With $8 million in deductions last year for Missouri insurance companies, some legislators want to know why a 60-year-old law is still on the books.
The Kids Count report looks at 10 key factors when reviewing data and uses six to determine a composite rank for the well-being of children for each county.
Missouri ranks second in the nation for black homicide rates among its residents, according to a report on based on statistics from 2007.
Last month, the State Tax Commission proposed increasing productive values for higher quality farmland, cutting them for lesser land and keeping them the same for the worst. The recommendations will take effect Jan. 1, 2011, unless the House and Senate each vote to reject them.
The Missouri Gaming Commission claims the owners of the casino have deliberately slowed the casino's gambling and voted 4-0 to revoke it's license. A spokesperson from Pinnacle Entertainment Inc., which owns the casino, said the economy is to blame for the casino's decline.
A University of Missouri suicide prevention program is offering training sessions for high school educators around the state. During the sessions, they learn to identify risk factors and warning signs in students.
Currently Missouri law prohibits people age 21 and younger from writing, sending or reading text messages while driving a vehicle.
The Senate's legislation would require coverage of up to $72,000 anually while the House is still working on a bill of its own.
The telethon will raise funds to care for animals and investigate abuse cases.
The committee can now analyze the data and try to understand why some of the schools are performing above expectations.
Republican House member Jason Smith is sponsoring a bill that says Missouri voters should be guaranteed the right to pick their elected officials rather than vacancies being appointed by the governor.
The governor asked for $280,000 to remodel the prison, which is 12 years old and cost $70 million to build.
Supported by Sen. Joan Bray, an amendment would remove the 4 percent sales tax currently collected on yoga, Pilates and similar classes.
Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster asked for execution dates for convicted killers Joseph Franklin and Allen Nicklasson. Franklin is a white supremacist who killed people in several states and Nicklasson killed the man who stopped to help him with his stalled car.
The ban is still under debate about whether it should be extended to all ages, instead of the 21-and-younger demographic it targets now.
A proposed bill would require some Missouri welfare recipients to undergo drug testing.
The Missouri Supreme Court decided to uphold a death penalty sentence for a 1996 double-murder case; however, the judges remain unsure if death is an appropriate punishment for a crime.
The proposal to make Cape Girardeau, Mo. a transportation hot spot through I-66 is no longer a cold case. Leaders take another look at the highway proposition.
Even with a proposed increase, Missouri is still falling $43 million short for elementary and secondary education funding. Some senators fear school districts might sue the state.
A controversial bill that would mandate refunds for Medicare policy cancellations and issue guidelines for selling practices was proposed to the Senate.