• Missouri House votes to up penalties within poverty program Posted on 15 March 2018 at 1:48pm

    JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — The Missouri House has passed a measure that would toughen penalties for people who misspent benefit money within a poverty program.

    The bill, approved Thursday in a 100-46 vote, would create a three-strike policy for the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program, which provides cash payments to low-income families.

  • Missouri House passes limits on joining lawsuits Posted on 15 March 2018 at 1:16pm

    JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — The Missouri House has passed a bill that would restrict where and how plaintiffs can be joined in certain civil cases.

    Approved Thursday by a 104-47 vote, the bill would affect how people band together for tort claims. Those cases deal with wrongdoings and injuries, such as the sale of shoddy products. The proposal targets out-of-state claims, although Missourians would also be affected.

  • MU opens nation's first online veterinary public health masters degree Posted on 15 March 2018 at 6:15pm

    COLUMBIA - The MU Vet school is accepting applications for the nation's first online veterinary public health master’s degree.

    Program director Lise Saffran said the degree is designed to help students lead efforts worldwide in animal disease prevention and how it impacts humans

  • Schools communicate with parents about arming teachers Posted on 15 March 2018 at 12:50pm

    JEFFERSON CITY - Under the proposed Safe Schools Act, school districts must notify parents if they choose to not authorize any teachers or staff to carry a concealed firearm. 

    The bill would require districts to post a sign if they decide to arm teachers. It would state, "Under Missouri law, this school and its staff are authorized to meet threats to student safety with deadly force if necessary."

  • Missouri House panel advances proposed budget Posted on 15 March 2018 at 10:26am

    JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Missouri House budget leaders have approved a spending plan that would cut higher education funding next fiscal year, but by less than what the governor wants.

    The House Budget Committee passed a budget proposal Wednesday that includes about $30 million less for public colleges and universities than they are expected to receive this year. Gov. Eric Greitens recommended a $68 million cut.

  • Centralia man arrested on suspicion of rape and sodomy Posted on 15 March 2018 at 9:43am

    CENTRALIA - Boone County sheriff's deputies arrested a Centralia man Wednesday on suspicion of rape and sodomy.

    Christopher F. Malloy, 40, is in Boone County Jail on $13,500 bond.

  • Two dogs at St. Louis County shelter die from virus Posted on 15 March 2018 at 7:06am

    OLIVETTE (AP) — Two dogs are dead after a virus outbreak at the St. Louis County Pet Adoption Center, and a third dog treated for the virus is expected to recover.

    The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the dogs were infected with canine parvovirus, a common and highly contagious disease similar to the flu.

  • UPDATE: Missouri lawmakers 'punish' health department over virus data Posted on 15 March 2018 at 8:48pm

    JEFFERSON CITY — A committee of Missouri House lawmakers slashed the budget for the state health department's administration for not providing information about a virus that killed a state employee.

  • Missouri Softball drops two games to Illinois Posted on 14 March 2018 at 10:30pm

    St. Charles, Mo. - The Missouri Tigers softball team lost both games of a double-header to rival Illinois Wednesday.

    Missouri lost game one 5-2 and lost game two 9-6.

  • Sedalia starts improvements on water system Posted on 14 March 2018 at 9:14pm

    SEDALIA -  After 100 years on the same water system, Sedalia is finally getting some key parts fixed.