Missouri Auditor Tom Schweich has announced a proposal to review how several state agencies spend money.
The one-time review would compare spending habits of five to 10 of Missouri's largest state agencies. Schweich says it could save the state millions of dollars.
Missouri lawmakers have endorsed legislation intended to limit lawsuits against large-scale animal farms.
Bills given initial approval Wednesday in the House and Senate would affect nuisance lawsuits against the owners of land used for agricultural purposes such as animal or crop production.
Numerous lawsuits have been filed in Missouri in recent years alleging that odors from large barns of hogs are a nuisance to neighbors.
Missouri House members have voted without dissent to require information about the governor's travel to be posted on a state website.
A House committee has voted along partisan lines to advance a proposal eliminating Missouri's income taxes and replacing them with a higher sales tax.
The vote Wednesday by the House Tax Reform Committee marked the first step toward moving the so-called "Fair Tax" proposal to the 2012 statewide ballot. All the Republicans on the committee voted for the measure and all the Democrats opposed it.
For the first time ever, the Missouri House has passed legislation to give the city of St. Louis control over its police department, which has been under state control since the Civil War.
The vote was 109 to 46 in favor, and the bill now goes to the Missouri Senate.
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