HILLSBORO, Mo. (AP) – An eastern Missouri woman is dead after being struck by a pickup truck while she walked along a highway.  The Highway Patrol says investigators don’t yet know why 35-year-old Jody Underwood of Hillsboro was walking along Highway 67 in Jefferson County early this morning.  The patrol says the pickup driver came around a curve to find that Underwood was walking in the same lane. She died at the scene.  The 64-year-old pickup driver notified police. He was not charged.


The Missouri House has advanced a new effort to require voters to show photo identification.  This afternoon the House approved that constitutional amendment.  Lawmakers have considered enacting a photo ID requirement for voting several times in recent years. Debate generally has split along partisan lines. Republicans now control a veto-proof supermajority in both the House and the Senate.  The measure now moves to the state Senate.


JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — More Missouri students are training for future careers while still in high school.  Sixty-three percent of the state’s high school students participated in at least one career or technical education program in the 2011-2012 school year. The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education says that’s a 3 percent increase from the previous year.  Career and technical education programs combine academics and occupational skills training. The goal is to allow students to learn more about possible career paths in areas such as agriculture, business, health sciences and marketing.


JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Missouri House has approved legislation that would renew expired security exemptions to the open meetings and records law.  Two exemptions expired at the end of 2012.  One covered guidelines and policies developed by law enforcement, public safety, first response or public health authorities for preventing and responding to terrorism incidents. The second dealt with security systems and structural plans for property owned or leased by a government agency. House member Caleb Jones, a Republican from California, says the loss of the exemptions means school evacuation plans can be viewed. Under his legislation, security exemptions would be permanent.  House members approved the measure 148-3, and it now goes to the Senate.


GALENA, Mo. (AP) — A hearing will be held next month to determine if two juveniles will be tried as adults in the killings of a Michigan couple in southwest Missouri.  A Stone County judge has scheduled a March 4th hearing to decide if the 15- and 16-year-old boys will be tried as adults.  They are charged in the killings of 70-year-old Paul Brian Brooks and his wife, 69-year-old Margaret Susan Brooks, in January. The Baldwin, Mich., couple were seasonal residents at the home near Table Rock Lake where they were killed.  The suspects ran away from Lives Under Construction Boys Ranch two days before the couple’s bodies were found. The 15-year-old is from Tennessee and the 16-year-old is from Texas.


ST. LOUIS (AP) — A new major tenant is coming to Ballpark Village in St. Louis — a cowboy-themed bar operated by Professional Bull Riding Inc.  The St. Louis Cardinals and Ballpark Village developer Cordish Cos. announced the addition this afternoon.  Cowboy Bars are already operated at seven other locations around the U.S.  The new development is expected to be up and running by the time the Cardinals open their 2014 season…