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4:23 pm
Thu May 3, 2012

Missouri senator tries to block prescription database

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A Missouri senator who is a family physician says he'll try to block legislation authorizing a government database to track drug prescriptions unless it is put to a statewide vote.

Republican Sen. Rob Schaaf, of St. Joseph, Mo., began Thursday's debate on the prescription monitoring legislation by vowing to filibuster until he gets his way about a referendum.

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Politics
4:19 pm
Thu May 3, 2012

Missouri U.S. Senator Roy Blunt addresses Missouri house

Missouri U.S. Senator Roy Blunt briefly addressed the Missouri House Thursday.

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Politics
12:04 pm
Thu May 3, 2012

Boone Co. coalition to evaluate health concerns stemming from urban growth

The Boone Co. Smart Growth Coalition is looking into potential health concerns due to urban growth.
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The Boone County Smart Growth Coalition is planning a Health Impact Assessment to evaluate the effects of urban growth on public health.

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Education
11:53 am
Thu May 3, 2012

Columbia Independent School names new director

The Columbia Independent School recently added new leadership to their staff.

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Politics
11:43 am
Thu May 3, 2012

Missouri House approves bill altering handling of teacher layoffs

The Missouri House approved legislation changing the way school districts handle teacher layoffs.
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The Missouri House has given first-round approval to legislation changing the way school districts handle teacher layoffs.

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Politics
4:43 pm
Wed May 2, 2012

Mo. House passes funding plan for veterans homes

The Missouri House passed legislation on Wednesday, May 2, 2012, that could provide an earmarked funding stream for state-run nursing homes for military veterans.
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The Missouri House has passed legislation that could provide an earmarked funding stream for state-run nursing homes for military veterans.

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Politics
4:28 pm
Wed May 2, 2012

Missouri House endorses stricter school bullying policies

Missouri House members have endorsed legislation requiring school districts to bolster policies against bullying.
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Missouri House members have endorsed legislation requiring school districts to bolster policies against bullying.

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Business
1:35 pm
Wed May 2, 2012

Rural brokers pick up pieces after MF Global crisis

Rural commodities broker Tom Leffler checks the markets and speaks to a client on the phone.
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When futures trading firm MF Global went bankrupt at the end of October, regulators discovered $1.6 billion in customer funds missing, much of it belonging to Midwest farmers and ranchers. But MF Global clients aren’t the only ones hurting in farm country.

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Health & Wealth Update
10:03 am
Wed May 2, 2012

If you tax them, they will quit

According to the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, for every ten percent rise in cigarette prices, smoking rates decline by three to five percent.
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You have probably heard the statistic: Missouri has the lowest cigarette tax in the nation – just 17 cents a pack, compared to the national average of $1.46. In this week's Health & Wealth update, public health advocates want to raise Missouri's tobacco tax to deter people from smoking, and to help offset the costs that tobacco incurs.

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Politics
9:06 am
Wed May 2, 2012

Mo. Senate approves amendment to appellate judge selection process

The Missouri Senate has approved a proposed constitutional amendment revising the selection process for appellate judges.

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Politics
9:02 am
Wed May 2, 2012

Blunt criticizes speed of Birds Point Levee rebuilding

Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) says the speed of the rebuilding of Birds Point Levee is "unacceptable."
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One year after the intentional breach of the Birds Point levee in southeast Missouri, Sen. Roy Blunt is criticizing the Army Corps of Engineers for the pace of efforts to rebuild the levee.

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Politics
8:58 am
Wed May 2, 2012

Mo. senators continue budget negotiations

Mo. senators are deciding which aspects of their 2013 state budget they should "bind" to before negotiations with House begin.
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The Missouri Senate took the next step Tuesday toward beginning final negotiations with the House on next year’s state budget.  Senate members struggled with whether to bind themselves to various positions they support.

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Meet the Wilsons
5:28 pm
Tue May 1, 2012

"Like any other American family"

Josh Wilson puts his arm around his father, Dan, after his team captured the gold medal at Columbia Parks and Recreation’s Special Olympics basketball tournament on Tuesday, March 19, 2012, in Columbia, Mo.
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Sue Wilson says her family is “just like any other American family,” in her words. The family of four is almost always on the go—basketball games, ballet recitals and so on. But for her two sons, Josh and Ryan, sports have opened up a world that once seemed closed to them. KBIA’s Nick Gass has this audio postcard.

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Science, Health and Technology
4:44 pm
Tue May 1, 2012

Missouri health centers receive funding boost

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services granted over 10 million dollars to Missouri health centers Tuesday. As part of the Affordable Care Act, the nation’s new health care law, the funds are going to five community health centers across the state. Martin Kramer is a spokesperson for the U.S. Health, Resources and Services Administration. He says the funds will allow the centers to expand their services to more people in need.

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