JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri Governor Jay Nixon says he wants to expand subsidized child care for more than 2,800 children. The governor’s proposed budget includes an extra $6.3 million for “transitional child care.” The money would let low-income parents who get raises continue receiving a reduced child care subsidy instead of losing the aid altogether.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri Senate panel is debating whether to renew security exemptions in the state’s open records law. The proposal would renew two expired exemptions through 2017.

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The Army Corps of Engineers is moving its work upstream after removing tons of rock from one section of the Mississippi River. The drought’s causing the river to be so low between St. Louis and Cairo (KEHR’-oh), Illinois that it’s endangering barge traffic.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri Senate committee is considering a resolution that’d kick off plans for the state’s 200th birthday in 2021. The measure would direct the State Historical Society of Missouri to start developing plans to commemorate the bicentennial.

FENTON, Mo. (AP) — An Indianapolis woman won’t face charges for leaving her nine-year-old son alone at a St. Louis County hotel while she went out drinking. Prosecutors yesterday decided against charges for the 29-year-old woman, saying nothing she did violated a state statute. Fenton police found the boy at the Stratford Inn on Monday morning and determined he had been alone for more than eight hours before they arrived.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A bill that could speed up a state takeover of Kansas City schools is moving forward in the Missouri Legislature. The Senate bill is urging the Kansas City district to show it’s making enough progress to warrant giving the district two years to regain accreditation. The measure would remove limitations in state law that gives unaccredited districts two full school years to regain its status.

SHREWSBURY, Mo. (AP) — Plans for a new Walmart Super Center in one St. Louis County town are moving ahead after aldermen approved tax breaks for the project. Shrewsbury aldermen voted yesterday to award $15 million in subsidies. Their vote overrode a January 8th decision by the city’s Tax Increment Financing Committee.