Associated Press http://kbia.org en Report: St. Louis VA mishandled 1/3 of disability claims http://kbia.org/post/report-st-louis-va-mishandled-13-disability-claims <p>A federal investigation finds a high rate of mismanaged disability claims at the St. Louis VA. Fri, 25 Jul 2014 13:38:37 +0000 Associated Press 56705 at http://kbia.org All Columbia police officers to wear body cameras http://kbia.org/post/all-columbia-police-officers-wear-body-cameras <p></p><p>The Columbia Police Department plans to outfit all of its uniformed officers with body cameras. Fri, 25 Jul 2014 12:51:57 +0000 Associated Press 56702 at http://kbia.org All Columbia police officers to wear body cameras Missouri schedules execution amid lethal injection questions http://kbia.org/post/missouri-schedules-execution-amid-lethal-injection-questions <p>Death-row lawyers and other opponents say the nation's third botched execution in six months is more evidence for the courts that lethal injection carries too many risks and amounts to cruel and unusual punishment. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 22:08:24 +0000 Associated Press 56680 at http://kbia.org Missouri schedules execution amid lethal injection questions Deal with community colleges expands online education options for Missourians http://kbia.org/post/deal-community-colleges-expands-online-education-options-missourians <p>Missouri's community colleges have a new tuition agreement with an online university.</p><p>The Missouri version of Western Governors University has agreed to provide a 5 percent tuition discount for community college graduates who take its online courses.</p><p>The Missouri Community College Association says the deal with WGU is the first such statewide agreement that the association has signed on behalf of its members. Community college graduates also will be eligible for special scholarships from the online school.</p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 12:43:18 +0000 Associated Press 56644 at http://kbia.org Deal with community colleges expands online education options for Missourians KC city council set to consider gun ban http://kbia.org/post/kc-city-council-set-consider-gun-ban <p>A City Council committee in Kansas City has endorsed a measure that would ban people from openly carrying firearms in the city limits.</p><p>The Kansas City Star reports Mayor Sly James has pushed for the ban, noting that the tourist town of Lake Ozark also has voted for a similar prohibition, even by those with concealed carry permits.</p><p>The council's Public Safety Committee on Wednesday endorsed the ban, which will go before the full City Council on July 31.</p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 12:36:22 +0000 Associated Press 56643 at http://kbia.org KC city council set to consider gun ban Ex-Missouri Sheriff indicted in property theft http://kbia.org/post/ex-missouri-sheriff-indicted-property-theft <p>A southwest Missouri sheriff has been indicted by a federal grand jury on allegations that he stole property recovered in criminal cases and sold a stolen firearm.</p><p>U.S. Attorney Tammy Dickinson says in a news release Tuesday that 46-year-old Ronald Snodgrass of El Dorado was charged in a three-count indictment returned by a federal grand jury in Springfield. Snodgrass was St. Clair County sheriff from January 2001 to December 2012 before losing a bid for re-election.</p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 20:55:38 +0000 Associated Press 56614 at http://kbia.org Two companies moving from Kansas to Missouri http://kbia.org/post/two-companies-moving-kansas-missouri <p>Missouri has apparently won another round in the continuing border war with Kansas that involves using tax incentives to entice businesses to move across the state line that runs through the Kansas City metropolitan area.</p><p>Leawood, Kansas-based Cbiz Inc. and Mayer Hoffman McCann PC have announced plans to move their headquarters and 450 employees to Kansas City, Missouri's Country Club Plaza next summer.</p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 20:53:10 +0000 Associated Press 56613 at http://kbia.org President Obama to visit Kansas City next week http://kbia.org/post/president-obama-visit-kansas-city-next-week <p>The White House has announced President Barack Obama will be in Missouri next week to deliver a speech on the economy. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 13:27:37 +0000 Associated Press 56583 at http://kbia.org President Obama to visit Kansas City next week VA chief pledges end to whistleblower retaliation http://kbia.org/post/va-chief-pledges-end-whistleblower-retaliation <p>The acting secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs spoke Tuesday in St. Louis and said the beleaguered federal agency is making progress on a host of problems that led to his predecessor's forced resignation. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 21:49:41 +0000 Associated Press 56554 at http://kbia.org VA chief pledges end to whistleblower retaliation Missouri governor tours Iowa ethanol plant http://kbia.org/post/missouri-governor-tours-iowa-ethanol-plant <p>Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon traveled to Iowa to get a personal look at the latest methods in ethanol production. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 21:46:00 +0000 Associated Press 56553 at http://kbia.org Missouri governor tours Iowa ethanol plant Missouri Regulators reconsider payday loan issue http://kbia.org/post/missouri-regulators-reconsider-payday-loan-issue-1 <p>Missouri regulators are again considering whether to stop payday lenders from collecting utility bill payments from their customers.</p><p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 20:05:29 +0000 Associated Press 56366 at http://kbia.org Missouri Regulators reconsider payday loan issue St. Louis county executive campaign gets heated http://kbia.org/post/st-louis-county-executive-campaign-gets-heated <p>St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley's new campaign ad accuses his primary opponent of condoning sex trafficking, a charge that the opponent says "rises to the level of defamation." Thu, 17 Jul 2014 22:09:49 +0000 Associated Press 56329 at http://kbia.org St. Louis county executive campaign gets heated Parish worker suing Roman Catholic Diocese over firing http://kbia.org/post/parish-worker-suing-roman-catholic-diocese-over-firing <p>A parish food pantry worker who was fired over her marriage to another woman is suing the Roman Catholic Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph. Thu, 17 Jul 2014 22:05:01 +0000 Associated Press 56328 at http://kbia.org Money in place to replace Kemper Arena http://kbia.org/post/money-place-replace-kemper-arena <p>American Royal leaders say they raised more than $10 million toward the organization's goal of building a new structure to replace Kemper Arena in Kansas City. Thu, 17 Jul 2014 22:02:05 +0000 Associated Press 56327 at http://kbia.org Money in place to replace Kemper Arena St. Louis officials will launch investigation into Coldwater Creek cancer claims http://kbia.org/post/st-louis-officials-will-launch-investigation-coldwater-creek-cancer-claims <p></p><p>St. Louis County health officials say they will hire researchers to study illness rates among residents near a creek that was contaminated decades ago by nuclear waste. Thu, 17 Jul 2014 12:54:48 +0000 Associated Press 56283 at http://kbia.org St. Louis officials will launch investigation into Coldwater Creek cancer claims Missouri A+ scholarship program to be expanded http://kbia.org/post/missouri-scholarship-program-be-expanded <p>Missouri education officials plan to expand a scholarship program to some high school students who came to the US illegally before their 16th birthday.</p><p>The Missouri Department of Higher Education says those students will be eligible to participate in the A+ program, which gives qualifying students to receive two free years of tuition at a Missouri community college.</p><p>The Columbia Daily Tribune reports the program will be opened to students who have applied with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security for "Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals" status.</p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 21:05:45 +0000 Associated Press 56260 at http://kbia.org Koster asks to overturn stay of execution http://kbia.org/post/koster-asks-overturn-stay-execution <p>Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster is asking an appeals court to overturn a stay of execution for John Middleton, scheduled to die early Wednesday for killing three people in northern Missouri in 1995. Tue, 15 Jul 2014 21:38:27 +0000 Associated Press 56196 at http://kbia.org Koster asks to overturn stay of execution VA delays lead to crisis center in St. Louis http://kbia.org/post/va-delays-lead-crisis-center-st-louis <p>The long delays for veterans seeking medical care at VA hospitals have prompted The American Legion to set up a short-term crisis center in St. Louis this week. Tue, 15 Jul 2014 21:36:05 +0000 Associated Press 56195 at http://kbia.org VA delays lead to crisis center in St. Louis Missouri governor approves cannabis extract law http://kbia.org/post/missouri-governor-approves-cannabis-extract-law <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Missourians with epilepsy that cannot be effectively treated by conventional means will now be able to use a cannabis extract under legislation signed into law Monday by </span>Gov<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. Jay Nixon.</span></p><p><span id="_oneup">The legislation was sponsored by St. Louis County Republican Eric Schmitt, a state senator whose 9-year-old son has the central nervous system disorder.</span></p> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 22:46:07 +0000 Associated Press 56140 at http://kbia.org Missouri governor approves cannabis extract law Nixon vetoes electronic cigarette measure http://kbia.org/post/nixon-vetoes-electronic-cigarette-measure <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Missouri Governor Jay Nixon has vetoed legislation barring people younger than 18 from buying electronic cigarettes while also exempting the nicotine products from other tobacco sales restrictions.</span></p><p><span id="_oneup">Nixon called the Senate bill a "thinly disguised and cynical attempt" to exempt e-cigarettes from the state's 17 cent-per-pack cigarette tax as well as further public health restrictions. His rejection on Monday fell on the deadline for the governor take action on bills passed by state lawmakers earlier this year.</span></p> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 20:54:49 +0000 Associated Press 56134 at http://kbia.org Nixon vetoes electronic cigarette measure Jumping jacks to become Missouri's official state exercise http://kbia.org/post/jumping-jacks-become-missouris-official-state-exercise <p></p><p>The jumping jack is about to become Missouri's official state exercise.</p><p>Gov. Nixon signed legislation Thursday adding the jumping jack to a list of more than two dozen official symbols and things. Fri, 11 Jul 2014 12:05:48 +0000 Associated Press 55982 at http://kbia.org Jumping jacks to become Missouri's official state exercise Nixon vetoes payday loan regulation bill http://kbia.org/post/nixon-vetoes-payday-loan-regulation-bill <p></p><p>Legislation rewriting Missouri's payday loan laws has been vetoed by Gov. Jay Nixon because he says it falls short of "true reform."</p><p>Borrowers in Missouri currently can renew a payday loan up to six times and can face interest rates as high as 75 percent of the loan's original amount. Thu, 10 Jul 2014 22:43:10 +0000 Associated Press 55960 at http://kbia.org Nixon vetoes payday loan regulation bill MU gets grant to save some of its moldy books http://kbia.org/post/mu-gets-grant-save-some-its-moldy-books <p></p><p>The University of Missouri has received a $400,000 grant to help restore about 600,000 books damaged by mold.</p><p>The Columbia Daily Tribune reports the grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation on Wednesday. Libraries staff discovered the mold problem in October at an underground storage site in Columbia. Health officials said the mold did not endanger public health. Thu, 10 Jul 2014 22:41:19 +0000 Associated Press 55959 at http://kbia.org MU gets grant to save some of its moldy books Akin says he was wrong to apologize for "legitimate rape" comment http://kbia.org/post/akin-says-he-was-wrong-apologize-legitimate-rape-comment <p></p><p>A former Missouri Republican congressmember whose "legitimate rape" comments during the 2012 U.S. Senate campaign were roundly criticized now says he was wrong to apologize. Thu, 10 Jul 2014 22:09:43 +0000 Associated Press 55954 at http://kbia.org Akin says he was wrong to apologize for "legitimate rape" comment New law creates "Show-Me Healthy Babies Program" http://kbia.org/post/new-law-creates-show-me-healthy-babies-program <p>Gov. Jay Nixon has signed legislation expanding prenatal health coverage and allowing some newly trained doctors to go to work more quickly. Thu, 10 Jul 2014 19:46:43 +0000 Associated Press 55961 at http://kbia.org Nixon signs new Missouri child care requirements http://kbia.org/post/nixon-signs-new-missouri-child-care-requirements <p>Parents could gain a way to compare the quality of child care providers under legislation signed by Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon.</p><p>The bill signed Wednesday requires the state to develop a "system of quality indicators" so people can know whether child care centers are meeting certain criteria.</p><p>The website will track whether child care providers are licensed, meet health and safety standards, use curriculum and comply with staff training requirements.</p><p>The bill also requires the state to run a hotline for parent complaints about child care providers.</p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 20:35:21 +0000 Associated Press 55875 at http://kbia.org Missouri transportation projects approved for tax http://kbia.org/post/missouri-transportation-projects-approved-tax <p>Missouri officials have approved a list of more than 800 projects that would be funded if voters approve a sales tax for transportation on the August ballot.</p><p>The list endorsed Wednesday by the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission totals $4.8 billion over a decade for state roads, bridges and other modes of transportation.</p><p>Local governments also would get a share of the proposed three-quarters cent sales tax for their own transportation projects.</p><p>The state list includes 330 new or improved bridges and 3,255 miles of resurfacing on roads.</p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 20:33:48 +0000 Associated Press 55874 at http://kbia.org Nixon vetoes legislation that would have changed who regulates Missouri deer ranches http://kbia.org/post/nixon-vetoes-legislation-would-have-changed-who-regulates-missouri-deer-ranches <p>Gov. Jay Nixon has vetoed legislation that would have shifted responsibility for regulating Missouri deer ranches to the Department of Agriculture instead of the Department of Conservation. Tue, 08 Jul 2014 22:12:45 +0000 Associated Press 55827 at http://kbia.org Nixon vetoes legislation that would have changed who regulates Missouri deer ranches High river levels cause postponement of MR340 race across the state http://kbia.org/post/high-river-levels-cause-postponement-mr340-race-across-state <p></p><p>An annual paddle boat race on the Missouri River will be postponed until August because of high water on the river. Tue, 08 Jul 2014 13:15:58 +0000 Associated Press 55779 at http://kbia.org High river levels cause postponement of MR340 race across the state Ameren blames EPA standards for coal plant closure, Nixon signs bill to allow less restrictions http://kbia.org/post/ameren-blames-epa-standards-coal-plant-closure-nixon-signs-bill-allow-less-restrictions <p></p><p></p><p>Gov. Jay Nixon has signed legislation directing Missouri regulators to develop their own standards for carbon dioxide pollution from power plants. Tue, 08 Jul 2014 11:24:15 +0000 Associated Press 55780 at http://kbia.org Ameren blames EPA standards for coal plant closure, Nixon signs bill to allow less restrictions