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James Devine, a dean at MU School of Law, dies at 62

James Devine, associate dean of academic affairs at MU School of Law, died Wednesday from a heart attack. Devine, 62, collapsed at approximately 11:40 a.m. during a meeting of the Boone County Bar Association at Tiger Hotel.

PHOTO GALLERY: Sculpture installed in front of Columbia City Hall

New Mexico artist Howard Meehan arrived in Columbia to install his sculpture, "Keys to the City," as the centerpiece of the plaza in front of City Hall.

UPDATE: Autism insurance mandate passes General Assembly

Missouri legislators gave final approval Wednesday to a bill that would require state regulated insurance polices to cover up to $40,000 a year of behavioral therapy for autistic children through age 18.

Missouri lawmakers approve changes to scholarships

The bill would increase scholarships for students at public universities and decrease them for students attending private schools.

Missouri Senate votes 34-0 on drunken driving bill

The bill would establish special courts that combine treatment with punishment for drunken driving violators.

Few homeless remain in condemned St. Louis tunnel

Most of the 150 people living in an abandoned St. Louis railroad tunnel have left as the city prepares to clear the tunnel for construction. The city plans to use federal stimulus money to repair the street above the tunnel, and the tunnel will be filled in.

Missouri Senate rejects local plumbing code requirement

An effort to require Missouri counties to develop plumbing codes was rejected in the state Senate on Wednesday. Some lawmakers said the codes were needed to improve water quality.

Missouri lawmakers apparently reach agreement on bill changing ethics rules

Missouri House and Senate negotiators seemed to have reached an agreement on Wednesday on rules guiding the ethics of moving money between committees.

Missouri wastewater treatment plants under scrutiny

Wastewater treatment plants might not be properly monitored by the Department of Natural Resources.

Flash flood warning until 11 a.m.

The National Weather Service in St. Louis has issued a flash flood warning for Boone County until 11 a.m. A flash flood warning means flooding is imminent or occurring, according to the service.

Missouri House OKs bill to shorten utility rate cases

Missouri legislators voted to allow the Missouri Public Service Commission less time in deciding rate cases, where utility companies are seeking to increase rates for their customers.

Columbia hospital to offer free stroke screenings

University Hospital is starting national Stroke Awareness Month by offering free screenings. Testing for stroke risk, blood pressure and body mass index will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on May 20.

Decision on Jetton trial date postponed

A trail date has yet to be set for former Missouri House Speaker Rod Jetton's second-degree assault charge. The decision of when to hold trail is being pushed back.

MU School of Law associate dean dies

James R. Devine, 62, collapsed at approximately 11:40 a.m. during a meeting at Tiger Hotel.

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