapers.

Music lovers have kept Hannibal dancing for 35 years

Weekly dances in Hannibal bring residents regular entertainment and the opportunity to socialize and meet new people. The dances are held from noon to 3 p.m. every Wednesday.  Admission is $3 and includes an afternoon of music, dancing and a potluck meal.

Accused Missouri truck driver says homicide victim hurt family

A Missouri truck driver says a homicide victim hurt his family after getting them involved in a drug scheme. The body of the 20-year-old victim was found Dec. 22 in the refrigerated compartment of the driver's rig.

Lake St. Louis considers smoking ban

Lake St. Louis is entertaining the idea of a citywide smoking ban. A public hearing is scheduled for Feb. 15 to discuss the issue.

More than 700,000 Missouri residents received food aid in 2009

An estimated 728,000 Missouri residents received food aid from emergency food banks in 2009. About 39 percent of those receiving aid are children under 18.

Four sentenced for fake federal diplomat scheme

Three men who were convicted of selling fake diplomatic credentials have been sentenced to federal prison, while a fourth who pleaded guilty has gotten probation.

Missouri bike race could still happen, despite lack of funding

Lieutenant Gov. Peter Kinder, chairman of the Tour of Missouri, believes the annual bicycle race will still be able to occur. The event is tentatively scheduled for Aug. 31.

Activists want companies to come clean on cleansers

Uncertainty about ingredients used in household cleaners leads environmental advocates to legal action in New York.

Humane Society volunteers seek stricter regulations for puppy mills

Volunteers are pushing for a November ballot measure to regulate Missouri's dog breeding facilities.

'Science Friday' radio program to broadcast from St. Louis

National Public Radio program, "Talk of the Nation: Science Friday," plans to broadcast live on March 12 from the Saint Louis Science Center.

Missouri botanist Peter Raven honored with international award

President and director of the Missouri Botanical Garden, environmentalist Peter Raven, was honored with the Award for International Scientific Cooperation. The award was given by the Chinese Academy of Sciences last month in Beijing.