The court ruled that individuals of any criminal background arrested for any reason could be subject to strip searches by jail personnel.
The purpose of the registry is for notification and not additional punishment of the offenders by the public.
Missouri has the lowest cigarette tax in the country at 17 cents per pack — a rate established almost 20 years ago. Raising the tax 73 cents per pack would place Missouri 33rd out of 50 states and create $400 million in new revenue.
Prevention is being emphasized with ticks and mosquitoes because these disease-bearing pests may be more abundant and more annoying this year.
Weather and smoking scare tactics could be a good thing.
Missouri risks having to pay back $100 million that tobacco companies paid to the state just in 2004. The damage from the years until 2012 could amount to more than $1 billion.
Missouri is now the lowest tax-collecting state per capita in the nation, which leads to local taxes paying for what the state won't.
Republican David Spence is losing credibility after instances of dishonesty.
Political maneuvering needs to take a backseat to making tough decisions about deficit control and military base closures.
The low-tax Show-Me state hasn't brought the type of prosperity legislators typically look for, leaving education and public health facing deep cuts.
Complicated language cannot hide that the measure is meant to stifle potential opposition voters.
Missouri's poor performance measures, relative to other states, are nearly all education-related.
If an accident is caused by negligence, carelessness or intoxication, the punishment should fit the severity of the offense.
The bill would require helmets only for those younger than 21. But of the 84 motorcycle operators who died in 2010, just three were under 21.
Under a proposed bill in the state senate, voters would be required to declare party affiliation when they register to vote. Although it may not make much legislative progress, it raises issues worthy of discussion.
Delta Air Lines Inc. is the largest private purchaser of jet fuel in the United States. If war with Iran blocked the means to how Delta gets its fuel, the price of a barrel of oil could rise 300 percent.
The Affordable Care Act is a fairer, more accessible health care system and should be upheld when the Supreme Court hears arguments starting March 26.
The Jefferson City News Tribune suggests that the Missouri State Capitol Commission, a bipartisan group, would be a better body to appoint entries into the Hall of Famous Missourians.
The Missouri House's budget involves made-up money instead of new tax revenue, and the Senate will have to find a truly balanced budget.