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Missouri Senate gives first approval to ethics reform

The state Senate gave preliminary approval to an ethics reform bill but rejected many amendments. A final vote probably won't come next month, though.

Kelly asks about relocating inmates to nursing homes to save money

Rep. Chris Kelly brought up the possibility of exploring the idea of giving inmates age 70 and older parole and placing them in a nursing facility to remove budget constraints on the state corrections department.

UPDATE: Judge finds probable cause in Jetton assault case

Following testimony on Wednesday from a 35-year-old alleged victim of sexual violence, a judge set arraignment for former Missouri House Speaker Rod Jetton.

Missouri teen allegedly planned to kill classmates

Authorities are looking into a Facebook photo as a source of evidence to the planned attack.

Missouri schools getting notice of midyear reductions

The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education released a memo Wednesday detailing that a funding shortfall could result in a 2 percent reduction in what Missouri schools otherwise would receive.

Missouri gets 'C' for dental health care

Missouri is average in its dental policies, according to a report by the Pew Center.

Former Missouri House speaker Jetton faces hearing on assault charges

Rod Jetton, former Missouri House speaker, was scheduled for a preliminary hearing Wednesday afternoon. He is accused of assaulting a women last November. Jetton has denied wrongdoing.

Expert says economy has at least five more years before recovery

Jack Strauss, director of the Simon Center for Regional Forecasting at Saint Louis University, said that consumers are being cautious about buying cars and homes, the very expenditures that would help the U.S. recover. He is scheduled to speak today at aint Louis University's John Cook School of Business.

Catholic Charities appeal raises $1.8M in Missouri

The fundraising effort supports programs including homelessness prevention, substance abuse rehabilitation, tutoring and elderly housing.

Missouri teen suspected of planning to kill classmates

Police arrested a girl on suspicion of plotting to kill her classmates at a small high school in southeast Missouri.

Lobbyists ignore ban, pay for lawmakers' trips

A 2006 law required permission before lobbyists could pay for public officials' out-of-state travel. Since then, lawmakers have made dozens of trips while the Senate committee and the House panel have received a total of seven requests.

Kansas City pediatric therapist faces child porn charges

Fifty-five-year-old Michael Toal, a pediatric therapist in Kansas City, is facing child pornography charges. Investigators say he admitted to inappropriate contact with at least one child.

Judge finds probable cause in Jetton case

The alleged victim in the assault case against former Missouri House Speaker Rod Jetton testified in a preliminary hearing Wednesday.

St. Louis mayor questions control of police department

St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay said the current system of control of the police department makes it so no one is directly accountable to the voters.

U.S. Senate passes bill without $300 million Nixon counted on

Gov. Jay Nixon's budget recommendation depended on $300 million that the U.S. Senate did not pass in a bill Monday.

House Education Appropriations Committee amends funding bill

While the House Education Appropriations Committee agreed with most of Gov. Jay Nixon's recommendations for education funding, several proposed amendments were voted on. The committee passed two and they were added to the bill.

Fired Blunt aide urges stronger Missouri Sunshine Law

Attorney Scott Eckersely, who was fired as an aide to former Gov. Matt Blunt, is urging Missouri lawmakers to strengthen the Sunshine Law, including raising penalties for violations.

Branson Airport adds flights to 5 cities

Branson Airport to offer flights to five new cities beginning May 17.

Pyrotechnics mishap singes WWE wrestler in St. Louis

The wrestler known as the The Undertaker suffered minor burns, but the show went on — with him in the ring after he was cleared by a physician.

Candidacy filing for Missouri offices begins Tuesday

Filing for Aug. 3 party primaries opened Tuesday and will continue until March 30. The top race will be to replace retiring U.S. Sen. Kit Bond.