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Kansas City Council approves new dress code

The new code was an attempt to address complaints that the Power and Light District's dress code discriminated against minorities, according to reports from the Kansas City Star.

Missouri Attorney General sues Florida locksmith company

The company was accused of overcharging Kansas City customers. The company also fraudulently advertised itself using 16 different names.

Kansas City man dies after being beaten, hit by car

Video surveillance from a nearby building shows the 47-year-old man being beaten. He was left in the street in downtown Kansas City.

Police: Mom took out student loans to gamble

The woman is accused taking out loans for $139,000 in two of her daughters' names. Police also say she forged her 71-year-old mother's name for a co-signer on the loans.

Missouri House approves transferring mental health center's ownership to MU

The bill, which would transfer ownership of the Mid-Missouri Mental Health Center to MU, now goes to the Missouri Senate. With approval, the hospital stands to receive $2,700 a day per bed in federal reimbursements as a teaching hospital on campus. That figure currently is $300.

Rise in cigarette prices elicits mixed feelings

A 62-cent federal tax increase on cigarettes that went into effect April 1 has some smokers thinking April may be a good time to kick the habit.

Winston chimp shooting and puppy mill: What others are saying

Here's what other publications have to say about the chimp's death and the puppy mill's discovery.

UPDATE: Autism insurance bill unlikely to pass in 2009

After being sent back to its originating committee, a bill that would mandate insurance coverage for autistic children is unlikely to be considered again because of a backlog of bills to be reviewed before the General Assembly adjourns May 15.

Missouri Senate budget writers endorse $146 million health care expansion

About 35,000 custodial parents would benefit from the proposed health care plan. The legislation needs another Senate vote to move to the House.

UPDATE: Missouri legislature cuts e-mail archive funding

Gov. Jay Nixon's office will continue to archive its e-mails despite the fact that state lawmakers have cut funding for the program.

Monsanto profit slips despite jump in seed sales

The seed maker, based in St. Louis, announced a 3.2 percent drop in quarterly profit ending Feb. 28. However, Monsanto saw a revenue increase over last year of 8.3 percent. The Missouri legislature has proposed a tax credit that might place a planned Monsanto expansion in state.

State lawmakers cut funding for e-mail saving system

Gov. Nixon recommended the system be expanded but House and Senate committees cut it out of the budget.

Missouri Senate OKs six Nixon appointees

Spots in various state offices were filled Thursday as state senators cofirmed six of Gov. Jay Nixon's appointments.

Autism insurance bill hung up in Missoui Legislature

The Missouri House Rules Committee sent a bill, which would require insurance coverage of autism, back to its original committee Thursday and it will not make it back to the house floor by the time the legislative session ends in May.

Briggs & Stratton announces 114 layoffs at Poplar Bluff plant

The company says demand for its products is down and retailers are trying to reduce inventory. Despite the layoffs, hirings are expected in the fall, according to the plant manager. Briggs & Stratton is the largest employer in the Poplar Bluff region.

Missouri sees nation's No. 2 increase in new jobless claims

For the week ending March 21, Missouri had the nation's second-highest number of new unemployment claims, behind California. The 669,000 claims nationwide was the highest total in more than 26 years. The Labor Department expects to show in an upcoming report America's unemployment increased to 8.5 percent at the end of March.

Winston deputies shoot rampaging chimp, then find puppy mill

Winston's Sheriff Department discovered a squalid, unlicensed puppy mill after responding to and shooting a rampaging chimpanzee. The mill, run by the chimp's owners, held an estimated 100 to 200 small-breed dogs. Only 13 dogs and two cats were recovered.

Whiteman Air Force Base loses bid for Global Strike Command

The Barksdale Air Force Base in Louisiana was chosen over other bases for the home of the Air Force's Global Strike Command.

Internet worm Conficker could change tactics

On April Fools' Day, the Internet worm Conficker that has affected many PCs is expected to change tactics to acquire more "botnets," Conficker-infected machines, experts said.

Missouri Senate committee OKs rewritten bill on AmerenUE plant plan

Missouri's Senate Commerce Committee has passed the rewritten version of a bill that originally faced criticism from consumer advocates as being "a utility wish list."

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