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Southern Missouri man charged in Myanmar swim

John Yettaw of Falcon, which is about 70 miles northeast of Springfield, was arrested last week in Myanmar after he swam across a lake to the home of Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi. Yettaw was charged Thursday with illegally entering a restricted zone and breaking immigration laws.

UPDATE: Missouri lawmakers approve public defender changes

Under the bill now headed to Gov. Jay Nixon, the state Public Defender Commission would be allowed to set maximum caseload standards for the lawyers who represent people who are accused of crimes but cannot afford a private attorney.

State Senate passes wide-ranging crime bill

The bill includes a ban on texting while driving and sending explicit photos and videos to minors, in addition to issues such as assaulting a public safety employee and requirements for running for public office.

Missouri Senate passes abortion waiting period bill

The bill would require doctors to meet with women at least 24 hours in advance and offer to show live ultrasound and allow the woman to hear the heartbeat. Supporters say previous legislation has limited the number of abortions, while opponents argue such laws have not reduced the number the abortions. They say women wanting an abortion will have to pay more and take more days off work. The Missouri House can approve the bill as is or edit it in a conference committee.

Chrysler cuts 27 dealerships in Missouri

Here is a list of the 27 Chrysler dealerships in Missouri on a list of eliminations filed by the company on Tuesday.

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.

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