Rules for disposing of fallen trees, limbs and other vegetative waste have been relaxed in tornado-damaged areas of Missouri.
From now through March 15th, Missouri residents affected by the Leap Day storms can burn vegetative waste on their properties, as long as it’s done 200 yards away from the nearest occupied structure. Renee Bungart is with the Department of Natural Resources (DNR).
Supporters say a bill that would allow convicted drug felons to be eligible for foods stamps is gaining momentum among Missouri lawmakers. The bill would repeal the state's lifetime ban on food stamps for drug felons.
Three Republicans and one Democrat in the House are sponsoring the bill, according to The Kansas City Star. The sponsors say it isn't fair that child molesters and murderers are eligible for food stamps, but people with felony drug convictions aren't.
A Missouri judge has struck down the State Auditor's authority to prepare financial estimates for ballot initiatives.
The ruling by Cole County Circuit Judge Jon Beetem comes in a challenge to a proposed tobacco tax initiative for which supporters are not gathering signatures. But attorneys who specialize in initiative petitions say the ruling ultimately could affect other initiatives.
It may be easier to be sentenced to death in Missouri than in other states, according to a study released today and sponsored by the American Bar Association.
It finds that aggravating circumstances used by prosecutors are so broadly defined that virtually any homicide case in Missouri can qualify for the death penalty. University of Missouri -- Columbia Law Professor Paul Litton is on the panel that conducted the study. He says the state’s wide latitude on capital punishment goes against the recommendations of the U.S. Supreme Court.