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State News

Report: Most states lag with dating-violence laws

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.

Task force looks into floodplain management

The group aims to help states and cities recover from the 2008 flood.

Missouri utilities seek lawsuit cap on waste storage

 Lawmakers are considering legislation that would cap damages at $300,000 per claim for most lawsuits related to the underground storage of carbon dioxide.

Federal funding to treat pig manure raises stink

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.

Trial opens in ambush killing of Missouri trooper

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.

Gov. Nixon's children's health care plan rejected after lawmakers approve bill

The $312 million midyear spending bill was approved Tuesday and is now heading to Nixon.

Nixon's small business loan program takes first step

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.

FBI examines school computer in hacking theft

$196,000 was stolen from the Carl Junction school district after a computer virus enabled cyber thieves to access the district account.

Culver-Stockton College cuts summer tuition

The school will triple the number of classes offered and will reduce tuition by almost 40 percent.

Man found dead in Paris, Missouri

Four suspects have been taken into custody.

Parrot honored for warning babysitter of choking child

Willie, a Quaker parrot, was honored with a Red Cross Animal Lifesaver Award.

Abortion bill ties up Missouri Senate

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 protesting Missouri radio contract with Motorola

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.

Not guilty plea for wife in Missouri incest case

Her husband is accused of second-degree murder of one of the four children he allegedly fathered with his teenage daughter, authorities said.

Decision on charges may be weeks away in fatal wreck

Sunset Hills officer Christine L. Miller was off-duty when involved in the accident that killed four students from India. Highway Patrol investigators have indicated that alcohol was involved, but test results won't be back for weeks.

H&R Block sees fewer tax returns

Tax return preparation company expects more work as April 15 nears.

Successful season earns Mike Anderson extra $130,000

The extra money is tacked on for reaching incentives in his contract, including advancing to the Sweet 16.

Rural department buys iris recognition software

The Scott County Sheriff's Department will be the first in the state to use the technology.

Mentally ill patients changing makeup of nursing homes

Nursing homes have become dumping grounds for young and middle-age people with mental illness, an arrangement that sometimes leads to violence, according to an Associated Press analysis. Missouri was among the states with the steepest increases in housing mentally ill patients.

Missouri housing more mentally ill in nursing homes

Nationally, Missouri has the third most rapidly growing number of mentally ill patients in nursing homes. A 2008 report found Missouri has a "serious" shortage of beds for menal health treatment.

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