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Motorcyclists could run some red lights under Missouri bill

The bill would give motorcylists who run red lights after waiting an "unreasonable" amount of time a defense if pulled over by police officers. Proponents say many motorcycles are not large enough to activate traffic lights sensors, leading to backups in left-turn lanes.

Senate makes Missouri's private jails accountable

In a nearly unanimous vote, Missouri senators on Thursday gave approval to a bill that would make private jails subject to state regulation.

Jobs bill stalls in Missouri Senate

Rather than adopting a bill aimed at job creation that Gov. Nixon had requested, legislators this week introduced a substitute bill that would phase out certain tax credits pending legislative review.

Missouri lawmakers' plan would cap ATM fees for jobless benefits

About three-quarters of Missourians receiving jobless benefits — or about 100,000 — receive payments through MasterCard debit cards while others use alternatives such as direct deposits into their bank accounts.

Former Missouri lawmaker wants misdemeanor sex charge dismissed

The trial for the former Republican House member from Frontenac will begin Thursday.

Church shooting suspect held in St. Louis, to return to Illinois

The man charged with shooting Rev. Fred Winters of Maryville, Ill., has been released from the hospital.

Motorcyclist dies after fleeing Missouri State Highway Patrol

Loren Ryan, 20, lost control of his motorcycle while being pursued by state trooper.

Dead baby with multiple injuries found in Riverview home

Police took an 18-year-old man in custody.

UPDATE: Man charged with fatal hit-and-run sues Tulane fraternity

Man serving five-year sentence says hazing resulted in post-traumatic stress disorder.

78-year-old Missouri woman faces meth, child endangerment charge

Items used to make meth and heroin were found in the police bust, in which two other people were arrested.

Man convicted in fatal crash says hazing affected his actions

A Kansas man serving a five-year sentence for a fatal hit-and-run says he suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder after fraternity hazing at a Lousiana university. He filed a federal lawsuit earlier this month against the fraternity, saying that his disorder affects his decisions.

Man charged with molesting woman in bed with her husband

A 26-year-old Joplin man has been bound over for trial in for the alleged sexual assault of a woman while she was asleep in bed with her husband.

St. Louis man committed as sexual predator

A 63-year-old St. Louis man was committed to a sex offender treatment center after a judge decided he was a sexually violent predator. The man recently completed a 20-year prison sentence for the sodomy and sexual assault of a 6-year-old boy.

Man accused of molestation in a YMCA sauna

A St. Louis county man faces four charges and is currently free on bond.

St. Louis school board votes to close 17 schools

The St. Louis appointed school board voted to close 14 schools this year and three more in the future to deal with its projected $36 million deficit for the 2008-09 budget year.

Suit seeks restitution, interest for Stifel's Missouri customers

Secretary of State Robin Carnahan filed  a lawsuit stating that investors who bought auction-rate securities through Stifel thought they were equivalent to cash.

Senate seeks to end confusion on Missouri stimulus transportation plans

The Transportation Department says it doesn't have access to the state funds holding the stimulus money dedicated to road and bridge projects.

Nixon pushes Quality Jobs Act for small businesses

The Missouri House of Representatives has already approved a version of Nixon's proposal, which would provide funding for small businesses.

Missouri debates new ways to fund schools with gambling money

A gambling initiative passed in November was supposed to annually support the state's K-12 schools, but as of now more than 100 schools would receive no additional funding next year. Sen. Rob Nayer would like to see the funds distributed through the state's normal formula and also based on each district's number of gifted students.

Sprint shareholder sues over Nextel buy

A shareholder says Sprint's purchase of Nextel led to technical and customer service problems that ultimately devalued the company's stock. A lawsuit claims the corporation hid information from investors.

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