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8:10 am
Thu August 30, 2012

40,000 sign Planned Parenthood petition on Akin

U.S. House of Representatives

Supporters of Planned Parenthood have delivered petitions with 40,000 signatures to the office Republican Missouri Congressman Todd Akin, expressing anger and outrage over comments he made about rape.

About a dozen advocates and supporters of Planned Parenthood gathered at Akin's district congressional office in suburban St. Louis on Wednesday to deliver the petitions. Akin aide Steve Taylor collected them and invited five of the protesters in for a face-to-face meeting.

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Weather
8:05 am
Thu August 30, 2012

Missouri prepares for storm remnants

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The path of Tropical Storm Isaac northward from the Gulf Coast is still uncertain, but Missouri officials are urging people to prepare for possible heavy rain and power outages.  The powerful storm lost some of its strength yesterday afternoon and has been downgraded to a tropical storm.  

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Views of the News
12:29 pm
Wed August 29, 2012

Fact-Check Fracas; Convention Experiments; Public Editor's Shot; Armstrong Legacy [VIDEO]

Professor Lee Wilkins

Media criticism and critique from Missouri School of Journalism professors Mike McKean, Lee Wilkins and Charles Davis.

11:00 am
Wed August 29, 2012

TV ad-buys ramping up

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There's a ton of political advertising on TV these days and it's only going to get worse (or better, if you're into that kind of thing). Our colleagues at Project Open Vault keep track of these things and they know who's buying what and when:
Susan B. Anthony List runs ads against Obama's stance on abortion; Still, Martin buy time for future Every week Project Open Vault receives new political ad buy contracts from three mid-Missouri TV stations, updating our ad spending database as soon as possible. Below is a brief look at the past week's ad buys: The Susan B.
Weather
8:21 am
Wed August 29, 2012

Hurricane Isaac could create mid-Mo. problems

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The Midwest may get a break from the drought when remnants of Hurricane Isaac arrive late this week, but the torrent of rain could create problems.

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Politics
8:10 am
Wed August 29, 2012

Judge revises wording for Mo. health care measure

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The language used in a ballot initiative approved by Missouri Secretary of State Robin Carnahan has been tossed out by a Cole County judge. 

Proposition-E centers on the conditions for creating a health care exchange in Missouri. It read in part if the law should, quote, “deny individuals, families and small businesses the ability to access affordable health care.”  Republican Lt. Governor Peter Kinder called the language used by the Democratic Secretary of State unbelievably biased.

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Science, Health and Technology
6:09 pm
Tue August 28, 2012

Cole County judge strikes down language in Mo. health care measure

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A Cole County judge has struck down language authorized by Missouri Secretary of State Robin Carnahan in a ballot initiative dealing with the creation of a health insurance exchange. 

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Politics
5:34 pm
Tue August 28, 2012

Commentary: Harry Truman's seat

The desk Harry Truman used while in the U.S. Senate
USGOV

The contemporary history of U.S. Senate elections in Missouri is fascinating.  It is filled with twists and turns, tragedy and farce.  It is extraordinary how rich its arc is and how fabulous the alternative histories that emerge from it are.

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Science, Health and Technology
3:41 pm
Tue August 28, 2012

Report: LGBT Missourians tend to be less healthy, have less access to care

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A new study finds Missouri’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community has poorer health outcomes and less access to healthcare than the general population.

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Education
1:08 pm
Tue August 28, 2012

University of Missouri Press will remain open

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Updated 8/29/12 3:00 p.m.

The University of Missouri says it will keep its academic publishing business open and drop plans for a new reimagined publishing operation.

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Politics
8:19 am
Tue August 28, 2012

Springfield council tables ordinance changes

Ludovic Bertron Wikimedia Commons

The Springfield City Council voted to table a proposal to expand the city's nondiscrimination ordinance.

The city is considering prohibiting discrimination in housing, employment and public accommodations based on sexual orientation and gender identity. The council was considering Monday night whether to vote on the issue or put it to a public vote.

Instead, the council voted 7-2 to postpone action on the ordinance.

The city will instead appoint a task force to work toward a compromise on an issue that has created passionate debate for weeks.

Business
8:15 am
Tue August 28, 2012

Southwest Airlines announces Branson flights

A Southwest Airlines plane at Manchester-Boston Regional Airport (MHT), Manchester, NH.
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Southwest has announced that it’s taking over the Branson operations of its AirTran subsidiary in March next year.

KYTV reports that Southwest will drop daily nonstop service between Branson and Baltimore while adding one direct daily flight to Love Field in Dallas. Nonstop daily service to Chicago Midway and Houston Hobby will continue, and a Saturday-only direct flight between Branson and Orlando is being added.

Agriculture
8:06 am
Tue August 28, 2012

Mo. drought relief program totals $29M for farmers

A Missouri program to improve the water supplies of drought-stricken farmers could end up costing nearly 15 times the original estimate.

Gov. Jay Nixon announced a $2 million program a month ago in which the state would cover 90 percent of the cost for farmers to drill or deepen wells or expand their irrigation systems. But demand far exceeded expectations, and the governor expanded the program.

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Politics
8:03 am
Tue August 28, 2012

Judge hears lawsuit over Mo. health care measure

Sara Westermark FLICKR

A Missouri judge is preparing to weigh arguments on the wording of a health care proposal on the state's November ballot.

Republican Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder and several top GOP lawmakers claim in a lawsuit that the ballot language written by Democratic Secretary of State Robin Carnahan is misleading.

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Crime
7:53 am
Tue August 28, 2012

Hamoodi to begin federal prison sentence

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Columbia Businessman Shakir Hamoodi is expected to begin a 3 year federal prison sentence Tuesday afternoon.

Shakir’s son Husam was working at World Harvest Market in Columbia Monday afternoon – Shakir’s last day before he began his prison sentence.

Husam said around 50 people had stopped by the store throughout the day to say goodbye to Shakir.

He also said Shakir has been very busy these past few days. He compared his father’s prison sentence to it being like someone saying ‘you have three months to live.’

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