It's time for lawmakers to "focus on priorities and productivity" as the May 11 deadline to finish the budget is less than a month away and the May 18 end of the session nears.
Calling any area of Columbia blighted is not worth the threat to community relationships or the risk to Columbia's reputation.
The opening of a temporary hospital is another tremendous step forward for Joplin. Call it a real shot in the arm for a town that needs to hang on tight to every piece of good news it can get.
The lobbying lobby is upset over pending new rules that restrict the benefits that career federal employees in the executive branch can accept from lobbyists, but their argument is weak.
It's premature to credit the experimental "Impact Based Warning" system for the absence of fatalities, but anecdotal reports suggest that residents listened to the warnings and took precautions.
A divided Congress cannot agree on how to improve the nation's transportation program.
Missouri School of Journalism professor Sandy Davidson says the Office of Student Conduct would have had no right to punish editors of The Maneater's April Fools' edition. A former Supreme Court case against the university set the precedence that the state cannot interfere in this kind of First Amendment dispute.
Missouri lawmakers should use their power to impose checks on campaign donations and the sources of that money.
A bill that gets rid of the absentee ballot would inconvenience the disabled and those serving in the military.
The proposed bill, passed in the Missouri House of Representatives by a 149-1 vote, would create a court to take on criminal cases related to substance abuse or mental illness of military veterans or current personnel.
State Republicans are too quick to insult teachers rather than working with them to improve public education.
Cole County Judge Daniel Green has announced the summary on the petitions, written by the secretary of state, isn't specific enough; and the cost estimate, prepared by the state auditor, is too narrow.
Tax Freedom Day marks the day of the year when the public has collectively earned enough money to pay all taxes due.
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.