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State News

The economy may be in a downturn, but chick sales are thriving

This spring chicks have been so popular with consumers that hatcheries are experiencing constant demand.

Iowa court rules gay marriage ban unconstitutional

The court's unanimous ruling said the same-sex marriage ban violates rights of gay and lesbian couples. It will take at least 21 days for the ruling to be considered final, which leaves several weeks until gay and lesbian couples can seek marriage licenses.

Special election bill passes in Missouri House

The bill, which all but five Democrats voted against, would call a special election if a statewide offical left office during his or her term.

UM System Board of Curators votes on tuition rate Friday

Meanwhile, the curators' Finance Committee voted to keep both tuition rates for undergraduate and graduate students at the same rate from fiscal year 2009 for fiscal year 2010.

Missouri Senate approves adding more sex offenders to registry

Under the resolution, 4,800 Missouri sex offenders who committed crimes before 1995 would be added to the registry.

Missouri State won't raise tuition

The university cited an agreement between Gov. Jay Nixon and Missouri colleges and universities to not raise fees for the 2009-10 school year.

Katy Trail to connect at Kansas City area

The new segment will allow hikers and bicyclists to use the trail from Pleasant Hill to St. Charles in St. Louis.

92 Missouri dogs to be cared for in St. Louis

Authorities recovered the dogs, as well as three primates, after they were called to the Winston property Monday over reports of an angry chimp. The chimp was fatally shot by a deputy.

Florissant police chief: Car hit nursing home on purpose

Police Chief William Karabas said that the man who drove his car into a Florissant nursing home did so intentionally. The crash injured the driver and one unidentified resident of the facility.

Masons strike restarts at Kansas City stadiums

Cement masons union members are on strike again in Kansas City at Arrowhead and Kauffman stadiums. The strike could impact the location of the Kansas City Chiefs home games in the upcoming season.

Feds: Illinois man robbed Missouri bank twice

Illinois man George Chestnut, 46, is facing a four-count indictment after allegedly robbing a Cape Girardeau bank twice in October.

Kansas City park to honor memory of 'Precious Doe'

The project will launch April 25 and is expected to cost about $250,000. The 6-acre plot of land is half-owned by the city and half-owned by a church.

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.

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