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Missouri lawmakers debate proper response to opiate deaths

Missouri lawmakers are considering how to combat rising levels of opiate addiction — and while some proposals have garnered widespread support, others face challenges over funding and privacy concerns.

House approves more lawmaker control of Missouri Capitol

Missouri lawmakers have voted to give themselves more control over the Capitol's renovations and security.

Measure would deny University of Missouri system funds boost

The University of Missouri system would be nixed from a higher education funding boost under action taken by a House committee, and the system's handling of race-related protests is being blamed.

Lawmakers asked to allow sheriff’s deputies to work other counties

Would let deputies temporarily help out

When there’s a major fire, surrounding fire departments are ready to move in and help the local department both fight the major fire and answer other calls. Missouri sheriffs want the General Assembly to give them power to do the same thing, Cole County Sheriff Greg White said Wednesday.

Missouri Senate backs fees for missed Medicaid appointment

Doctors could charge Medicaid patients a fee for missing appointments under a bill that has won initial approval in the Missouri Senate.

Missouri senators consider government role in road safety

A Senate panel is considering four bills that would change Missouri's laws on texting while driving, seatbelts and motorcycle helmets.

Missouri lawmakers act to block home care worker wage hike

The Missouri House voted Wednesday to block a state agency rule that would increase wages for home care attendants, sending the measure to Gov. Jay Nixon.

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Government sues Ferguson after city tries to revise deal

The federal government sued Ferguson on Wednesday, one day after the city council voted to revise an agreement aimed at improving the way police and courts treat poor people and minorities in the St. Louis suburb.

Missouri bill would require students to pass civics exam

A House committee has approved a bill that would require Missouri high school students to pass a civics exam similar to the U.S. naturalization test in order to graduate

State sheriffs group votes to oppose efforts to legalize marijuana

Not going to pot

The Missouri Sheriff’s Association took a unanimous vote to oppose legislation or ballot initiatives that would make medical or recreational marijuana legal statewide.

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Show Me Life rally at Missouri Capitol

Approximately 200 people attended the Missouri Right to Life’s “Show Me Life” rally in the Missouri Capitol Rotunda on Tuesday in support of pro-life causes and legislation.

Missouri ban on felons carrying guns ruled constitutional

A recent amendment to the state constitution doesn't mean some felons now can carry guns, The Missouri Supreme Court ruled Tuesday, affirming the status of current law.

Missouri House considers expanding overdose medicine access

A drug that treats heroin overdoses could become easier to acquire in Missouri under legislation in the House.

Gun ban proposed for domestic abusers in Missouri

While there's consensus in some other Republican-dominated states to ramp-up laws to keep firearms out of the hands of domestic abusers, a Missouri proposal to do that appears to have little chance in the GOP Legislature.

Missouri Legislature eyes expanding Conservation Commission

Proposed constitutional amendment would add 2 members

Missouri voters could be asked this fall to expand the Missouri Conservation Commission from four members to six.

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