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Lawmakers differ on murder sentences for minors

Missouri lawmakers disagree over how long minors convicted of first-degree murder should have to spend in prison, with a House panel on Monday advancing a proposal that would end the state’s mandatory life without parole sentences by offering an alternative sentence of 25 to 40 years.

Senate overrides welfare veto

Missouri senators on Monday voted to override Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon’s veto of a bill removing several thousand families from a welfare program in a move Nixon said would make Missouri’s limits among the lowest in the nation.

Senate asked to limit professional licenses

Missouri state senators soon could be asked to slow down the rate of growth in the number of licensed professions in the state.

Ferguson to pay lawyer $1,335 an hour to pursue reforms

Ferguson is paying an attorney $1,335 an hour to help the St. Louis suburb negotiate and possibly litigate reforms pressed by the Justice Department since Michael Brown’s shooting death by a police officer there last summer, according to a newspaper report.

Building repair plan advances as deadline nears

Plans to use bonds to pay for repairs to the Missouri Capitol, public universities and other state-owned buildings are moving forward in the House, but possible cuts to park spending threaten to derail the proposals as lawmakers near their budgetary deadline.

Nondiscrimination legislation shunted aside again this year

You could tell it was 1998 because of the large glasses sported by many legislators, the black and white profile pictures of lawmakers on the Legislature’s website, and the Democratic majority in the General Assembly.

The politics of LGBT protections

Since 1998, Missouri Democrats have tried to pass the “Missouri Nondiscrimination Act,” a bill that would ban discrimination in employment, housing and public accommodations based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

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‘With Caleb, what you see is what you get’

In his third term, Mid-Missouri legislator has established himself as a vocal presence

With the picture book “Duck for President” under his arm and a bag of lollipops hidden in his briefcase, Caleb Jones waits to be introduced as a mystery reader for a Friday assembly at Rock Bridge Elementary School in Columbia.

State Sen. Mike Parson launches ‘positive’ campaign for governor

Pledging to run a “positive” campaign, Mike Parson — a second-term state senator, former three-term state representative and former Polk County sheriff — last week became the third Republican officially to declare as a candidate in the 2016 governor’s race.

Lack of interest, funding blamed for banquet postponement

A lack of interest has forced the organizers of a Kansas City banquet to honor members of the military and their families to postpone the inaugural event.

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Bird flu virus raises questions scientists working to answer

It's been five months since the H5N2 bird flu virus was discovered in the United States, and producers have lost 21 million birds in the Midwest alone. Yet, researchers acknowledge they still know little about a bird flu virus that's endangered turkey and egg-laying chicken populations that supply much of the nation.

Springfield police target heroin dealers

Heroin is a growing problem in southwest Missouri, and police in Springfield are targeting dealers as a way of combating the problem.

Missouri governor's son accused of driving while intoxicated

Columbia police say the 24-year-old son of Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon is accused of driving while intoxicated after being pulled over for running a red light.

2 men dead after car hits rock wall in downtown Kansas City

Two men are dead after their car crashed into a rock wall in downtown Kansas City and caught fire.

4 people killed in Missouri house fire, 5 others escape

A northwest Missouri house fire has claimed four lives while five other people inside the residence managed to escape.

Rural hospitals struggle to stay open, adapt to changes

After 45 years of providing health care in rural Missouri, Sac-Osage Hospital is being sold piece by piece.

Missouri woman tells police a man locked her in box

A central Missouri woman fled from a home she shared with a man who’d been holding her captive since January, sometimes confined in a wooden box, authorities said Friday.

Man arrested after rabbit stolen from shelter is hanged

A man has been arrested after the rabbit he stole from an animal shelter was found hanging from his outdoor apartment deck.

Black mothers wonder if their lost babies are still alive

Eighteen black women who were told decades ago that their babies had died soon after birth at a St. Louis hospital now wonder if the infants were taken away by hospital officials to be raised by other families.

Parson running for Missouri governor

State Sen. Mike Parson, who had endorsed Tom Schweich for Missouri governor before the auditor’s suicide, announced Thursday that he will seek the office himself — creating at least a three-way Republican primary for the state’s top job.

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