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Missouri House OKs amendment to let pharmacies refuse contraception pills

Republicans say the amendment, which passed the house in a 115-43 vote, gives pharmacies the freedom to choose the products they stock. Democrats call it an attempt to control womens' bodies.

Missouri House sends 2 child-support bills to Nixon

One of the bills would give people longer grace periods to get up to speed on child support payments, while the other would let men challenge paternity judgments with a DNA test until Dec. 31, 2011.

Missouri specimen samples prove negative for swine flu

The Missouri Health Department tested about two dozen people with flu-like symptoms, and none proved to have swine flu.  Health officials are further preparing as more cases surface elsewhere.

US: Nuclear solution comes with huge price tag

  America's efforts to shift from being dependent on fossil fuels to using nuclear energy could be hampered by the huge cost of building reactors. The cost is ultimately eaten by consumers with increased monthly rates, even before the construction starts.

Administrative hearing set to discuss Missouri grain dealer issues

The Missouri Department of Agriculture has set a hearing where farmers, who lost money when a grain dealer went out of business, will learn how much they can expect to recover.

Senators debate higher education building bonds

A proposed amendment creates $100 million for projects such as buildings, facilities and parks, which some say would be a misuse of state credit. Others point to this as an example of "good debt."

Missouri bill would let pharmacies refuse 'Plan B' sales

The Missouri House has endorsed a measure allowing pharmacies to decide whether or not they will stock emergency contraceptives or abortion pills.

Obama to mark first 100 days with stop in Missouri

Although Missouri as a whole voted against President Obama, Jefferson County didn't. He's stopping by Jefferson County on his 100th day in office to show his support.

Missouri House rejects derision over slavery remarks

Rep. Rob Schaaf, R-St. Joseph, compared expansion of government-run children's health care to economic slavery in March.

$1 billion in tax cuts passes Missouri House committee

The House Tax Reform Committee passed the amendment, 7-4, along party lines. Democrats have raised questions about the constitutionality of the bill.

Anheuser-Busch InBev headquarters to stay in Belgium

The beer giant will keep its headquarters of more than 600 years in Belgium despite the fact that the newly acquired Anheuser-Busch accounts for 40 percent of the company's business.

High-tech Missouri chess center prepares for match

The nation's finest players are scheduled to participate in the country's most prestigious chess tournament in the new facility that features 150 chess boards and 10 flat-screen TVs.

Kansas City-area business on sale for $1

The new owner of the Independence appliance store will be responsible for the $3,300 per month lease payment, and in return, will receive all appliances, parts and materials.

Man to stand trial in Hannibal killings

Manuel Cazares is charged with second-degree murder in the February deaths of his former girlfriend, 27-year-old Amanda Thomas, and 25-year-old Carl Patrick Epley. Cazares is an illegal immigrant whose status wasn't discovered until after his arrest.

The salvation of Josh Kezer

Convicted in 1994 for the murder of a 19-year-old nursing student, Josh Kezer's exoneration two months ago was only the second part of what he considers his salvation.

Missouri House backs secret union balloting

House Democrats, many of whom are union members, fear it will "bust" labor unions.

ANALYSIS: Missouri agencies move forward with stimulus despite disagreements

State lawmakers and Gov. Jay Nixon are battling over how to spend the money given to Missouri in the federal economic stimulus package.

Missouri prepares for potential flu outbreak

Missouri officials have requested the state's share of anti-flu medicine and masks from the federal government.

Attorney General urges court to deny stay of execution request

Attorney General Chris Koster filed documents Friday that ask the Missouri Supreme Court to not grant a stay of execution for Dennis Skillicorn. Skillicorn was convicted of killing an Excelsior Springs man in 1994.

Source: Labor Dept. plans new safety regulations

The Labor Department plans to propose new rules that would protect workers from diacetyl, a chemical used to flavor popcorn, which has been causing severe lung disease as well as other repiratory illnesses.