Missouri lawmakers should rewrite the criminal code, reduced penalties for some crimes, streamlined the code and keep their eyes on the ultimate prize: fix the system so in the long run, prison populations drop.
How new chief party leader Xi Jinping handles the media-censorship issue will reveal much about how he intends to proceed in the future.
Sometime in coming days or weeks, Ameren is expected to ask for a new surcharge, which charges consumers for ongoing costs of replacing old infrastructure.
Pseudoephedrine in medicines should be carefully tracked without causing collateral damage to cold sufferers.
Coke's new commercials addressing obesity are just trying to conceal the truth behind their sugary drinks.
Peoples' Visioning wants Columbia to raise its Renewable Energy Standard to 80 percent by 2015.
Chuck Hagel, if confirmed by the Senate, will become the first ever enlisted veteran — an ex-Army sergeant — to serve as secretary of defense, and the first Vietnam veteran.
Missouri workers aren't getting paid what they're owed by the Second Injury Fund — a program that has been broken for more than two years.
Gov. Jay Nixon has proposed lengthening the school year from a minimum of 174 days to the national average of 180 days.
Playing it safe has gotten Jay Nixon elected four times as state attorney general and twice as governor in an increasingly Republican state, but it won't cement his legacy.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2012 updated projection, in 2043 non-Hispanic white Americans will cease to be a majority. The change is in process already, and it influenced recent presidential voting to such an extent that a few commentators had to address it.
Congress under both Democratic and Republican leadership has decided to fund a large number of federal programs. The bills have to be paid, and, as President Barack Obama put it, America is not a deadbeat nation.
Painkiller overdose deaths have more than quadrupled during the past 10 years in Missouri, the only state in the U.S. that has not passed legislation to enable a functioning monitoring program.
The Blue Ribbon Citizens Committee on Missouri's Transportation Needs released a report last week listing options to fund the state's transportation system. Those funding options generally fall into two separate categories — everyone pays or users pay.
StudentsFirst report cards merely labeled schools “failing” because state legislatures haven’t adopted the policy prescriptions pushed by Michelle Rhee’s group.
After too many years of gridlock, there are promises of action. We will be watching closely to see if they produce — and if what they produce promises to be good for Missouri.
This is happening despite the fact that one of the main objectives of the Affordable Care Act was to stop skyrocketing health insurance costs for consumers. The law specifically seeks to prevent insurance companies from overcharging policyholders and requires that regulators review any request for a rate hike of 10 percent or more.
The panel accurately characterized the issue of child sexual abuse as complex. In deference to that assessment, the report advances recommendations in the areas of awareness, education, mental health service, public policy and state statutes.
Specifically, children can be taught basic, age-appropriate lessons on boundaries and inappropriate touching. Parents are urged to observe and monitor interactions between their children and other adolescents and adults.
Mainstream Republicans who hope to see their party regain statewide prowess are aghast at Mr. Martin’s election.