Jefferson City, Mo. – The final day of the 2010 Missouri legislative session has arrived, and lawmakers have passed several bills in the past 24 hours, while some remain in doubt.
One of the bigger surprises is the passage of legislation placing new restrictions on Missouri's adult entertainment industry. The House passed the bill after holding it for three months, then the Senate passed it a few hours later. It now goes to Governor Nixon.
Jefferson City, Mo. – The Missouri Senate has passed a scaled-down version of the ethics bill passed last week by the House.
It no longer contains several items unrelated to this year's ethics debate, which included requiring voters to show a photo I.D. at the polls.
While House Speaker Pro-tem Bryan Pratt (R, Blue Springs) called the ethics bill they passed last week the most sweeping "in the universe," Senate President Pro-tem Charlie Shields (R, St. Joseph) jokingly called it a "black hole."
Jefferson City, Mo. – A bill designed to get drunk drivers off the road passed the Missouri House Thursday.
It mandates that anyone with a .15 blood alcohol level spend at least 48 hours in jail, and those with a .20 will be locked up for five days. But it also gives persistent DWI offenders the option of treatment over jail time.
The bill was sponsored by State Representative Bryan Stevenson (R, Webb City).
St. Louis, MO – Illinois health officials report that a bird in the Metro-East has tested positive for West Nile virus.
State Public Health Director Dr. Damon Arnold says two birds have tested positive in Illinois so far this year: one in St. Clair County in the Metro-East, and another in the northwest part of the state.
St. Louis – Bone fragments from Saints Peter and Paul, a chalice used by Pope John Paul II and a series of papal portraits are among the objects in the newest special exhibit at the Missouri History Museum.
Some of the artifacts in "Vatican Splendors," which opens Saturday, have never been seen outside the Vatican's museum complex. St. Louis is the first of three American stops for the show this year, and the only one in the Midwest.