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After killings by police, a debate over grand jury secrecy

Calls for more transparency in grand juries stem from recent non-indictments in cases of police killing civilians.

 

St. Louis police chief seeks Highway Patrol's help downtown

Violent crime declined last year in many U.S. cities but rose sharply in St. Louis. The city recorded 159 homicides, the highest total since 2008.

Missouri House to stop holding committee meetings at country club

Effective immediately, all House committee meetings will be held at the Capitol.

Missouri panel hears objections to voter photo ID proposal

The bill would make Missouri one of the strictest states for voter identification. Only non-expired Missouri or federal government issued ID would be accepted.

 

Missouri GOP lawmakers seek to expand abortion notifications

Missouri law requires one parent to consent to a minor getting an abortion, unless the minor gets a court order bypassing that. A bill by Rep. Rocky Miller, R-Tuscumbia, would require the second parent or guardian to receive notification, too.

 

Bills put Missouri Conservation Department funding at risk

Four Republican-sponsored bills in the General Assembly threaten about 80 percent of the department's revenue.

Former Missouri gubernatorial nominee turns to Ferguson

Dave Spence, who lost the 2012 campaign for Missouri governor, is championing a private effort called Ferguson 1000 Jobs.

Missouri House panel endorses limits to unemployment benefits

The bill would increase the amount of money the state must have saved to pay for benefits before reducing how much businesses need to contribute.

St. Louis to take down homeless tent city near downtown

Human Services director Eddie Roth said officials want to help encampment residentsfind better living conditions.

Missouri bill would shield human trafficking victims' info

Secretary of State Jason Kander announced legislation on Tuesday that would expand the Safe at Home program to cover those victims.

St. Louis County Assessor Zimmerman to run for Missouri attorney general

Zimmerman is joining a race that already includes a Democrat and a Republican, and could prove attractive to others due to the lack of a running incumbent

Two more cases of chronic wasting disease found in Missouri deer

Deer killed by hunters in Macon and Adair counties tested positive for the disease. So far, 15 wild, free-ranging deer in the state have been found to have the disease.

 

INTERACTIVE GRAPHIC: The breakdown of immigration in Missouri

In 1990, a sharp increase in Missouri's immigrant population began, and the number of foreign-born people living in the state has been increasing ever since.

Whereabouts of Thomas Hart Benton painting concealed

The painting hung in the library of a suburban Kansas City school for years but hasn't been seen since 2008 after being appraised at $700,000.

Hearing shows support for review of entire Missouri tax code

Republican Sen. Bob Dixon, of Springfield, said an in-depth study of the tax code was desperately needed. He says a group would study the code and produce a report as a starting point for an update.

Chinese consulate warns Missouri lawmakers on Taiwan

State lawmakers received letters this month from the Chinese consulate in Chicago. The letter says treating Taiwan as an independent country is a mistake.

Nixon's budget plan faces challenges in Missouri legislature

After the State of the State address on Wednesday, Republicans in the legislature are ready to challenge Gov. Jay Nixon's proposed budget for the next two fiscal years.

Special prosecutor re-examining Iowa man's Missouri drowning

A special prosecutor acknowledged she is reviewing the case after receiving new information.

Deaths by suicide appear to be increasing across Missouri

Data from the American Association of Suicidology show that Missouri's 2012 suicide rate climbed above the 15-per-100,000 threshold for the first time since 2000. 

Proposal would convert building into space for legislature

New bond revenues could transform the Missouri Department of Transportation building into a space for legislative and executive employees. The proposal for the project sets aside $35 million.

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