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Senate approves bill requiring abortion risk explanation in person

The current law requires doctors to explain to women the risks of an abortion at least 24 hours in advance, but the new version passed 25-7 in the Senate would no longer allow the explanation to take place by phone. Doctors would be required to meet with women face-to-face.

UPDATE: FDIC economist charged with trying to rob bank

Jeff Walser, 51, said he had a bomb in his briefcase and demanded money at the Bank of America branch in Independence, but did not take $41,000 brought to him by an employee, according to an indictment filed Tuesday.

Bill would improve public defender system

The bill sent to Gov. Jay Nixon on Thursday would give the state Public Defender Commission permission to set maximum caseload standards for lawyers who represent those who cannot afford private lawyers.

Myanmar opposition leader to go on trial again

Supporters say the military government in Myanmar is looking for a reason to keep Aung San Suu Kyi, a nonviolent opposition leader, on house arrest, which has lasted for 13 of the past 19 years. According to her lawyer, this comes after an American swam across a lake to sneak into her home. According to National Public Radio, the man is from Missouri.

Missouri bill could mean life sentence for some child rapists

The Missouri Senate approved a bill, which would require sentences of life in prison to those convicted of raping or sodomizing children under 12 in certain cases.

Lawmakers tell Department of Revenue not to follow federal driver's license requirements

The Missouri legislature voted to direct the Department of Revenue not to follow the federal driver's license requirements. This is meant to target the federal Real ID Act, which some critics say violates privacy rights.

Wet spring delays Midwest farmers, but corn prices could increase

From Missouri to Ohio, many farmers have had a difficult time planting corn because there haven't been enough consecutive days without rain to dry up the land. Normally by this time of year, 75 percent of Missouri's corn crop has been planted. But only 39 percent has been planted so far.

House members say Gov. Nixon tried to influence their votes

The representatives say an aide suggested they would be rewarded for voting in support of Medicaid expansion.

Choking truck driver survives fall down cliff

A man drove his truck off the interstate near Perryville after choking on a mint.

Tornadoes kill 3 people in Missouri

In Kirksville, 30 to 40 homes were damaged by the storm.

Economist tries to rob Kansas City bank

The man surrendered to the police without taking a bag containing $41,000.

UPDATE: One death reported in northeast Missouri storm

Officials had no immediate information on the fatality. U.S. 63 was closed as of Wednesday night in the Kirksville area due to a gas-line leak and downed power lines.

Storm causes damage in northeast Missouri

The National Weather Service has reported damages and injuries suffered from a storm moving across northeast Missouri.

UPDATE: Missouri GOP leader urges commutation of death sentence

Steven Tilley, the House Majority leader, wants the sentence for Dennis Skillicorn to be changed from death to life in prison. Skillicorn was one of three men convicted of killing a man along a highway 15 years ago. After debate, the House voted 95-64 to remove a death penalty moratorium placed by a federal judge in 2006, before the state had reformed its procedures.

Missouri legislative session ends Friday, lawmakers push for votes

With the legislative session ending in three days, Missouri lawmakers are in a rush to vote on several bills. Last-minute bills include issues regarding concealed carry, health care and tax credits for job creation.

Court rejects UM System's patent suit against MU professor

Galen Suppes, a professor of chemical engineering at MU, said he wanted legal ownership of his commercially valuable resarch. He said the school did not recognize the financial potential of his inventions. According to MU, he sought the patents without crediting the university, but a federal judge dismissed the school's lawsuit.

Missouri GOP leader urges commutation of death sentence

House Majority Leader Steven Tilley called on Gov. Jay Nixon to reduce the sentence of a man scheduled to be executed next week.

Missouri scholarship expansion cut out of legislation

A plan to expand the A+ Schools Program to all public high schools or accredited private schools likely won't pass this year.

Blunt lawyers seek to substitute Nixon in lawsuit

Scott Eckersley, attorney for Gov. Jay Nixon, is suing former Gov. Matt Blunt for being wrongly dismissed after raising concerns that Blunt's office was defending the deletion of e-mails in violation of public records laws. Blunt's attorneys asked that Blunt be removed as a defendant in Eckersley's lawsuit and replaced with Nixon. Their request notes that lawsuits naming defendants in their official capacity often are changed when a new person takes office. It also contends Blunt should be dismissed from the lawsuit in his individual capacity.

Two charged in Pulaski County beating death

A man and teenage girl were jailed in connection with the death of a Dixon man.