Abortion Restrictions Pass Missouri HouseThe proposal prohibits anyone from donating fetal tissue from an abortion to scientific research.
Ratings Agency Downgrades Credit of 6 Illinois UniversitiesS&P downgraded City Colleges four notches. The colleges' credit hours dropped 22 percent from 2010-16.
Illinois Lawmakers Ponder Proposal to Legalize MarijuanaProposed legislation in Illinois would allow possession of up to an ounce of pot by people who are at least 21 years old.
Missouri House Votes to Extend Donations to Organ Donor FundA proposal to extend a tax checkoff program for organ donations after an emotional speech from a representative with a personal connection to the fund.
Uber, Lyft Regulations Pass Missouri SenateThe proposal would require the companies to pay a $5,000 licensing fee, conduct driver background checks and vehicle inspections, along with other requirements.
Missouri House Passes Bill to Allow Industrial Hemp FarmingMissouri would legalize and regulate growing industrial hemp under a proposal that's passed the state House.
Missouri House Passes Bill Giving Immunity for Overdose HelpAt least 1,066 people, or 17.9 per 1,000 people, died of drug overdoses in Missouri in 2015, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Missouri House OKs Budget with Hike in K-12 School FundingThe proposed funding increase for public schools comes after lawmakers last year passed legislation to lower funding targets in state law, a policy Democratic lawmakers slammed.
Missouri House Budget Funds Schools, Blocks DWI CheckpointsThe Republican-led House budget plan includes nearly $3.4 billion in basic aid for public elementary and secondary school districts for the 2018 fiscal year that starts July 1 the full amount called for under state law and significantly more than what Republican Gov. Eric Greitens had recommended.
Missouri House Passes Prescription Drug Tracking ProgramLawmakers voted 102-54 Monday to create a database to track prescription drugs. The bill now heads to the Senate.
Senate Votes to Return Delta Queen to WaterwaysThe Delta Queen could be back cruising waterways sometime soon.
Illinois Moves to Implement Internet Privacy SafeguardsPrivacy advocates say such state protections are needed, particularly given what's happening in Washington, where the Republican-controlled Congress voted to block broadband privacy regulations issued during the end of the Obama administration.

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