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Missouri legislation would limit light pollution

A bill sponsored by Rep. Jason Holsman, D-Kansas City, would establish guidelines to reduce light pollution in state parks, wilderness areas and military training facilities.

Analysis: Tax credit bill needs approval from Missouri Senate

Missouri lawmakers debate the value of tax credits for businesses. A plan sailed through the House with 85 percent approval and next needs to pass through the Senate.

Kansas City woman charged in son's death

Police say the mother told them she believes she suffocated her 7-year-old son when she sat on his chest.

New bill proposes more oversight on funeral industry

Lawmakers want to subject funeral contract sellers to regular and random state audits in response to the collapse of a St. Louis-based funeral company and its affiliates.

K.C. police investigate suffocation death of 7-year-old boy

Police say the preliminary investigation indicates he was suffocated after his mother rolled on top of him while they slept.

Cameras OK at trial of alleged Missouri church shooter

Despite objections by the defense, cameras will be allowed in Greene County courtroom.

Teenage couple found dead in car in Kansas City

Police initially suspected suicide but announced it was a homicide investigation after finding no gun inside the car.

Two killed near KC nightclub

The nightclub was the scene of a violent brawl two weeks ago that left one man stabbed 14 times.

Nixon asks for major disaster declaration

Gov. Jay Nixon requested that areas struck by winter storms last week be declared major disaster areas. Some 13,000 homes are still without power.

Nixon appoints insurance department head

Nixon filled the cabinet post with a Missouri native and industry veteran.

Nixon calls for end to unfunded mandates

At a conference Friday in Jefferson City, Gov. Jay Nixon told county officials no cuts to reimbursments would be a victory.

Curators grant Forsee furlough authority

University of Missouri System president can make workers take time off without pay.

Mother and child killed, LaGrange community shaken

A 24-year-old LaGrange man killed his young wife and infant son Tuesday. He is how being held without bond on two charges of second-degree murder.

Forsee will address State of the University

A live stream of his speech will be available Friday morning on the UM System Web site.

State legislators answer Boone County residents' questions

Democratic state Reps. Mary Still, Chris Kelly and Stephen Webber, all of Columbia, as well as state Sen. Kurt Schaefer, answered questions Thursday night from an audience of about 50 Boone County residents at the Columbia Public Library, which partnered with the League of Women Voters.

More Missouri educators set to pay into Social Security

Some "nontraditional" educators will be required by the federal government to pay into Social Security starting in 2010. These workers have historically paid into the Public School Retirement System. Some believe PSRS has made working at Missouri schools more desirable and fear losing it.

Power still out to 20,000 in southern Missouri

Parts of southern Missouri are still without power with the electrical infrastructure in some areas in shambles.

Missouri House approves tax credit bill for businesses

After much argument, the bill removing a $6 million cap on state spending for the Quality Jobs Act, which provides tax credits for business expansion, was approved by the Missouri House.

 

The Missouri House of Representatives approved a job package backed by Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon Thursday that would remove a $6 million cap on state spending for the Quality Jobs Act, which provides tax credits for business expansion.

Nixon seeks scholarship consolidation in Higher Education Department

Barring legislative rejection of the plan, Gov. Jay Nixon will consolidate various scholarship and grant programs under the Department of Higher Education. Nixon also seeks to extend free tuition under the A+ Schools Program beyond community college.

UPDATE: Missouri lawmakers seek petition regulations

State lawmakers are hoping to pass proposals to clarify ballot summaries by creating a bipartisan review commission and prohibit pay-per-signature petition circulators. A similar bill banning circulators earning money for each signature passed in the house last year, but died in the Senate.

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