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Governors announce plans for new Mississippi River bridge

ST. LOUIS — Missouri and Illinois ended years of bickering Thursday over how to pay for a new Mississippi River bridge and at what cost, announcing a deal for a new four-lane, $640 million span meant to ease congestion at one of the nation's busiest crossings.

Senators approve alternative teacher certification

Citing a shortage of teachers, senators passed legislation late Wednesday making it easier for people lacking education degrees to gain approval to teach in Missouri’s public schools.

Mo. Senate passes bill targeting property tax increases

Senate President Pro Tem Michael Gibbons said his bill targets cases in which property taxes rise as a result of reassessments in property values.

Bill would grant child witnesses special privileges

Missouri lawmakers are considering a bill to make testifying in court more comfortable for children.

Plans for new Mississippi River bridge set for release

ST. LOUIS — After years of wrangling between Missouri and Illinois, plans for a new Mississippi River bridge at St. Louis will be announced on Thursday.

Arrest warrant issued for Cardinals' Scott Spiezio

IRVINE, Calif. — An arrest warrant for St. Louis Cardinals utilityman Scott Spiezio was issued by local police on six charges stemming from a crash in late December. The warrant filed Tuesday alleged driving under influence, driving under the influence with a blood alcohol content of .08 percent or more, hit and run, aggravated assault, assault and battery.

Former House and Senate member announces candidacy for 9th Congressional District

A second person who has represented Columbia in Missouri’s legislature has joined the campaign for the 9th Congressional District. Ken Jacob, a former member of the Missouri House and Senate, said he has opened an exploratory committee with every intention of entering the race.

Lt. Gov. Kinder signs legislation to provide funding for University of Missouri projects

Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder signed a bill on Tuesday that allots nearly $31.2 million to assist in needed construction at the Ellis Fischel Cancer Center and Medical Education Center at MU. Kinder also designated about $15 million for the University of Missouri-Kansas City for a new state-of-the-art pharmacy and nursing building.

Kirkwood mayor set to be released from hospital after shooting

CREVE COEUR — A suburban St. Louis mayor who was shot twice in the head by a disgruntled resident at a city council meeting will be released from the hospital Wednesday.

Ethanol fire risks lead officials to push for training

JEFFERSON CITY — The nation's drive toward alternative fuels carries a danger many communities have been to slow to recognize: Ethanol fires are harder to put out than gasoline ones and require a special type of firefighting foam.

Multistate immigration operation nets hundreds of arrests

CHICAGO — Federal immigration officials in Chicago say they've arrested 30 illegal immigrants in Illinois with outstanding deportation orders as part of a multistate operation that included Missouri.

Senator proposes turning down the heat on delinquent utility customers

Senate Minority Leader Maida Coleman proposed a hot-weather relief rule for those struggling to pay utility bills.

About half of the candidates for state offices expected to file on first day

Tuesday is the first day candidates can register to run for election. About 350 people are expected to file Tuesday.

Missouri senators target dogfighting legislation

In light of recent high-profile dogfighting cases, such as the incident involving Michael Vick and an October dogfighting bust in Stoddard County, Missouri senators are looking to tackle legislation that would expand the state’s dogfighting laws.

Still announces run for state representative

Mary Still, a longtime Columbia resident, is running for the 25th district seat that Judy Baker will vacate.

Robb wants twins together

Twins and other multiple-birth siblings would be allowed to be in the same classroom, as long as their parents request it in a timely fashion, under a bill that has been introduced in the state House.

Corn gene map completed

ST. LOUIS — A group of researchers led by Washington University will announce that it has mapped the genetic sequence of the corn plant.

Rural real estate values strong in Missouri, Kansas

A survey from the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City confirms the strength in rural real estate values, with a decrease in urban real estate values.

State Rep. Judy Baker running to replace Hulshof

Baker's announcement places her among two Democratic and three Republican candidates running for the seat in Congress.

Cape Girardeau considers allowing bowhunting of deer within city limits

Faced with rising numbers in the amount of accidents caused by deer, Cape Girardeau may allow bowhunting of deer.

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