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7:56 am
Wed May 9, 2012

Budget stalemate continues in the Missouri General Assembly

The Missouri House and Senate cannot agree on legislation providing funds for veterans' homes.
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The Missouri House and Senate are still at an impasse over next year’s state budget.  The Senate has made no progress on persuading Republican Jason Crowell of Cape Girardeau to stop blocking legislation to fund veterans’ homes.

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Politics
5:17 pm
Tue May 8, 2012

Dred Scott to be inducted Wednesday, Rush uncertain

Rumors swept the Missouri Capitol that the bust of conservative radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh was being delivered Tuesday, along with the bust of former slave Dred Scott.  House Speaker Steven Tilley recently announced that both would be inducted into the Hall of Famous Missourians this year.  The sculptor, E. Spencer Schubert, made a post to his website Tuesday indicating he was transporting both busts to the Capitol – but the post was later altered to remove the reference to Limbaugh.

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Politics
5:09 pm
Tue May 8, 2012

$2 million ties up $24 billion budget

 

A disagreement over $2 million for a university is contributing to a stalemate on Missouri's $24 billion budget plan.

Republican House Speaker Steven Tilley wants to add the money for his alma mater, Southeast Missouri State University. The Cape Girardeau school has the second lowest funding-to-student ratio among Missouri's public universities.

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Politics
5:03 pm
Tue May 8, 2012

Springfield mayor resigns

 

 Springfield Mayor Jim O'Neal is leaving the job, effective immediately.

O'Neal announced his resignation Monday after a city council meeting. He said business and family pressures had prevented him from concentrating on his duties as mayor. O'Neal owns O & S Trucking.

O'Neal was elected in 2009 and re-elected in April 2011.

Mayor Pro Tem Bob Stephens is taking over.

The council also will begin the process of electing a new mayor pro tem and appointing someone to fill the rest of Stephens' term as council member.

Politics
4:58 pm
Tue May 8, 2012

McCaskill gets extra security after Tea Party comment

 

Extra security is in place for Sen. Claire McCaskill following a comment at a Tea Party rally last week.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch (http://bit.ly/J0UzbR ) reports that St. Louis area activist Scott Boston told a Tea Party gathering in Springfield, Mo., on Thursday, "We have to get Claire McCaskill out. We have to kill the Claire Bear ladies and gentlemen."

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Politics
8:55 am
Tue May 8, 2012

Columbia City Council votes to rescind blight decree

The Columbia City Council originally passed a measure in February declaring some parts of the city "blighted."
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The City Council passed Resolution 20-12A to declare some parts of Columbia as “blighted” in February. While the blight decree caused a large amount of backlash from Columbia residents, it was the legality of the resolution that caught the council’s attention. 

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Politics
8:27 am
Tue May 8, 2012

Mo. Republicans shut down debate in state Senate

Some Mo. Republicans have blocked debate on a number of pieces of legislation.
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The Missouri Senate has been shut down by one Senator over which version of legislation for veterans’ homes will be adopted.  Republican Jason Crowell and several allies tied up the Senate for nearly 12 hours Monday and are provoking a showdown with Senate leaders.

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Intersection
6:00 pm
Mon May 7, 2012

Life as a rural teenager

Watch the show and join the conversation on the Intersection website.

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Education
5:53 pm
Mon May 7, 2012

Chinese language in North Callaway classrooms

Students at North Callaway School District write Chinese characters by using a traditional brush pen. April 25, 2012.
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MU’s branch of the Confucius Institute has signed a one-year deal with the North Callaway School district in Kingdom city, Missouri to introduce Kindergarten through 8th grade students to Chinese culture and language.

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Politics
5:24 pm
Mon May 7, 2012

Mo. minimum wage increase pending

A petition to raise the minimum wage in Missouri has reached the secretary of state.
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A petition to raise the minimum wage in Missouri has reached the secretary of state.

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Politics
8:57 am
Mon May 7, 2012

Proposed Mo. bill expands list of young driver supervisors

The legislation expands list of acceptable supervisors to include licensed drivers who are at least 25.
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A Missouri House committee is backing legislation that would let young drivers take the wheel under the supervision of an older friend or relative.

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Business
8:32 am
Mon May 7, 2012

Columbia paper shows circulation, revenue increase

The report the Audit Bureau of Circulations released earlier this week shows increase in papers’ revenues throughout the country.

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Science, Health and Technology
8:26 am
Mon May 7, 2012

Federal, state, and local officials agree to reduce Hinkson Creek pollution

The Environmental Protection Agency has called for reducing stormwater runoff into Hinkson Creek by nearly 40 percent.
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Columbia area residents and officials have started developing recommendations for cleaning up a local waterway.

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Politics
8:20 am
Mon May 7, 2012

Petition submitted to raise Mo. minimum wage, limit payday loans

The petition would boost Missouri's minimum wage to $8.25 an hour.
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Supporters of raising Missouri's minimum wage and limiting payday loans have submitted petitions to get the measures on the November ballot.

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Politics
5:11 pm
Fri May 4, 2012

House and Senate budget negotiators debating how to fund veterans' homes

House and Senate budget negotiators remain at an impasse on what’s become the main barrier to reaching an agreement: finding a way to fund veterans’ homes.

The House this week passed legislation that would fund veterans homes with gaming revenues currently designated for early childhood programs, and replace it with money from a tobacco settlement.  The Senate has so far refused to take up the measure.  House Budget Chair Ryan Silvey accuses Senate President Pro-tem Rob Mayer of playing games:

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