The retail sector has been active, with new businesses opening, as well as significant expansions, relocations and improvements. The number of building permits issued during 2012 also marked an increase from previous years, with 406 requests that translated into a total valuation of $1.6 million.
Congress needs to renew Violence Against Women Act now, not only so that agencies such as Harmony House can apply for grants that are supported through the act but so that the progress that has been made since the act initially passed in 1994 in addressing domestic violence can continue.
Participants in the proposed program must comply with state tax laws for eight years or incur renewal of penalties and interest that was waived.
While scaring away potential buyers is a risk, school districts need to make sure closed properties are used as intended by buyers.
If one of the nation's top tea party governor's can accept Obama's Affordable Care Act, then so should our own lawmakers in Missouri.
Rep. Mike Leara's wants to criminalize proposing any kind of gun control legislation. What's next?
Our opinion is proposed legislation by state Rep. Rory Ellinger, D-University City, to prohibit assault weapons and large-capacity magazines is unconstitutional.
Investigators must determine why someone in authority didn't order an evacuation soon after the city and Missouri Gas Energy were notified of a gas leak more than an hour before the explosion near Country Club Plaza.
Gov. Jay Nixon has called on state legislators to come up with the $3 million in funds likely to be cut from the federal budget.
After passing laws to reduce the disparity between sentencing for individuals caught with crack cocaine and those caught with powder cocaine, it's time to be sure the new laws apply to crack cocaine cases already in the pipeline.
Outdoor activities offer a stellar opportunity for families — grandparents, parents and children — to spend time together.
A bill introduced by Sen. Jolie Justus would allow foster children to petition a judge to be readmitted to state custody.
Last week, the Senate passed a very complicated bill that has vexed the chamber for years. If the bill, Senate Bill 1, becomes law, it could fix the insolvent Second Injury Fund.
The reauthorization bill offers needed expanded protections for gay people, undocumented immigrants and Native American women who suffer from domestic abuse.
In his State of the Union address Tuesday, President Barack Obama said, "We can't cut our way to prosperity." However, we can't spent our way to prosperity either.
Giving schools grades on things such as dropout rates is a starting point to make a complicated ranking system understandable for parents.
In stepping down from his post as spiritual leader of 1.2 billion people, Pope Benedict XVI leaves behind a legacy of having embraced the modern, while respecting tradition.
There has never been a case in Missouri where a voter tried to impersonate someone else to cast a vote. Not once.
Common sense would dictate that our electric utilities — which largely decide what resources to invest in for providing electricity services — should make energy efficiency a top priority, invest in all of the cost-effective energy efficiency it can possibly capture, and only then invest in more costly power plants
A new bike route along the corridor that emphasizes historical landmarks makes the trip from St. Joseph to Hannibal a peaceful and interesting ride.