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Pack your bags: All you need to hit the roads, rails and trails of Missouri

Missourian reporters scoured the state for the best trips we could find at a fair price.  We hope our readers find something worthwhile among the stories in this travel guide.

Major bills left in legislative limbo

Major health care and economic development bills may not be passed before the legislative session ends Friday. Lawmakers did pass bills concerned with public defender workloads and public schools.

UPDATE: Missouri lawmakers pass economic development bill, end session

The bill expands tax incentives for Missouri businesses, while it imposes new restrictions on some tax credits, letting Republicans and Democrats claim success.

Missouri lawmakers approve jobless benefit extension

The bill, passed Friday, would give unemployed workers an extra 20 weeks of benefits.

UPDATE: Lawmakers put off walk, bike trek for health coverage

Missouri legislature passes wide-ranging crime bill

The bill includes sex offenders, young people who text message while they drive, cattle rustlers and river runners who take beer bongs or kegs with them on the water.

UPDATE: Missouri lawmakers vote on regulation for privately run jails

A bill sent to Gov. Jay Nixon would require Missouri's two private jails to notify local and state law enforcement of escapes.

Missouri lawmakers create defense for running red light

Bikes and motorcycles that are not heavy enough to trip some automated traffic light sensors would be allowed to run red lights that have been on unreasonably long. But it's not quite so simple as that.

MoDOT reports road closings after flash floods

Flash flooding led to the closing of roads in several northern Missouri counties. No damage or injuries had been reported, officials said.

Missouri lawmakers vote to loosen bingo rules

The legislation approved Friday would permit more frequent bingo games and lower taxes on game cards.

International community irate over Suu Kyi's legal plight

A political symbol of democracy in Myanmar has been moved from house arrest to prison and is being charged with violating the terms of her detention on suspicion of sheltering a Missouri man who swam across a lake to sneak into her residence.

Agricultural credit tightened during 1Q, Federal Reserve Bank says

Turbulent agricultural conditions in the Midwest contributed to the tightened farm credit, the agency said.

Missouri lawmakers defeat public notice legislation

The House bill, defeated 108-46, would have decreased the number of public notices required to be published in newspapers.

Missouri Senate passes economic development bill

The legislation needs final approval from the House before it can go to Gov. Jay Nixon.

On Missouri legislature's last day, jobs bill still unresolved

Other stalled bills would expand government health care to 35,000 low-income parents and expand informed-consent requirement for abortions.

Anheuser-Busch gives $3 million to Saint Louis University

The money will go to the $35 million expansion of the Catholic university's law school.

Historically black cemetery gets cleanup

The cemetery contains the grave of Harriet Scott, Dred Scott's wife, who sued for her freedom in St. Louis at the same time as her husband.

1 killed in Northwoods McDonald's shooting

A gunman fired on a car at the drive-through, police said. The motorist drove off and crashed.

Federal grand jury indicts former Nixa employees

Two former Nixa city employees and the wife of one of the men are accused of using fake corporations to mask an embezzlement scheme worth more than $756,000.

Three Missouri lawmakers walk, bike for health care coverage

The three lawmakers will go from Jefferson City to St. Louis on foot and by bike to raise awareness for health care coverage.

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