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8:45 am
Fri July 6, 2012

Nixon signs Mo. license plate, higher ed fund bill

No Kansas Jayhawks will be appearing on Show-Me State license plates — at least unless Missouri lawmakers say it is OK.

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon signed into law Thursday a broader higher education measure that would require state lawmakers to approve specialty license plates for colleges and universities. State lawmakers were seeking to impede possible efforts by fans to have the University of Kansas featured on a Missouri license plate.

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Politics
8:30 am
Fri July 6, 2012

McCaskill reaffirms support for federal healthcare law

Senator Claire McCaskill
KBIA

U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill is breaking her silence on the Supreme Court’s health care ruling.  The Democrat told supporters Thursday at a party campaign office in St. Charles that she stands firm in her support of President Obama’s Affordable Care Act.  She also says the solutions for fixing health care offered by her Republican opponents would be burden seniors.

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Politics
8:21 am
Fri July 6, 2012

Former Mo. governor seeks probation for donations

Former Governor Roger Wilson

A former Missouri governor plans to ask for probation when he is sentenced Monday in federal court for misusing money involved in illegal political donations.

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Arts and Culture
8:15 am
Fri July 6, 2012

Missouri Military Museum undergoes renovations

Museum of Missouri Military History
Missouri National Guard

The Missouri military history museum in Jefferson City has decided to move to a larger building and undergo a technology renovation.

The museum currently has 2,000 square feet of exhibition space, and will move to a building three times that size. The museum director Charles Machon, says the museum was running out of space.

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Politics
5:57 pm
Thu July 5, 2012

MO Lt. Gov. to challenge health care ballot language

Lt. Governor Peter Kinder
KBIA file photo

Missouri Lt. Governor Peter Kinder is once again filing suit against a health care measure. He and some other Republican lawmakers have announced plans to challenge the secretary of state’s office on newly issued ballot language for a health care measure that’s slated to appear on the November ballot.

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Science, Health and Technology
4:57 pm
Thu July 5, 2012

New law limits work hours at mental health facilities

Fulton State Hospital
Missouri Department of Mental Health

Gov. Jay Nixon has signed legislation that could provide relief for state employees working long hours at high-security mental health facilities.

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Science, Health and Technology
4:49 pm
Thu July 5, 2012

Aflac to pays Missouri $700K in settlement

a.drian Flickr

Missouri insurance regulators say Aflac Inc. has agreed to pay $1.6 million in fines to three states to settle allegations about its business practices.

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Lake of the Ozarks
2:43 pm
Thu July 5, 2012

UPDATE: Two Ashland children electrocuted in Lake of the Ozarks

The State Highway Patrol says two siblings from Ashland were electrocuted Wednesday at the Lake of the Ozarks.

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Politics
8:59 am
Thu July 5, 2012

Mo. expects to save $44M through debt refinancing

Lawmakers and the Governor want to refinance $500 million in bonds.
Jacob Fenston KBIA

Missouri expects to save about $44 million this year by refinancing some of its debt at lower interest rates.

Two separate boards of state officials gave preliminary authorization this week to the bond refinancing.

That action had been anticipated for some time. Gov. Jay Nixon had proposed to refinance more than $500 million of bonds as part of the budget plan he outlined in January. Lawmakers also had calculated the savings into the budget for the 2013 fiscal year that began this past Sunday.

Weather
8:56 am
Thu July 5, 2012

Hot, dry conditions bring mixed forecast for Missouri wine producers

rustinpc flickr

Missouri winemakers are watching their grape vines carefully this summer.

A little stress can positively effect grape quality, but as wine experts are concerned this year’s heat and drought may be too much. 

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Weather
8:43 am
Thu July 5, 2012

Mo. AG reminds residents of hot weather rule

Attorney General Chris Koster
Attorney General's Office

Missouri residents are encouraged to call a state consumer hotline for help if their electricity is shut off during the current heat wave because they couldn't pay the bill.

The state's hot weather rule forbids utilities from disconnecting electrical services when temperatures are projected to be higher than 95 degrees, or the heat index is expected to exceed 100 degrees.

Temperatures above both thresholds are expected to continue through the weekend and much of the summer in the Midwest.

Sports
8:25 am
Thu July 5, 2012

Players push for longest baseball game

Baseballs
paul.hadsall flickr

A group of baseball players is battling triple-digit heat in an effort to set the world record for the longest game ever played. The 52 players will try to compete for 60 hours. The game started at 7:00 Monday morning and is scheduled to end at 7:00 Thursday night.

Money raised will benefit Backstoppers, which supports the families of fallen first responders in the St. Louis area. Organizer and player Steve Pona says they thought about postponing the game due to the extreme weather

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Education
5:15 pm
Wed July 4, 2012

Kirksville R-3 approves budget

Kirksville Tigers
MSHAA

The Kirksville R-3 School board has approved its budget for the next school year. The district expects to see a reduction in state and federal funding by almost $800,000.

Despite the cut in federal funding, the district doesn’t expected to make any drastic cuts. Superintendent Pat Williams says the district had actually expected the subsidy reduction and had already started taking steps to provide cushion for the next school year.

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Politics
3:30 pm
Wed July 4, 2012

Lawmakers don't like summary of Mo. ballot issues

David Shane/Flickr

Several Republicans are criticizing the ballot summaries that Missouri Democratic Secretary of State Robin Carnahan has prepared for measures dealing with health insurance and appellate judges.

The Republican-led Legislature referred both measures to the November ballot. Carnahan wrote the ballot summaries because lawmakers did not include their own.

Lawmakers who sponsored the measures say those summaries are misleading, and two GOP leaders pledged to file a lawsuit.

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Faith/Religion
12:19 pm
Wed July 4, 2012

Mid-Missouri Mormons celebrate religious freedom with walk, run

Luca Arellano, Eliza Law, Nora Pusmechnikova and Quincy Brown run in front of Nick Becker and Drew Brown during the Parley P. Pratt Memorial Freedom Event.
Kellie Kotraba/ColumbiaFAVS KBIA

Columbia’s Mormon congregations celebrated religious freedom this morning and marked an event from the church’s history. 

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