Supreme Court halts use of key part of Voting Rights Act

The ruling removed the requirement that all or parts of 15 states with a history of discrimination in voting get federal approval before changing the way they hold elections.

Gov. Jay Nixon signs public safety bill

The public safety bill bill allows governing boards of public colleges and universities to create traffic regulations for roads owned or maintained by the school.

High lead levels found in southeast Missouri songbirds

Lead mining and smelting have been going on in portions of southeast Missouri since the early 1700s. The region contains the world's largest deposit of the lead mineral galena.

Missouri's Fort Leonard Wood to lose 885 personnel

 The reductions are part of the Army's plan to trim forces by 80,000 soldiers over the next several years. Earlier this year, a draft plan had looked at cutting as many as 3,900 uniformed personnel from Fort Leonard Wood.

Audit: Missouri lacked justification for buying $5.6 million plane

Auditor Tom Schweich said Missouri's existing passenger planes were already underutilized, and the Missouri State Highway Patrol did not do a formal written analysis before purchasing the new plane.

Missouri State Highway Patrol plans to improve school bus inspections

A state audit being released Tuesday notes that federal authorities found in 2011 that Missouri's school bus inspection procedures were inadequate.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Does Missouri have too many committees looking at Medicaid?

Legislation to expand Medicaid rolls failed during the recent legislative session. We soon may learn if at least three, and potentially four, committees is overkill.

Former MoDOT employee alleges agency kept a 'Buzzard List'

A 64-year-old woman sued for discrimination, claiming the agency cut costs based on a list sorted by age.

UPDATE: Columbia police arrest two in connection with Sunday's drug-related homicide

A Columbia man and a Jefferson City woman were arrested. The victim, 25, was found next to a car. The shooting was the fourth in Columbia in just over a week.