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State News

Missouri ranks in middle for organic farms nationally

Missouri is No. 20 in the nation in the number of farms raising organically produced crops and livestock.

Missouri lawmaker proposes restrictions on lobbyists

As part of a broad ethics reform, one state representative wants to bar public entities from lobbying for or against bills.

Nixon named to national defense council

Gov. Jay Nixon was one of 10 governonrs named by Barack Obama to the Council of Governors.

Missouri to reimburse counties after 2009 ice storm

Missouri will reimburse 20 counties for expenses that resulted from a January 2009 ice storm that hit southern Missouri. The money will pay for overtime work for medical responders and the use of schools for shelter.

Missouri chief justice criticizes handling of political corruption, nonviolent crime

Chief Justice William Price Jr.'s speech to a joint legislative session leaves Republicans and Democrats divided.

Missouri Senate gives autism bill thumbs up

For the second consecutive year, the Missouri Senate passed a bill requiring insurance companies to cover autism.

Nixon slashes funding for emergency communication network

Gov. Jay Nixon's latest budget cuts target the interoperability project, which would create a statewide radio network to connect emergency responders. Project officials said it should proceed, though.

Senate committee hears bill on sexual orientation discrimination

The Senate Progress and Development Committee heard a bill Wednesday that would add sexual orientation to Missouri's civil rights law, prohibiting people from discriminating based on that factor.

UPDATE: Missouri House OKs drug tests for public officials

The Missouri House of Representative tacked a provision to test themselves for drug use onto a bill that would require drug testing for some recipients of public aid. The legislation needs one more vote to move to the Senate.

House OKs bill to drug test Missouri officials

House members voted to require state officials to take a mandatory drug test upon entering office, and every two years. The mandatory testing has been added onto a broader bill that gives drug tests to adults receiving welfare payments.

TV show to help Kansas City family get missing woman's body back

Stephanie Clack learned that her sister's body had been found in Ohio in 1987.

Nixon withdraws more than 80 appointments

Senators did not have ample time to review many of the selections for governmental positions, which were made when the legislature was not in session.

Missouri National Guard to send help for Haiti relief

The Missouri National Guard is sending airmen and a cargo plane to Fort Bragg, N.C., to help with the Haiti relief effort.

Civil trial over hog odors opens in Kansas City

Rural Missouri residents seek more money for insufferable odors from a Gentry County hog confinement.

Bill would toughen Missouri's drunken driving laws

A bill before the Missouri House Crime Prevention Committee proposes harsher penalties for drunken drivers and a statewide DWI tracking system to monitor repeat offenders.

Nixon proposes additional $74.3 million in budget cuts

In addition to the cuts that will hit technology programs the hardest, lawkmakers discussed budget cuts affecting higher education.

Missouri House approves 'stacked taxes' bill

A bill passed in the Missouri House of Representatives on Tuesday would allow city leaders to raise the cap on allowable sales taxes that they impose, but only if citizens vote accordingly.

Statewide smoking ban bill proposed in Missouri House

Proposed legislation would make it illegal in Missouri to smoke inside bars and restaurants, or in outdoor public places such as near playgrounds and bus stops.

UPDATE: Historical Society back to normal hours, more donations needed

While $90,000 in private donations allowed the State Historical Society of Missouri to return to a six-day week schedule, the money raised is less than one-third of the amount needed to restore the society to its previous status.

Director of Missouri housing agency's resignation unexpected

Pete Ramsel, the executive director of the Missouri Housing Development Commission handed in his resignation letter Wednesday. He has worked with the agency for 15 years.

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