UPDATE: Missouri House moves to stop Jayhawks license plate

The House approved an amendment to a higher education bill Tuesday allowing only Missouri schools to be featured on license plates, unless the Missouri legislature gives its approval.

UPDATE: 8 indicted on fraud charges from Joplin tornado

Each of the defendants, indicted separately by a grand jury, is accused of falsely claiming damage to their homes or property in Federal Emergency Management Agency applications for disaster benefits.

St. Louis judge blocks Missouri Senate candidate's bid

A state Senate candidate from St. Louis plans to fight a judge's decision removing her from the ballot because she doesn't live in the district.

Missouri Senate approves tax credits compromise

The measure would authorize new tax credits to attract amateur sporting events to the state and would cap the amount of tax credits available to refurbish historical buildings at $75 million.

Missouri House endorses health care legislation

The measure prohibits punishment of doctors, nurses and other health care workers who refuse to participate in contraception, abortions, embryonic stem cell research and certain other procedures or research.

Missouri church softball team excluded due to pastor's bisexuality

When pastors at three of the other churches in the softball league found out about the pastor's sexual preference, they decided their teams wouldn't take the field against the team.

Missouri Senate stops bill allowing ads on school buses

Senators were concerned that ads on school buses could distract drivers and jeopardize the safety of children and that limits on the types of ads that could be displayed might lead to lawsuits over free speech issues.

Soldier from Rolla dies in Afghanistan

Pfc. Richard L. McNulty III died Sunday when his vehicle was hit by an improvised explosive device in Bowri Tana, Afghanistan.

Ameren warns of utility scam

Ameren says utility customers in several states, including Ameren customers in Missouri and Illinois, are being falsely told that the federal government will provide a credit or directly pay utility bills.

FTC: Skechers deceived consumers with shoe ads

Skechers will pay $40 million to settle charges by the Federal Trade Commission that the footwear company made unfounded claims that its Shape-ups shoes would help people lose weight and strengthen muscles.

Man, 2 children die in Kansas City house fire

Firefighters don't have an exact cause of the blaze, but it doesn't appear to be arson.

5 dead, tortured dogs found in St. Louis house

Stray Rescue of St. Louis is offering a $5,000 reward for information in the torture deaths of five dogs.

Audit raises concerns in St. Louis County

The St. Louis County Council ordered the audit in January after County Executive Charlie Dooley laid off 20 full-time workers in the parks department and six public works employees.

O'Fallon gains kiosk to help with unclaimed property

Columbia and Joplin previously had kiosks installed at license offices. The treasurer's office says there is nearly $700 million in unclaimed property in Missouri.

Kansas City unveils new plan for cutting crime

The KC No Violence Alliance program focuses on the worst criminals and includes job training, education and health care for criminals wanting to change their lives.

Missouri House moves to stop Jayhawks license plate

The amendment's sponsor, Democrat Stephen Webber, says he'll remove his amendment or seek to repeal it if Kansas challenges Missouri to a football or basketball game next school year.