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UPDATE: Missouri GOP leader urges commutation of death sentence

Steven Tilley, the House Majority leader, wants the sentence for Dennis Skillicorn to be changed from death to life in prison. Skillicorn was one of three men convicted of killing a man along a highway 15 years ago. After debate, the House voted 95-64 to remove a death penalty moratorium placed by a federal judge in 2006, before the state had reformed its procedures.

Missouri legislative session ends Friday, lawmakers push for votes

With the legislative session ending in three days, Missouri lawmakers are in a rush to vote on several bills. Last-minute bills include issues regarding concealed carry, health care and tax credits for job creation.

Court rejects UM System's patent suit against MU professor

Galen Suppes, a professor of chemical engineering at MU, said he wanted legal ownership of his commercially valuable resarch. He said the school did not recognize the financial potential of his inventions. According to MU, he sought the patents without crediting the university, but a federal judge dismissed the school's lawsuit.

Missouri GOP leader urges commutation of death sentence

House Majority Leader Steven Tilley called on Gov. Jay Nixon to reduce the sentence of a man scheduled to be executed next week.

Missouri scholarship expansion cut out of legislation

A plan to expand the A+ Schools Program to all public high schools or accredited private schools likely won't pass this year.

Blunt lawyers seek to substitute Nixon in lawsuit

Scott Eckersley, attorney for Gov. Jay Nixon, is suing former Gov. Matt Blunt for being wrongly dismissed after raising concerns that Blunt's office was defending the deletion of e-mails in violation of public records laws. Blunt's attorneys asked that Blunt be removed as a defendant in Eckersley's lawsuit and replaced with Nixon. Their request notes that lawsuits naming defendants in their official capacity often are changed when a new person takes office. It also contends Blunt should be dismissed from the lawsuit in his individual capacity.

Two charged in Pulaski County beating death

A man and teenage girl were jailed in connection with the death of a Dixon man.

Missouri scholarship expansion cut out of legislation

The A+ Schools Program expansion, which would give certain students four years of free college tuition, will likely not pass this year as the larger education bill was defeated. Rep. Maynard Wallace, R-Thornfield, said the program will not be a part of the new bill when it resurfaces.

Carnahan says he's working to keep Fenton plant open

U.S. Rep. Russ Carnahan has been meeting with officials from the White House and Treasury Department to convince Chrysler to keep its Fulton plan open.

16-year-old charged as adult in murder charge

A St. Louis teen will be tried as an adult for first-degree murder and armed criminal action.

Missouri House rejects package of education measures

The legislation included an expansion of a college scholarship program, raised minimum pay for public school teachers, banned illegal immigrants from enrolling in state colleges and created a five-star rating system for preschools.

Missouri House backs health care expansion plan

The plan would expand government-subsidized health care to low-income Missourians who have difficulty getting insurance.

Missouri lawmakers approve memorial road sign programs

Families could pay to renew the sign every 10 years. The signs would read: "Drunk Driving Victim!" and include the person's initials, the month and year that the person died and the slogan, "Think About It!"

Officials evaluate damage in 33 Missouri counties

A storm that roared through southern Missouri on Friday damaged or destroyed several hundred homes and at least three people died.

Suspected spree killer indicted in jail fight

The man, who is accused of bludgeoning to death two people in Missouri and six people in Illinois, has now been accused of also taking the legs off a chair and throwing them at the officers and punching one.

Judge refuses to delay Skillicorn execution

U.S. District Judge Scott Wright dismissed a suit that sought to have clemency determined by an independent board instead of Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon because of his former role as Missouri attorney general.

Clayton dermatologist charged with sodomy

Police do not believe the two alleged victims, two teenage girls, were patients of the 65-year-old doctor.

Concealed-carry bill stalls in Missouri Senate committee

The Senate Judiciary Committee held a public hearing Monday on a bill that would expand the castle doctrine and allow concealed weapons on college campuses. Of the five witnesses who spoke, none were in opposition to the bill. The committee did not vote Monday.

Missouri House debating health care expansion

The plan could expand government-subsiodized health care for low-income Missourians who have trouble getting insurance.

Legislators OK fire safety measure for long-term care facilities

Legislation on its way to Gov. Jay Nixon would allow inpectors from the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services to conduct fire safety checks in addition to the Missouri fire marshal's office.