Missouri's K-12 public schools would get about a $76 million increase in basic funding under the budget proposed by a House panel.
Bills governing seat belt use, texting while driving and helmet requirements for motorcyclists prompted debate in a Missouri Senate committee over whether the government should play a larger role in road safety.
Missouri lawmakers have voted to give themselves more control over the Capitol's renovations and security.
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.
A Senate panel is considering four bills that would change Missouri's laws on texting while driving, seatbelts and motorcycle helmets.
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.
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
A drug that treats heroin overdoses could become easier to acquire in Missouri under legislation in the House.
A mid-Missouri man has been sentenced to 30 years in prison for the shooting death of his wife.
The Missouri Senate has approved a measure that would ask voters whether to add two members to the Department of Conservation's governing board.