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Missouri House votes to allow concealed weapons on college campuses

Two years after a 32-person killing at Virginia Tech University, the Missouri House passed a bill that, among other gun-related proposals, would allow people to carry concealed weapons on the state's college campuses.

Missouri Senate approves Show-Me Health Coverage

The measure, which would provide coverage to an estimated 35,000 uninsured patients, sparked a philosophical debate about the government's role in providing universal health care.

Biden pledges to alleviate college tuition burden during Missouri visit

At a town-hall style meeting at University of Missouri-St. Louis, Vice President Joe Biden said the adminstration will explore ways to make higher education more affordable, possibly with low-interest loans against 529s and by extending tax credits.

Sentencing to resume for rape, murder of St. Louis girl

Starting Monday, a judge is to decide whether to give life in prison or the death penalty to the 38-year-old Tennessee man who last year pleaded guilty to the May 2006 rape and strangling of Tiffany Souers, 20, who attended college in South Carolina.

Biden to discuss making college more affordable at meeting on St. Louis campus

While in Missouri, the vice president will also visit a Boys & Girls Club to announce a new job training program.

Humane Society gets custody of 102 dogs from alleged puppy mill

More than 100 dogs and three primates were seized in Daviess County. The dogs are at the Humane Society in St. Louis, and some will be put up for adoption next week.

Preliminary hearing set in 30-year-old Cape Girardeau murder

The former deputy sheriff, who is on parole for a kidnapping conviction, is suspected of killing a Cape Girardeau woman in 1979.

Suspect in Hannibal killing pleads guilty, cooperates in case against other suspect

One of the suspects in the beating death of a Hannibal man has pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of involuntary manslaughter and felonious restraint. The suspect will also cooperate in the case against the other man charged in the killing.

Three children die in Holts Summit house fire

A two-story home was fully engulfed in flames when Holt's Summit firefighters arrived at about 3 a.m. Friday. No names have been released.

Biden talks renewable energy in Jefferson City

View photos from Vice President Joe Biden's visit to the ABB Transformer Factory in Jefferson City on Thursday.

Biden visits Jefferson City plant, announces wind farm construction

Vice President Joe Biden announced $4 billion in federal grants for smart grid technology during the Thursday afternoon visit.

ABB plant workers welcome Biden

Vice President Joe Biden visited ABB Transformer Factory in Jefferson City on Thursday. The plant employs about 650 people and has been working with Wind Capital Group to build Lost Creek Wind Farm, located near Maryville.

Missourians rally at 'tea' (Taxed Enough Already) parties

Missourians rallying at "tea parties" from Hannibal to Jefferson City were among many other demonstrators across the country who were protesting government spending.

Missouri detective retires after career spent investigating child fatalities

Gus Kolilis was so open to sharing his knowledge that he was responsible for the rapid growth of child fatality review boards across the country, said Terri Covington, head of the National Resource Center on Child Death Review.

Missouri House aide runs political consulting firm

Tom Smith, an aide to Missouri House Speaker Ron Richard, runs a lucrative political consulting business. Some lawmakers see no conflict; others cry foul.

Missouri Gov. Nixon wants $200 million for small businesses

Gov. Jay Nixon's plan would use federal money to strengthen Missouri's competition for jobs against other states. A budget bill would establish a $100 million pool of money for new or expanding companies and $100 million pool to invest in small businesses and emerging technology companies.

Remains of Korean War soldier return to Missouri

After 58 years, the remains of Pfc. David Woodruff, who went missing during the Korean War, will be returned to Missouri.

Missouri Senate passes state bank deposit legislation

The legislation gradually removes a cap on the interest rate banks pay on state deposits and could also make low-interest loans available to more Missouri businesses, farmers and public entities.

PHOTO GALLERY: 'Tea party' in Jefferson City

The "tea" in the Central Missouri Tax Day Tea Party has been adopted as an acronym, "Taxed enough already," by the political advocacy group Americans for Prosperity.

Missouri House approves $700 million college bond package

The money would be designated to fund building needs at all two-year and four-year Missouri colleges and universities. The Missouri Senate as well as voters must approve the legislation for it to go into effect. Some critics of the package think the state should avoid increasing its debt.