Under the bill, county commissions could appoint planning commissions that would hold public hearings before recommending a plan that could cover regulations and zoning rules
Tuesday's vote provided first-round approval for a bill that would add fax machines to the state no-call list and regulate automated political phone calls.
The man behind the proposal disagrees, saying the estimate is "ridiculously high."
The money comes from the federal economic stimulus package and will go to airports across the state.
The ACLU says there is a pattern of beatings, sexual misconduct and other crimes at the two jails. The city counselor and a representative for the mayor questioned the credibility of the charges.
Deidra Humphrey admitted she submitted false and forged voter registration cards to Missouri Progressive Vote Coalition, which unknowingly turned them in to election boards.
Most states -- including Missouri -- are doing a poor job responding to teen dating violence, lacking the laws needed to help young victims obtain protection orders, according to a report by an advocacy group.
The group aims to help states and cities recover from the 2008 flood.
Lawmakers are considering legislation that would cap damages at $300,000 per claim for most lawsuits related to the underground storage of carbon dioxide.
One reason critics are mad is that the $250,000 that Sen. Kit Bond helped secure for a factory farm in Missouri went through the Department of Housing and Urban Development.
The prosecutor called the accused a "coward" who shot the state trooper in the back in 2005, while the defense attorney argued the wrong man is on trial.
The $312 million midyear spending bill was approved Tuesday and is now heading to Nixon.
His proposal would use $2 million from the finance board to establish a loan pool that could provide up to $25,000 each to businesses with five employees or fewer.
$196,000 was stolen from the Carl Junction school district after a computer virus enabled cyber thieves to access the district account.
The school will triple the number of classes offered and will reduce tuition by almost 40 percent.
Four suspects have been taken into custody.
Willie, a Quaker parrot, was honored with a Red Cross Animal Lifesaver Award.
Among the bill's provisions: It would be a crime to bully a woman or a teen into having an abortion. Opponents blocked action with a five-hour filibuster.
Tyco asserts that Motorola's bid to improve radio communication for first responders will cost $20 to $30 million more than the original $81.7 million contract.
Her husband is accused of second-degree murder of one of the four children he allegedly fathered with his teenage daughter, authorities said.