Missouri senators vote to stay out of Medicaid managed-care program dispute

After a contentious debate Wednesday, the legislators voted 21-11 to remove wording in a proposed budget that would have required the state to contract with all managed-care companies that met the its bidding criteria.

Tips sought in Missouri couple's April 2011 slayings

The sheriff says he believes people who know the killer's identity are reluctant to talk. There's a $20,000 reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction.

UPDATE: Police arrest father, grandmother in alleged kidnapping

Illinois State Police arrested a 5-year-old boy's father and paternal grandmother hours after the pair allegedly abducted him from a St. Louis hospital where he was being treated for a heart condition.

Senate Democrats prepare bill freezing student loan costs

The measure would prevent interest rates on subsidized Stafford loans from doubling automatically on July 1. The freeze would last for a year.

Discovery of mad cow disease in California was stroke of luck

A nondescript building in the heart of California's dairy country has become the focus of intense scrutiny now that mad cow disease has been discovered in a dead dairy cow.

Missouri Senate budget funds state employee pay hikes, blind benefits

It's unclear if the budget plan passed early Wednesday is balanced. The legislature is constitutionally required to send a final budget to Gov. Jay Nixon by May 11.

Missouri lawmakers endorse economic development bills

The Missouri House endorsed two measures of business legislation Wednesday. One would create new rules for economic development officials and the other would expand tax credits to state auto parts manufacturers.

UPDATE: Senate votes to slow closing of post offices

In a new bill, the U.S. Postal Service would receive a multibillion-dollar infusion that would allow for fewer shutdowns of mail processing centers around the country.

Freese, Lynn lead Cardinals over Cubs

David Freese hit a home run and Lance Lynn threw eight strong innings to lead the St. Louis Cardinals to a 5-1 win over the Chicago Cubs on Wednesday afternoon.

FROM READERS: Occupy COMO will celebrate workers' rights on May Day

Occupy COMO member organizers will host May Day activities at noon on May 1 in front of Daniel Boone City Building.

Win over Indians ends Royals' 12-game losing streak

Kansas City hit four home runs in a 8-2 victory Wednesday night over host Cleveland.

UPDATE: US Senate looks to make it tougher to close rural post offices

The legislation looks to protect rural post offices specifically, and many postal centers in rural or small states would be spared from cuts, including centers in Missouri.

Missouri House backs expanding auto industry incentives

The Missouri House gave first-round approval to an expansion of the incentives that were given to Ford and General Motors in 2010.

Missouri Senate panel backs 911 tracking on cellphones

Cellphone tracking could be used to find people who are missing or people who hang up before they can give their location.


Mountain lion sighted in northern Missouri by trail camera

The state Conservation Department confirmed on Tuesday that a mountain lion was caught on camera April 2 in Grundy County. It's the third mountain lion seen this year in Missouri and the 29th since 1994. 

First week of spring turkey season shows large increase in kills

The 16 percent increase is the first increase since 2004. The increase was noted in all regions of the state.


WHAT OTHERS SAY: Anti-gay legislation nothing but bullying from House GOP

A St. Louis Post-Dispatch editorial argues that the Missouri House is encouraging bullying by proposing a bill against addressing sexual orientation in schools. The bill, nicknamed the "Don't Say Gay" bill, would prevent the formation of Gay Straight Alliances.

At British inquiry, Rupert Murdoch defends 50-year record

News Corp. Chairman Rupert Murdoch told an official inquiry into U.K. media ethics that he never gave his editors orders on who to back or used his political sway for financial gain.

Missouri Senate panel considers CPR training in schools

CPR training, which includes hands-on practice and testing, would become a requirement for graduating from high school if the bill was passed.

UPDATE: Young heart patient taken from St. Louis hospital found safe

The father and paternal grandmother of the 5-year-old boy taken Tuesday from St. Louis Children's Hospital have been issued felony warrants for kidnapping, interfering with custody and endangering the welfare of a child.