KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Kansas City man is charged with killing his girlfriend as his two children watched. Forty-three-year-old Ja (jay) Ray is charged with first-degree murder in the stabbing and drowning of 21-year-old Essence Willoughby last November. Police allege Willoughby was killed as their 3- and 2-year-old sons sat nearby.

ST. CHARLES, Mo. (AP) — Eleven St. Charles West High School students are suspended for their role in a fight. The brawl happened Friday and also involved four teenagers who were not students in the district. Superintendent Jeff Marion says the fight was the result of a Twitter conversation between students from St. Charles and others from the Ferguson-Florissant district.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) – A Missouri lawmaker is trying to move the state’s primary elections from August to June. Supporters say a June primary would give candidates more time to communicate with voters before the November general election.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri Senate committee is set to take up a proposal today that’d eliminate the state’s “prevailing wage” requirement. Rolla Republican Dan Brown’s bill would eliminate the wage used by cities, counties and other government entities to pay for construction projects. The panel’s also expected to consider a “right to work” bill banning labor unions from requiring certain employees to pay dues.

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (AP) – A 22-year-old Cape Girardeau man has pleaded not guilty in the shooting deaths of a man and woman last week. Kenneth Bell entered his plea yesterday in the deaths of 43-year-old Shannon James and 39-year-old Misty Cole. The two victims were found shot to death last week inside their Cape Girardeau apartment.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — There is a bit of opposition among some lawmakers to Gov. Jay Nixon’s plan to expand Medicaid health care coverage in Missouri. Members of the Senate Appropriations Committee raised concerns that the Medicaid expansion could hurt the state’s credit rating. Missouri currently enjoys a triple-A rating.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — It might become more difficult for employees to win lawsuits over workplace discrimination. A Missouri House committee is considering legislation that would require workers who file suit over an employer’s actions to prove that discrimination was a “motivating factor.” Missouri now requires employees to prove only that discrimination was a “contributing” factor. Gov. Jay Nixon has vetoed similar legislation each of the last two years.

ST. JOSEPH, Mo. (AP) — Critics of a proposed smoking ban in St. Joseph are questioning why the gambling floor at St. Jo Frontier Casino would be exempt. That while bars and restaurants would be forced to go smoke-free. The casino’s general manager says that revenues would drop 25 percent to 30 percent if a ban were enforced on the gambling hall. And, that could cost the community jobs and some of the money the facility is paying to the city.