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Fake marijuana banned by central Missouri county

Pettis County has banned a substance that is combined with a mix of dried flowers, herbs and tobacco to mimic the effects of marijuana.

UPDATE: Sudanese 'lost boy' touches hearts in Fayette

After reading about Valentino Achak Deng, a "lost boy" displaced by the civil war in Sudan, a librarian at Central Methodist University was motivated to try to get him to speak on campus. Though Deng will not be able to make his scheduled speech on Feb. 25, several activities related to his cause in Sudan brought staff, students and faculty of the university together.

Bill proposes Nixon play the lottery to fix budget

Some Republican representatives proposed a bill that would deduct $2 from Gov. Jay Nixon's paycheck to play the lottery and give all winnings to the state budget.

Faith gives mothers strength to care for dependent children

Two mothers say faith and knowing their limits is what gets them through the hardships of being caregivers of their children.

Flooding highly probable for Missouri, Mississippi rivers

Similar to past years, the recent weather suggests flooding of the Missouri and Mississippi rivers. Midwest states are looking ahead for ways to avoid flooding.

Former Missouri official killed when plane crashed into house

Former Missouri Division of Commerce and Industrial Develoment head Donald Estell has been killed in a plane crash in Illinois. Estell was piloting. His passenger, Robert Clarkson, was killed as well.

Bill that would ban fake pot is stalled

The process to make K2 illegal has been slowed because of mistakes in the classification of other drugs included in the bill.

Groups hope to transform Kansas City's 'Murder Factory'

Several people and groups are trying different ways to turn what has been dubbed the "Murder Factory," in Kansas City to a more peaceful and safe environment. 

Weather Service projects chance of spring flooding along Missouri rivers

Significant winter snow in northern states and heavy rainfall could lead to major flooding.

Senate bill would make petition process less cumbersome

The Senate Elections Committee passed a bill that would modify the petition process Monday.


Missouri School of Law to host public defender panel

They keynote speaker at Tuesday's workshop is Stephen Bright, who teaches at Yale and Georgetown and is president of the Southern Center for Human Rights in Atlanta.

Replacing income tax with broad sales tax appears doubtful

Lawmakers will discuss the idea of replacing Missouri's income tax with a broad sales tax, but most doubt it will pass.

Abortion regulations pass through Senate committee

Two abortion bills were heard in a Senate meeting on Monday; the first would offer a woman an ultrasound of her fetus at least 24 hours prior to an abortion and the second would require physicians to collect information from women on why they sought an abortion, such as social, medical or economic factors.

No opposition at Senate statewide smoking ban hearing

The bill would prohibit smoking in public places, including restaurants, shopping malls and sports arenas.

St. Louis mayor lobbies for President Casino

St. Louis mayor resists a bill that would shut down President Casino and in turn cost jobs and lose tax revenue.

Funding dispute delayed review of pollutant tests

The Missouri Department of Natural Resources was asked to review pollutant tests on the Bannister Federal Complex in Kansas City, but the department refused to do so until funding was provided. The cost of review is estimated to be approximately $3,000 to $7,000.

St. Louis police commissioner resigns

Vince Bommarito resigned on Monday. Gov. Jay Nixon called it "appropriate," and said his office will immediately begin the search to fill the vacancy.

A job with a catch: a 1,000-mile commute

Four Wisconsin men endure the hardships of living away from their families something they had to do to keep their jobs with General Motors.

Recent storms cause transportation problems in Missouri, Kansas

Slick roads led to several accidents in Kansas, where some areas experienced snow or sleet, and heavy slush shut down runways at Kansas City International Airport in Missouri.

ANALYSIS: Missouri officials consider campaign limit reversal

State leaders will try to decide whether or not the state's campaign finance limits should be reintroduced after the Supreme Court tossed out a law similar to the one on the books in Missouri.