State and Regional News

Rep. Reisch to face trial as judge refused to dismiss Twitter lawsuit

By Yue Yu, Columbia Missourian
A judge has refused to dismiss a lawsuit brought against state Rep. Cheri Toalson Reisch for blocking someone on Twitter. The representative now faces a trial March 29 in Kansas City, according to a news release.

Emotional testimonies heard over anti-abortion bills in House committee

By Kyra Haas and Molly Jackson, Columbia Missourian
JEFFERSON CITY — It was a year ago Friday.
Jennifer Box and her husband got the results of early genetic testing on their 13-week pregnancy — their unborn child had a chromosomal anomaly, Trisomy 18. After countless appointments with specialists, Box says the experts’ consensus was bleak: the condition was lethal. Box decided to terminate her pregnancy.

Democrats outline plans to reform criminal justice system, see GOP support

By Caitlyn Rosen, Columbia Missourian
JEFFERSON CITY — Multiple states allow felons to vote once they are released from prison, but not Missouri. A bill introduced by a state House of Representatives Democrat could change that — and it has bipartisan support.

Menus of services, pricing could be required at your health care facility

By Rosemond Crown, Columbia Missourian
JEFFERSON CITY — Rarely do people walk into a restaurant and order a meal without consulting a menu of options and corresponding prices. In fact, many restaurants now have their menus available online. A new bill in the Missouri House of Representatives would implement a similar system for patients visiting health care facilities.

Missouri legislation seeks to add fentanyl trafficking to the statutes

JEFFERSON CITY — There is no law targeting trafficking fentanyl in Missouri. Some lawmakers are trying again to change that.
House Bill 239 proposes that trafficking more than 10 mg of fentanyl would be prosecuted as a felony.