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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.

St. Louis chosen as one of Dozen Distinctive Destinations

St. Louis is one of this year's Dozen Distinctive Destinations chosen by the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

Missouri again leads nation in meth lab 'incidents'

Missouri's meth lab incidents increased 19 percent over the previous year, with Jefferson County having the most incidents.

Missouri chief justice to update lawmakers on courts

The annual State of the Judiciary speech will take place Wednesday morning. Missouri Chief Justice William Ray Price will address lawmakers about pending issues facing the courts.

Mo. adoption records bill clears Senate committee

The Senate Health Committee approved a bill to allow those adopted after Aug. 28 access their birth certificates at age 18.

UPDATE: Missouri schools seek legal loophole to protect students

Current state law prohibits school officials from saying why fired teachers lost their jobs, including those accused of sexual misconduct.

Felons may be barred from Missouri public office

Sen. Nodler proposes a bill which would deny lawmakers convicted of felonies from running for re-election. The goal of this bill, according to Nodler, is to set standards for Missouri's legislators.

Higher education commissioner presents possible cuts in budget

Higher Education Commissioner Robert Stein  outlined potential cuts in education in a letter, but now Missouri's budget director said there might be even less money available.

Money woes threaten high-speed rail plans

Extensive envisions of new train systems across the country are met with little financial backing. Rail corridors were awarded stimulus cash, but the projects will cost much more than the federal government is willing to front.

Missouri senator testifies before grand jury about pay-to-play

Sen. Matt Bartle, R-Lee's Summit, said he thought a $35,000 donation from the adult entertainment industry had something to do with his 2005 anti-porn bill being killed.

Superintendents want to share details on troubled teachers

Missouri school superintendents want to make it easier to tell others why troubled teachers lost their jobs.

Two Missouri representatives plan to block EPA on greenhouse gases

Representatives Ike Skelton and Jo Ann Emerson disagree with the Environmental Protection Agency's ability to regulate carbon dioxide and greenhouse gas emissions.

Four Missouri men plead not guilty on charges of raping family members

Four defendents charged with raping and molesting young relatives in the 1980s pleaded not guilty Monday.

China and Missouri envision a trade hub in St. Louis

Despite national disagreements, a Chinese ambassador met with the governor to discuss an adaption to Lambert Airport in St. Louis that would make it a cargo trade center. The governor is confident that this venture would create more jobs and be financially beneficial.

Blunt widens cash lead over Carnahan in Missouri Senate race

Rep. Roy Blunt reported taking in $430,000 more than Secretary of State Robin Carnahan during the last quarter of 2009. Both are vying for Missouri's U.S. Senate seat in November.

States seeking to ban mandatory health insurance

Lawmakers in 34 states have filed or proposed amendments to reject federally mandated health insurance. If passed, citizens will have state-based rights to refuse medical insurance and prohibit penalties for those without insurance.

Former House Speaker Gingrich to speak at Missouri Western

The appearence will take place Oct. 6-7 during the annual Convocation on Critical Issues at the St. Joseph school.

UPDATE: Members of Mohler family slated to appear in court

The Mohlers are charged with raping and molesting young family members for more than a decade starting in the mid-1980s.