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Court fees for DNA sampling expanded

The Missouri Senate endorsed legislation last week to double the fees charged to some drug offenders as part of bill that would continue funding the state’s DNA testing of felons. The court fees, which began in 2003, charge people $30 ...

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Panel recommends renewable energy goal

A government task force on Monday recommended the state set a goal for utility corporations to produce 10 percent of their electricity by 2020 through renewable energy sources, such as wind. But members of Gov. Matt Blunt’s Missouri Energy Task ...

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Phone records Web site shut down

A Cole County circuit judge on Monday barred two companies that sell phone records on the Internet from doing business in Missouri, Attorney General Jay Nixon said. The defendants operate several Web sites, including Locatecell.com, which allows people to provide ...

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Concern over foreign investment in bridge

A proposed Mississippi River toll bridge connecting St. Louis to Illinois ran into trouble Tuesday after some lawmakers questioned whether foreign investors could exert excessive control in a partnership with state government. A bill sponsored by Sen. Bill Stouffer, R-Napton, ...

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Eminent domain amendments proposed

A property rights group proposed a pair of constitutional amendments Monday to restrict property condemnations for private developments in a move that would bypass the Legislature and take the contentious issue straight to Missouri voters. The proposals would limit the ...

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VFW urges tax break for combat veterans

The leader of the nation’s largest veterans organization urged the Legislature on last week to consider ways it could help veterans, including a property tax break for people in a combat zone. Speaking from the House dais, James Mueller, commander ...

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Lawmakers tout prevention proposal

Several Democratic and Republican lawmakers last week outlined legislation intended to prevent unwanted pregnancies by encouraging greater access to emergency contraceptives and family planning services. The proposals would require pharmacies to issue emergency birth control prescriptions such as Plan B, ...

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Bill to spur cable TV competition

The reception to the “Fair Competition in Video Act” was at times a little fuzzy as the cable and telephone industries, consumer advocates and city government representatives each tried to channel lawmakers toward their way of thinking. But the picture ...

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Restrictions passed on funeral protests

The Missouri Senate was passed legislation last week restricting protests at funerals in response to a Kansas group that has targeted military funerals around the nation. The legislation is a response to members of the Westboro Baptist Church of Topeka, ...

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Democrats urge state to refuse payment

A group of House Democrats on last week urged state budget writers to refuse to make a $90 million Medicaid payment to the federal government, but Republican Gov. Matt Blunt’s administration said doing so could jeopardize prescription drug coverage for ...

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Budget numbers can cause head-scratching

Numbers. They add legitimacy to assertions. They are the foundation of facts. They are essential to businesses, households and governments alike. And they can also be confusing – down right head-scratching, sometimes. Gov. Matt Blunt mentioned no less than 57 ...

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