Senate approves $301 million bond plan for Missouri bridges

By Tom Coulter, Missouri News Network
JEFFERSON CITY — One of Gov. Mike Parson’s top priorities for the 2019 legislative session cleared a major checkpoint Monday afternoon when the Missouri Senate reached an agreement to fund repairs to 215 bridges across the state.

House passes carjacking, tax extension, digital license bills

By Anna Lewis, Missouri News Network
The House passed a slew of legislation Monday, including bills that deal with carjacking, an emergency income tax extension and digital driver's licenses.
Lawmakers passed HB 966, sponsored by Rep. David Gregory, R-St. Louis, which would make vehicle hijacking a felony. Under the bill, vehicle hijacking would be defined as stealing or trying to steal a car through the use or threat of force.

United in tragedy, two fathers push for changes to Amber Alert system

By Abigail E. Shaw, Missouri News Network
JEFFERSON CITY — Jim Wood and Markus Owens sat side-by-side in a House hearing room Monday.
Wood’s son, Craig, killed Owens’ 10-year-old daughter, Hailey, five years ago. On Monday, the two fathers were united in their message to Missouri lawmakers: A better Amber Alert system could perhaps have saved both of their children.

Proposal places limits on open state demographer position

By Rosemond Crown, Missouri News Network
JEFFERSON CITY — One person in Missouri will soon hold the very powerful title of “state demographer,” playing a key role in redrawing district lines and impacting political power in the state legislature.

Turn yard waste into compost

Yard waste makes up a third of municipal solid waste, behind paper products and food. Estimates show that the average lawn produces about 1,500 pounds of grass clippings each year. A mature tree drops about 3,600 pounds of leaves annually.