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Nixon signs bill to expand DNA sampling in Missouri

Gov. Jay Nixon has signed legislation Thursday that is to expand the field of people required to submit DNA samples to authorities.

Reward increased in search for cemetery vandals

The vandals broke 176 tombstones at the Fairview Cemetery in Liberty between June 18 and June 20.

Kansas license-plate distribution delayed amid budget crunch

To save money, the state of Kansas has halted the issuance of its new license plate to some residents.

Boone Hospital Center jobs event draws 181 people

A jobrecruitment event Tuesday brought people to the Hampton Inn and Suites Columbia. They were seeking to land one of 20 patient care associate positions.

Group considers reservoirs for southwest Missouri

Members of the Tri-State Water Resource Coalition hope to commission an in-depth study of three potential lake sites.

2 arrested in connection with 2008 double stabbing deaths

Matthew D. Laurin, 21, of Springfield, and Darren J. Winans, 19, of Jasper, were being held without bond after their arrests Monday in the Oct. 11 deaths of Robert Sheldon, 70, and his wife, Ellen Sheldon, 71. Laurin and Winans are each charged with two counts of first-degree murder, two counts of armed criminal action and one count of burglary.

Missouri governor criticizes lawmakers on autism bill

Governor blames Republicans for a weak bill,  but signed it for the progress it does make, he said. In the meanwhile, the House Speaker has asked a committee to draft a new autism coverage bill for the 2010 legislature to consider.

Dog-fighting raids conducted in three states, including Missouri

Authorities arrested about 30 people in dog-fighting raids Wednesday across three states, and seven men were indicted in connection with a dog-fighting ring in northwest Missouri.

Nixon requires newborns be tested for 5 diseases

Missouri infants are already screened for 67 diseases, but the state is one of the first to check for lysosomal disorders.

Boone County survey shows desire for healthy living

The Boone County Healthy Lifestyle Survey shows residents are trying to improve their eating choices and exercising habits but have noticed a lack of resources.

MU Extension workshop to tackle issue of pasturing cows

The practice, which is often used as a cheaper alternative to feeding cows in centralized facilities, now includes nearly 20,000 cows on Missouri-based pasture dairies.

Woman charged in fatal Current River boat crash

Radeena Proffer of Poplar Bluff has been charged with involuntary manslaughter in connection with a johnboat collision in southeast Missouri.

Kansas City among 7 possible mercury storage sites

Kansas City and six other areas in the U.S. are being considered as locations for the storage of large amounts of toxic elemental mercury.

RiseUp, behind paper insert on race, owes creditors $6 million

RiseUp Publications LLC and its parent company, Ellis Management Marketing Group Inc., have filed for bankruptcy.  RiseUp owes roughly $6 million to multiple creditors.

Environmental groups to discuss Ozark riverways plan in Kansas City

A meeting is to be held in Kansas City this weekend to examine plans for the management of the Current and Jacks Fork rivers.

Missouri legislation to expand newborn disease screenings

The state is to add five lysosomal storage diseases to the list of 67 diseases for which babies are already screened.

Nixon appoints two new curators

Wayne Goode, a former state legislator, and David Bradley, publisher of the St. Joseph News-Press, have been appointed for four-year terms.

Missouri Dept. of Social Services pushes for day care changes

Missouri has proposed more stringent requirements for day care centers at the requests of early childhood education advocates, who have argued the current system puts children at risk. The proposal is awaiting approval of a legislative committee.

Missouri governor signs bill allowing paternity challenges

Legislation signed Tuesday by Gov. Jay Nixon gives men two years to contest paternity rulings with a DNA test.

Pickens' energy campaign marches on despite obstacles

T. Boone Pickens, who visited MU in the spring, is still touting his clean energy initiative across the country, but slumping energy prices are proving less of an incentive for Americans to buy into it.

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