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Missouri House panel sends medical marijuana bill forward

Republican support for a medical marijuana law is moving a proposal forward to the full Missouri House.

Missouri lawmakers pass bill to boost agriculture industry

A bill aimed at bolstering Missouri's agricultural industry is headed to the governor.

Missouri House panel OKs added funds for Medicaid drug costs

Despite concerns from Republican lawmakers about Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon's withholding money from programs this year, most of his 2015 supplemental budget request is moving forward

Spokesman for late state auditor found dead

Veteran Missouri state official Spence Jackson, who was media director for the late state auditor Tom Schweich, was found dead Sunday.

Missouri GOP deals with partly split at Legislature midpoint

Armed with greater numbers of Republicans than ever before in the House, Missouri’s Legislature still is struggling to find consensus on high-profile legislation as lawmakers return for the second half of the session on Monday.

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Missouri bill would allow craft beer 'growlers' in gas stations, grocers

Missouri beer lovers could get their fill of rich milk stouts and hoppy pale ales on draft at convenience and grocery stores under proposals brewing in the state Legislature.

Bills would ban gender neutral housing, unisex bathrooms

Gender-neutral university housing and many unisex public bathrooms would be banned in Missouri under bills that have been introduced in the Legislature.

Passing budget is first priority when lawmakers return this week

The Missouri House has already passed a state budget, and a Senate committee is reviewing the bills to see what changes, if any, the Senate wants to make — before conference committee members negotiate a compromise version to send to the governor.

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Citizen’s guide to lobbying

Individual advocacy still can be effective

You may be just one person — as opposed to a Fortune 500 company with a fleet of high-powered lobbyists — but don’t assume that your voice won’t be heard if you go to Missouri's Capitol.

Century-old agency takes new name

Jeanette Mott Oxford had to re-send a news release — because the first one she sent identified her as with the Missouri Association for Social Welfare. But the group this year changed its name to “Empower Missouri,” which the rest of the release included.

St. Louis municipal judge resigns after reports of problems

A municipal judge in suburban St. Louis has resigned after it was reported that he was on probation for his conduct as a private attorney and had unpaid taxes.

Cass County teacher charged with having sex with student

A suspended elementary teacher and part-time wrestling coach in a Cass County school district has been indicted on a charge of having sex with a high school student.

Northwest Missouri man charged in death of 10-month-old boy

A northwest Missouri man has been charged in the death of a 10-month-old boy.

Rival resumes campaign after Missouri auditor’s suicide

Missouri gubernatorial candidate Catherine Hanaway resumed her campaign Friday after taking a month-long hiatus because of the suicide of Republican rival Tom Schweich, and she pledged her consultants would no longer be involved in the type of negative attacks that had targeted Schweich.

Michael Barrett named state public defender

Michael Barrett, of Columbia, will be Missouri’s next state public defender, Doug Copeland, Public Defender Commission chairman, announced Friday.

Missouri churches threatened over same-sex marriage approval

Several churches in Missouri have received threatening letters after the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) voted to approve same-sex marriage.

Man charged after allegedly punching ex-Cardinal Ford

Prosecutors say a white St. Louis-area man was driven by racism when he allegedly punched former Cardinals outfielder Curt Ford.

Columbia College may split into schools

The Columbia College Board of Trustees will vote in April on a proposal to split the college into separate schools.

Settlement reached in suit filed by Ferguson protesters

Three Missouri police agencies will restrict their use of tear gas and other chemical agents on crowds as part of a lawsuit settlement with six Ferguson protesters, according to court documents released Thursday.

Boy dies in collision between Amish carriage, vehicle

The Missouri State Highway Patrol says a 10-year-old boy died when a sports utility vehicle hit an Amish horse-drawn carriage in northwest Missouri.