State and Regional News

Violators of the no-call list could see increased fines under new bill

By Abigail E Shaw, Columbia Missourian
Missouri’s no-call list laws could could become more strict under a new bill that would increase fines for those who knowingly call individuals registered under the no-call list.

Lawmakers look to tighten amendment petitioning process

By Tom Coulter, Columbia Missourian
JEFFERSON CITY — Missouri residents hoping to get a proposition on the ballot could face new fees and regulations if the legislature approves a bill discussed in a Senate Local Government and Elections Committee hearing last Wednesday.

Debate reignites over statewide prescription drug monitoring bill

By Anna Lewis, Columbia Missourian
JEFFERSON CITY — Kathi Arbini struggled to hold back tears as she testified in a Wednesday Senate hearing about the death of her son, who overdosed in 2009. Arbini said doctors prescribed him Xanax, but he later began using heroin. After his death, she found multiple prescriptions from different doctors in his truck, indicating that he had been doctor-shopping, or moving from doctor to doctor to refill prescriptions.

New Missouri Congressional committee to draft disaster relief plans

By Galen Bacharier, Columbia Missourian
JEFFERSON CITY — Creating a comprehensive disaster preparation and relief plan for Missouri is the goal of a new state Congressional committee that held its inaugural hearing last Wednesday.

Teachers pay for classroom supplies; will the state help pay them back?

By Jordan Meier, Columbia Missourian
JEFFERSON CITY — Ben Martin had to buy lumber for sets, makeup kits and stage lighting equipment for his theater classroom over his 18-year teaching career.
Martin, who is now the executive director for the Missouri Alliance for Arts Education, spent his own money and relied on federal tax deductions for teaching supplies to buy these supplies for his classrooms. Other teachers like him are in the same boat.