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House, Senate trade criminal code bills

Key members of each chamber will meet to hammer out differences

Missouri lawmakers moved two steps closer to rewriting the state’s criminal laws Thursday, when the House and Senate each passed a version of the bill and sent it to the other chamber.

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Nixon: State pushing to protect crime victims

Standing up for crime victims can help energize the justice system and make sure it’s held accountable, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon told a group of crime victims’ rights advocates at a Capitol ceremony Thursday.

Missouri business-creation filings rose in March

The Missouri secretary of state’s office says more businesses sought to organize in March than during the same month over the past decade.

House passes bill exempting gyms from sales tax

The Missouri House approved legislation Thursday aimed at shielding gyms, fitness centers and others from sales taxes.

Treasurer's open house showcases unclaimed property

State Treasurer Clint Zweifel showcased personal items from his unclaimed property files. He currently holds more than $810 million in unclaimed property, which does not include the physical property he holds which generally comes from abandoned safe deposit boxes.

Convicted killer sick, sentencing delayed a year

A man convicted of one killing and suspected in two others may never face a possible death sentence in Missouri, in part because of sentencing delays caused by a prosecutor’s stroke and the killer’s own failing health.

Man charged with making terrorist threat

A Missouri man accused of falsely reporting a gunman walking around the Central Methodist University is no terrorist, as prosecutors allege, but rather the victim of hysteria created by an incident that has been blown out of proportion, his attorney said.

Audit faults Mo. program for contamination cleanup

Missouri Auditor Tom Schweich raised concerns Thursday about a state tax incentive for developers to clean up contaminated old business sites, saying that poor oversight has allowed conflicts of interest and higher-than-necessary costs.

Missouri budget would fund employee salary study

Missouri lawmakers want to spend $300,000 to study the salaries of state employees.

Senators hear testimony on 'gay' discrimination

Missouri’s economy would be helped if lawmakers made it illegal to discriminate against people because of their sexual orientation or gender identity, state Sen. Jolie Justus told a committee Wednesday afternoon.

Parents of the wounded aid anti-violence effort

A researcher from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention was the featured speaker, but it was the personal stories by parents of two shooting victims that held the attention of a rapt audience Wednesday at a St. Louis anti-violence summit.

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Panera CEO looks to fix 'mosh pit' ordering system

Panera CEO Ron Shaich realizes that ordering at his chain can be chaotic.

Man found guilty of business college shooting

A man accused of shooting the financial aid director of a downtown St. Louis business college was found guilty Wednesday of first-degree assault and armed criminal action by a city jury.

Judge: drivers can flash lights to warn of police

A federal judge has issued a permanent injunction prohibiting a St. Louis County town from ticketing drivers for flashing their headlights to warn other drivers that police are nearby.

Teens adept at social media get privacy training

In an age of increased online government surveillance and targeted social media ads, the notion of privacy as a classroom subject worthy of distinct study is gaining momentum far beyond the narrow niches of First Amendment lawyers and computer hackers.

Missouri sets execution date for Russell Bucklew

The Missouri Supreme Court on Wednesday set a May execution date for convicted killer Russell Bucklew, continuing a trend of scheduling one execution per month.

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Missouri Rep. Rory Ellinger dies at age 72

Missouri state Rep. Rory Ellinger, whose legislation addressing nursing women was signed into law last week, died Wednesday following a battle with liver cancer, colleagues said. He was 72.

Missouri House endorses 'right to work' bill

Missouri's House has narrowly endorsed legislation prohibiting labor contracts from requiring workers to pay union fees as a condition of employment.

Missouri House passes 1-cent sales tax increase

Missouri House members passed a 1-cent sales tax increase for transportation funding Wednesday, but the issue that has divided the majority Republicans is still a long way from becoming law.

Missouri Medicaid may restore adult dental care

Missouri lawmakers appear likely to restore dental coverage for hundreds of thousands of adult Medicaid recipients, nearly a decade after it was eliminated.