State and Regional News

Missouri students could soon get a lesson on cyber etiquette

BY KATHRYN PALMER, Columbia Missourian
JEFFERSON CITY — The inaugural Missouri Special House Committee on Student Accountability informally celebrated Safer Internet Day last Tuesday by hearing a bill aimed at teaching students appropriate online behavior.

Student journalists testify for New Voices Act

GALEN BACHARIER, Columbia Missourian
JEFFERSON CITY — In the same state where a school district lost a Supreme Court case limiting student journalists' rights in 1988, legislators from the House of Representatives heard testimony on a bill that would restore those rights Wednesday.

State considers legalizing and making money on video gaming machines

BY NATASHA VYHOVSKY, Columbia Missourian
JEFFERSON CITY — A plan to regulate and tax the use of video game lottery machines in some Missouri businesses ran into reservations from senators on the Progress and Development Committee during a hearing Tuesday.

$351 million bond plan for Missouri bridges avoids speed bumps in initial discussions

BY TOM COULTER, Columbia Missourian
JEFFERSON CITY — Gov. Mike Parson’s proposal for a $351 million bond package to upgrade Missouri’s bridges got no pushback during its first public test on Tuesday.

Republican lawmakers try again for tort reform

BY YUE YU, Columbia Missourian
JEFFERSON CITY — The tug of war continues.
A series of bills that would restrict the ability to create mass lawsuits has been supported year after year by corporations and associations including Monsanto, the Missouri Hospital Association and the American Tort Reform Association.