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Missouri Senate reviews bill to prohibit use of false diplomas

The million-dollar industry is difficult to fit into a legal category, such as fraud, making it nearly impossible to convict anyone, said Zora Aubochon, assistant commissioner for the state Higher Education Department.

Funeral home finds bullet holes in Kansas City man after death ruled natural

For the second time in 17 months, a Kansas City funeral home had to return a homicide victim's body that was mistakenly ruled a natural death by the medical examiner.

Report: More Missourians seeking food stamps than ever

A report released this week says that 1 in 6 Missourians needed federal aid for food in January. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that January's totals were the highest ever.

Missouri House GOP resistant to unemployment stimulus money

Legislative leaders are debating whether or not to add more stimulus money to Missouri's unemployment program because they fear that businesses would shoulder a higher tax burden.

Republicans' proposal would cap homeowner property taxes

While the limit would cap property taxes for homeowners, it could also cause budget issues in Missouri school districts.

Grant aims to aid laid-off auto workers in Missouri, Kansas

About 575 workers laid off from April through December are expected to get skills assessments, training and help looking for new jobs.

Missouri tourism faces midyear advertising cuts

Budget withholdings announced by the governor recently mean millions less for the state's tourism department. Director R.B. Smith says it will mean less promotion for Missouri tourism this summer.

Officials seeking no-show in child death case

Larry Clay Jr., 33, of St. Louis is wanted after failing to appear in court Wednesday. He is charged with felony child abuse resulting in death and, according to authorities, had agreed to plead guilty. A 16-month-old died five years ago while in his care.

Rally not enough to spur health care expansion

Gov. Nixon's plan to build on the state's health care program was rejected Wednesday by the House Budget Committee. A crowd had gathered outside the Capitol to support the health care expansion, and lawmakers debated whether the state has enough money for the project.

Nixon in St. Louis to talk about stimulus

The governor's Thursday visit to St. Louis will include a discussion of how he plans to spend federal stimulus funds. His Transform Missouri Web site allows input from residents.

Willard baby sitter charged with infant death

Brenda Jean Caringer, 53, turned herself into police Wednesday. Lucas Theede-Bennett died from multiple injuries Jan. 6 while under her care. Caringer is charged with second-degree murder and child abuse resulting in death.

UPDATE: Workers' compensation ruling could lead to more lawsuits, attorney warns

The Missouri Supreme court ruled that people excluded from the workers' compensation system because of a narrower definition of "accidental injury" now could sue their employers in court.

UPDATE: Officials consider privatizing Kansas City airport

A plan to privatize Kansas City International Airport would bring in more than $1 billion for the city.

Missouri Supreme Court rejects challenge to workers' law

Missouri's Supreme Court rejected labor union challenges to a 2005 workers' compensation law Tuesday. However, the court widened the interpretation of "accidental injury," which one workers' compensation lawyer thinks will start a flood of lawsuits against employers.

Court upholds conviction for 2001 slaying near Springfield

The state Supreme Court rejected various claims that David Zink had ineffective legal aid in his 2004 trial.

Senate passes change to highway building law

Legislation passed Wednesday by the Senate would give the Missouri Department of Transportation greater power to award design-build contracts for road and bridge projects.

Missouri House votes to exempt more businesses from franchise tax

The Missouri House voted 143-17 Wednesday to exempt companies worth $10 million or less from paying business franchise taxes. A business franchise tax is a levy on a corporation's assets, inventory and property.

Judge drops eye drop poisoning case

The first-degree assault case against 40-year-old Tonia Peterson was dropped Monday because of lack of evidence. Peterson was accused of poisoning her husband with Visine eyedrops in his tea.

Senate panel rejects red-light camera ban

A Missouri Senate committee rejected a ban on the use of automated cameras at red lights. Proponents of the ban contend that the cameras are unconstitutional and lead to rear-end accidents.

Grocery distribution center to add jobs in Republic

Gov. Jay Nixon and leaders from the town of Repulic announced plans for a new McLane Company grocery distribution center that is expected to create 400 jobs. The 400,000-square foot warehouse is expected to open in 2010.

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