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UPDATE: Missouri lawmakers require fire-safe cigarettes

Legislation requiring that cigarettes be self-extinguishing is headed to Gov. Jay Nixon.

UPDATE: Missouri lawmakers OK protections for child witnesses

The bill would require court officials and attorneys to use words children can understand. Judges can make other accommodations, too, such as holding testimony during school hours and letting the child hold a toy or blanket while testifying.

Missouri House passes 10-day eviction notice legislation

Legislation passed by the Missouri House would require new owners of foreclosed properties to give current tenants 10 business days' warning before evicting them.

Missouri House OKs bill meant to ease road-contracting process

The bill would allow design and construction contracts to be rolled into one contract, possibly saving the state money.

Critics question self-inspections for flu in pigs

The effectiveness of the hog industry's process of self-monitoring for disease is the subject of debate among health experts and farmers.

MU medical school faces probation

The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education recently notified MU's School of Medicine that the school was put on probation for undisclosed reasons. The council has sixty days to write a letter outlining the problem.

UPDATE: Missouri police, volunteers continue search for missing boy

A boy from Arcadia is still missing more than 24 hours after he was reported lost. Hundreds of police and volunteers are still searching for the boy, reportedly wearing a dark blue and green T-shirt and a pull-up diaper before he went missing.

Secret-ballot resolution passes Missouri House

The resolution proposes a constitutional amendment that would guarantee the right to vote by secret ballot in elections concerning referendums, public officials and employee representation.

Missouri's attorney general warns against swine flu scams

Swine flu scams have surfaced on the Internet in the last few days offering everyday items at inflated prices, such as paper masks and antiseptic wash.

Stimulus bill passes Missouri House

All of Columbia's representatives voted in favor of the bill providing $336 million. It now moves to the state Senate. If passed, the bill would fund a new building for Ellis Fischel Cancer Center and renovations to MU hospitals and clinics.

Court restores $17M verdict in auto parts case

Ford faces new trial in Missouri trooper's death

The Missouri Supreme Court granted a retrial Tuesday in the case of a state trooper who died in his Ford Crown Victoria after it exploded in a crash.

Missouri man flees police, shoots himself

On Tuesday, a man being chased by the Missouri State Highway Patrol for making threats in an Osage County Courthouse shot himself  after being ejected from his motorcycle, the Highway Patrol said.

Missouri gets last grant installment for laid off autoworkers

The U.S. Labor Department gave Missouri more than $770,000 Tuesday as the final installment of a grant meant to help employees recently laid off by the auto industry. The grant, approved April 2008, amounts to just over $1.73 million.

Execution date set for St. Louis County Courthouse shooter

The Missouri Supreme court set an execution date for Kenneth Baumruk who was convicted in a 1992 shooting rampage at the St. Louis County Courthouse.

Archer Daniels Midland's third-quarter profit drops 98 percent

The Decatur, Ill.-based company said its profit fell to $8 million, or a penny per share, in the three months ending March 31.

Search resumes for missing 3-year-old in Arcadia

The blond toddler, about 3 feet tall and weighing 35 pounds, was wearing a dark blue shirt and a pull-up diaper when he left his rural southeast Missouri home Monday morning.

Plea deal for Fenton man accused of killing neighbor

Investigators say that the Fenton man beat and fatally stabbed his neighbor before setting fire to the apartment building in an attempt to cover up the crime.

Application to use old federal building in Cape Girardeau as homeless shelter

The Rev. Larry Rice said Monday he has made formal application to obtain the former federal building. Under federal law, an application to use a surplus federal building as a homeless shelter has priority over other potential uses.

Four probable swine flu cases identified in Kansas City

Missouri health officials said Sunday that four more probable cases of swine flu have been identified in the Kansas City metropolitan area, bringing the total number of cases in Missouri residents to eight.