An American flag and foundations from homes are all that remains in a neighborhood in Joplin, Missouri on August 15, 2011. A tornado on May 22, 2011 claimed 162 lives - the latest two of which were announced Wednesday.
Missouri senators have overwhelmingly passed a bill revising a new law that restricts teachers' online conversations with students.
The legislation would repeal a law barring teachers from using websites that give "exclusive access" to students, such as sending private messages on Facebook. Senators voted 33-0 Wednesday to send the bill to the House.
The St. Louis Cardinals have released their 2012 schedule and will host their oldest rival in their 2012 home opener.
The Cardinals said Wednesday their first home game next season will be April 13 against the Chicago Cubs. It will be the latest home opener in St. Louis since the Cardinals opened on April 19, 1991, against Philadelphia.
Interleague games include a home stand June 8-17 against Cleveland, the Chicago White Sox and Kansas City.
Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill says President Obama’s jobs plan sent to Capitol Hill this week would provide a shot at improving an economy that continues to languish.
Speaking to reporters this morning, McCaskill said that she is not optimistic the bill will pass the House, citing the current hyper partisan climate. The democratic Senator said she’s hopeful the pressure Obama is bringing through public appearances will have some impact.
Updated 2:46 p.m. with additional contextual information
A newly released report shows that nearly 15 percent of people in Missouri are poor.
The Census Bureau's annual report released Tuesday offers a snapshot of the economic well-being of U.S. households for 2010, when joblessness hovered above 9 percent for a second year.
Nationally, nearly 1 in 6 people were classified as poor.
Meanwhile, the share of Americans without health coverage rose from 16.1 percent to 16.3 percent - or 49.9 million people - after the Census Bureau made revisions to numbers of the uninsured. That is due mostly to continued losses of employer-provided health insurance in the weakened economy.
In Missouri, 14 percent of residents lacked insurance.
But how does today's data compare with the numbers in years prior?
A smaller version of the wide-ranging tax credit bill received first-round approval Tuesday in the Missouri Senate. GOP Senate leaders realized there was not enough support within their own caucus for passing $360 million in air cargo incentives, not to mention a threatened filibuster.